After completing a philosophy degree at the University of St Andrews, Ed became the schools and alumni coordinator at the Academy of Ideas Debating Matters Competition, which took him to the Indian national final last November. Since then he has worked and travelled across Australia and has recently become an English teacher in Coventry.
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"I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet."
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting