Professor Freddie Flynn Bursary Prizes

Applications for the Freddie Flynn Bursary Prizes 2022 are now open to support UKMedLab22 attendance (7-9 November). Click here for event details.

If you're a trainee and would like to attend the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine’s (ACB) annual national scientific and education meeting event, you can apply for funding from the College.

The Professor Freddie Flynn Bursary Prizes award up to five bursaries of up to £750 each for trainees attending the full two-day UKMedLab22 conference between 7-9 November 2022.

Who can apply? 

Applicants are accepted from medical or clinical scientist trainees on recognised UK training programmes, in either laboratory or clinical aspects of Clinical Biochemistry/ Chemical Pathology. The award will be made only once to any individual. However, unsuccessful applicants may reapply at subsequent rounds.

What is covered? 

Each bursary covers up to £600 of transport and accommodation costs. The award will be paid retrospectively on presentation of receipts and your event write-up (see below). The Association for Clinical Biochemistry have kindly agreed to provide the award holders with complimentary registration to the UKMedLab22 event.

How do I apply?

If successful, the College will cover up to £750 of transport and accommodation costs, as well as 50% of the two-day conference delegate fee. The ACB will waive the remaining 50% of the delegate fee to successful bursary holders. Both organisations will pay the bursary retrospectively, on presentation of receipts and your event write-up (see below).

Following the event, recipients will be required to submit a short write-up (approximately 500 words) for consideration to be published in the College Bulletin. This report should focus on some aspect of the meeting, the work that they presented, or a summary of the sessions they attended together with how the event will improve their career pathway

Applications for the 2022 bursary prizes will be opened in early 2022.

How are applicants selected? 

Applications will be considered by a panel comprising members of our Specialist Advisory Committee in Clinical Biochemistry.  The panel members may have some discretion in identifying and encouraging applications, however where it is necessary for the committee to vote, members with any conflicts of interest will declare these and will withdraw from the voting process.

About Professor Freddie Flynn

Professor Freddie Flynn (6 October 1924 – 4 July 2011) was responsible for major developments in UK pathology in the latter half of the 20th century. 

Freddie’s name is principally associated with developments in clinical computing but his interests went far wider than that. During the ’80s his clinical laboratory work blossomed, his computing developments became something we would recognise today and, as one of his numerous College activities, and as Director of CPD he laid the groundwork for the College’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, which he then directed in the mid-1990s. Among numerous positions at the College, he was Vice-President from 1975 to 1978 and Treasurer from 1978 to 1983. He was also President of the Association of Clinical Pathologists from 1989 to 1990.  Freddie donated funds to the College to establish the RCPath Flynn lecture.

The Fund has grown and now allows us the opportunity to award up to four bursary prizes of up to £600 each for trainees to attend the ACB’s focus meeting in each year.