In Conversation With Beki Muinde 💬

1. Provide a short introduction to yourself and your career I’m Beki. I was born and raised in the north of Scotland but have spent the last 25 years or so living down South. I studied Law at Oxford, and was then a corporate lawyer in London for 7 very happy years. After a career […]

In conversation with Claire Matheson Kirton 💬

Off the back of International Women’s Day, we have been thrilled to interview some of the fantastic women in our network throughout the month of March. Next up, we are so excited to share an interview with yet another female inspiration of ours, Claire Matheson Kirton, Partner at global law firm White & Case LLP… […]

Alumni Interview With Ade!

Having experienced the Debate Mate programme as a school child, Ade went on not only to mentor with us at university, but also to work for us in the office! Having since worked for the Civil Service and now as a consultant, we sat down to reflect on his time at Debate Mate and the […]

In conversation with Piumi Mitchell 💬

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are so excited to share an interview with a female inspiration of ours, Piumi Mitchell, Social Value Partnerships and Operations Lead at Deloitte UK… Tell us about yourself and your career journey. I’m the eldest of four children and my parents are first generation UK immigrants from Sri […]

Upskilling Gen Z

At the recent Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon shed light on Generation Z’s lack of constructive disagreement skills in the workplace.  Due to the increased consumption of media content, young people are losing the ability to “debate things” or “disagree”.  Why is this important in the workplace? These skills: ✅ Enhance […]

Dyslexia & Dyspraxia Awareness Week

This week Debate Mate celebrates both Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Awareness weeks with this year’s theme being #UniquelyYou and #GetInvolved. This is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the diverse range of talents and the strengths that everyone brings to the workplace. At Debate Mate, one of our core focuses, when working to improve professional communication, is to #BePatient. This […]

The role of AI in education

In today’s tech-powered age, the intersection between education and technology is crucial when looking to shape the future workforce. Workplaces are evolving rapidly and this is calling for a new range of skill sets. But how does this transformation become a reality?  Debate Mate is pleased to have been recently featured in EY’s ‘Women in Technology’ […]

Developing Empathy – a celebration of World Kindness Day

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, empathy is defined as ‘the ability to understand and share the feelings of another’. The ability to empathise with others is undoubtedly valuable when it comes to interacting with other people in the workplace. Empathy allows you to: Actively listen👂🏼- being an empathetic person requires you to actively listen and […]

The government’s role in education

“The inability to speak fluently is one of the biggest barriers to opportunity…this is a subtle and significant layer of the class ceiling.” These were the words of Sir Keir Starmer as he unveiled Labour’s Opportunity Mission earlier today. Debate Mate is excited to support Labour’s commitment to promoting communication and oracy to young people […]

International Child Day

Today, the 20th of November, we’re celebrating International Child Day as designated by the UN! 🎉 This special day shines a spotlight on empowering young minds and addressing the global challenges they face. 🌍 At Debate Mate, we’re thrilled to share the incredible work we do with so many inspiring young individuals… 💬 Did you […]