KCLSU Award for Professor Penney Lewis
Posted on 12/07/2012
Professor Penney Lewis recently received the President’s Wreath award in the annual King’s College London Student Union (KCLSU) Awards.
The KCLSU Awards highlight the achievements of some truly exceptional students and staff, recognising their determination, commitment and passion for KCLSU and the King’s community.
The President’s Wreath is awarded in recognition of an extraordinary contribution to KCLSU and the King’s College London community and for improving the student experience.
Professor Lewis’ citation states: ‘Penney was an outstanding course director for the Medical Ethics and Law MA course. She is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about her subject and has been a constant guide for the students on the course. She is very organised, and extremely approachable. Her efforts this year have been outstanding; a great reflection of King’s and its community, and she has certainly been most committed to improving the student experience.’
The idea for the nomination came from current MA student Aoife Finnerty, who together with the MA class representative, Steven Rhodes, put Professor Lewis’ name forward to the KCLSU Awards committee.
Steven comments: ‘Penney Lewis represents everything a student wants in a Professor. Not only is Penney at the very top of her field (a leading and in-demand commentator on some of the most pressing legal issues of our day in assisted dying and euthanasia) she is also an outstanding teacher, an attentive and astute tutor and a first class administrator. Penney has faced a challenging year, in a whole series of events beyond her control, and through hard work, organisation and flair has emerged triumphant; the President’s Wreath is, indeed, the appropriate award.’
The MA Medical Ethics & Law programme was founded in 1978, and is an important part of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, the first of its kind in the UK. The programme examines in depth the ethical and legal questions raised by medical practice and research. The newly-launched MA Medical Law programme, a pathway under the Medical Ethics & Law programme, caters to those applying with a legal background, and has a stronger focus on the interaction between law and medicine in a wide variety of contexts including reproduction, end of life, negligence and mental health.