Welcome to The Leeds Salon

The Leeds Salon is a public discussion forum founded in February 2009. The Salon organises discussions around political, cultural and scientific issues, with the aim of challenging any orthodoxies along the way, defending and developing the legacy of the Enlightenment and, above all, providing a space where free speech can take place. Find out more.

salon & school debating news

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The Switalskis / Leeds Salon Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2022

The Final of The Switalskis/Leeds Salon Years 10&11 School Debating Competition 2022 took place on Wednesday 30th March at Thackray Medical Museum.

Congratulations to this year’s champions Abbey Grange CofE Academy. And well done to Carr Manor Community School and Outwood Grange Academy for making it such a well-fought final.

Congratulations also to the three individual prize winners: ‘Best Individual’ Greta Hirschhorn-Nolan, of Carr Manor; ‘Highly Commended’ Isabel Dixon-Hardy, Abbey Grange, and ‘Commended’ Alhasan Ahmed, Outwood Grange.

Thank you to our judges: Sunny Zaman (Switalskis), Nat Edwards (Thackray), Feona Carmichael (University of Law), Mo Lovatt (Debating Matters), Steve Kelleher (Alphaprobe Consultancy) Jo Caswell (Harrogate BID) and Dan Clayton (Leeds Salon).

This is the seventh final of Leeds Salon’s annual debating competition to take place since 2014. The competition is inspired by, and uses the format and topic guides of, Debating Matters – whose write-up of the final can be seen here.

Headline Partner

Switalskis Solicitors

Venue Partner & Prize Sponsor

 Thackray Medical Museum

Prize Sponsors

The University of Law (Leeds)

 Tectonic Interactive Ltd