Academic & Student Affairs

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Musgrave Research Studentships

These studentships were founded in 1922 under the will of Henry Musgrave, for the promotion of scientific research.   The studentships are now governed by the 'Musgrave Studentship Legacy Scheme 1967'.

1.    A number of studentships may be offered, subject to availability of funds, each year for research in one of the following subjects: chemistry, physics, biology, physiology and pathology.  Normally, preference will be given for the award of one studentship in the subject of pathology.

2.    Due to financial constraints, the studentship is likely to take the form of a partial maintenance grant only, with no provision for fees.  It is also probable that the value of the award will be less than that of a government funded postgraduate award.

3.    The studentships shall be awarded to British subjects who are graduates and who are engaged, or show marked capacity for research work, in one of the above mentioned subjects.  No studentship shall be awarded unless the supervisor certifies that the previous work done by the candidate has shown him/her to be a person specially qualified to profit by an opportunity for research.  Preference will be given to graduates of a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, in a United Kingdom Colony, Protectorate, Trust or Mandated Territory, or in any territory which is either a member of, or remains associated with, the British Commonwealth of Nations.  No award will be made if there are no suitable candidates.

4.    Applications for studentships must be lodged with Postgraduate Student Centre, International and Postgraduate Student Centre not later than the specified closing date (normally in March) and appointment will date from the following 1 October.  Each application form should give full particulars of the candidate’s University record, teaching and research experience, a list of any papers published and an outline of the work proposed during the tenure of the studentship.  Each applicant must ask two referees to submit reports directly to Postgraduate Student Centre, International and Postgraduate Student Centre.

5.    These studentships may be held along with part-time posts in the University and/or scholarships, studentships or awards.

6.  Each candidate must indicate in writing that if awarded a studentship he/she will, during the tenure of the studentship, assist in laboratory demonstrations and instructions if required to do so.

7.   Each studentship shall be held, in the first instance, for one year but may be continued for a second or third year where the Selection Panel are satisfied with the student’s work and consider that the student would profit by further opportunities of research.  A studentship may not be held for more than three years.  Applications for renewal must be made to Postgraduate Student Centre, International and Postgraduate Student Centre by the specified closing date in the year following the election or re-election.

8.     Each recipient shall provide a statement, countersigned by the supervisor, detailing the work undertaken during the period of the studentship. This should be submitted to the Postgraduate Centre, International and Postgraduate Centre at least one month prior to the award end date.

Amended August 2006, February 2012

Harold Barbour Scholarship

The scholarship was founded by Mrs Harold Barbour in 1940.  The purpose of the scholarship is the encouragement of postgraduate training or research in any branch of agriculture. 

The holder of a scholarship shall be required to study full-time for a higher degree under the direction of a supervisor who is a member of the School of Biological Sciences.

Candidates must apply in writing to the Head of School of Biological Sciences not later than May 1, stating the problem or problems in which they propose to prosecute their research, and attaching an up to date curriculum vitae.  Candidates who intend to graduate shortly will be allowed to apply.

The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a School Research Committee consisting of the Head of School, Directors of Research and the Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, which will be based on the relevance of the candidate's proposal and the merits of his/her c.v. 

Amended May 2011, November 2013

Gibson Scholarships

These scholarships, founded in 1913 under the will of William Gibson, Belfast and London, for the promotion and encouragement of education in agriculture and related activities e.g. animal health and welfare, food quality and satety and land management are awarded to postgraduates of the University who were born in Northern Ireland.Preference will be given to students born in County Down or County Antrim and to postgraduate candidates.

1. A postgraduate scholarship was established in 1976 and will be available thereafter as funds permit.  Applicants should be graduates of the School of Biological Sciences of this University.  The holder will undertake full-time research in the School of Biological Sciences and may register for a higher degree of the University.

2. The scholarship will be tenable for up to three years.

3. The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a Board of Electors consisting of the Head of School of Biological Sciences, Directors of Education and Chair of the Postgraduate Research Committee.

4. Candidates must apply to the Head of the School of Biological Sciences normally not later than October 1 in the year which the scholarship is offered.

Amended May 2011

Northern Ireland Food Industries Research Fund

This fund was established in 1948 from contributions made to the Centenary Endowment Fund of the University by firms connected with the food industry in Northern Ireland and is to be used to support research which may be of value to these industries.

