Academic & Student Affairs

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

First Year Medical and Dental Children's Fund

This fund was started in 1974 with the proceeds of public collections organised by first year medical and dental students of this University.  The income, and if necessary some of the capital, of the fund is to be used (i) for the welfare of sick children in Belfast, and (ii) to enable one or more medical or dental undergraduate students of this University to gain further experience in childhood diseases outside Ireland, including presentation of research at meetings.  Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee.

Amended March 2012, November  2013

School of Biological Sciences

Northern Ireland Food Industries Research Fund

(See Postgraduate Scholarships and Awards)

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

The Barry Bridges Travel Fund

The Fund was established in 1993 by Dr E J (Ted) McConnell, OBE, LLB (1955), HonLLD (1988) in recognition of the efforts of Professor Barry Bridges to establish links between graduates in Canada and Queen's University.  Professor Bridges was Professor of Physiology from 1974 to 1989 and, after retiring from the Chair, was responsible for building links between the University and its overseas graduates.  The income of the Fund is to be used to enable undergraduate medical students to undertake a programme of elective study overseas.

Applications for grants should be made on the appropriate form to the Centre for Medical Education (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences) by the closing date as stipulated on the application, in the year in which the elective is to be taken.  Application forms are available from the Centre for Medical Education Office or from the Centre's website.

Amended July 2010

Samuel Haslett Browne Travelling Scholarships

These awards were founded in 1933 under the will of Samuel Haslett Browne as travelling scholarships in Medicine and Pathology.

Candidates must be undergraduate or postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences intending to undertake an approved programme of study or research in Medicine or Pathology.  Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee. These scholarships are not tenable with any other travelling scholarships.

February 2008, April 2014

The Hugh G Calwell Memorial Travel Scholarships

The fund was founded in 1987 by the family of the late Hugh G Calwell, retired medical archivist at the Royal Victoria Hospital, to enable undergraduate medical students to undertake a programme of elective study in a third world country. 

Applications for grants should be made on the appropriate form to the Centre for Medical Education (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences) by the closing date as stipulated on the application, in the year in which the elective is to be taken.  Application forms are available from the Centre for Medical Education Office or from the Centre's Website.

Amended July 2010

Charles, Richard Havelock, Scholarships and Medals

These scholarships were founded under the will of Sir Allen Aitcheson Havelock Charles in memory of his father. 

There will be two awards of equal value each year, consisting of a scholarship and gold medal.  The awards, which are only available to Ulster-born students, undergraduate or postgraduate, in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will be made to support an approved period of travel and study outside the British Isles.  The value of the awards, in addition to a gold medal, will be dependent on the income available.  Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee and applications giving full details of the proposed programme and costs involved should be made to the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences by 1 May.  These scholarships are not tenable with any other travelling scholarship.

Revised April 2006, November 2013

The Herbert Elwood Student Travel Fund

This fund, which derives from a bequest made in 1964 under the will of the late Herbert Elwood, a founder member of the Dental School and Lecturer in Dental Mechanics at the University, 1920-52, is to be used for travel grants for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences who are undertaking visits in connection with their studies.

Applications for grants should be made to the Head of School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

Amended November 2006, March 2012

Alexander Gordon Scholarship

This scholarship, of the value of £300 per annum, was founded by Mrs Mary Beatrice Brown, by a gift in 1961 and a bequest in 1963, in memory of her great-uncle Alexander Gordon, Professor of Surgery, 1849-1886.  It may be awarded annually to a student of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences for travel or other purpose connected with the student's medical training.

Applications for grants should be made on the appropraite form to the Centre for Medical Education (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences) by the closing date as stipulated on the application, in the year in which the elective is to be taken.  Application forms are available from the Centre for Medicial Education Office or from the Centre's website.

First Approved July 2007; Amended July 2010

Robert R. Leathem Travelling Scholarship

This scholarship was founded in 1936 by Mrs Ina Leathem in memory of her husband, Robert Rendle Leathem, a former graduate in Arts and Medicine of the University and for many years Physician to the Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

1. The object of the scholarship is to give suitable candidates an opportunity to obtain further special clinical experience in medical centres outside Northern Ireland.

2. It will be open to graduates in Medicine of the University.

3. The Scholarship may be awarded annually and the value is dependent on the income of the fund.

4. Candidates for the scholarship must have acted as resident medical officers in an approved hospital for a year.  Candidates having additional experience clinical or laboratory, may be given special consideration.

5. The selected candidates must give notice of their intended course of work after consultation with the clinical professor or professors of the University who occupy the chair or chairs of the subject selected for study.

6.  Awards will be made on the recommendation of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Scholarships Committee.

7. The holder(s) of the scholarship must furnish a report on the work carried out during their tenure of the scholarship to the Scholarships Committee.

