Eva - Year 10 Student Editor’s note: This short essay was recently entered into the GSAL Black History Essay Writing Competition, organized by The GSAL Journal and UPSoc to coincide with Black History Month. Open to all students in Year 10-13, the purpose of the competition was to encourage students to undertake independent research, think … Continue reading Ivory Bangle Lady: Black lives in Roman Britain
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
Rahul - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: Year 12 student Rahul writes here in response to the fascinating philosophy question set for the New College of the Humanities essay competition, 2021. 'Should robots have rights?' - what do you think? CPD “Man is a robot with defects.” 1 Emil Cioran (The Trouble With Being Born) From behind pristine glass … Continue reading Should robots have rights?
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?
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?
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?
Abi - Year 12 Student Editor's note: Do motives matter? Year 12 student, Abi Boggs explores the morality behind using activism in advertising, raising pertinent questions concerning the recent influx of organisations promoting human rights campaigns to sell products. She highlights the ‘hollow words’ in advertising, drawing on LGBTQ+ representation and the corporate involvement in … Continue reading The Impact of ‘Woke’ Advertising
Mei - Year 13 Student & Chief Editor, Humanities Journal As this wholly bizarre term draws to a close, the time comes when one must reflect. To pause, and look back at how far one has changed, one has evolved, one has grown. Reflection is something that has escaped me somewhat. In a time which … Continue reading Editorial: GSAL Humanities Journal 2019-20
Dhruv - Year 8 Student Editor's note: Moved by the events that followed the death of George Floyd and the ensuing Black Lives Matter movement, Dhruv, now in Year 9, challenged himself to reflect more fully on the scenes that unfolded before him at that time. These are complex and certainly emotive events, and yet … Continue reading Is the destruction of statues necessary?
Imogen - Year 12 Student Editor's note: This insightful essay written by talented student Imogen, now in Year 13, was shortlisted for the Political Studies Association Student Blog Competition 2020. Students from across the UK were invited to write 500-600 words on 'Does the public expect too much of UK Politicians?' Students were required to demonstrate … Continue reading ‘Does the public expect too much of UK politicians?’