Thank you for your interest in becoming a judge for the ESU.

Please fill out this short application form.

If you have any issues completing this form, or would like to get in touch with us to discuss anything further, please contact us at


Contact details

We work closely with our branches across the UK to deliver ESU competitions, and will be sharing the names and email addresses of judges with our branch colleagues to allow them to organise heats in their area. Please notify us if you do not consent to your name and email address being shared with our branch colleagues for the purpose of competition organisation. 

Please note: if you are currently at university, please provide your permanent address below (not your term-time address). You will be able to select your preferred regions to judge later on in this form.

Please also ensure you provide your personal email address, not a university or work address. 


The ESU's Safeguarding Policy and Volunteer Agreement

It is important that all judges, not matter how experienced, have read the ESU Volunteer Agreement and Safeguarding Policy. This is because the ESU, as an educational charity, and you, as volunteers, both have a duty of care to the young people who take part in our programmes. Click the links below to access and read both documents: 


Volunteer Agreement

Safeguarding Policy




To find out more about the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, please click here.

To find out more about the Performing Shakespeare competition, please click here.


Please select which competition(s) you would like to judge, and if you have judged before:


Judging availability

For 2022-2023 competitions, some rounds will be taking place online via Zoom as well as in-person. Please let us know if you are available to judge both virtual and in-person rounds below. 


Judging location

ESU competitions take place in twelve regions across the UK. Check the map below to see which region is closest to you - please click on the top left-hand corner of the map window to view the map key with region labels:

Please select your preferred region(s) to judge:


Additional information


Next steps

Thank you for applying to be a judge with the ESU! 

Once you submit this form, you will receive an email within the next seven working days with an invitation to join us at an upcoming training webinar where you will have the opportunity to meet other judges, discover helpful resources, and get to grips with how judging works. 

After attending your training webinar, you will be required to complete a brief online assessment, and you'll soon hear from us about judging opportunities near you!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Don't forget to get in touch with us at if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further.

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