Winner of the 2019 challenge was Thomas Kemp from Garth Olwg School

Judges Jeremy Miles AM and Dr Aled Eirug with the winner of the competition, Thomas Kemp from Garth Olwg School.

A public speaking competition, to be held as part of the Gwyddonle

Swansea University sponsors and hosts activities at GwyddonLe, the Science Pavilion of the Urdd National Eisteddfod. The Morgan Institute Challenge has been part of the GwyddonLe activities since 2018 and we are delighted to say that we have decided to run the Challenge again this year but this time, live online. Morgan Institute of Advanced Studies and Swansea University's Department of Geography would like to invite year 11, 12 and 13 pupils to take part in a public speaking competition, to be held as part of the Gwyddonle virtual activities, on Friday, June 4th.

This is an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their reasoning and argumentation skills as well as receiving feedback from leading figures who will be judging the competition.

A best speaker for and best speaker against will be awarded and there is a cash prize of £500 to be shared between the winning schools. One of the speakers will be awarded the overall winner of the Challenge and that winning person will have the invaluable opportunity to gain work experience at Swansea University. If that's not convenient, we can arrange more local work experience using our contacts with Assembly Members in your area. Everyone who takes part will also receive a certificate which will be valuable evidence for a personal statement or career development.

How to take part?

Schools are asked to nominate two pupils to take part and one pupil will need to be prepared to argue for the set topic, the other against. If you are interested, please send video clips or a recording of the two pupils, outlining why they should be chosen to take part in the competition and their views on the set text, 'Is now the right time to declare the climate crisis?'. Clips/recordings should be no longer than 90 seconds, remember to include the names of the individuals and the name of the school. Please send the video recording to us as a file, link via email or via a free program such as wetransfer to  saran.g.thomas@swansea.ac.uk by March 26, 2021.


Selection will then take place based on these clips and the school will be notified by April 30 whether you will be invited to compete in the GwyddonLe. Further details on exact structure will be provided the competition with that message.

We very much hope that the school, and your pupils, will have the desire to compete in the Morgan Institute Challenge and
we look forward to receiving your applications.