The Scholar

Welcome to The Scholar, The Brilliant Club’s academic journal of outstanding pupil work! The Scholar is published termly and showcases some of the excellent work produced by pupils on The Scholars Programme and Uni Pathways. All assignments nominated for publication are reviewed by an expert panel of PhD researchers and only the highest scoring are published.

We are delighted to celebrate our pupils’ work and achievements in the country’s only academic journal dedicated to publishing university-style assignments authored by school pupils. Publishing original work is an important part of academia and we are excited to introduce our pupils not only to the world of research but also to the next stages of peer review and publication in academic journals.

The Scholar 11

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We are delighted to present The Scholar 11! This edition contains 21 amazing articles covering arts & humanities and science topics authored by pupils from schools across the UK.

Subjects covered in this edition range from Malaria outbreaks to post-war politics and climate change to understanding how many engineers it takes to make an ice cream!

The Scholar 11 features some of the most articulate work ever produced by pupils on The Scholars Programme and Uni Pathways, which demonstrate the power of learning to inspire. In his guest article, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Leeds, Professor Tom Ward, emphasises the importance of having influential people around you to support your passions and encourage inquisitive learning!

We are honoured to be able to share with you the brilliant work of our scholars and congratulate them for their wonderful achievements.


Previous editions

The Scholar 10

The Scholar 10 contains 23 fantastic articles covering science, social science and arts and humanities topics, authored by pupils from schools across the UK.

Subjects covered in this edition range from the treatment of childhood cancers to quantum computing and the ethics of solitary confinement.

The Scholar 10 features some of the most articulate work ever produced by pupils on The Scholars Programme and Uni Pathways, which demonstrate the power of learning to inspire. In her guest article, Professor Jo Fox, Professor of Modern History at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, also emphasises the importance of passion and pursuing your goals and gives many examples of people who have done just that and changed the world as a result!


The Scholar 9

The Scholar 9 contains 20 of the best assignments produced by pupils on The Scholars Programme in the autumn term, 2017/18. We are delighted that this edition features more work produced by Key Stage 2 pupils in years 5 and 6 than any other edition!

In this issue, pupils explore topics ranging from the causes of chronic pain to the representation of nature in literature.

This edition also features an inspiring guest article by Professor Julian Wright, Head of Humanities at Northumbria University about the value of studying humanities subjects for both the student and society.


The Scholar 7 + 8

The Scholar 7 + 8 is a special edition containing 43 pupil essays, including for the first time work authored by pupils on our Uni Pathways programme!

In this edition, pupils explored topics ranging from climate change and anti-biotic resistance to restorative justice and philosophical approaches to euthanasia.

You can read these essays and many more in this exciting edition of our journal of outstanding pupil work, The Scholar. Also featured is an inspiring guest article by Professor Tim Leunig, Associate Professor of Economic History at LSE and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Education.

We are delighted to share with you the fantastic work of our scholars and congratulate them for their achievements.


The Scholar 6

The Scholar 6 contains some of the best pupil work ever authored by pupils on The Scholars Programme and we are delighted to share it with you!

In this edition, we launched a new partnership with Nature Research, a world-leading science publication, and shared some of their Research Highlights with our readers. Pupils from across the UK contributed research on fascinating subjects from zooarchaeology and epidemiology, to the ethics of euthanasia and the cultivation of well being in adolescents.

Congratulations to all pupils both nominated for and published in this edition of The Scholar!



The Scholar 5

This term we launched a new partnership with University College London’s Integrated Engineering Programme, and pupils across the country explored engineering and how it applies to their daily lives. Year 5 and 6 pupils found out all about ‘How many engineers does it take to make ice cream?’ whilst Year 7 and 8 pupils put together a robot from toothbrush components in the programme ‘Taming the Bristlebot’.

You can read super essays from both of these engineering programmes in this term’s edition of The Scholar, along with some other fascinating topics, from D. Willing, who analyses the popular fairytale Bluebeard by using Bettelheim’s psychoanalytic method, to L. Booth, who designed and conducted their own investigation into differences in returning heart rate after aerobic exercise.

We would like to congratulate all of our scholars whose work is nominated for and published in The Scholar. It is a wonderful achievement and we hope you enjoy reading their work.


The Scholar 4

A huge well done to all of our scholars featured in this edition! The competition for places was tough so all those both nominated and published can be very proud of their achievements.

This issue is full of fascinating articles on complex and unusual topics, and the review panel really enjoyed the process of selecting the entries for this term’s edition. In this edition, you can get stuck into a range of issues, from essays about Virginia Woolf and her take on human character, from J. Rowland-Chandler to problem sheets discussing whether the stars would float in the bath, from B. Cackett.

Congratulations to all the pupils whose work was featured this time, and a huge well done too to all those essays that were submitted for inclusion. They were all great reads and fantastic achievements.

As well as contributions from our scholars, we are delighted to welcome Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham, as the guest editor for this edition. He shares his thoughts on researching your university and degree subjects – handy for everyone who is coming up to the UCAS application deadline over the next few months! Thank you very much to Paul for his time and support, and we hope you enjoy The Scholar.

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The Scholar 3

We have been looking forward to bringing you the latest edition of The Scholar, and hope you enjoy the articles and problem sheets from our scholars this term.

As ever, putting together The Scholar has been a hugely enjoyable experience, and our team of reviewers read over 60 fantastic final assignments in order to decide upon the 24 included in this edition.

These cover greenhouse gas concentration and animal social networks from scholars J. Lucking and F. Catchpole, the mysteries of mathematics from K. Hancock and an exploration of historical moments from G. Lightfoot.

As well as contributions from our scholars, we are also delighted to welcome Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford as the guest editor for this edition. We are very grateful for her support and hope you enjoy The Scholar.

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The Scholar 2

Welcome to the second edition of academic journal of pupil work, The Scholar. We are very excited to be able to showcase these 16 fantastic final assignments from the pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme over the Spring and Autumn terms.

This term, you will read about Ebola in articles by A.Thapa and J.Jadeja; be transported to the top of Mount Etna in R.Hansla’s fascinating discussion of volcanology; and hear J. Kolgjini’s insightful take on Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth.

We are very impressed with all our pupils’ work and extend our congratulations to those that we have been able to include in The Scholar this time. The assignments you see in The Scholar are nominated by PhD tutors and reviewed by a panel of PhD tutors and our editors – getting as close to an authentic publication review as possible.

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The Scholar 1

We are delighted to announce the publication of the first ever edition of The Brilliant Club’s own academic journal of pupil work, The Scholar. It features a selection of the best final assignments submitted by pupils who have taken part in The Scholars Programme, as well as all the latest news from The Brilliant Club and guest articles written by our PhD tutors and partner organisations.

We hope it will serve as a source of inspiration and a starting point for many new discussions, and we are very proud to be sharing the fantastic work that pupils on our programmes produce. The first edition includes work from pupils on our Autumn and Spring programmes, with authors ranging in age from 10 to 17 years old – you can read more about the authors at the end of each article. Happy reading!

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