My research interests include the intersections of ethics and politics, particularly the ethics of mass surveillance, federated digital identity and the post-2008 legitimation crisis of liberal democratic capitalism.
From 2017 to 2018 I was the Editor-in-Chief of Critique, the official journal of Durham’s Philosophy Society.
As a first-class graduate of Philosophy from Durham University, I am a logical, analytical and creative thinker with a proven aptitude for strategic problem-solving. Having lived in five countries, including studying and working in Hong Kong, I am open-minded and quick to adapt, welcoming challenges with a global outlook.
Whilst at Durham University, I received the British Council’s prestigious ‘Scholarship for Excellence’ (£3000) and Trevelyan College’s ‘Greenwood Merit Scholarship’ (£400).
Taking over the struggling Event Photography Society, I negotiated benefits for photographers from the Treasury and later ratified the society. Single-handedly recruiting, I tripled the workforce, which led to a fivefold increase in events covered.
I was later elected Editor-in-Chief of the journal Critique. Diversifying our content and redesigning the website resulted in over 1,250 journal downloads – a 2000% increase from the previous year. Editing a journal strengthened my writing abilities and challenged me with views that often diverged from my own.
In 2018/19 I will be reading for an MSc in Political Theory at the LSE. Researching the complex systems of politics will allow me to build upon my first-class (74%) undergraduate dissertation on the ethics of mass surveillance.
Beyond university, I freelance to partly fund my education. Most notably, marketing videos I produced for Mvine Ltd. have been used in pitches to clients including the NHS, BT and TfL. I also recently completed a six-month internship at McCann Health in Hong Kong, later being invited back for a further three-months at their subsidiary, Consulting at McCann Health, in London.
Finally, as a former Officer Cadet in the Royal Air Force, I confidently handle my responsibilities. Four years of leadership training taught me the importance of time-management and empowering my team – and I graduated with Merit from the selective Air Cadet Leadership Course.
2014-18: The University of Durham (UK)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) (with Year Abroad) – Philosophy (First-Class)
→ Recipient of Trevelyan College’s Greenwood Merit Scholarship and The British Council’s Scholarship for Excellence for the year 2016/7.
Fourth Year (First-Class – Average 73%):
74% – Dissertation (double module)
74% – Metaphysics
73% – 20th Century European Philosophy
73% – Ethics in Business Practice
68% – Applied Ethics
Third Year Abroad (See Below)
Second Year (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 (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). Philosophy Modules cGPA: 4.0
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)