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Sexism in schools

Elinor, a finalist in the East Region Public Speaking Competition in December 2021, delves deeper into the issues with Brian Cooke, Chair of ESU Colchester

A close-up picture of Luise Ketel

Luise Ketel

Event and Memberships Coordinator for the London branch Luise enjoys volunteering for the ESU as a passionate supporter of oracy and non-profit work

A picture of Professor Neil Mercer, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Cambridge and Director, Oracy Cambridge.

Oracy in Bedfordshire

The Ouse Valley Branch of the ESU were delighted to host Professor Neil Mercer for his talk, ‘Why oracy skills are vital to children’s development’.

West Sussex ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the West Sussex ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition!

‘My year at Wellingborough transformed my life’

Meet Lowell Dodge, who came over to the UK from the US on an ESU scholarship in 1958-9

A close-up picture of Sophia Taylor (ESU Alumnus and now active as Engagement and Education Officer).

Sophia Taylor

PSC alumna and Guildford & District branch committee member Sophia enjoys volunteering for the ESU, and now works with the Membership and Engagement team

A photograph of Caitlin

Congratulations to Caitlin

Caitlin of The Sandon School, Chelmsford, wins the East Region Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition 2021

Wrench Lecture 2021: Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland

A report of the evening in which Professor McAleese spoke on the theme of ‘An Uncomfortable State of Affairs’

Getting started with Twitter 

Find out how you can use Twitter to spread the word about the ESU

Congratulations to the winner of the IPSC

Pavit from Malaysia is the winner of the International Public Speaking Competition 2021

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