Support a group of enthusiastic students from the University of Edinburgh
The Edinburgh University Debates Union (EUDU) is one of the UK's oldest and most successful debating societies, having won the Scottish Championships multiple times (including this year's), as well as reaching the finals of the European and World Championships.
EUDU aims to develop its members in debating and to contribute to society. We have two weekly workshops to develop students' skills in public speaking and debating, regularly arrange public debates on topics ranging from Scottish Independence to Art, and consistently do outreach for schools- we host two large scale schools competitions each year and many of our members have been volunteers for judging and coaching school children.
This summer, the European Universities Debating Championships will take place in Talinn, Estonia. EUDU will be building off last year's success, sending three teams and two judges to compete there- that's more than we have ever sent before.
By making donations you will be supporting a lovely group of bright and motivated students realise their dream in competing at one of the world's most prestigious events, facing high calibre teams from all over Europe. Not only will this experience broaden the horizons for those going, they will be also be bringing back to Edinburgh many new perspectives on debating and ways to faciliate social and political dialogue at university. Your donations will go towards subsidising their travel costs and registration fee for the competition itself, in addition to helping them go to preparation competitions throughout the summer.
**MEET OUR EUROS CONTINGENT**
Mark Wilson (left) is a second year International Relations student. He is the proud winner of the Northumbria IV and a well reputated judge, regularly judging outrounds of competitions. Mark has served the local community through skills obtained in debating; he recently chaired a debate for a local hustings , and has been teaching public speaking and debating skills at local schools.
Simone Eizagirre (right) is a third year Chemical Physics student who has achieved considerable success in debating, having ranked as a top ten speaker at the Trinity Women's Open this year. She is an active contributor and editor at the university's science magazine and was previously Public Events Coordinator for the Union, organizing a variety of public debates, including one on Scottish independence featuring several high profile MSPs.
Edinburgh A team
Tim Squirrell (left) is a PhD student researching in Science and Technology studies and currently serves as our Competitive Training Officer. He has had enormous success in debating previously with Cambridge Union and now with EUDU, having reached the Partial Double-Quarter finals of Euros in 2016 and winning the Maynooth Open this year.
Nishith Hegde (right) is a fourth year Economics student with tremendous achievements in debating not only in Europe, but also in Australia where he broke third at Australs and was a top ten speaker at the Australian Easters. On top of that, he was ranked the 3rd best speaker out of 284 attending the prestigious Oxford InterVarsity. He is currently our Competitions Convenor.
Edinburgh B team
Katie Mclean (left), a second year History and Politics student, is Edinburgh's beloved prodigy. She was a prized member of the Scotland team at World School's Debating Championships, and at university level she regularly reaches outrounds of competitions, including last year's Euros where she broke to the Partial Double-Quarters. Outside of debating, she is a fanatic of the arts and showcased her talents in the musical Fidder on the Roof in April.
Noah Kidron-Style (right), is a fourth year Philosophy and Politics student incredibly passionate about social and political issues, with hopes of joining the civil service when he graduates. With Edinburgh, he has reached the finals of the Scottish Championships, as well the quarterfinals of the highly competitive Trinity Intervarsity held in Dublin.
Edinburgh C team
Ethan Silver (left) is the reigning Scottish champion, having won the Scottish Mace in Feburary. Outside of debating, Ethan is an immensely intelligent individual who is zealous about philosophy. He is currently compeleting his Masters in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition with hopes of getting his papers published.
Eilidh McCreath (right), a French and Politics student, is another gem of Edinburgh's known for her bubbly and cheery charisma. She served as Competitions Convenor last year and organised Scotland's second largest debating competition held in October, as well as chairing the finals of Glasgow Ancients Open and the Semi-finals of Trinity Womens Open.