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. 

 

Waste Not, Want Not: today's wastage is tomorrow's shortage?

Thursday 7 March 2019 - Andrew Whitehead Year 13

Over 7 billion people are responsible for the Earth’s natural resources. As population pressure increases, the level of consumption of fuels, food, plastics and natural resources is becoming more straining on our planet. With media outlets and scientific research giving us 12 years to change our ways, is there a greener future or have we acted too late? Join me in my lecture where I will discuss key issues involving waste. I will look at previous solutions from governments and evaluate their successes as well as failures but also how every one of us can do our part in protecting the future of this planet.

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)