Great Debate 2020 – Find your local heat

The HA's public-speaking competition for students aged 16-19

Published 11th September 2019

Heats will be taking place across the country over the autumn term. This list of available heats will be updated frequently.

Please email in order to:

  • Book onto a local heat
  • Offer to host a local heat
  • Subscribe for updates on heats as they are scheduled
  • Register interest for a heat to be held in your area, if there is not one already. 

Confirmed Heats 2020:

  • Bradford – 6pm, 18th November 2019
    Woodhouse Grove School 
  • Bristol – 6:30pm, 27th November 2019
    University of Bristol Humanities/School of Arts Complex, Woodward Road 
  • Buckinghamshire – 6pm, 12th December 2019
    Pipers Corner School 
  • Canterbury – 7pm, 5th November 2019
    The Kings School 
  • Chichester – 7pm, 28th November 2019
    Friends’ Meeting House 
  • Edinburgh – 9th December 2019
    Mary Erskine School 
  • Nuneaton – 5pm, 13th November 2019
    Etone College
  • Sheffield – 5pm, 24th October 2019
    Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield 
  • York – 19th November 2019
    Bootham School 

Heats TBC

These heats are not yet formally scheduled at this stage, but you can still register interest in them by emailing You will then be informed as soon as their details have been confirmed.

  • Birmingham - King Edward VI Camp Hill School
  • Cardiff - Cardiff High School
  • London, Central – Pimlico Academy
  • Merseyside – Upton Hall School
  • North Wales – Ysgol Eirias
  • Peterborough – Oundle School
  • Shropshire – Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
  • Taunton – Queen’s College
  • West Surrey – St Nicolas’s Church School
  • Lincoln – Lincoln University