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?

Placebos and the placebo effect within medicine

Lewis - Year 10 Student Editor's note: Interested in studying medicine, Lewis, now in Year 11, has researched and written about the well-known but perhaps less well understood placebo effect. CPD Overview of Placebos Placebos are a means of testing the effectiveness and the usefulness of a drug and / or ailment. The ‘placebo’ itself … Continue reading Placebos and the placebo effect within medicine

Could bacteriophages offer a solution to the increase in antibiotic resistance?

Ben - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Aspiring medic and Oxbridge applicant Ben, now in Year 13, writes here for the school Science Magazine on whether or not bacteriophages offer a viable solution to the concerning increase observed in antibiotic resistance. This is Ben's first publication in The GSAL Journal. CPD Featured image: Phage injecting … Continue reading Could bacteriophages offer a solution to the increase in antibiotic resistance?

The pharmaceutical industry’s contamination of water: the aftermath of antidepressants

Ari - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Ari writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine, looking at the serious long-term impact of antidepressant medication on the natural environment. More effective water treatment technologies are certainly in the pipeline: is this soon to be an environmental success story? CPD [Featured image: Antidepressants. (Wallpaper … Continue reading The pharmaceutical industry’s contamination of water: the aftermath of antidepressants

Our Generational Duty to Science with a focus on Biomedical Engineering

Aashmi - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: Year 11 student Aashmi elected to write this extended essay on the chosen word ‘duty’ in response to The Dukes Essay Prize organised by Dukes Education. This competition is inspired by the famous entrance test for All Souls College, Oxford, where students write an essay in response to a single word, from the perspective of … Continue reading Our Generational Duty to Science with a focus on Biomedical Engineering

An Oxford Undergraduate’s Guide to… Medicine

Lexey Shipley - GSAL Alumna 2018 Written in 2018 by a first year medical student at Oxford, this unofficial guide provides a detailed, honest insight into the challenging process that aspirant medics must go through to secure a place at a leading university. Bear in mind that this guide is just one student’s reflection on … Continue reading An Oxford Undergraduate’s Guide to… Medicine