The competition is run in the British Parliamentary (BP) debating style (see the Cambridge Guide to BP Debating) and is divided into two rounds: the Regional Rounds and Finals Day.
The Local Round will be hosted at a University in your area. Teams from around the area will converge on the host
University where they will be put into rooms of 4 teams. Debates will be in the standard British Parliamentary format (click here to download our guide on this style of debating).
The first motion for the regional rounds will be pre-announced, although teams will not know their position. The second debate will have its
motion announced 15 minutes before the start of the second
debate, and teams can use this time to prepare their
speeches. There will be two further rounds of debating, with
points awarded depending on your position in each debate.
After the first four rounds, the four teams with the most
points will reach a final. The team that
win the final will be crowned Regional Champions.
High-performing teams at regional rounds get the honour of
being invited to the Cambridge Union itself to compete on Finals
Day. The exact number of teams progressing from
regional round will vary according to the total number of
teams at each regional round. Finals
Day features a mere handful of teams compared to the number
who originally entered, and making it this far is quite an
achievement. Finals Day will follow the same format to the
regional rounds, with winners of the final being crowned
winners of ICYD 2015.
teams that reach Finals Day, we offer an additional package.
Please see here for more information.
- 2015 - The Cambridge Union will host the competition for the 5th time.
- 2014 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
- 2013 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition.
- 2012 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
- 2011 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition.
- 2010 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
- 2009 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition.
- 2008 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
- 2007 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition for the first time.
- 2006 - University College Dublin hosted an Irish round to make the competition a truly international
event. At this point the National Competition for Young Debaters (NCYD) became the International
Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD)
- 2005 - St. Andrews became the first Scottish University to join the regional rounds. Finals’ Day was
held at Birmingham University.
- 2004 - The National Competition for Young Debaters was formed, the inaugural event was organised
by Oxford and regional rounds were also held at Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge and Durham.
- 2003 - The Oxford Union held a one day competition for under fifteens which proved that junior
debaters had just as much enthusiasm as their senior counterparts.
The Cambridge Union Society
ICYD is run by members of the Cambridge Union Society. The Union dates from 1815, and has a long history of hosting Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Celebrities and Sports Stars. The Unions weekly debates serve to engage and to challenge presumptions and prejudices.
Finals day will be hosted at the Union itself, with the Grand Final held in the Union's famous chamber.
For more information on the Cambridge Union and to see some Cambridge Union speaker events, visit cus.org.