June 2006, November 2013

The Mayne Reid Travel Scholarships

These travel scholarships were established in 1986 through a gift to the University by Mrs. Meta Reid, widow of Dr E. Mayne Reid, graduate of the University and member of Senate 1973-81.

One or more scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate medical students of the University for the purpose of travel to undertake a period of elective study in a developing country.

Applications should be made to the Head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry by the specified closing date in the year in which the elective is to take place.

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

June 2006

Physiology Conferences Fund

This fund was established in 1978 by a generous gift from Dr Tow Siang Hwa of Singapore to support research work in Physiology.   Grants may be made from the fund to assist undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff in Physiology to attend scientific meetings or conferences at which they are presenting communications, demonstrations or lectures and to assist visiting physiologists from other institutions for the purpose of supporting research work within Physiology at Queen's.   Applications for assistance should be made to the head of the Physiology.

March 2007

The Abdur Rahim Mahsud and Jim Dornan Travel Scholarships

These travel scholarships were set up by Queen’s University Alumni Professor Jim Dornan and his wife Dr Samina Dornan in recognition of the support and material sacrifices made by their parents in encouraging them to achieve their academic goals.

The scholarships are intended to provide students with the opportunity to benefit professionally, socially and academically from travel.

These scholarships were established in 2011 and funded for a period of five years.   A total of £3,500 will be available per annum.  Awards will be made by the School’s Scholarship Sub-Committee and the funds will be used to support travel or research for students undertaking an intercalated degree within the School.  These can be intercalated Masters or BSc degrees.  In considering applications the Committee will make awards for:

(a)  Intercalated students travelling to present work at conferences.

(b)  Research grants to support intercalated research projects which may include travel to another institution or a conference.

A candidate can only receive one award in an academic session.

Application forms may be downloaded from the School website and should be submitted one week before the advertised meetings of the School’s Scholarship Sub-Committee.

May 2011

Mackay Wilson Travelling Medical Scholarship

This scholarship, founded in 1906 by Robert Mackay Wilson, is open to students of the University who have completed their medical curriculum.  The holder must spend at least two months during the year of tenure at a medical school abroad.

The value of the scholarship is dependent on the income available, and it is tenable for one year.

Applications for the scholarship must be made to the Head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry on or before May 1.  The award will take effect from October 1 following.

June 2006

The Philip Stoy Travel Grant

As approved under cy-pres.

The fund was founded in 1975 from donations made by graduates to mark their appreciation of Professor Philip J. Stoy, Head of the School of Dentistry, 1947-71.  The income accrued from the Fund shall be applied to provide travel grants for students to attend research conferences, professional conferences and professional courses relevant to undergraduate detistry.

Applications will be considered by the Senior Management Team in Dentistry.

Amended February 2014

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Claire's Travel Scholarships

The scholarships were set up in 2011 by a private donor in memory of a close relative.

There are 24 travel scholarships available to the value of £500 each. These are to be undertaken by Queen’s nursing and midwifery students, as a 4 week formative placement.  The scholarships will support placements in developing countries and in particular with the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s preferred partners in Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda.

Students from Queen’s nursing and midwifery programmes can avail of the opportunity to undertake an elective placement and as such are invited to apply for a travel scholarship.

Pre-registration Nursing Programme

Within the pre-registration nursing programme students have the potential to avail of an elective International placement during Year 3 of their course.

Students must apply for an International placement by submitting a letter of application to the host organisation requesting a placement. This must be accompanied by course learning outcomes.  Nursing students are encouraged to negotiate these placements themselves within areas that it is agreed will be a positive learning environment for them.

Students must also apply formally to the Discipline Lead for the branch, providing a letter of application and a CV.  Evidence of correspondence between the student and the chosen elective placement, and a completed risk assessment of the placement region must also be provided.

Selection interviews will then take place at which each student must formally present to the panel (max 10 minutes) more information on the placement opportunity and the potential professional and personal benefits this may provide.  Interview questions are tailored to meet School and Nursing and Midwifery Council NMC requirements.

3-Year Direct Entry Midwifery Programme

Students are eligible in their third year to undertake an elective placement.

18 month Midwifery Programme

There is a full module based around this placement. The students negotiate the placement, and they along with their personal tutor write their own aims and objectives and have a written assignment to complete at the end of the placement.

Students must apply through submitting a letter of application and CV to the area they hope to go to and also to their personal tutor and course director. The midwifery students are encouraged to negotiate these placements themselves within areas that it is agreed will be a positive learning environment for them

Selection interviews will then take place at which each student must formally present to the panel (max 10 minutes) more information on the placement opportunity and the potential professional and personal benefits this may provide.  Interview questions are tailored to meet School and NMC requirements.

Travel Scholarships for Nursing or Midwifery Students

It is proposed that students successful in securing an elective placement in a developing country, and particularly in Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda, will be eligible for consideration of a travel scholarship of up to £500.

