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University of York to host Yorkshire Novice debating competition

Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk

Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk

Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk

This year, Alcuin College at the University of York will play host to the Yorkshire Novice competition: a one-day event organised by the White Rose council for those who are new to debating.

The competition involves each team participating in four five-minute debates, with the top eight being selected to go through to the semi-finals. Held on the 12th November from 9am, the competition is being attended by Debating societies from twenty-eight different universities, including the other White Rose universities Sheffield and Leeds, as well as teams from further afield, such as Newcastle and Manchester.

The competition will be adjudicated by experienced judges, whose past accolades include being on the panels for the World University debating championships. Each team is ranked from first to fourth on each debate, with the highest rankings progressing to the semi-final.

As York’s team won the competition last year, the bar has been set very high for their upcoming performance. In preparation for the competition, Nisa Hamid, the conveyor of the Yorkshire Novice 2016 and Chair of the White Rose Council states that:

“The University of York Debating Society has trained once a week to teach its members how to construct arguments in a logical and coherent manner and speak on a range of issues from international politics to debates about whether love is pointless.”

The Yorker‘s campus correspondent has been invited to attend the event in order to speak to some of the participants and observe some debates.