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The International Public Speaking Competition grand final

The 2017 International Public Speaking Competition grand final was held on the 12th May, seeing Luke Macaronas from Australia taking out the final.

Celebrating 60 years of the Schools’ Mace

On the 60th anniversary of Schools’ Mace, four Mace winners from various decades, tell us how it has shaped their lives.

How the Schools' Mace made me a feminist

Schools' Mace alum talks about how the motion 'This House believes in equal pay for women' opened her eyes to feminist issues.

How debating mental health has helped me with Autism: One participant shares their story

Holly, an ESU participant with Austism talks about how debating and learning to structure and arguments has helped her in social situations.

Hugh Dennis judges at West Sussex Performing Shakespeare regional final

The Performing Shakespeare regional final in Chichester, saw seventeen performances with two winners being chosen to attend the grand final in London.

My life-changing year in the US

Kane McLaughlin from Derry talks about his Secondary School Exchange to the US and the profound effect it had on him.

Bath branch: My marsh winner announced

The competition tasked young people with reviewing their favourite title on the shortlist for this year’s Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. The winner, Brionie reviewed Bronze and Sunflower, authored by Cao Wenxuan and translated by Helen Wang, published by Walker Books.

Peter Hennessey's Joyce Rolf lecture: Brighton

Lord Hennessey of Nympsfield delivered the 2016 Joyce Rolf memorial lecture. His subject “The Kingdom to Come” focused on the challenges facing the United Kingdom after the Brexit vote and the Scottish referendum on independence.

Chester summer fundraising garden party

Branch members and their guests were joined by visiting members of the Liverpool and Merseyside Branch of the ESU for our Annual Summer fundraising event.

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