The grant will be awarded annually to the Best Student (Years 1, 2 & 3) at the Postgraduate Symposium (Institute for Global Food Security).  The Symposium takes place each year, during the summer term, and is open only to students undertaking postgraduate courses available at the Institute.

Each winner will receive a prize fund in the region of £750.  The recipient is eligible to receive the award on one occasion only i.e. not in subsequent years.

Winners are judged by Symposium attendees.  Selection will be based on merit using a robust system comprising strict criteria.

Amended February 2014

Dr Cyril Francis O'Reilly Fund

Origin:
This benefaction was instituted in 1977 under the bequest of Cyril Francis O'Reilly for the purpose of organic chemical food research with a view to helping the production of cheaper foodstuffs.

Duration:
Awarded annually, value in the region of £3,500

Benefaction:
To be awarded to one student enrolled on the BSc Honours Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies (4 year) course. 

To support a student who is undertaking an unpaid placement with a local company who requires assistance in the development & production of high end ‘artisan’ foods.

The award will be made by the IGFS Steering Committee in full consultation with the Work Placement and Careers Adviser for the School of Biological Sciences and under recommendation of the Head of School (Biological Sciences).

Awards will be paid in a manner to align with the work placement programme.

The Committee reserves the right not to award a funded placement, and is permitted to grant more awards in the succeeding year.

Terms:
Grant may be made to one student enrolled on the BSc Honours Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies (4 year) course.

To support a student who is undertaking an unpaid placement with a local company who requires assistance in the development & production of high end ‘artisan’ foods.

In the event where demand outstrips supply, the award will be competitive.  The recipient will be selected by interview, undertaken by the Work Placement & Careers Advisor and an appointed member of the IGFS Steering Committee.

The award will be advertised through the normal mechanism used by the Work Placement Programme.

The funded placement will not be offered if the annual income falls below the advertised value of the award.

The Committee reserves the right not to award a funded placement, and is permitted to grant more awards in the succeeding year.

Amended February 2014

Sir Walter William Adrian MacGeough Bond Studentship

This studentship was founded by Sir Walter William Adrian MacGeough Bond in 1944 for the application in Northern Ireland of science to agriculture.

It will be tenable by students in agriculture, agricultural science, agricultural economics, science, economics or veterinary science of a United Kingdom university.

The holder of a studentship shall work in the School of Biological Sciences, The Queen's University of Belfast, and shall be required to study full-time for a higher degree of the University under the direction of a supervisor nominated by the School.

The studentship will to provide short-term support and the annual value will be such as is prescribed by the Board of Electors, plus half fees.  In addition a sum not exceeding £150 per annum may be granted, on the authorisation of the supervisor, for expenses in travelling, the purchase of books, and other special disbursements in connection with the work.

Candidates must apply to the Head of the School of Biological Sciences not later than October 1, stating the problems in which they propose to prosecute their research. Candidates who intend to graduate shortly will be allowed to apply.

The studentship will be awarded on the recommendation of a Board of Electors consisting of the Head of School of Biological Sciences, Directors of Research drawn from the School and the Chair of the School Postgraduate Research Committee.

May 2011, May 2013

The R A E Armstrong Trust Fund 

The RAE Armstrong Trust Fund was established in 1997 to support a series of lectures and other activities in areas of genetics encompassing “the implications of heredity as it affects human society” in the School of Biological Sciences.   This covers topics in genetics such as health issues with particular reference to immunological and cancer genetics, fundamental mechanisms of genetics at the molecular and population levels, behavioural genetics and ethical aspects.  Three kinds of support are offered annually:

(a)    In support of an annual series of three lectures entitled The R A E Armstrong Lectures to be given by an invited lecturer who would receive full expenses, honorarium and contribution to costs of publication.   The lectures are aimed at advanced students and the public and would be advertised as such.

(b)     A full-time, short-term, research studentship covering fees and maintenance at the level paid by the Department of Education Northern Ireland.   The studentship, entitled the R A E Armstrong Research Studentship, will be advertised internally and filled by open competition.

Candidates must have at least a second class honours degree in a relevant area.   The studentship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and suitability of research proposal, and no award will be made if a suitable candidate does not come forward.  Applications should be submitted in writing to the Head of the School of Biological Sciences by 31 May each year, and applications should include a detailed research proposal and the names of two referees.

