Helen Birtwistle is resources and communications manager for the Institute of Ideas’ Debating Matters Competition, an innovative and engaging new style of debating competition for sixth form students in the UK. She completed a Masters course in Intellectual and Cultural History at the University of London in September 2005.
"It alerts me to new areas of debate, and gives thought-provoking new angles on topics I thought I already knew well. Altogether it's a wonderful intellectual tonic, which cheers up the dog days of November."
Ivan Hewett, music critic, Daily Telegraph