Compass 2018 Sixth Form Essay Competition

Compass is excited to launch it's first ever competition for Sixth Form Students! The essay competition is open to all Year 12 and 13 students and the deadline for entries is September 30th. This is a great opportunity for students to explore an issue in greater depth away from the school syllabus as well as…Read more Compass 2018 Sixth Form Essay Competition

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Austerity: Gendered and Unequal Effects

Austerity: what comes to mind is ideas of spending cuts, tax increases, and mounting national debt. Austerity as a policy reduces public deficits through a ‘rolling back’ of the state’s welfare provision. It is justified by ‘tightening our belts’ and ‘making the rich pay.’ The UK Government embarked on an austerity project in response to…Read more Austerity: Gendered and Unequal Effects

A Beginner’s Guide to the Contemporary Institutionalisation of Geography in the UK

I’m 19, a student, and I really shouldn’t be interested in this: that’s what’s going through my mind as I write here at the Geographical Association’s 125th Annual Conference in Sheffield. Right now, I’m surrounded almost entirely by secondary school geography teachers, hearing them chat away about their latest classroom techniques, and I should be…Read more A Beginner’s Guide to the Contemporary Institutionalisation of Geography in the UK

Hints, Tips and Thoughts for ReVision Ahead of Summer Term…

As we approach the Easter break and thoughts begin to turn towards the exams on the distant horizon that is summer term, I thought it might be helpful just to give some advice as to what I have found helpful and/or extremely unhelpful in my time at Cambridge in relation to revising/essay-writing and getting through…Read more Hints, Tips and Thoughts for ReVision Ahead of Summer Term…

‘Identity makes sense when you explain it, it doesn’t make sense when you live it’ Compass Meets Sal Lavallo – Part 1

Sal Lavallo defines himself not as a traveller but as a learner and an individual filled with curiosity and thirst for discovery. By the age of 27, Sal has already travelled to every country in the world (193 nations) the youngest person to achieve this feat. However, the underpinning drive that led him to travel…Read more ‘Identity makes sense when you explain it, it doesn’t make sense when you live it’ Compass Meets Sal Lavallo – Part 1

Houston Floods: A Story of Danger, Discord and Deficient Risk Communication

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Texas Gulf Coast in August 2005, followed shortly by Hurricane Rita. This hazard exposure would appear to have made Houstonians resolute – the next time a hurricane struck, they would evacuate without deliberation, regardless of regulatory advice. The noxious memories of Hurricane Katrina were to mould future hazard responses and personal…Read more Houston Floods: A Story of Danger, Discord and Deficient Risk Communication

Nature and Culture – A Call For The Wild…

The definition of ‘nature’ is at once very familiar yet incredibly elusive, as the philosopher Kate Soper recognised. To the majority of Western societies, it is something that is contained, spatially, outside of us. It is managed, quantified, enjoyed in designated portions, conserved, destroyed, consumed… and disappearing, at a terrifying rate. But the concept of…Read more Nature and Culture – A Call For The Wild…