Training Resources

We aim to compile a range of materials which should give an overview and explanation of the main subjects within debating for a variety of different ability and experience levels. The topics relate closely to those covered in our own training workshops.

Click here for our first training session presentations.

Additional Resources

Basic guide to debating:
Debating Intro
First Opposition
First Proposition

Intermediate guide to debating:
Political Theory in Debating: General
Political Theory in Debating I
Political Theory in Debating II


IV: Inter-varsity. A tournament where entry is restricted to universities only without any inter-institutional teams.
Open: A tournament which anyone may enter, with any team mate.
IONA: Islands of the North Atlantic. United Kingdom + Ireland. The Irish get a little annoyed it people say that they are British. This is a more neutral term.
Worlds: World University Debating Championships.
Euros: European University Debating Championships.
Tab: The scoring system for an IV. Two scores are normally recorded: team points (for the team’s position in the room) and speaker points (awarded on an individual basis).
CA: Chief Adjudicator (of an IV/Open).
Convenor: The person who organises and runs an IV.
The break: An IV will have rounds which everyone participates in (usually 3-5 rounds) before ‘breaking’ to quarters, semis or straight to a final.
Bin/bin room: A room in the final round where everyone is competing, but where no-one in the room has enough points to ‘break’.
Speaks: The number of speaker points a person has been awarded. Either scored out of 30 or 100.