PUPSM is committed to excellence in teaching and learning, with an emphasis on a programme that is underpinned by sound educational theory and best evidence. To support this commitment the DES Awards aim to foster educational scholarship amongst teachers on the BMBS course. With an emphasis on personal and professional development, creativity and innovation, a core objective is to continue to strengthen our community of practice and optimise best practice.

Applications are invited from individuals or teams (of any size, including external collaborators as appropriate) for funding to undertake educational activities that will enhance the curriculum and/or the student experience within PUPSM.  Awards up to a value of £5k will be considered.  The activities that might be funded will be flexible and might normally include requests for the following: some support for the personal and professional development of an individual or of a team in terms (e.g. some methodological assistance and advice)*; some practical support, (e.g. transcribing and help with data collection); some support for dissemination (e.g. attendance at a conference); support for equipment if required.

A prerequisite for applying is that applicants must have capacity for scholarship/staff development within their employment contracts and, where appropriate, approval of their line manager.  Topics that are in line with school or national priorities (e.g. aligned to the PUPSM education strategies, PUPSM Strategic Plan, the ‘Plymouth University Teaching and Learning and the Student Experience Strategy’ as well as National Student Survey findings, or findings from PUPSM broad sweep feedback) will be more likely to be awarded funding. In addition, it would be useful to identify if the project fits in with the CAMERA themes of ‘regulation’, ‘remediation’ and ‘simulation’. (This is useful as where appropriate we will be able to link scholarship with wider research projects taking place specifically at PUPSMD). Collaboration across disciplines is also encouraged but not essential.

Funding decisions will be made against a scoring sheet.  Copies of all related documents and a range of ‘medical education’ articles relating to scholarship and research methods are available on request from For all applications there will be detailed feedback from a board of reviewers explaining how decisions were made, and a summary paragraph explaining the rationale for the successful proposals, thus promoting openness and transparency.

In 2015 the award will be granted in April. Thereafter the awards will be made available every February. The awards are advertised 6 weeks in advance and each week thereafter via the PUPSMD Alert

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