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Medicine MBBS graduate awarded the prestigious Wellington Medal

An image of Dr Thibault Magrangeas on his graduation day

Dr Thibault Magrangeas, a Medicine (MBBS) graduate from the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, has been announced as the 2022 winner of The Wellington Medal.

The Wellington Medal is awarded each year to the most outstanding undergraduate student at King’s College London in the year of their graduation. The award recognises high academic achievement and other contributions made during the student’s time at university and to acknowledge their impressive future potential.

The Duke of Wellington, founder of the award, former Chairman of King’s College Council, and Chair of the selection panel noted, “Selecting the winner is always very difficult as King’s has many outstanding students who achieve a great deal and make a significant difference. Each faculty proposes their strongest candidate for the medal. Each candidate will have a strong record of academic achievement and contribution to the University community. Each proposed candidate should have been proud to have been nominated and they clearly all have a very bright future.

Thibault was chosen as this year’s winner not only for his academic accomplishments but also his work to support fellow medical students during the COVID pandemic, and his commitment to promoting and improving the understanding of medical ethics among his fellow students.– Duke of Wellington

Thibault earned a First in his Intercalated Neuroscience BSc at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, performing in the top 10% of students in the fourth year OSCEs.  Thibault did an elective placement in Germany and France in his fourth year and completed the three-year AKC (Associateship of King’s College) and was awarded the ‘Leathes Prize First’ as best finalist for the AKC in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

It was a surprise and a great pleasure to receive the Wellington Medal. Studying at King's gave me the opportunity to get involved in so many projects across the University with student societies as well as faculty, and I'm very grateful to have been a part of such a great and welcoming institution.– Dr Thibault Magrangeas, winner of the Wellington Medal

Outside of the classroom, Thibault worked hard for the student community. He co-founded and taught medical French to colleagues through the KCL Anglo-French Medical Society. He was also President of the KCL Fencing Society where he improved access for students of mixed abilities to join the society and helped to build a safe space for female and LGBTQ+ members. During his time with KCL Fencing the society received national recognition, winning the British Fencing Best University Fencing Club of the Year prize in 2018 and the KCLSU Club of the Year award in 2019.

A proactive student leader during his iBSc, then for Years 4 and 5 medical students, he assisted fellow students in navigating the pandemic, working with faculty to ensure adequate support was available to combat loneliness and isolation. He was awarded "Full Shield" and "Full Colour" prizes in 2021, by the Medical Student Association based on peer recommendations in recognition of his contribution to student life.

We are absolutely delighted that Thibault, a Medical Student graduate within the Faculty of Life Science & Medicine, has been selected as this year’s winner of the Wellington Medal. Thibault’s accomplishments demonstrate not only top-rate academic performance but also outstanding engagement with the extensive range of other opportunities that the university strives to offer. This award and his contribution to our community is an inspiration to students across King’s.– Professor Ajay Shah, Executive Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine