Phil Miller – The New Collection Founder  


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 the University of Strathclyde. As well as contributing published articles to sites such as Middle-East targeted Arab Politic and Young Diplomats Magazine with a focus on wider global issues, George provides a centrist, progressive perspective on both European and British social and political affairs. He formerly founded and directed a pressure group in the UK and has dealt with high-profile politicians home and abroad. He has a track record of thought-provoking articles and specialises in election coverage and European politics.

Ellie Wright – Lifestyle and Culture Editor

Ellie is a recent English graduate from the University of Nottingham. In her spare time, she loves to write on taboo subjects for women’s health, explore the outdoors and browse indie bookstores. Fuelled by cups of tea, she is curious and creative with an eye for small but impactful details and hopes to push boundaries at The New Collection.

To find out more about Ellie you can visit her website here: eleanorwrites.com

Harry Higginson – Current Affairs Editor

Harry is a recent graduate from the University of Exeter with a first class 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 connection between our culture and politics, and the reciprocal and reinforcing relationship that informs how deeper political ideas manifest in everyday 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.

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.

Katie 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. 

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.

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.