Benjamin completed his BA in History and Economics in 2019.

I find attempts to resolve the big social and political issues of the day endlessly fascinating, and believe an appreciation of history and a practical understanding of economics is as good a basis as any with which to try and find solutions to problems with everything from globalisation to inequality. Hence the basis for my degree in History and Economics, which though challenging is also greatly enjoyable.

Outside of my studies, I am active in student politics, having been Social Secretary and Political Officer of the Oxford University Conservative Association, which has involved running weekly debates, organising events and plenty of electioneering. Thatcher herself was president of the association in Michaelmas 1946, so it is a great privilege to be a recipient of a scholarship named in her honour. Additionally, I volunteer regularly while in Oxford to help alleviate the big homeless problem in the city – an attempt to give back to the wider community.’

The Michael Bishop Foundation Thatcher Scholarship is funded by a generous donation from the Lord Glendonbrook CBE through the Michael Bishop Foundation.