Institute of Ideas - Debating Matters Competition
  • Babbage Building, Plymouth University

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The Cognition Institute is acting as host for the Institute of Ideas' 'Debating Matters', the flagship debating competition for schools offering a fresh, accessible and engaging format for debating contemporary issues. 

The competition has successfully pioneered a format for debate that takes ideas, argument and young people seriously. The focus is on content and substance over style, encouraging young people to engage in an intelligent contest of ideas and holding up their ideas to critical scrutiny. 

Debate Motions (Cornwall Qualifying Round)

16:45 - Debate 1: "The UK must embrace the use of fracking"

  • Allice Hocking, Plymouth University
  • Vivien Shrubsall, University of Exeter
  • Claire Smith, St. Laurence Educational Trust

17:55 - Debate 2: "Unhealthy lifestyles are not the business of government"

  • Allice Hocking, Plymouth University
  • Marie Lavelle, Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth University

18:35 - Final: "We should be willing to compromise our privacy in the interests of national and international security"

  • Marie Lavelle, Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth University
  • Vivien Shrubsall, University of Exeter
  • Claire Smith, St. Laurence Educational Trust
Participating schools: Wadebridge School, Bodmin College, The Kings of Wessex Academy (see the Cornwall Qualifying Round webpage for details). 

Debate Motions (Devon Qualifying Round)

16:45 - Debate 1: "Unhealthy lifestyles are not the business of government"

  • Sarah Chapman, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
  • Martin Coath, Cognition Institute, Plymouth University
  • Nigel Hillier, Vision ICT Ltd

 17:55 - Debate 2: "Artistic expression should never be censored"

  • Sarah Chapman, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University

 19:25 - Debate 3: "The UK must embrace the use of fracking"

  • Martin Coath, Cognition Institute, Plymouth University
  • Nigel Hillier, Vision ICT Ltd

Participating schools: QE Academy Trust, Stover School, Exeter College (see the Devon Qualifying Round webpage for details).

Contact Martin Coath for further information. All welcome.
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