Two days of world class debating at one of the oldest varsity competitions in the world.

JOHN SMITH MEMORIAL MACE

The John Smith Memorial Mace is one of the largest and oldest debating competitions in the world. The competition features over 200 teams from universities across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

ESU Scotland runs the Scottish leg of The John Smith Memorial Mace, one of the largest and oldest debating competitions in the world.

 

Founded in 1954, the Mace is a UK and Ireland Championships, with England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland each holding competitions to choose a national winner, who then face each other in an International Grand Final. The competition features over 200 teams across the four nations.

 

Former winners include Charles Kennedy, 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. Glasgow University Union has been the most successful institution in the competition's history, winning the tournament 15 times, most recently in 1995, and Scotland has won 21 of the 62 tournaments.                                                                                   

The Scottish Mace takes place in early February and is held as a single weekend tournament.

 

2017 COMPETITION & RESOURCES

The 2017 International Final takes place at Dartmouth House, London, on Saturday 29th May 2017.

Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY  0131 475 2332 

Scottish charity number: SC000653

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