(c)    In support of research carried out under (b) including small items of equipment, recurrent costs and costs associated with preparation of doctoral theses and publication.

All proposals will be dealt with by the School of Biological Sciences Management Board (or its successor), in consultation with staff engaged in relevant areas of research.

August 2006; March 2013

Dunville Studentships

(See Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences)

The G. & M. Williams Research Fund

This fund was established in 1977 by a gift of £15,000 from the estate of George and Mollie Williams to commemorate their long association with the Queen's University of Belfast, and, in particular, their involvement in the foundation of the Marine Laboratory at Portaferry.   Mr George Williams was a member of the academic staff of the Department of Zoology from 1930 to 1968.

The fund is to be used to promote research activities through a provision of Bursaries or awards tenable at the Marine Laboratory by students and visiting research workers and through the improvement of appropriate supporting facilities.  The value and duration of awards will depend on the nature of the work proposed; student bursaries will normally be of up to £150 tenable within the summer vacation.

Bursaries and awards, which will be made on the recommendation of the Marine Biology Committee, will be advertised within the University.   Enquiries should be addressed to the Head of School of Biological Sciences by 1 May.

August 2006

Hugh Wisnom Scholarship

This scholarship was founded in 1923 by the Trustees of Hugh Wisnom, for the encouragement of scientific research.

1. The scholarship is of the value of £300 to be awarded annually and is tenable along with other awards.

2. The scholarship may be used to facilitate field work and research travel, and will be awarded annually to a graduate of Queen's University who proposes to engage in full-time or part-time research in botany, geography or zoology. 

3. Each candidate must be nominated by the Heads of the Schools of Geography or Biological Sciences, according to the subject in which the applicant proposes to do research.

4. The holder of the High Wisnom Scholarship shall be required during the tenure of the scholarship to pursue an approved course of research in the subject for which the nomination was made.

5. Nominations must be lodged with the School of Biological Sciences by the published deadline each year.  Nomination forms are available from the School Office.

Gibson Institute for Land and Food Development

The Gibson Trust Prize for Rural Development

The purpose of the Gibson Trust Prize for Rural Development is to recognise excellence in research in rural development at a post-graduate level.  The awards present an opportunity for the prize-winners to publicise and disseminate their research in an environment that is not normally available to them.  A total of two prizes will be awarded: one to a candidate registered at a University or Institute of Higher Education in the UK; and one to a candidate registered at a University or Institute of Higher Education in Ireland.  The value of each prize is £250, subject to the income generated by the Prize Fund.

To qualify for eligibility students must:

· be enrolled as full-time or part-time postgraduate students in a University or Institute of Higher Education in the UK to apply for the UK award;
· be enrolled as full-time or part-time postgraduate students in a University or Institute of Higher Education in Ireland to apply for the Irish award;
· have submitted a thesis as part of an MSc degree programme in the past twelve months; and
· have conducted their thesis on the subject of Rural Development.

Preference will be given to theses that advance the position of the small farming sector.

Candidates will be required to submit applications by the end of December each year.  They should submit a 300 word outline of the content of their thesis, along with their thesis abstract and a letter of support from their course tutor.

Applications will be considered by a panel co-ordinated by the Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment.  The prizes will be awarded to the students who, in the judgement of the panel, have submitted the best dissertation in rural development.  The panel will consider relevance to contemporary rural development debate, academic excellence and overall presentation of the thesis, and reserves the right not to make an award if there are no candidates of the appropriate standard.

The prize-winners will be invited to travel to Belfast to receive their award at Queen’s University Belfast.  While in Belfast they will be asked to present a seminar paper on their winning thesis at a Gibson Institute Seminar.  The Institute will pay for travel and accommodation associated with this event.  The prizes will only be awarded to candidates who agree to the terms and conditions of the award.

February 2005

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

The Matilda Barnett Tutorship in Obstetrics

The Matilda Barnett Tutorship in Obstetrics was founded in 1946 under the will of William Barnett in memory of his wife Matilda.

The tutorship (which may include postgraduate training) may be awarded annually to the holder of a junior appointment in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and may be used to support a period of training, study or research at an approved medical centre.

The award, which will be subject to income available, is tenable with any other postgraduate award, and will be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee.

Where funds permit, more than one award per annum may be made.

