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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Schools’ Public Speaking Competition 2015

The ESU Scotland Schools’ Public Speaking competition will be launched in January 2015. It is a single speaker competition with preliminary heats and a national final. Usually preliminary rounds are held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, and we may hold additional rounds elsewhere, depending on demand. Around ten speakers from the heats will go on to compete in the National Final. Last year the National Final was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

A different theme is set for the preliminary rounds and the final, and the format allows the pupils to present a creative speech of five minutes on a very broad topic, as well as giving them a forum to enhance their own personal speaking style and to build confidence. Speakers are expected to answer questions after their speech, posed by the adjudication panel to help the adjudicators ascertain how well-researched the speaker is.

We are working to create an opportunity for the winner of the Scottish Public Speaking Competition to go on to compete at the International Public Speaking Competition, a week-long event that takes place in London and features entrants from approximately 50 countries around the globe.

Further details will be available when the competition opens in January 2015, but you may register interest now by emailing debates@esuscotland.org.uk.

Schools’ Public Speaking Competition 2014

37 speakers from 22 schools entered our 2014 competition and rounds were held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, on the topic Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a spark.

The final took place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 23rd June. The theme was Our energy future, and the event was very generously sponsored by PARC (Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center, Washington) and the The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

It was an absolutely fascinating evening, and the audience were struck by how imaginative and varied the eight speeches were, from advocating fracking to looking at solar power, or even generating power by walking around; to looking at food banks and poverty, and maximising young people’s potential. This left the four judges, Rob Marrs and Sara Robertson from the ESU, Khuram Ashraf from PARC, and Keith Baker from Glasgow Caledonian University, with a very tough decision. Alexandra Clark from Grove Academy (Dundee) was awarded the trophy, with Afton Ferguson from Douglas Academy (Glasgow) and Annie Mackley from St Margaret’s School for Girls (Aberdeen), being Highly Commended. Thanks go to all competitors, schools, and supporters, and to Anne-Marie Carey from PARC (Chair), Robin Harper, and Angeli Mehta, our science partner.

To download the programme of the event, please click here.

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