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The inaugural debate in the University’s new Debate Series will see pupils from Park Mains High School in Erskine debate three topics under the banner of ‘Health, Science and Society’.

The topics are:

  1. We should welcome the advent of Stem Cell research
  2. The death penalty is justified for those convicted of committing mass murder
  3. Protecting the public from terrorism should come before civil liberties

Team 1 will comprise Park Mains High School pupils Megan Wilson and Logan Howarth, supported by Professor Moira Lewitt from the School of Health & Life Sciences.

Team 2 will comprise Park Mains High School pupils Holly Adam and Maryam Malik, supported by Dr Darryl Gunson, Senior Lecturer from the School of Media, Culture & Society.

Each debate will last around 20 minutes and the audience will then be asked to vote on which arguments were the most convincing and a winner declared. The debate will be chaired by Professor Steve Olivier, UWS Provost and Deputy Principal.

Universities have a responsibility to instil curiosity in their staff and students and support lively and passionate scholarly debate. With the ethical and moral challenges facing our local and global communities, a university should provide a safe space for such debate and discussion, fostering a healthy scepticism and preparing individuals to become moral agents in the future. The UWS Debate Series aims to enable this ambition by inviting local school pupils to engage with UWS academics and researchers to explore contemporary and contentious topics in a supportive and safe environment.


Health, Science & Society Debates


22 May

15:00 - 16:30


University of the West of Scotland
Paisley Campus