War of Words

Student addressing the courtWar of Words (WoW) is a weekly co-curricular course that trains you to make quick, one-minute applications on controversial subjects in front of a live audience.

How does WoW work?

Each session takes place in our replica Crown courtroom, with 12 students per session defending positions as diverse as global warming being a myth and reality TV shows being good for society. Students take it in turns to argue their position for one minute each. After their representations, the students face a barrage of questions from the audience, the moderator, and each other, designed to knock them off their perch.

After this ordeal, each student that is successful is crowned one of that week’s ‘Word Warriors’ and come back to fight another day – if not, then they are invited to come back for another try on a later date. At the end of the academic year, the best Word Warriors are invited back to participate in the knock-out stages of the competition.

Valuable experience

WoW is run by experienced staff who will help you to develop a range of transferable skills such as:

  • critical reasoning
  • research
  • public speaking
  • dealing with pressurised situations

Additionally, a special staff WoW sessions allows you to argue with lecturers on topical issues as part of the School's Christmas celebrations. At the last event, 8 lecturers argued that university tuition fees are too cheap, man-made global warming is a good thing and that the NHS should be privatised. Unsurprisingly, the courtroom was packed to capacity to hear these arguments.