The selection process for this may be incorporated in the above application following consultation with the donor and Head of School.

Terms:    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.  

One scholarship per program will be awarded per year. In the event that no candidates are identified for award, scholarships may be carried over to the following year.

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.

School of Nursing and Midwifery – Second Element of Claire’s Travel Award

Overseas Student Electives - Travel Scholarships

Travel Scholarships

•    It is proposed to offer 24 travel scholarships to the value of £500each, in support of overseas student electives.  These are to be undertaken by Queen’s nursing and midwifery students, as a 4-week formative placement.  The scholarships will support placements in developing countries and in particular with the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s preferred partners in Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda.

Background

•    The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's has been ranked as the Number 7 Nursing School in 'The Times' Good University Guide 2010. The Guide’s judging criteria includes research, entry standards, quality of teaching and employment prospects for a graduate of the School.

•    There are almost 1500 nursing and midwifery students in the School, with approximately 80 staff.

•    The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast has established varying levels of partnerships with hospitals in developing countries including Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi.

•    Professor Linda Johnston, Head of Nursing and Midwifery, has identified student electives and teaching exchanges as a strategic priority in supporting and enhancing partnerships with hospitals in developing countries – particularly in Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi.

•    In recent years 15 nursing and midwifery students have availed of a placement in Africa.  The countries visited include Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Benin.

Ethiopia

•    Queen’s University School of Nursing and Midwifery, in alliance with The University of Toronto, have joined a formal collaboration with Addis Ababa University, to provide teaching for a Masters programme in maternal and child health, which attracts students from all over Ethiopia.  Graduates of the programme are critical to future improvements in maternal and newborn health, where Ethiopia currently fails to meet WHO Millennium Development Goals.

•    Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa has asked Queen’s to consider further involvement and invited Queen’s teaching staff and students to deliver in-service teaching and work alongside their staff on placements in a variety of clinical and community settings.

Malawi

•    The School of Nursing and Midwifery has a longstanding relationship with Ekwendeni Hospital, serving a rural community in Northern Malawi.  It has been established through members of Ekwendeni staff coming to teach and study at Queen’s, including undertaking a Masters in Midwifery.  As a result midwifery students have undertaken placements in Ekwendeni since 2000.  Responsibilities whilst on placement have included carrying out antenatal classes in rural areas.

•    There are a range of placement opportunities, some of which are managed through the College of Health Sciences in the country.

Uganda

•    Queen’s would develop a MoU with Kiwoko hospital to set formal learning objectives for students.

•    Infant and maternal mortality levels in Uganda are extremely high, particularly in rural areas, where only a third of women have a skilled attendant for delivery.

•    Kiwoko Hospital is a rural hospital in Uganda that serves a population of half a million people within a 60 mile radius.

•    The hospital relies upon practical support from international partners and welcomes nursing and midwifery students on elective placements.

Overseas Student Electives

•    Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines permit the School to offer a 4-week formative placement to nursing and midwifery students during their program of study.

•    As part of this process students are asked to secure an NMC registered mentor to liaise with at the hosting institution.  This has been possible to date, but might not always be available.

•    The average cost of undertaking this placement opportunity is approximately £2,000.  To date, students have had to self-fund.

1.    Pre-registration Nursing Programme

•        Students are eligible in their third year to undertake an elective placement

•        Students must apply through submitting a letter of application to the host organisation requesting a placement. This must be accompanied by planned course learning outcomes.  Nursing students are encouraged to negotiate these placements themselves within areas that it is agreed will be a positive learning environment for them.

•        Students must also apply formally to the  Discipline Lead for the branch, providing a letter of application and a CV.  Evidence of correspondence between the student and the chosen elective placement must also be provided.

•        Selection interviews will then take place at which each student must formally present to the panel (max 10 minutes) more information on the placement opportunity and the potential professional and personal benefits this may provide.  Interview questions are tailored to meet School and NMC requirements.

2.    3-Year Direct Entry Midwifery Programme

Students are eligible in their third year to undertake an elective placement.

3.    18 month Midwifery Programme

3.1    There is a full module based around this placement. The students negotiate the placement, and they along with their personal tutor write their own aims and objectives and have a written assignment to complete at the end of the placement.

•        Students must apply through submitting a letter of application and CV to the area they hope to go to and also to their personal tutor and course director. The midwifery students are encouraged to negotiate these placements themselves within areas that it is agreed will be a positive learning environment for them

4.    Selection interviews will then take place at which each student must formally present to the panel (max 10 minutes) more information on the placement opportunity and the potential professional and personal benefits this may provide.  Interview questions are tailored to meet School and NMC requirements.

Travel Scholarships

•    It is proposed that students successful in securing an elective placement in a developing country, and particularly in Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda, will be eligible for consideration of a travel scholarship of up to £500.

•    The selection process for this may be incorporated in the above application following consultation with the donor and Head of School.

August 2012