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LMH Finalist Charlie Jenner (2021, Psychology and Philosophy) has been awarded a prestigious Thouron Award, which will support his postgraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). 

The Thouron Award is a highly competitive scholarship, which is awarded to no more than 10 students across the UK each year. The Award was established in 1960 by Sir John Thouron and Lady Thouron, who sought to foster stronger bonds between the United Kingdom and the United States by empowering exceptional scholars. Recipients are selected not just for their academic achievements but also for their capacity to engage constructively in a changing world.

Charlie intends to pursue a Master's degree in Bioethics, the multi-disciplinary study of moral and ethical questions related to human health and well-being. Charlie shared his excitement, stating, "I've always had a dream of studying abroad, and the US emerged as the ideal place to do it with the courses it offered. Courses in Bioethics are much harder to find at top destinations elsewhere".

Reflecting on his decision to apply for the Thouron Award, Charlie explains that he was drawn to it in particular because of the way it encourages recipients to explore challenging questions, saying, "The Thouron Award struck me as looking for a particular kind of person – rather than a particular CV – so I feel emboldened to go and navigate what will undoubtedly be a tricky course with some tricky topics and conversations".

One of the big draws of the Bioethics course at UPenn was the fact that it is based in the School of Medicine, which is not the case in many other institutions. Charlie notes, “The school has a great integrated structure with affiliated hospitals, in what is a massive healthcare system (Philadelphia), so I’ll be able to see how ethical issues crop up and are tackled in real clinical scenarios. That’s very exciting”.  

A keen rugby player, making many appearances for the LMH team during his time here, Charlie is also looking forward to exploring the vibrant college sports culture in the US as he pursues his studies at UPenn. We wish him the best of luck with his future studies.