UCD Debating Summer Programme

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UCD Debate Camp 2017


What is the UCD Debate Camp

For decades, the debating societies of UCD have helped thousands of schoolchildren find their voices through their Schools’ Debating Competitions. As organisers and judges, we have seen shy students learn how to command the attention of the room, and chatterboxes turn into gifted communicators.

After the success of last year’s camps, this summer we are delighted to get the chance to coach debate in a way not seen anywhere else in Ireland—through week-long camps which will be held in UCD’s Belfield Campus.

Over 5 days, students will receive personalised coaching, training, feedback and guidance from some of the most accomplished debaters and judges in Ireland, if not the world. Many of our coaches have excelled at European and World Championships. We welcome students of all levels of experience and ability, from the complete novice looking to find out what this debating thing is all about, to the experienced competitor who wants to know how to further refine their current skills.

Debating can be a life-changing activity, one that gives skills and training that makes students stand out in academic work, interviews and professional life. But more than that, it’s a place to expand your intellectual horizons, challenge your mind, and make the very best of friends. We want to work to bring that to students all across the country!


Camp Dates


Junior Camp | 19-23 June 2017

  • For Junior Cycle students of the academic year 2017/2018
  • British Parliamentary (Mace) Format


Senior Camp | 26-30 June 2017

  • For Senior Cycle students of the academic year 2017/2018
  • Stream Option 1: British Parliamentary (Mace) Format
  • Stream Option 2: World Schools Style


Each camp will run from 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. A typical timetable for the day would look like this:

  • 9:00 – 10:45: Icebreakers and public speaking skills
  • 10:45 – 11:15: Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30: Interactive Topic Discussion e.g. Rights And Freedoms
  • 12:30 – 1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00: Debate and Feedback
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Activity/Social – e.g. Improv Drama


As the week goes on and the strengths and interests of the group become more apparent we will focus on activities that are of the most interest and use to the students.

The week culminates in a show debate where all students can demonstrate their skills to family members and friends they invite along.


Our Coaches

UCD’s debating societies have an exemplary reputation on the international debating circuit. UCD Debate Camp will draw coaches from this experienced and accomplished pool, such as:

Aodhán Peelo

World Universities Championships Quarter Finalist, European Universities Finalist, Winner of the Irish and International Maces, Irish Times Runner up, Winner of the Trinity, SOAS, Prague, Waginingen and Maynooth IVs. Leinster Schools Convenor and coach for St. Mary’s and St. Conleth’s College.

Paul O’Dwyer

European Universities Finalist, Winner of the Trinity IV, Captain of World Schools and WSDC Semi-Finalist, Former Coach to St. Conleth’s College, Junior Schools Convenor.

Aisling Tully

Irish Times Champion, Winner of the Cork IV, Finalist of the Trinity IV, Trinity Women’s Open and Galway Open, Breaking Judge at the United States Universities Championship, Junior Schools Convenor.

Eoin MacLachlan

European Universities Semi Finalist, Irish Times Cham- pion, Top Ten Speaker at Yale IV & Imperial IV, Winner of Edinburgh Cup and SOAS Open.


Download brochure here.

For online bookings please click here to be redirected to the booking centre. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis

For more information or if you have issues booking online contact ucddebating@gmail.com