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The RDM hosts a large number of undergraduate and graduate-entry medical students at various stages of their training, as well as Final Honours School undergraduate students in physiological sciences, biochemistry and related disciplines.  Many scientists and clinicians allied to RDM are active in providing teaching and educational supervision for these students.

The RDM Education Committee exists to support and promote teaching across the department. If you're interested in getting involved in teaching, or if you would like to improve your teaching skills with formal faculty development opportunities, please do get in touch with us at

RDM Science Education Prize 2020

Do you have a fresh and original way of translating your research on the mechanisms of disease into teaching for the Medical Science Division's undergraduate students? Would you like to expand your teaching experience and get faculty and student feedback?

We invite you to create a short (maximum 20 minute) online teaching episode on any aspect of the mechanisms or management of disease, targeted at undergraduate medical students.  Ideally, this should relate to your research; new ideas, cutting-edge science and niche topics are just as welcome as fresh approaches to the standard medical school curriculum.

We strongly encourage submissions from people with limited teaching experience. Do not hesitate to contact us for guidance before submitting your idea at

Your teaching may take the form of written or visual materials, a video, podcast, animation or other format you choose.  Up to £300 is available per applicant for technical support if required.

Judging criteria and prizes

The judging panel will include clinicians, scientists and medical students from across RDM and prizes will be awarded by consensus according to the following criteria:

  • Does the teaching convey a significant principle of disease pathology or treatment relevant to medical students?
  • Is the teaching engaging and original?
  • Is the approach grounded in sound educational practice?

First prize £500, second prize £250

Who is eligible to apply?

All RDM DPhil students, non-tenured post-doctoral scientists and non-consultant grade clinical fellows are welcome to apply.

How to apply?

Please complete the abstract submission form and return to 

UPDATE: Medical school studies are currently suspended as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. The RDM Science Education prize is therefore on hold, and we will issue further information on submission dates and judging dates as soon as our students return.

If you have already submitted an application - we are happy to hold this for you until the new submission date, or you are welcome to resubmit a new application if you wish.

Further information to follow as soon as possible.