The Upper College Society met for the first time this academic year, where students presented papers on the future of Islam and its reputation before being questioned by the audience. Professor Alison Scott-Baumann from the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of London, who has worked closely with the Government on how to engage the Muslim community, then commented on each of their papers before awarding the prize for the best paper. Elias Hirsi (U6, BH) gave a highly commended paper on Islam and politics, exploring the distinctions between different Muslim groups. Ankita Mediratta (U6, W) gave an impressive analysis of whether there is a 'true Islam'. However, it was Charlotte Ball (U6, Ch) who won, discussing the power struggle of different Islamist factions in Kenya. Afterwards, the Upper College enjoyed live music, drinks, and nibbles to relax after a busy start to the term.