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Student essay competition

PLEA runs an annual essay competition which is open all MPharm students in the UK and Ireland. By this means, we hope to encourage teh pharmacists of the future to engage with law and ethics issues at the start of their careers. The competition is now twelve years old, having seen its first winner in 2009.

Over the years of the essay competition entries have been received from 23 schools of pharmacy with a number of schools incorporating the essay into their curriculum. Over the course of the competition to date, winners have come from 11 of these schools of pharmacy, showing engagement and participation from all nations. The PLEA essay aims to encourage students to think critically about law and ethics issues, as well as support their writing and research skills. The winner receives £500 with two runners up receive prizes of £250 each. The essay titles are disseminated through academic colleagues at the schools of pharmacy, with marking being undertaken by academics and law colleagues.

Topics are chosen to be topical, but also to highlight law and ethics debate. The first essay sought to query the arguments surrounding the right to know the genetic health of a sibling. Since then topics have included the code of ethics and confidentiality breaches, e-cigarettes, informed consent, religious and moral beliefs and competences of pharmacists in a changing world. The topic for the academic year 2020-2021 asks students to discuss the legal and ethical implications of using volunteers to supply medicines supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entries (of between 1500 and 2,500 words) should be submitted by email to: by 19 February 2021 in MS Word format.

The winners will be invited to receive their prizes at the annual PLEA seminar in 2019, and the author of the winning essay will be invited to give a presentation at the seminar.

For more information, contact us.

Grants for relevant studies

From time to time, PLEA may be in a position to make grants to support members in their further studies. So far, PLEA has made one such grant in 2011, to Dr Matthew Boyd, to attend the Imperial College one-week intensive course on medical ethical ethics. You can read his account below. If you wish to inquire about such support, contact us.