Women’s Open

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Cambridge Women’s Open, hosted this year on the 17th of November! The Women’s Open offers not only high quality debates, but the opportunity to support and advance the representation of women in debate.

The tournament will have four rounds (5 minute speeches) with a break to semis (7 minute speeches if time allows).

Eligibility: All speakers should identify wholly or partly as women. Speakers of any and all experience levels are welcome.

Registration: £25 per team (Registration opens August 25th)

Judges: Judges should identify wholly or partly as women (this is not a strict rule if it prevents institutions from meeting N-1).
N-1 will apply to all institutional teams. Universities are asked to prioritize judges who identify wholly or partly as women, but this is not mandatory where they are otherwise unable to meet N-1.
All chair judges and breaking judges will identify wholly or partly as women.
Independent adjudicators will be able to apply for funding from the tournament.

Tentative Schedule:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 -10:00 Announcements
10:00 – 11:30 Round 1
11:30 – 13:00 Round 2
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Round 3
15:30 – 17:00 Round 4
17:00 – 18:00 Dinner and Break Announcement
18:00 – 20:00 Semi-Finals
20:00 – 21:45 Finals
21:45 Social and Announcements/Awards

Information about crash will be released later after teams have been allocated. Crash for the 17th will be limited – where possible, teams are asked to make other arrangements.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact:
Alex Murray and Achilleas Papadimitriou at debating@cus.org