St. Andrews Day Debating Championships
On St. Andrews Day 2008, ESU Scotland, in partnership with The Scottish Government
and The Scottish Parliament, ran a one-day tournament for University Debaters.
In 2009, the event grew to include school children as well, pairing university students with
younger counterparts, giving kids the chance to take part in the final in the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
The unique format has become a fixture in the Scottish debates calendar, and in 2012 we held our sixth annual debate at Parliament.
European Parliament Project
In February 2007, ESU Scotland was awarded European Parliament funding
to run three major projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
Treaty of Rome.
The funding awarded totals some £21,500 and is supported by
generous match funding of £10,000 from ASDA, our main sponsor for schools debates work.
The first of these projects was a Public Speaking Competition held in
June, which was won by Jonathan Benjamin of Greenock Academy. Perhaps
the most pleasing aspect of the Public Speaking Competition was that
the European funding enabled us to run Public Speaking workshops at 9
schools across the country.
Jonathan’s prize was a trip to the European Parliament in
Brussels where he was lucky enough to meet Hans-Gert Pottering, the
President of the European Parliament.
The second phase of the project was a guest speaker debate which was
held in Glasgow on Friday 23rd November. The debate was on the motion:
This House believes that the Treaty of Rome’s ambition of an
ever closer European Union is more important today than ever. The
speakers were David Martin MEP, Struan Stevenson MEP, Robin Harper MSP,
Vivian Linacre, David Campbell Bannerman and Sir Ken Collins.
Over 130 people attended the debate and in the end the speakers in
opposition to the motion won the debate.
We were delighted to secure a media partnership with The Sunday Herald for this phase of the
The final element of the project was a major intervarsity debating
tournament to be held at the University of Strathclyde. This was held
on Friday 1st of February and 16 teams from around Europe visited
Scotland to take part in the tournament.
The finalists were:
1st Proposition – Team Greece (Manos Moschopoulos &
1st Opposition – Team Scotland (Doug Cochran & Connie
2nd Proposition – Team Ireland (Art Ward & Tiernan
2nd Opposition – Team Finland (Rich Penny & Ina
In the end, the winners were Doug Cochran & Connie Grieve of