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We are looking for new Trustees

We are seeking to appoint 2-3 new Trustees to enhance the diversity of our Board.  We particularly welcome applications from young people under 25 and those with skills in the following areas: Finance Legal matters Digital and other means of communication and...

Judging Workshop

Judging Workshop

Join us for an interactive workshop on how to to judge a debate Are you completely new to debating and interested in volunteering as a judge? Or are you someone who's judged a debate before and wants to get involved again, but is worried you've gotten a little rusty?...

Applications Open for Scottish National Team Trials

Applications Open for Scottish National Team Trials

We are currently looking for bright, articulate pupils who might be interested in trialling for the Scottish National Debating Team and Training Squads. The National Team will represent Scotland at the World Schools Debating Championships in the Summer of next year....

Online Workshops Update

Online Workshops Update

On the 29th April we ran a workshop at Irvine Royal High School, and 25 of their S1s and S2s had their first exposure to the workings of the YSS's newest initiative: "Speak up Scotland" Though delivered through Microsoft teams, our Programmes Director Jordan was able...

Gwalia Open Results

Gwalia Open Results

On Saturday 13th June, the Scottish National Team competed in the Gwalia WSDC Online Debate Open, an online competition run by our friends in the Welsh National Team. This was an exciting and high-quality tournament with teams including the Dutch, South African,...

Team Scotland Update and Oldham Cup Results

Team Scotland Update and Oldham Cup Results

A few weeks ago we received the sad but understandable news that the World Schools Debating Competition, scheduled to be held in Mexico in July, had been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this is heartbreaking for our twelve trialists, who have all...

Debating During Lockdown

Debating During Lockdown

I hope you're all keeping well in these strange and uncertain times! Here at the ESU Scotland I've adjusted to working from home but, despite participating in a few online competitions, definitely miss the practical side of debating. As part of our Speak up Scotland...

Scottish Team Trials

Scottish Team Trials

On Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2019 we held the first round of trials for the Scottish National Debating Team. This team will represent Scotland at the World Schools Debating Competition in Mexico in Summer 2020. 24 speakers from around Scotland spoke in...

St Andrew’s Day 2019

St Andrew’s Day 2019

  On Saturday 30th November the English-Speaking Union Scotland held the 13th annual St Andrew's Day Debating Competition in partnership with the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and Education Scotland. This is always such a highlight of our calendar and this...

A History of Punctuation: The Comma

A History of Punctuation: The Comma

When, in the year 400, Saint Jerome gave instructions for punctuating the Latin translation of the Bible that he had just completed, he spoke of divisions ‘per cola et commata’. ‘Commata’ is the plural of ‘comma’, and if the ‘cola’ or colons were the sections of...

A History of Punctuation: The Colon

A History of Punctuation: The Colon

3. The Colon In the transition from classical manuscripts to monkish scriptures, a sign began to appear at the end of sections – an ivy leaf in the margin. The leaf was beside (‘para’ in Greek) the writing (‘grafos’ in Greek). That paragraph sign was an aid to the...