The Medical Student Essay Prize in
Forensic Psychiatry - 2019
The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry is offering
a £500 prize for an essay of 5000 words (footnotes and appendix
should be included in the word count but the bibliography can be an
addition) on any topic related to forensic psychiatry. The essay
should be researched from relevant literature and based on
theory. Essays which are written around clinical cases are not
eligible. The examining committee may decide in certain
circumstances that an oral examination is necessary.
Some examples of possible topics:
- Does mental illness cause violence?
- Are men more violent than women? If so,
- Is public protection a proper role for a
mental health service?
- Are sexually abused children more likely than
others to develop mental disorder and/or criminality?
Linked with this essay prize, the Forensic
Faculty sponsors up to ten medical students to attend the annual
residential conference (to be held in February each year).
Sponsorship will include registration for the full conference,
attendance at the conference dinner and up to £250 to cover travel
and subsistence. Students who have submitted the best essays
will be offered this sponsorship and the winner will be announced
at the conference dinner.
Please submit essays by email attachment with
a short curriculum vitae marking the email “Forensic Faculty
Medical Student Essay Prize”.
Students from UK medical schools who submit the essay before
graduation or no longer than 3 months after graduation.
Faculty residential meeting, usually held in February/March each
I. The prize will be
advertised in the Student BMJ in the spring preceding the
year of award.
II. The Faculty has agreed
that each year the winner(s) of the essay prize will be included as
guest(s) at the Faculty annual conference.
date: midnight on 30 September
Submissions and College
Stella Galea, Committee Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 winner- Jinal Patel,
2018 second place winner - Sophia
Harrop, read Sophia's
2018 third place winner - Marissa Lewis,
2017 winner - Emma Ross,
read Emma's essay
2016 joint winners - Marissa Lewis and
The Faculty of Forensic
Psychiatry Research Prize
The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Research
Prize aims to encourage research in the field, provide a platform
for high quality research and to bring the results of research to
the attention of Faculty members.
The prize is open to researchers in the field
of Forensic psychiatry from all professions, including trainees and
The prize will be awarded to the best oral
presentation at the original research session held at the Forensic
Faculty Annual Residential Meeting.
Prize: The winner is awarded
£500 and a certificate.
Frequency: The prize is
awarded annually at the Faculty annual conference.
Any researcher of any grade who has submitted
an oral presentation for the Faculty annual residential meeting
will be eligible for entry to the prize and will be automatically
submitted, providing the entry meets all submission criteria.
The prize winner will be announced at the
Faculty Annual conference.
All eligible applications to present at the
annual residential meeting will automatically enter the
prize. Short listing occurs prior to the meeting by a panel
nominated by the Faculty Executive. Short listing is
based on review of the submission abstract, taking into account
originality, methodology, and research findings.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give an oral
presentation of their work. Approximately six presentations
will be shortlisted for oral presentation. The prize will be
awarded by a panel of three judges who are nominated by the Faculty
Academic Secretary. The judges’ decision will take into account the
academic quality of the project, the quality of the oral
presentation and how the presenter deals with questions from the
audience and judges. The prize will be announced at the closing
session of the annual residential meeting. The judges’
decision will be final and no prize will be awarded if a sufficient
standard is not reached.
The closing date will be the same as the date
for submission of annual residential meeting poster and
presentation entries, usually in October each year.
Refer to conference information for closing
date and submission advice.
2018 winner - Mr Jack Tomlin
2017 winner - Dr Conor O'Neill
2016 winner - Dr Kapil Sharma