June 2006, November 2013

The Arthur Black Bequest

The Arthur Black Bequest was founded in 1968 under the will of the Rt Hon. Arthur Black, former Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland.  The following regulations govern its use:

1. Grants may be made in the form of research fellowships, travelling scholarships, grants for research equipment, grants for the provision of technical assistance and grants to meet other expenses incurred in the prosecution of postgraduate study and research in connection with the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

2. Grants shall be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee and in recommending such grants the Committee shall determine the amount and duration of such grants and the conditions under which any other grant is made.

3. Grants are made for research into the causes and cure of diseases.

June 2006, November 2013

J. W. P. Campbell Bequest

This bequest was founded in 1976 under the will of the late William John Pinkerton Campbell of Bangor Road, Holywood, who bequeathed all his estate to the Senate of the Queen's University of Belfast for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for the purposes of general medical research.  Money from the bequest may be recommended for award to graduates by the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee for further research in some aspect of medicine.

Amended June 2006, March 2012, November 2013

Department of Therapeutics and Pharmacology Student Support Fund

The Department of Therapeutics and Pharmacology wishes the funds in Centre Number RWXS to be invested in the Investment Fund of the Queen’s University of Belfast to establish a capital fund to be known as the “Department of Therapeutics and Pharmacology Student Support Fund”.  The income from the Fund is to be used to provide funds to support medical and dental students registered for an intercalated degree or students registered for a postgraduate degree in the Department of Therapeutics and Pharmacology by grants for:

- the purchase of relevant specialist equipment
- financial support for a research project
- study visits to meetings of learned societies or to learn techniques for their research project
- such other relevant activities as shall be approved.

Applications for funds should be addressed to the Whitla Professor of Therapeutics and Pharmacology or the Head of the Department of Therapeutics and Pharmacology.  Grants will be awarded by a committee consisting of the academic staff of the Department of Therapeutics and Pharmacology.

Sir Thomas and Edith, Lady Dixon Research Grants

The Sir Thomas and Edith, Lady Dixon research grants are made from the fund which was founded in 1961 by Edith, Lady Dixon.  The regulations governing the grant are as follows:-

1. Grants may be made in the form of research fellowships, travelling scholarships, grants for research equipment, grants for the provision of technical assistance and grants to meet other expenses incurred in the prosecution of research.

2. Grants shall be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and in recommending such grants the School shall determine the amount and duration of such grants and the conditions under which any fellowship or scholarship is held or the conditions under which any other grant is made.

3. Grants are made for research into the causes and cure of diseases and, other things being equal, preference shall be given to grants for research into the causes and cure of cancer.

4. Applications for grants should be made to the Head of School of Medicine and Dentistry.

June 2006

Stewart Friar Research Grants

The Stewart Friar Research Grants are made from the Friar Fund which was founded in 1960 under the will of Stewart A. Friar of Belfast.  The regulations governing the grants are as follows:

1. Grants may be made in the form of research fellowships, travelling scholarships, grants for research equipment, grants for the provision of technical assistance and grants to meet other expenses incurred in the prosecution of research.

2. Grants shall be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and in recommending such grants the School shall determine the amount and duration of such grants and the conditions under which any fellowship or scholarship is held or the conditions under which any other grant is made.

3. Grants are made for research into the causes and cure of disease and, other things being equal, preference shall be given to grant for research into the causes and cure of cancer.

4. Applications for grants should be made to the Head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

June 2006

Matilda Gorman Tuberculosis Research Fund

The fund was established in 1953 from a bequest of one-seventh share of the residue of Miss Matilda Gorman’s estate to be used by Queen’s University “in connection with research work on tuberculosis”.  In 2010, an amendment allowed for the widening of the purpose of the fund to include support for research into other respiratory diseases.

The award will be made to support research into tuberculosis and respiratory disease.  The annual income of approximately £400 (subject to income from the fund) will be awarded for research purposes on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Infection and Immunity.  Preference will be given to research into tuberculosis.

Amended: May 2011, November 2012, May 2013

Henry Hutchinson-Stewart Fund (Mental Diseases)

Four medical scholarship (two first prizes and 2 second prizes) derived from a bequest from the Dr Henry Hutchinson-Stewart Scholarship Trust.  The value of the first prizes to be £800 and the value of the second prizes to be £400 per annum for a period of three years may from time to time be awarded for proficiency in the treatment of mental diseases; where appropriate a lump sum of £2,400 or £1,200 may be paid in place of annual instalments.  The scholarship, which will be awarded on the results of a competitive examination, is open to graduates in Medicine of not more than -three years' standing who are prepared to spend at least -four months studying in some recognised institution for the treatment of mental diseases.

