Setting up a new prize

If you would like to set up a new prize, first a proposal should be sent to the College's Dean, via our Department of Professional Standards. Your proposal needs to include: 

  • a full description of the prize
  • the target audience
  • the value
  • how often the prize will be awarded
  • justification for the establishment of such a prize
  • who would be able to apply
  • whether the proposal is for a College prize or a Faculty, SiG or Divisional prize
  • who would examine entries for the prize
  • a suggested closing date. 

This information should be submitted to: 

Department of Professional Standards
Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
London E1 8BB

Please note that prizes shouldn't be named after living persons. 

Next steps

  • An initial budget will need to be prepared. This should be done by working with Department of Professional Standards (who will consult the College's Finance Department and Treasurer, as necessary), as it may be necessary to include administrative charges.
  • This will be looked at by the Treasurer via the Finance Management Committee and, if necessary, by Council.
  • The final proposal is sent for consideration to the Education & Training Committee, whose remit is to make sure that the objectives of the prize are valid, educationally sound and that appropriately named.
  • If the Education & Training Committee approves the prize, full details will be included in the Prizes Booklet, which is available on the College website.

Approving examiners

Examiners for all College prizes must be approved by the Education & Training Committee. If a prize is created by a Faculty, SiG or Division, Examiners will need to be approved by the Faculty, SiG or Division concerned and reported to the Education & Training Committee for information.

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