Sheffield Debating

• Applied to the Alumni Foundation in May 2014
• Awarded £456

Sheffield Debating EU champions 2014The Alumni Foundation awarded Sheffield Debating a grant which went towards the World Universities Debating Championships in December 2013. The society applied again in May 2014 for funding at the European University Debating Championship tournament which would see the University of Sheffield represented at an international level.

The European University Debating Championship (EUDC) is an annual, international competition attended by Universities from across Europe. The 2014 competition was held in Zagreb, Croatia. There were 220 teams from over 40 countries competing to be the debating champions of Europe. After Sheffield Debating’s success at the World Universities Championship held in India in December 2013, the club was offered a place to compete at the EUDC tournament.

The University of Sheffield Debating Society reached the quarterfinals of the European Debating Championships in Belgrade. Their aim was to improve on that result and achieve a place in the semi-finals at EUDC; this would mean competing with other top institutions.

The Alumni Foundation awarded Sheffield Debating a grant of £456 to help pay for competition registration fees for two students.

At the competition, the team participated in nine debates and had fifteen minutes to prepare seven minute speeches on topics which included energy security, feminism and electoral systems. Out of the 240 teams that entered from universities across Europe, Sheffield finished 10th. They made it through to the knockout format quarter finals. The team managed to get through two knockout rounds and into the grand final. Following the final, it was announced that Sheffield had won the debate and were the European Champions – making them the first non-Oxbridge team to win in 10 years and the only Champions ever to come from a Yorkshire institution.

Congratulations Sheffield Debating!