Candidates are required to possess a sound knowledge of psychology and its relation to psychological medicine, and also to show an acquaintance with the basic principles of psychiatry, particularly inorganic reaction types.

Subject to the availability of funds, a medal may be awarded after each Diploma in Mental Health cohort.

Further details, including recommended reading, can be obtained - from the Course Co-ordinator, Postgraduate & Professional Development Office.

August 2006; March 2013, May 2014

 

Dinah Kohner Fund 

This benefaction was initiated in 1966 by the Rotary Club of Belfast, which sponsored a memorial fund amongst Clubs in the Ireland District to commemorate Dr Dinah Kohner, daughter of one of the members, Mr Frank Kohner.  Dr Kohner, who graduated in 1959, was killed in a plane accident in Ecuador while on voluntary service with the American hospital ship 'Hope', calling at ports in under-developed countries to work amongst mothers and children.

Grants may be made for research equipment, for the provision of technical assistance or for other expenses incurred in the prosecution of research in diseases of children.

Grants shall be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedial Sciences Scholarships Committee.

June 2006, November 2013

Linen Industry Research Grant 

Firms associated with the Linen Industry provided in 1947 a capital sum which the Senate has decided shall be used as under:

(i) The interest shall be available to defray the cost of researches carried out by a member of the staff of the School of Medicine and Dentistry into respiratory disease, or research into the effects of occupation and/or environment upon same.

(ii) Applications for grants shall be made to the Director of the Centre for Infection and Immunity.

(iii) Grants shall be recommended by the Director of the Centre for Infection and Immunity

Only Staff can apply for this award and applications may be made throughout the year.  The Director of the Centre for Infection and Immunity will select the recipient.

June 2006, May 2013

James Magill Scholarship

This scholarship, for research into disease, etc., pertaining to the eyes, was established in 1977 under the will of the late Mrs Mary F. Magill, who died in 1973.  The scholarship may be awarded to pursue research on diseases of the eye on the recommendation of the Head of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Revised April 2006

Eliza Michaels Fellowships

The Eliza Michaels Fellowships in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology were founded in 1956 under the will of John G. Michaels in memory of his mother.

One or more fellowships may be awarded annually to provide support for the teaching and research of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  This may be either by enabling members of the Department to pursue a period of training, study or research at an approved medical centre elsewhere or to bring suitably qualified persons to the Department to contribute to its teaching and research programme.  Application should be made to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Awards will be made by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

June 2006

The Scott Heron Fund

This fund was founded in 1953 by Dr Francis Hugh Scott of Saintfield for the purpose of providing in the Library text books and periodicals suitable for the use and studies of members of staff and students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and also for the purpose of providing grants to students of outstanding merit in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences engaged in medical research work or postgraduate work of a similar nature.  Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee.

Revised February 2008, November 2013

The Doctor Samuel Ireland Turkington Research Scholarship

This scholarship, of an approximate value of £4,100 per annum, was founded in 1975 under the will of Dr Turkington's sister, Miss Sadie Jeannie Isabel Turkington, for the purpose of furthering research in diseases of the chest or in other branches of medical science of a similar nature. The awards, which are tenable for full-time or part-time study and may be held in conjunction with other awards, will be made on the recommendation of the Centre for Infection and Immunity who may divide the scholarship between two or more candidates if they see fit and may continue the scholarship for more than one year. Preference will be given to applicants studying diseases of the respiratory system, Dr Turkington's special interest. Applications should be addressed to the Director of the Centre of Infection and Immunity.

Applications may be made throughout the year.

June 2006, May 2013

Dr Cecilia Williamson Studentship

This studentship is derived from a bequest by the late Dr Cecilia Florence Williamson who died in June 1964.   The studentship may be awarded annually to enable the holder to undertake study or training in Public Health.  Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee and, subject to funding, more than one award may be made annually.

February 2007, November 2013

Dr. Mona Grey Endowment Fund

The Dr Mona Grey Endowment Fund was established in January 2004 as a result of a donation made by Dr Mona Grey.  Dr Grey was a leading figure in Nursing in Northern Ireland, having held the position of Head of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Belfast for many years and having served as Chief Nurse at the Department of Health and Social Services from 1968 to 1975.

