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Top-tips and talking points for PSC

Matthew Christmas - Branch Education Officer26 Nov 2018

So you’ve signed up to participate in the ESU’s Public Speaking Competition…what’s next?

So you’ve signed up to participate in the ESU’s Public Speaking Competition (PSC) and now, in the famous words of that extraordinary speaker, The West Wing’s President Bartlett: “What’s next?”This year, to support teachers in ...

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Where could the ESU take you?

Ian MacMullen - ESU alumnus and Associate Professor of political science21 Nov 2018

Former ESU debater Ian MacMullen is now an associate professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis. Winner of the Schools’ Mace competition in 1993, Ian then represented England in the World Schools

Which ESU programmes did you participate in? I was at a comprehensive school in the north of England and had been involved in debating for just a year before I won the Schools’ Mace competition. ...

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The Big Debate with Frank Cottrell Boyce

Natasha Goodfellow - Consultant Editor13 Nov 2018

Author and writer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, Frank Cottrell Boyce joined 150 Doncaster school children yesterday to promote the importance of speaking and listening.

Acclaimed children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce yesterday chaired a Big Debate for local schoolchildren at the National College for High Speed Rail, Doncaster. Organised by The ESU and popular children’s current affairs magazine The Week ...

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100 years of the special relationship

Natasha Goodfellow - Consultant Editor07 Nov 2018

The English-Speaking Union recognised the importance of close ties with America long before Churchill coined his iconic phrase. We look at some of the ways in which the ESU continues to work towards common understanding

In 1946, speaking at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, former British prime minister Winston Churchill spoke of his belief in the necessity for ‘a special relationship between the British Commonwealth and Empire and the United ...

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Where could the ESU take you?

Lucy McDonnell - Head of Editorial29 Oct 2018

From taking part in debating competitions to becoming an ESU Governor, alumnus Bilal Mahmood tells us how the ESU has affected his life

Now a senior legal counsel for China Construction Bank, English-Speaking Union alumnus Bilal Mahmood has taken part in numerous ESU debating programmes including the Schools’ Mace and trials for the World Schools Debating Championships. But ...

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