Four nations special

Following the success of last year’s inaugural four nations event, delegates from Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland will gather together in September as three separate events are held concurrently under one roof. Lively group work and discussion, engaging speakers, interesting Argument papers: elements which will be in the mix at this unique international event.

An innovative and rewarding experience in store for all!

Click here for the brochure for the Young Ireland Programme (celebrating its
10th anniversary this year!)

Click here to book for the Young Ireland Programme 2015

Click here for the brochure for the Young England and Wales Programme
Click here to book for the Young England and Wales Programme autumn
course 2015


Click here for the brochure for the Young Scotland Programme
Click here to book for the Young Scotland Programme autumn course 2015


Scenes from last year’s four nations event

 

Lively at Lancaster

It was a week which began in winter and ended in summer. The unseasonal weather in which delegates arrived on the first day of June did not prevent a happy and lively atmosphere developing from the start. As can be seen above, by the end of the week, some of the delegates were at work outdoors!

At the awards ceremony on the final evening Cyrus Larijani of the National Physical Laboratory carried off both the “Public Sector Young Thinker of the Year 2015″ and “England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year 2015″ titles for an argument paper on junk food and what it is doing to young people. The paper was described as “a familiar topic, but transformed here by insight, wit and excellent phrase-making – the presentation had star quality”.

Grace Owen of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists won the “England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year (Societies and Institutions) 2015″ title for her paper on feminism, described as a “fluent piece of writing with touches of humour”. Grace also won the Best On the Spot award for her question “How do you control your inner critic?”.

In the public sector category, the runner-up was Rachel McElhone of the Home Office, Kristy Gaywood of the Pension Protection Fund was highly commended, and Siobhan Ritchie from Ofsted was commended.

The award for Best Discussion Group went to Group D: Rachel McElhone, Home Office; George Murphy, Bank of England; Trusha Patel, Department of Health; Emily Petch, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Peter Sticklee, Pension Protection Fund.

  
Grace Owen, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Cyrus Larijani of the National Physical Laboratory; winning group D

Triumph at Troon


Selene Jarrett, Janey Crichton and James Gillespie

Janey Crichton of NHS Health Scotland won the main individual award at the first of the year’s three Young Scotland Programmes, at Troon in March. She was praised for her challenging and thought-provoking paper on the treatment of drug addicts. Selene Jarrett of Roslin Institute was runner-up for her paper on reproductive biology, while James Gillespie of Forth Ports was highly commended for his paper on discard fishing.

Brent duo win title

Brent Council, represented by Kaya Chatterji and Susanna Tamimi, won the tenth annual Local Authority of the Year competition at Lancaster for ‘an intellectually mature, stylish paper presenting a logical, exceptionally well-argued case for lowering the voting age to 16′.

Wigan Council was named runner-up Young Local Authority of the Year. Its team 1, Bob Allen and Claire Whittle, presented an ‘in-depth examination of the problems we have now, and will have in the future, because most Brits don’t learn to speak a foreign language’. The adjudicators highly praised their delightful team-work and word-perfect delivery.