Extended Research Project Celebration

26 January 2024

On Thursday 25th January 2024, we hosted our inaugural Extended Research Evening, to celebrate the achievements of Year 13 students taking part in the Warnock Extended Research Programme (ERP) and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). 

Named in honour of Mary Warnock, distinguished public servant, academic and former Head of Oxford High School GDST, our Extended Research Programme is a key feature of the OHS Sixth Form Programme. It gives all our students the opportunity for in-depth study of their chosen topic beyond the requirements of A Level, as well as the chance to demonstrate intellectual curiosity, independent learning and initiative – all skills which are highly valued by leading universities in the UK and abroad.

The following students presented their projects for an audience of parents, staff and students: 

Flora M – Renaissance Feminism: The “overlooked” first wave of feminism? 

Tilly H – Would a manned mission to Mars benefit from growing their own food?

Ahyoung K – Can immunotherapy be the treatment of choice for allergic rhinitis?

Olivia C – Ultra Processed Food; Is the degree of processing now a greater risk to health than the nutritive value?

Iphigenie T – How prominent was Antonia Minor in the Roman Empire and does her representation accurately reflect this?

Additionally, some students were able to display and present their projects as posters during a reception ahead of the evening: 

Gabriela P – In which ways is origami a useful problem-solving tool?

Erin J – What are the possible mutations and mechanisms by which SOD-1 causes neurodegeneration in people with MND?

Francesca U – What is the future of faecal microbiota transplantation in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Alex N – A discussion of how biomimetic thermally activated coiled polymer fibres can be used as effective artificial muscles for upper-limb prostheses

Sophia E – In what ways have historical events of the late 20th and early 21st centuries shaped the portrayal of villainy in Hollywood?

Haley W – How successful are the Common Reporting System (CRS) and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in detecting and tackling cross border tax evasion?

Evelyn L – What is the smportance of solvents and what are the details of solvent-varnish interactions during the cleaning of Easel Paintings?

Trisha T – Nuclear Fusion: To what extent is it likely to replace energy sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear fission in a manner that is both efficient and environmentally friendly?

Maddie D – Raising awareness of the 3 categories of cancer-causing genes and evaluating to what extent they link to available cancer treatment.

Anjali R –  Are there any viable alternatives to antidepressants in the NHS?

Rosalind A –  Guilty or Innocent: Exploring female victimisation in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Othello.

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