People

Phil Miller – The New Collection Founder  

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Phil Miller has just graduated with a first class BA (hons) in English Literature from the University of Stirling. His degree included focused research on the complexities associated with Thomas Spence, The Rights of Man and the Eighteenth-Century Socio-Political context. He is now reading for an MRes Humanities under the supervision of Dr Katie Halsey and Dr Emma Macleod, which seeks to look at 18th-Century perceptions of Radical literature, key figures of the epoch and British literary reactions to the French Revolution.

Aside from university study, Phil has a growing interest in multi-lateral, progressive approaches to foreign policy and diplomacy. This stems from both time spent studying at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, but also from his earlier association with Le Relais de la Mémoire.  For three years, Phil was part of the United Kingdom’s delegation to the Mémoire des Déportès et des Résistants d’Europe – Le Relais de la Memoire Juniors which provided him with the opportunity to network, discuss and build friendships with his European counterparts – whilst fundamentally giving an insight into European diplomacy. It also helped him develop his public speaking ability and hone his speech writing technique. Furthermore, Le Relais (an English explanation from Dr J Hind) provided him with the necessary skills required for a comprehensive and interesting debate on the controversial and complex problems faced by previous generations of Europeans, but worryingly so, problems that remain today, ever present in the lives of vast populations of the modern world.

Phil provides a centre-left progressive perspective on both political and social affairs in the United Kingdom. As well as writing on multilateralism and international politics in the modern world, he also documents areas of interest and significance in his ongoing research.

 

George Harrison – Co-Founder 

George Harrison has recently finished studying for a BA(hons) in Political Science at the University of Stirling. He is now studying for his MSC in International Political Theory at Strathclyde University in the class of 2021. As well as contributing published articles to Young Diplomats Magazine with a focus on wider global issues, George provides a centre-right progressive perspective on both European and British political affairs. In his own words:

“At present, my research questions imperialist ambitions of an intergovernmental EU towards accession states and third-countries, focusing particularly on post-Ceaucescu Romania. My academic profile has covered international relations, conflict resolution, human rights, policy design and nationalism studies. Particular attention has been made to certain geopolitical regions of the world, notably Turkey, Eastern Europe, China and the U.K.”

 

Harry Higginson – Current Affairs Editor

 

Harry is a recent graduate from the University of Exeter with a first class undergraduate degree in History and International Relations. Focusing broadly on colonialism, the history of violence, and the manner in which the colonial legacy continues to manifest in modern politics and society, their dissertation examined reporting trends in the British press surrounding the Bloody Sunday massacres in Ireland. Now a freelance music journalist, Harry is also currently working as a volunteer fact checker for One Day Seyoum, an activist publication seeking to highlight human rights abuses in Eritrea. With a firm belief in the notion of the personal very much being the political, Harry is interested in the collection between our culture and politics, and the reciprocal and reinforcing relationship that informs how deeper political ideas manifest in every day life, from austerity to post-Thatcherite neoliberalism. A fan of alternative music and football, with a personal investment in LGBTQ+ issues, Harry seeks to bring an inquisitive, critical, and left-centric approach to the New Collection, blending esoteric issues of ideology and praxis with more accessible frameworks.

 

Aaron Dafinone – London Editor

 

Aaron works as a contributor and London Editor of The New Collection. Born and raised in the capital, he leads an active social life and enjoys football, 90s music, radio and going to the gym. He loves getting under the skin of people and finding out what makes them the person they are. He has been a volunteer News Script writer for over 2 years at Westside Radio and is proud to The New Collection team his new home.

 

Michael Hazle – Content Contributor

 
Michael Hazle has recently completed his undergraduate degree of BA (Hons) Journalism at the University of Lincoln, who is now interning at a cybersecurity startup in London to create dynamic article content as well as managing social media campaigns. During his studies, Michael explored the difference in broadsheet and tabloid newspaper reporting of Muslim communities during the culture war protests, aligned with the theory of media framing. He also co-created and co-hosted a television entertainment podcast called The Weekend Show, alongside being a regularly keen contributor to the student broadcast bulletin, LSJ Weekly.
 
Outside of his studies, Michael is a keen photographer with a growing interest in long-exposure and landscape photography. The majority of his work is captured in North Wales, where he regularly travels to captivate the expansive space of Snowdonia as well as enjoying the mountainous walks and sea air. He hopes to freelance this passion alongside his journalism career.

 

Jasmine Brick – Content Contributor

 
Jasmine has a law degree from the University of Sheffield and a Master’s in Law, Medicine and Healthcare from the University of Liverpool. When made redundant from her role in a law firm due to the Covid-19 lockdown, she threw herself into her writing and discovered a passion for journalism. Jasmine plans to piece together her passion for the legal world with her passion for feminism and female empowerment to bring encouraging and informative content to The New Collection.

 

Ibrahim Lakhanpal – Recruitment Lead

 
Ibrahim Lakhanpal has recently completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham, where he read English. Throughout his studies, Ibrahim worked for various student publications as both a writer and editor, with articles ranging from film reviews to entertainment interviews. He is now in the process of creating a podcast series centered around popular literature.
 
