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William Cullen Prizes for Teaching and Innovation

Medical director Dr Jennifer Armstrong, in collaboration with The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, will once again present two prestigious awards for medics.

The William Cullen Prize for excellence in teaching and a separate William Cullen prize for service innovation will recognise a clinician, or clinician and team, as having made a significant contribution to local teaching or service innovation in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

The winners of each Prize will receive a unique framed print of a William Cullen letter. The letter will be selected from the Royal College’s archive and will relate to the area of medical work of the individual winners. The William Cullen Prizes will be presented at our Celebrating Success Event.


William Cullen (1710-1790) began his career as a medical lecturer and pioneer teacher of Chemistry at Glasgow University rising to international fame as the leading figure in Edinburgh University medical school and served as president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He was appointed the King's Physician in Scotland and became the most influential medical lecturer of his generation.  His private consultations survive as a remarkable archive of several thousand letters.


We currently have recognition awards for medical teaching based on performance in the national trainee and student surveys. The overall William Cullen Prize winner will be selected from that cohort of around 20 of our top performers.


To enter or nominate for the William Cullen Prize Innovation award please complete this form. Dr Armstrong and a panel of senior medics will form the judging panel.

Closing date 31 July.


Cullen Prize

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Last Updated: 12 February 2019