From micro-aggressions to civil rights, here is what you can do to help the LGBTQIA+ community

Scarlett - Year 7 Student Editor's note: Scarlett delves into the scale of problems faced by the LGBTQ+ community. She discusses the issue with micro aggressions and uses punchy facts to draw attention to wider civil rights concerns. Scarlett also asks the reader to celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community, with several music recommendations … Continue reading From micro-aggressions to civil rights, here is what you can do to help the LGBTQIA+ community

Lockdown Poem

Sarika - Year 8 Student Editor's note: Year 8 student Sarika's Lockdown Poem was written in response to the Daily Telegraph Teen Writing Competition, 2021. Sarika's choice of topic is highly appropriate, capturing beautifully some of the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CPD On November 2019, When all was good, Something went wrong. … Continue reading Lockdown Poem

Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?

Oliver - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: Year 12 student Oliver writes here in response to the thought-provoking Art History essay title set for the New College of the Humanities essay competition, 2021. ‘Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?’ – what are your thoughts on this controversial issue? CPD Touring the British Museum is … Continue reading Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?

Mental health issues in the modern world

Anonymous - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: A Year 12 student who wishes to remain anonymous writes here in response to the thought-provoking psychology essay title set for the New College of the Humanities essay competition, 2021. ‘Discuss the sources of mental health issues in the modern world’ – what are your thoughts on this important issue? CPD The … Continue reading Mental health issues in the modern world

When, if ever, should one be criminally liable for infecting another person with a disease?

Charlotte - Year 12 Student Editor's note: Year 12 student Charlotte writes here in response to the law question set for the New College of the Humanities essay competition, 2021. Set against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the often contested social restrictions put in place - for example, 'Stay Home. Protect the … Continue reading When, if ever, should one be criminally liable for infecting another person with a disease?

Witold Pilecki: The Auschwitz Volunteer

Oliver - Year 12 Student & Chief Editor, Humanities Journal Editor's note: Oliver shares here the remarkably brave life of Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, the so-called 'Auschwitz volunteer'. As Oliver notes, "[a]lthough exalted today by his compatriots, Pilecki deserves to be better known... He is remembered today as a national hero in Poland and, … Continue reading Witold Pilecki: The Auschwitz Volunteer

Did continual military expansion lead to the decay of the Carolingian Empire?

Mei - Year 13 Student & Former Chief Editor, Humanities Journal Editor's Note: Year 13 student Mei, founder and former Chief Editor of the school's Humanities Journal, researched and composed this remarkable extended essay on the Carolingian Empire in response to the Robson History Prize essay competition organised by Trinity College, Cambridge. The judges were … Continue reading Did continual military expansion lead to the decay of the Carolingian Empire?

To what extent is the ‘Harrying of the North’ responsible for the contemporary economic disparity between the North and South?

James - Year 13 Student Editor’s Note: Year 13 student James submitted this fascinating essay on William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North to the Peterhouse College, Cambridge, annual Vellacott History Prize essay competition. James's essay was a competition winner: as the judges noted, "[t]he standard of entries was high, but the judges felt that your essay stood … Continue reading To what extent is the ‘Harrying of the North’ responsible for the contemporary economic disparity between the North and South?