What can we learn from literature? The historical context of ‘Oliver Twist’.

Thursday 17 January 2019 - Anna Hubbard, Year 13 

My lecture will be considering the importance of literature and whether ‘Oliver Twist’, arguably Charles Dickens’ most famous and significant novel, contained more of a political message than first assumed. My lecture is based on the research of my EPQ project and will consider how far can Dickens’ novel be used as an accurate portrayal of the state of poverty and crime in England at the time?

Geology and Climate Change.

Tuesday 12 February 2019 - Alvin Chung, Preeti Krishna & Ashley Pang, Year 13
As Climate Change is a global crisis, we need to know more about it. Last year, we had a lecture about what we can do in the future to save the world from Climate Change. This year, we are going to talk about Climate Change from a geological point of view. There are three main points that we will be focusing on, they are 

  • How the formation of rock tells us its environmental conditions (e.g. temperature) in the carbon cycle
  • How we can tell Climate Change within the structures of rock, including fossils
  • How the impacts of Climate Change influence geology and us

Since Climate Change is changing the Earth’s structure, we ought to protect the Earth and reduce the likelihood of experiencing the Second Climate Change. 


Voting: Why Bother?

Thursday 7 March 2019 - Katie McCullough and Madeleine Fairbrother, Year 13

In this lecture I will explore the background of democracy, political apathy, why the right to vote should be exercised, what happens when democracy falls and what can be done in future to encourage voting or participation in other ways. I hope to do this through examination of both modern and historical events, such as the Brexit vote, Trump election and the Apartheid of South Africa, as well as theories and thoughts of people such as Plato. I would like to investigate the process at the heart of our lives and better understand why it is so vital.

Education is making us smarter - or is it?

Tuesday 30 April 2019 - Polly To, Year 13
The lecture will be exploring the impact of changes in education on average intelligence in 50 years' time. The structure would be similar to the one I used for my EPQ;

  • the indirect causes (that affect education)
  • the direct causes
  • changes in education (quality and duration)
  • intelligence (how it would be affected by education)