My research interests include the ethics of state surveillance, determinism and the metaphysics of chance.
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High-performing Durham University philosophy undergraduate who is a logical, analytical and creative thinker. Proven ability for strategic, rigorous problem-solving honed through persuasive argumentation. Coupled with open-minded ambition – cultivated living in five countries, including studying and working in Hong Kong – is quick to adapt, welcoming challenges with a social and international outlook.
As a recipient of both the British Council’s prestigious Scholarship for Excellence (£3000) and Trevelyan College’s Greenwood Merit Scholarship (£400), clearly a student worth investing in.
Within Trevelyan College, impact was most felt through takeover of the struggling Event Photography Society: as President, successfully negotiated new compensation for photographers from the Treasury and later ratified the society. Single-handedly recruited, tripling the workforce, resulting in a fivefold increase in events covered. Meanwhile, procured freelance marketing clients to partly fund education. Notably, produced marketing video working alongside Senior Team at Mvine. Video used in pitches for subsequent clients including the NHS, BT and Transport for London. Most recently undertook marketing internship alongside studies in Hong Kong at McCann Health.
Finally, training as an Officer Cadet in the Royal Air Force instilled ability to handle responsibilities confidently and maturely. Four years of military leadership training cemented importance of effective time-management, as well as knowledge of when to empower and utilise team’s strengths. In short, a committed team-player who also knows how and when to take charge – as evidenced by graduation with merit from the highly selective Air Cadet Leadership Course and subsequent promotion to lead the RAF Section during final school year.
2014-18: The University of Durham (UK)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) (with Year Abroad) – Philosophy
→ Recipient of the Greenwood Merit Scholarship and The British Council’s Scholarship for Excellence for the year 2016/7.
Fourth Year (In Progress):
Philosophy Long Dissertation
20th Century European Philosophy
Ethics in Business Practice
Third Year Abroad (See Below)
Second Year (Upper 2:1 – Average 68%):
71% – Political Philosophy
70% – Modern Philosophy I
69% – Language, Logic and Reality
69% – Theory, Literature and Society
65% – Moral Theory
64% – Philosophy of Mind
First Year (Upper 2:1 – Average 66%):
75% – Introduction to Logic
65% – Knowledge and Reality
64% – Reading Philosophy
64% – Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science
62% – Ethics and Values
61% – Introduction to Psychology I
Officer Cadet (VR) in the Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron, Durham University Group Stunt Cheerleader, Durham Union Society Life Member, Durham University Student Ambassador, Durham University Freshers Representative for Trevelyan College, President of Trevelyan College Event Photography, Member of Trevelyan College Boat Club, Trevelyan College Chamber Choir, Trevelyan College Feminist Society and Trevelyan College Musical Society, Member of Durhan University Consulting Society
2016-17: The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
Year Abroad – Two Semesters of Study Abroad as an Exchange Student from Durham University.
Cumulative GPA (cGPA): 3.70 (First Class Honours)
Semester Two (3.74 GPA):
(A) Probability, Epistemology and Ethics
(A) Liberal Democracy
(A) Philosophy of Religion
(B) Chinese as a Foreign Language II (Mandarin)
Semester One (First – 3.66 GPA):
(A+) – Xunzi
(A) – Philosophers’ Views of China in Early-Modern Europe
(A) – Moral Problems
(B) – Chinese as a Foreign Language I (Mandarin)
(B) – Chinese Political Philosophy
HKU Toastmasters, Volunteer at the Domestic Workers Empowerment Project, New College Dragon Boating, New College Hiking Club
2012-14: Magdalen College School, Oxford (UK)
- A* in English Literature – OCR
- A* in Theology (Religious Studies) – OCR
- A* in Geography – AQA
- A in Art – AQA
Head of Section of Combined Cadet Force (RAF), Rowing, Chamber Choir, The Noteables, A Capella, Theology Society, Musical Society
2011-12: The British School of Brussels (Belgium)
GCSEs: four A*’s (Physics, Biology, English and Geography), five A’s and one B
Attended for just over one year, completing GCSEs in half the usual time
2003-11: Stockport Grammar School (UK)
The British Council’s Scholarship for Excellence (Official Site)
I am honoured to have received one of sixteen scholarships for £3,000 of funding from the British Council (offered by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) to aid me in my understanding of Chinese culture and business relations with the UK.
Greenwood Merit Scholarship – Trevelyan College, Durham
Monetary Scholarship (£400) and presentation. Awarded to a student undertaking a project to extend their study of China or the Chinese Language from an academic or personal/career development viewpoint or proposes a project to further the understanding between Britain and China. Applied and successfully received funding to support my exploration of China during my year abroad to the University of Hong Kong.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award (Official Site)
After an expedition to the Lake District, and 18 months of volunteering (with the RAF section, leading lessons), practicing my skills (singing lessons) and sport (continuing to learn to row), I achieved my Gold Award – the highest DofE qualification.
Graduation with Merit from the Air Cadet Leadership Course (ACLC) – RAF Cranwell
I was selected to attend the prestigious week-long ACLC course at RAF Cranwell, dramatically developing my leadership skills, including attaining the course record for one of the tasks I lead during phase 3. I passed out with Merit, parading at CHOM with my fellow members of B flight. Truly a fantastic experience that taught me a lot about working with people I’d never met to achieve and exceed many of our objectives.
Distinction in Waynflete Studies Programme – Magdalen College School, Oxford
My extended essay, ‘How Far Can the Existence of Religion Be Explained as a By-Product of a Combination of Psychological Phenomena?’, was honoured with distinction by the evaluative body. I received the award at Magdalen College, Oxford, from David Clary, President of Magdalen College. It can be read in its entirety at either the school archives or online here.
- Adobe Photoshop (Expert)
- Adobe After Effects (Expert)
- Maxon Cinema 4D (Proficient)
- Adobe Premiere Pro (Proficient)
- Adobe Illustrator (Working Knowledge)
- Microsoft Office (Expert)
I’m an ENTP (mbti).