In his spare time, Ibrahim enjoys writing short stories. He is currently working on his first novel.

 

Megan Loveys – Lifestyle and Culture Editor

 

Meg has a background in education-based research and a passion for travel which makes travel writing one of her favourite past-times. As the first UK lockdown commences, Meg moved away from Liverpool where she had lived for 3 years as part of her studies, to start her career. After throwing herself into her corporate role, she started to miss writing. Meg has joined the team with the goal of bringing travel-based content to The New collection.

 

Kate Moncur – Entertainment Editor 

Katie Moncur recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class BA (Hons) in English. During her time at UoN, she joined the University’s award-winning Impact Magazine as a writer and photographer before progressing to Associate Editor of Reviews, Head of Reviews and finally to Editor-in-Chief. As Editor-in-Chief of Impact, she used the magazine’s platform to empower the student voice on topics close to her heart such as health and wellbeing, sustainability and identity. She is an avid reader, podcast-listener and traveller who has enjoyed writing a diverse range of articles from travel pieces and news investigations to theatre, film and gig reviews and some highlight interviews with the likes of Circa Waves, Pale Waves and Tom Grennan. If she’s not playing Korfball or practising Downward Facing Dog then you’ll most likely find her eating her way through a pack of biscuits with either a cup of tea or a gin & tonic. At the national Student Publication Association Awards 2020, she was highly commended for the Billy Dowling-Reid Award for Outstanding Commitment to Impact. Along with a whole lot of entertainment, she’s here to bring the same energy, enthusiasm and drive to The New Collection team. 

 

Francesco Guerritore – Content Contributor

 

Francesco Guerritore is an aspiring journalist currently expanding his knowledge into Science and Psychology. He has recently completed his degree in BA(Hons) International Journalism in Liverpool at the Liverpool John Moores University. Francesco focused his last year of studies in specialising in the broadcast field, learning the basic skills for video production and editing by creating pieces of local journalism. However, he did not turn away from writing as well as growing his theoretical academic knowledge through reading books and articles, and he is now focusing on Psychology and the study of the mind. He has a data-driven analytical approach that aims at finding stories in current literature for background and consolidate facts through statistical methods. Francesco is aiming to build a free-lancing journalism careers investigating scientific matters.

 

Ottilie Black – Content Contributor

I love to write, look, read, listen. The written word has always been my favourite and most natural means of personal expression, while the Art of others has so often served as my inspiration.


Having just graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in the History of Art, art forms the basis of much of my writing, although I am not limited solely to the artistic realm. Whilst on my year abroad at the University of Sydney, I was able to get involved with the student newspaper ‘Honi Soit’ as part of its editorial team, covering a broad spectrum of topics from the 2019 federal election, to the Australian Open.


I’m really looking forward to joining the team at The New Collection and being able to talk all things Art and Culture.

 

Oli Hammett – Content Contributor

Oli Hammett is a multimedia journalist living in London, with a particular interest in Latin American news and culture.

 

Pietro Galinta – Content Contributor

 

Pietro Galinta has recently completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Genova (Italy), where he studied Politics and International Relations. During his studies, Pietro worked for a local newspaper, “Il Cittadino – The Citizen”, where he had the opportunity to write articles on Italian General Elections of 2018.

In 2019 he attended the Erasmus+ Program at the ‘Universidad Carlos III de Madrid’, where Pietro had the opportunity to assist the Spanish General Elections of 2019. Passionate about Politics and Elections, during the Quarantine caused by Covid-19, he started a YouTube Channel called “Cotidie” (Everyday). Pietro published a video per day for seventy-five days about social media, politics and communication.

He loves social media and how they can influence our society. His Bachelor’s dissertation topic is political elections and new media. Pietro studied the most used communication strategies, how political marketing works and the role of a populist language on social media.

Alongside his collaboration with The New Collection, Pietro is a digital consultant and content creator for his YouTube channel.

 

Sam Bethune – Content Contributor

 

Sam Bethune is a recent graduate from De Montfort University with a first class undergraduate degree in Film and Journalism. During his studies, Sam took a particular interest in the theoretical framework of psychoanalysis and the ways in which it can be applied to film. His dissertation explored how useful psychoanalysis is in understanding concepts of masculinity and femininity in 40s and 50s crime and suspense thrillers.

Alongside his studies, Sam spent time as a writer for his university’s student magazine, as well as a radio producer for award winning student radio station, DemonFM. In his spare time, he enjoys playing competitive sports such as tennis and badminton. Sam is a keen creative who has recently ventured into the area of graphic design, whereby he is looking to create a range of concept art. He plans to combine his journalistic and graphic design knowledge to future work.

 

Annabel D’Monte – UoN Ambassador and Content Contributor

Annabel is currently in her final year studying History at the University of Nottingham. She is also Film and TV editor for the university’s student magazine Impact, so spends her free time editing and writing entertainment related articles and interviews – she aims to continue doing this for The New Collection. She is currently looking for graduate schemes and internships with the hope of eventually combining her love of writing and film in a future career.

 

Sophie Swift – former Lifestyle editor and contributor. 

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You can find Sophie’s literary and creative output here: INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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