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Debating Project

5 Programmes over the coming academic year

Often, we see people taking a position or stance contrary to their neighbours. Sometimes such a stance is based on ignorance, lack of understanding, social settings or influences, or misinformation. Sometimes it is simply the inability to listen, status quo or apathy.

Participants will be challenged by a controversial and current debate topic and receive lectures from passionate speakers for both opposing sides. Debating teams will be assigned at random and will provide the chance to engage with individuals of different backgrounds, cultures and values from across the world.

The programme is expected to run over a total of 6 weeks - 4 weekly lectures with 2 weeks to prepare for the live debate. Participants will engage with these lectures without knowing which side they are assigned to debate until the lectures have all taken place. Participants will also be required to include productions to support their position, which could include legislation, research, newsclips or anything of some authority.

Upcoming Debates

Debates that have started or over subscribed have been excluded. Dates shown are week commencing. Actual dates will be given nearer the time

 

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Debate Rules are HERE

Speakers / Lecturers

Speakers for the 2021 / 2022 academic year

Dr Wasim Ahmed

  • Newcastle University
  • England
  • Dr. Ahmed is a Lecturer in Digital Business with a specialism in social media research in the Department of Marketing, Operations and Systems. Dr. Ahmed has authored a number of peer-reviewed outputs and has delivered many external talks including a number of prestigious invited lectures, seminars and workshops around the world. Dr. Ahmed also has several media appearances such as television, radio and print and has advised and collaborated with government and businesses.
  • Debate #2 - The Harm Caused by Social Media Outweighs the Good

 

Daniel Autumn

  • Capability Scotland
  • Scotland
  • Debate #5 - Does the Promotion of One Minority Group Prejudice Others? 'All Lives Matter'

 

Rachel Blake

  • Counsellor / Therapist
  • Debate #1 - Children Should be Raised Gender Neutral

 

Simon Blanchard

  • Data Protection Network
  • England
  • He is Deputy Chair of the DPN. He has a keen interest helping organisations apply good governance and held the role of Director of Information Governance at Royal Mail Group. Simon has considerable commercial experience too having held the role of Head of Data & Online Marketing at Bauer Media until 2014.
  • Debate #2 - The Harm Caused by Social Media Outweighs the Good

 

Carmen Ferri

  • Youth Board Member
  • Debate #2 - The Harm Caused by Social Media Outweighs the Good

 

Wendy Johnson

  • Professor, Psychology Department, Edinburgh University
  • Scotland
  • Professor, with Chair in Differential Development, Department of Psychology and Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, UK, since 1 August 2015.
  • Debate #1 - Children Should be Raised Gender Neutral

 

Dr Marshall Garratt

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicolegal Medicine at Glasgow University
  • Scotland
  • Senior Lecturer in Medicolegal Medicine at Glasgow University and a Medical Expert Witness for nearly 30 years, with a background in trauma, both civilian and military
  • Debate #1 - Children Should be Raised Gender Neutral

 

Richard Lucas

  • Scottish Family Party
  • Scotland
  • Debate #1 - Children Should be Raised Gender Neutral

 

Clare MacGillivray

  • Making Rights Real
  • Scotland
  • Director @Rights_Real | Treasurer @IACD_global | Trustee @Creative_Voices
  • Debate #5 - Does the Promotion of One Minority Group Prejudice Others? 'All Lives Matter'

 

Olimpia Małuszek

  • Family Judge
  • Poland
  • Debate #1 - Children Should be Raised Gender Neutral

 

Elaine McArthur-Kerr

  • Police Scotland
  • Scotland
  • Debate #5 - Does the Promotion of One Minority Group Prejudice Others? 'All Lives Matter'

 

Pablo Aguera Reneses

  • Youth Board Member; Index on Censorship
  • Debate #4 - The Media Dictate What We See and Believe

 

Dr Jon Roozenbeek

  • ostdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge
  • England
  • Jon Roozenbeek is the Google Jigsaw Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab in the Department of Psychology. he works on media theory, content analytics, social media, the dynamics of online debate, and development of the mass media landscape in Eastern Ukraine. He co-developed the award-winning Fake News Game, Bad News, and coordinates the testing of this game.
  • Debate #2 - The Harm Caused by Social Media Outweighs the Good