On November 8, the ILA/ORIS Presentation Evening showcased the outstanding independent research projects of Sixth Form students. These projects, completed during the Trinity Term of the Lower Sixth Form, covered a diverse range of topics. The shortlisted candidates presented confidently on subjects such as historically informed musical performance, hypersonic missiles, the Parisian suburbs’ built environment, and economic networks in business management.
The students demonstrated not only high academic research standards but also remarkable confidence and eloquence in presenting to a sizable audience. Judges, including Dr. Lorraine Linton, Mr. Chris Bradford, and Mr. Dunscombe, selected Shrey Bijlani and Jasper Morris as winners in the STEM and Arts/Humanities categories. Shrey’s ORIS project at the University of Bristol focused on pain processing in rats’ spinal cords, while Jasper’s ILA explored the influence of Classics on the white supremacist movement. Rohan McCauley and Oliver Godkin received high commendations for their presentations on smart cities and the role of obesogens in the obesity epidemic.