Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10 & 11 Debating Competition Final 2017

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017.

Venue: HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley

Time: 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Leeds Salon hosts the fourth Headingley Festival of Ideas schools debating competition for years 10 & 11 (ages 14 to 16).

This year's finallists are made up of the three north Leeds qualifying round winners, and the winners of the Tetley competition for south and central Leeds schools, making it a Leeds-wide competition.

The competition uses the format of the Institute of Ideas sixth-form Debating Matters competition - which emphasises content over presentational style. The event is free and open to the public but, as places are limited, if you wish to attend please e-mail us at contact@leedssalon.org.uk.

The 2017 Final was sponsored by leading law firm Switalskis Solicitors. The Prize Sponsors were the Human Factor and Safety Group at the Institute for Transport Studies (University of Leeds), and the EU Horizon 2020 project EMPOWER, and Hyde Park Picture House and Thackray Medical Museum have, as in previous years, kindly donated tickets for the winners.


Tech Progress

Slave Reparations

Autonomous Vehicles











Debate Times & Motions

Judges & Chairs

15:40 – Debate 1

“Technological progress will not solve society’s environmental issues”

Susan Grant-Muller, University of Leeds
Sarah Derbyshire-Thomas, Leeds Beckett
Dan Clayton, The Leeds Salon

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

16:40 - Change-over

16:45 – Debate 2

"Britain should pay reparations for its role in the slave trade"

Lindsey Rhodes, Switalskis Solicitors
Peg Alexander, Made in Leeds TV
Michele Ledda, University of Westminster

Chair: Jack Harris, Student & DM Alumnus

17:45 – Refreshment Break

18:00 – Final

"Autonomous vehicles will make driving safer"

Susan Grant-Muller, University of Leeds
Michael Meadowcroft, Politician
Dan Clayton, The Leeds Salon

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

19:15 – Judges Announce Results

WINNING SCHOOL: Abbey Grange Academy

From left to right: Dr Susan Grant-Muller (from Prize Sponsors, Institute of Transport Studies & EMPOWER), Dan Green (back), Rebecca Monk, Felmy Ajayi (back), Megan McNutt, Naomi Griffiths (teacher), Jennifer Smith (teacher), & Lindsey Rhoses (from eVENT Sponsors Switalskis Solicitors).

The winning team all received a copy of the Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Enlightenment and a £10 Vue cinema voucher.



RUNNERS-UP: Cardinal Heenan Catholic High

From left to right: Paul Thomas (Leeds Salon), Alex Cserna, Sean Carey, Madeline Rose, Scarlet Rowe, & Liz Westmorland (Festival of Ideas).

The runners-up al received a copy of the Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Enlightenment.









BEST INDIVIDUAL PRIZE: Scarlet Rowe, Cardinal Heenan

Scarlet Rowe presented her prizes by Dr Susan Grant-Muller, University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies.

Scarlet received a copy of the Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Scientific Revolution, a Thackray Meducal Museum Family Ticket, and two tickets to the Hyde Park Picture House.









HIGHLY COMMENDED PRIZE: Manraj Sond, Allerton High

Manraj Sond presented his prizes by Liz Westmorland of Headingley Festival of Ideas Committee.

Manraj received a copy of the Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Scientific Revoltution and two tickets to the Hyde Park Picture House.










Dan Green presented his prizes by Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

Dan received a copy of the Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Scientific Revolution and a ticket to the Hydae Park Picture House.










Switalskis Solicitors



EMPOWER funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement 636249)

Human Factor & Safety Group at the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies


Hyde Park Picture House

Thackray Medical Museum



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