Prizes, Bursaries and Other Funding

Entering for prizes and awards is not only about the financial benefits but also about the boost that these give to your portfolios and future prospects. As you know many Deaneries operate a system of ranking short-listed candidates for interview according to a scoring system and additional points have been given to students with awards and prizes.

We would encourage you to apply for these which we hope will be useful to you in the furtherance of your careers.

The Student Council asked whether we could provide any support for students applying for such prizes. We certainly can give some mentorship without compromising the work as being your own. If you'd like such support, please email Kirsty Hartley (k.hartley@keele.ac.uk). I will liaise with Kirsty about identifying someone appropriate who would be happy to help.

Best wishes and Good Luck!

Professor Andy Hassell, Head of School

Keele University School of Medicine Annual Prizes

Year 1

Prize
Criteria
Award
Year 1 Prize
Best performance in the summative assessments
£100
Year 1 Ian Gray Memorial Prize
Best performance in the skills examinations
£100

Year 2

Prize
Criteria
Award
Year 2 Prize
Best performance in the summative assessments
£100
Year 2 SSC Prize
Best overall mark in the SSC
£100

Year 3

Prize
Criteria
Award
Year 3 Prize
Best performance in the summative assessments
£100
Year 3 Donald Kemp Prize
Best performance in the OSCE
£100
Year 3 Mrs Bentley Prize in Primary Care
Essay Competition - 500 words "The patient in my CCS block who has taught me the most"
£100
Year 3 Quantitative Research Methods SSC
Student(s) who achieve the highest mark in the Year 3 Quantitative Research Methods SSC
£100

Wilfrid Kirkham Anatomy Prize

Prize
Criteria
Award
Wilfrid Kirkham Anatomy Prize
Best overall performance in Anatomy (Years 1, 2
or 3)
£100

Year 4

Prize
Criteria
Award
Year 4 Prize
Best performance in the summative assessments
£100
Year 4 Medical Institute Prize
Best performance in the OSCE
£100
Year 4 Chris Wilkins Memorial Prize
Best performance in Families and Children SSC
£100
Year 4 Medical Women's Federation Prize
Best SSC in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
£100
Year 4 Mrs Bentley Prize
Greatest rise in ranking between Year 3 OSCE and Year 4 OSCE
£100

Year 5

Prize
Criteria
Award
Year 5 Nigel Eastwood Memorial Prize
Best overall performance in Year 5
£100
Year 5 Mrs Bentley Prize in Primary Care
"The patient contact in my primary care placement that had the greatest impact on me" - 300 words
£100
Year 5 Elective Prize
Best photo (with accompanying paragraph of text) taken on elective
£50

Arthritis UK Medical Student Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine

Prize
Criteria
Award
Arthritis UK Medical Student Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Written report (which can be taken from an SSC) in the area of musculoskeletal medicine (rheumatology, orthopaedics, etc.).  Judged by a panel of local clinicians
£250

External Annual Prizes

  • The Royal Society of Medicine have a large number of annual prizes, awards and fellowships: www.rsm.ac.uk
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England have an annual scholarship, elective prize and intercalated degree award: www.rcseng.ac.uk
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists have an annual medical student essay prize: www.rcpsych.ac.uk
  • The Royal College of Radiologists have four annual undergraduate prizes: www.rcr.ac.uk
  • The Medical Council on Alcohol hold an essay competition each year: www.m-c-a.org.uk/medical_students/Competitions
  • The British Holistic Medical Association hold an annual essay competition for which the David Cobbold Essay Prize is awarded: www.bhma.org/
  • The British Society for Dermatological Surgery have an annual essay prize for medical students: www.bsds.org.uk
  • ASME (the Association for the Study of Medical Education) sponsors the Sir John Ellis Student Prizes available for both standard and intercalated degrees: www.asme.org.uk
  • The Faculty of Public Health award the Cochrane Prize to an undergraduate student each year: www.fphm.org.uk
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners award an annual elective prize: www.rcgp.org.uk
  • The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene award an annual elective prize: www.rstmh.org/
  • The Pain Relief Foundation have an annual medical student essay prize: www.painrelieffoundation.org.uk
  • The British Society for Haematology have an annual medical student essay prize: www.b-s-h.org.uk
  • The Dystonia Society have an annual Jackie Deakin essay competition: www.dystonia.org.uk

Bursaries

Keele University Bursaries

For a list of all the Keele University bursaries available please go to Student Funding.

Student Conference Bursary

The Medical School has managed to identify a small grant to help students with the expense of attending conferences. If you wish to apply for this, you must first complete the Leave-Absence Form and forward this to your Teaching Support Administrator. If approved, you must then complete the Application for Financial Assistance Form and send this together with a copy of your authorised Leave-Absence Form to medicine.bursaries@keele.ac.uk. A group will consider these applications every few months. If your application is successful you will not be reimbursed until after the event when you have submitted an Expenses Form with the relevant receipts. For more details please see this Medical Student Conference Bursary Further Information.

The Conference Bursary Group are due to meet to consider applications on the following dates:

  • 14 November 2018
  • 13 February 2019
  • 12 June 2019

Dr Carol Gray, Chair of Bursary Committee

Yette & Boris Glass Foundation

Applications are invited from Keele undergraduate medical students for awards of up to £1000 towards an intercalated degree or an elective period abroad. For more information go to Yette & Boris Glass Foundation.

NHS Bursaries

For information on the student bursaries available through the NHS, and your eligibility for them, please go to www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk.

External Bursaries

  • The Royal Society of Medicine have a large number of annual prizes, awards and fellowships: www.rsm.ac.uk
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England have an annual scholarship, elective prize and intercalated degree award: www.rcseng.ac.uk
  • The Royal College of Physicians London has the Oscar Reginald Lewis Bequest which makes annual awards to students spending their elective period abroad: www.rcplondon.ac.uk
  • The Royal College of Radiologists have undergraduate bursaries for medical students undertaking electives in clinical radiology and clinical oncology: www.rcr.ac.uk
  • Wellbeing Of Women award annual bursaries, part funded by the National Birthday Trust, to medical students whose electives are in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Neonatology and Midwifery: www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk
  • Heart Research UK have regional intercalated BSc Scholarships for medical students specialising in heart research: http://heartresearch.org.uk
  • The Wolfson Foundation have annual medical intercalated awards: www.wolfson.org.uk
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities have the Edward Boyle Memorial Trust medical elective bursaries: www.acu.ac.uk
  • The Institute of Medical Ethics have grants and awards available to support medical student electives and medical student intercalated scholarships on medical ethics: www.instituteofmedicalethics.org
  • Arthritis Research UK has a scheme to offer musculoskeletal student electives: www.arthritisresearchuk.org
  • The Medical Schools Council have Beit Trust medical elective bursaries for students undertaking medical electives in Southern Africa: www.medschools.ac.uk
  • The Faculty of Occupational Medicine have Mobbs Student Electives Fellowships: http://www.fom.ac.uk 
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists have Pathfinder Fellowship awards for students in their penultimate year of study who are interested in pursuing a career in Psychiatry: www.rcpsych.ac.uk

Other Funding

General financial advice and information: www.money4medstudents.org.