ESU UK Newsletters

April 2017
House of lords tea: Friday 21st July

Tickets now on sale

Join fellow ESU members and their guests for afternoon tea in the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace of the House of Lords. Enjoy a classic menu of sandwiches, cakes and tea plus the chance to meet ESU Chairman, the Rt. Hon. Lord Boateng of Aykem & Wembley, who is once again kindly hosting this event.

This event is only for members of the ESU and their guests. Tickets are limited and we anticipate a high demand.

Buy your ticket now


The Performing Shakespeare and Schools' Mace national finals results

We held two intense competition days with the Performing Shakespeare finals taking place in the Gielgud Theatre and the Schools' Mace finals at Dartmouth House the following day. For full details and to find out who won check out the news story here.

House News

Old vs New Debate On 26th April, come and meet the team who will be representing England at the next World Schools Debating Championships in Bali. They will be squaring off against a team of past members of Team England at Dartmouth House. The debate is free to attend and it's a great chance to watch a high-quality debate and learn more about the World Schools Debating Championship.

May 2017

The International public speaking competition final 2017

A week of cultural exchange and building international friendships

From 8th to 12th May, 45 participants from 42 countries across the globe came to London to take part in the International Public Speaking Competition. It was a truly wonderful week of cultural exchange and it showcased the very best of international friendship.

After two days of training and excursions, and then a tough day of heats, the week culminated in the Grand Final on Friday 12th May at The Royal Institution, where participants from Mexico, Canada, Australia, China, England & Wales, Sri Lanka and Hong King battled it out for the prestigious winner's trophy.

The finalists delivered speeches on the theme 'Peace is not an absence of war'.

This year's winner was Luke Macaronas from Australia (pictured above with Grand Final Chair of Judges, Sophia Cannon) with his speech entitled 'The Inconvenient Truth'. This was an emotive take on drone attacks and the state of modern warfare. The runner-up was Owen David Thomas Torrey from Canada, who spoke on the topic 'To Wage War With Peace'.

We would like to thank all International ESUs for their hard work promoting public speaking within their own communities, and for providing us with the brilliant participants for this year's competition.

You can watch the final here.

June 2017
Discover your voice video now available

If you haven't spotted it already on the website do have a look at this wonderful video which gives a great introduction to the aims and content of Discover Your Voice (DYV) workshops.

DYV workshops are full or half-day training sessions in debate or public speaking. Aimed at both primary and secondary school students, the workshops help students to think critically, build cohesive arguments, and improve delivery, listening and response skills. As well as boosting students' self-esteem and competency in communications, debating and public speaking has also been found to impact positively on student attainment across the curriculum.

To find out more about Discover Your Voice workshops please visit our DYV website page here.


Competition news

Watch this space!

Registration for the various 2017-2018 competitions will shortly be opening so watch this space and do check the website competitions pages for further updates.

For more details about any of the competitions please email our Senior Competitions Officer, Emma Coffey.

London debate challenge final 2017

Dartmouth House 4th July 3pm - 4.30pm

This exciting competition reaches its climax on 4th July and it would be wonderful to have a good and appreciative audience to encourage our talented finalists, who are all Key Stage 3 (11 - 14-year-old) state school students from London.

Please reserve your place now by clicking on this link.


ESU Debate Tours

A Japanese tale

Did you know that since as early as 1922, the ESU has been sending experienced speech and debate mentors all over the world to coach school students, teachers and competition organisers as well as to present show debates? In 2016 alone, mentors were sent to Denmark, the USA and Japan.

You can find out more and hear stories from some our past participants online.


The International Council Meeting 2017

The International Council Meeting will run from 27th September – 1st October in Lisbon, Portugal. Members are welcome to attend as Guests. Further details can be found in the attached documents.


Booking Form

Please note that your booking form and total payment must be received before 30th June 2017.

I do hope that you will be able to join us.