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:

  • Bolton – 6pm, 4th November 
    The Bolton School
  • Bradford – 6pm, 18th November 
    Woodhouse Grove School 
  • Bristol – 6:30pm, 27th November 
    University of Bristol Humanities/School of Arts Complex, Woodward Road 
  • Buckinghamshire – 6pm, 12th December 
    Pipers Corner School 
  • Canterbury – 7pm, 5th November 
    The Kings School 
  • Chichester – 7pm, 28th November
    Friends’ Meeting House 
  • Colchester – 20th November
    Colchester County High School for Girls
  • Cornwall – 5th December
    Callywith College
  • Dorset – 28th November
    Highcliffe School
  • Durham – 6pm, 25th November
    Durham High School
  • Edinburgh – 9th December 
    Mary Erskine School 
  • Isle of Jersey – 25th November 
    Victoria College
  • Limerick – 7:30pm, 5th December 
    Villiers School
  • London - 10th December  
    Senate House, UCL
  • Merseyside - 21st November  
    Upton Hall School
  • Nuneaton – 5pm, 13th November 
    Etone College
  • Oxford – 2nd December 
    Magdalen College
  • Peterborough - 7:45pm, 28th November
    Oundle School
  • Sheffield – 5pm, 24th October 
    Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield 
  • Taunton – 6:30pm, 21st November 
    Queen's College 
  • West Surrey – 6pm, 25th November
    St John's School, Leatherhead 
  • Worcester – 19th November 
    RGS Worcester 
  • York – 19th November
    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
  • Lincoln – seeking a new host
  • London – Pimlico Academy, January
  • North Wales – Ysgol Eirias
  • Shropshire – Shrewsbury Sixth Form College

Updated 8th October 2019

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