One Year of InTuition

Daniel Priestley - Editor & Writer

InTuition was an idea that came out of my desire to improve my writing and to attempt to get more involved in the more exciting parts of academia. We have covered issues from FGM, Star Wars, Access to Justice, Feminism, Climate Change and so much more.

I feel the project has been successful and I only have the other students involved to thank for that. So one year on, I’d like to thank Isaac Shepherd (for designing the logo), Katie May Huxtable (for doing some wonderful Instagram designs), Lily Frost (for managing the website whilst I went off on holiday for three months) and of course all my writers and guest writers for giving in to my nagging. To celebrate one year on I have gone through and selected my favourite article of each of my writers' articles below so give them a read if you are interested. Click on their name to view all their articles and the title to view the one being discussed.

Writers and My Favourite Article

Matthew Hodder - An Examination of Violence and its Restorative Properties in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

This was the first of Matthew Hodder’s article, and the second article on the blog, and provided a well researched and in-depth analysis of the way that Frederick Douglass uses violence in his writing to represent the liberation of a freed slave. This article set the bar very high for everyone else to follow.

“Violence was a visceral reminder of the slave’s condition that reinforced inferiority with every beating.”

Lily Frost - Legal History Made: The First FGM Conviction

Lily Frost probably has the most varied subject area on the blog; ranging from legal, feminist and historical topics. This was a really important article detailing the events surrounding the first-ever conviction for Female Genital Mutilation in the UK. Frost spent a lot of time in court watching the case, making this the only example of first hand reporting on the blog.

“This conviction is a breakthrough in legal history and will hopefully give victims the confidence they need in the system to come forward.”

Alison Romaine - Living The City Differently: ‘your city has a palette of grey, but that is not the way we see it’

This was Alison Romaine’s second article and it looked at how groups in society can be designed out of spaces. With a focus on the homeless and skateboarders, Romaine pulled apart how hostile architecture can take away spaces from the people without most of society realising.

“The homeless do not have the resilience of skaters to resist defensive architecture installations such as spikes in the urban form.”

Niamh Brook - The Ethics of True Stories in Cinema

As a film student, Niamh has covered Star Wars, the prominence of Disney, Stranger Things and the latest animated Spiderman movie. Her fourth, and my favourite of her articles, analyses ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Extremely Wicked, ‘Shockingly Evil and Vile’ and ‘Rocketman’ and presents interesting questions about the ethics of converting true stories into entertainment.

“We must remember that the two hours of entertainment we get through these films are in some cases, someone’s entire lifetime.”

Zoe Smith - Caster Semenya and Gender in Athletics

Zoe Smith’s article on Caster Semenya used her case to explore how ideological ideas about gender and sex can seep into a scientific discussion and pulled apart the Court of Arbitration’s ruling to expose it for the injustice it was.

“The least the global stage can offer Caster Semenya is the opportunity to do what she does best, uninhibited, and that is run.”

Edward Baker - IS Bride: An Issue of Human Rights?

Edward Baker’s articles surround the controversial legal issues that Human Rights have created. My favourite of Baker’s article is his deconstruction of the tragic case of the IS Bride; which argues that the controversy surrounding Shamima Begum was a debate that should be focused on the human rights of Miss Begum and her now sadly departed son.

“The rash decision of the Home Office has shown great potential to neglect her rights for a family and private life.”

Sophie Bond - Forgiveness at Christmas: Analysis of The Grinch & A Christmas Carol

Sophie Bond has written around issues of English Language but my favourite of her articles is one of her latest that moves away from her usual subject area. Bond’s analysis of the Grinch & A Christmas Carol benefits from a second read, with popular Christmas song titles woven effortlessly in the text. This one is a delightful & Christmassy read (perfect for February).

“It goes to show when you’re surrounded by loving, caring and forgiving individuals, anything could be underneath the tree for you.”

Orlagh Turner - A Cry To People: The Case of Coral Reefs and Climate Change

Orlagh Turner’s comprehensive discussion of the death of the Coral Reefs presents an urgent issue with all the detail you could ever want. It’s important to understand in detail these issues that feel a world away so we can understand how our lives are damaging our planet.

“If the decline in coral continues there is a prediction that by the end of this century all corals will become extinct, only existing in tales about ‘the old days’.”

Keziah Flack - The Chinese Energy Transition - Is China the Cleanest Polluter in the World?

If you’ve read all of Keziah Flack’s articles then you’ll have begun to get an understanding of the range of issues currently challenging our environment. However, my favourite aspect of Flack’s writing is her use of the imaginative analogy leading to some of my favourite sentences from the blog including the below quote.

“The secret is out: fossil fuels are but the balls in a global game of Hungry Hippos and eventually we will gobble them all.”

Megan Tomlinson - “Constitutional coup” or a Close Call for the Constitution?

Megan Tomlinson’s article discussed the Supreme Court’s decision to hold Boris Johnson’s proroguing of parliament in September 2019 unlawful in a way that was accessible to people without any sort of legal background. Given the complicated constitutional issues surrounding this case, this article was an impressive achievement.

“This case asserts that the courts can identify constitutional limits of Governmental power and that they will enforce these.”

Lani Bond - No Trial, No Time Limit: End Indefinite Detention in the UK

Lani Bond’s article looking at the issue of indefinite detention in the UK sheds light on an ongoing and incredibly important issue that tends to dodge the headlines. This article understands that sometimes the key to change is the raising of public awareness and it conveys the story of those detained incredibly effectively.

“Immigration Detention in the UK is an issue that has been muffled out in the past– change is on the horizon, but more need to know.”

Dylan Freestone - The Story of the First Concentration Camps in History and the Whistle-Blowers of the British Empire

Our newest writer’s recently released account of how the British Empire used Concentration Camps. The horrors of the British Empire are somewhat absent from the syllabus of education in the UK so it’s very important to discuss these issues that have shaped the world as we know it today.

“As the proverb goes History repeats itself because no one listens. In this case, it is certainly worth listening to.”


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