|We at ESU Scotland were very excited at being given the opportunity to host the last World Members’ Conference in Edinburgh in September 2008. Over 250 delegates from 31 countries attended.
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This is the oldest and most prestigious debating intervarsity competition in Europe, featuring over one hundred and fifty teams.
Former winners include the late Donald Dewar, Charles Kennedy MP, Bob Marshall-Andrews MP, The Rt. Hon the Lord
Hunt of Wirral, Professor Anthony Clare, and the late Labour leader, John Smith, in whose honour the competition
was renamed in 1995.
We are delighted that
the Edinburgh-based investment managers, have continued
their sponsorship of the Scottish and English legs of the 2011 Mace, along with the International Final.
The Scottish section of the ESU John Smith Memorial Mace is organised by ESU Scotland. Scottish universities have an enviable record in this competition, with twenty victories in the 50 years
of the competition. Fifteen of these victories were achieved by the Glasgow University Union. No other
university has won more than six times.
The 2011 one-day Scottish Mace competition took place on 6th March in Edinburgh. Heats
ran throughout the day at Edinburgh University with the final in the evening at the Scotsman
Newspaper Headquarters. It was a fantastic setting for a very exciting final, with the following teams competing:
First prop - St. Andrews - Chris Harper and James Beadle
Second prop - Strathclyde - Neil Campbell and Rebecca McSheaffrey
First opp - GUU B - Imogen Dewar & Calum McMaster
Second opp - Edinburgh - Benjamin Lau Wei Yii and Marlena Valles
After fierce competition the Scottish National Champions were Ben and Marlena from Edinburgh University.
Many thanks to all who helped, and especially to Chris Hawkins (CA), Ken Barker (partner, Baillie Gifford),
JP Murphy, Richard Wilkins and Tala Byrne (student at Strathclyde University), who judged the competition; to Jon Dye,
Treasurer of ESU Scotland, who chaired the final; and to The Scotsman Newspaper for their support.
As well as being generously sponsored by Baillie Gifford
, the 2011 Scottish Mace was supported by
The Scotsman Newspaper and
The Scottish Champions in 2010 were Sebastian Osborn and Paul Brown of Edinburgh University, who then went on
to win the International Final.
The Scottish Champions in 2009 were Daniel Berman and Tom Cahn of the University of St. Andrews.
The 2009 International Final took place at The Signet Library, Edinburgh and was won by Jonathan Leader-Maynard and
Alex Worsnip of The Oxford Union Society.