Dr Grey has now retired, however, her interest in supporting the School of Nursing and Midwifery has continued over many years.  Dr Grey donated a gift of a miniature lamp to the School in 2003.

The purpose of the fund is to commemorate the contribution made by Dr Mona Grey to the nursing profession within the School of Nursing and Midwifery by providing financial assistance to the School’s PhD students (part-time or full-time).   Normally, awards in the region of at least £500 will be made, subject to the income generated by the Fund.      

All full-time or part-time PhD students entering the School of Nursing and Midwifery will be eligible for consideration for the Dr Mona Grey Endowment Fund.   The method of selection will be made through the establishment of a School Scholarships and Awards panel of assessors to consider written applications from prospective PhD students, who in the judgement of the panel, would promote the development of research within Nursing - written applications for awards should be addressed to the Head of the School in response to an external advertisement for recruitment of PhD students.

Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships and Awards Panel in October each year.

August 2006, May 2013

Marcia Mackie Studentship

The Marcia Mackie Scholarship was established in 1996 by the Benevolent Fund for Nurses in Northern Ireland to commemorate the contribution to the nursing profession made by Mrs Marcia Mackie CBE, who had been Chair of the NI Hospitals Authority and Chair of the Benevolent Fund.

The purpose of the Fund is to promote research within Nursing and Midwifery by providing financial assistance to the School's PhD students (in the 2nd year of their candidature if full-time, and in years 3 or 4 if part-time) to undertake an exchange programme with the School of Nursing and Midwifery International Partners.   Normally, awards in the region of at least £2,000 will be made, subject to the income generated by the Fund.

Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery School Management Board to PhD students who in the judgement of the panel would promote the development of research within Nursing and Midwifery.   Applications for awards should be addressed to the Head of School in response to an internal advertisement posted on the student intranet.

Revised Regulations May 2006, May 2013

School of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland Research Fund 

The fund originates from a donation made in 1948 by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland to the Centenary Endowment Appeal Fund to encourage research in the field of pharmaceutics.  A prize to the value of £100 will be made for the best Level 4 Project in Pharmaceutics, awarded to the student with the highest total mark for the project module.  In the event of a tie, the award will be made pro rata.

Revised May 2006; November 2009

The Patricia Napier Scholarships

The scholarships were set up in 2011 by Mr Russell Napier in recognition of his mother, Patricia Napier.    Russell Napier graduated from Queen’s University in 1987 with a degree in Law.

The scholarships will be awarded to the best graduates from a nursing or midwifery programme (i.e. applicants must hold a recognised professional qualification in nursing, midwifery or an allied health and social care profession and a relevant primary degree 2:2 or above or equivalent) entering one of the following MSc Advanced Professional Practice courses:

(a)   Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care
(b)   Critical and Acute Care
(c)    Mental Health and Older Adult
(d)   Maternal and Child Health
(e)   Leadership and Management

All candidates entering the MSc programmes are eligible to be considered by the School for the Award through the entry system. The judging panel will include the Head of School and two course directors from the School. 

The decision will be based on the record of academic achievement and a supporting written statement of not more than 500 words. Closing date for submission of a written statement to the Head of School is Friday 25th November, 2011. The benefactor will have access to the written statements prior to final selection by the judging panel.

The scholarship will initially run from February 2012 and thereafter reviewed annually by the benefactor.

Candidates must have at least a 2:2 or equivalent. Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575 (paper based) or 90 (internet based).  If there are no candidates that meet the minimum standard the judges have the right not to award the scholarship but they are permitted to award four scholarships in the succeeding year.  

The award is open to full time and part time students. 

In the event of a tie the candidates will be invited to interview for a final decision.  The award may not be split between two or more candidates.

The Head of School, on the recommendation of the judging panel, will make the award and write to the successful candidate(s) the benefactor, and the Director of Development and Alumni Relations. 

The £8,170 donation will cover the registration and annual course fees for 2 students to the value of £4,085 each.

The award-holder is expected to submit a short report (circa 500 words) to the Benefactor, via the Head of School, at the conclusion of the course.   Guidance will be given by the Head of School on the report content.

The donor will receive an invitation to the School's graduate ceremony.

The scholarship will be advetised again in August 2011.

Added: August 2011, November 2011