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We are the Pharmacy Law & Ethics Association


Student essay competition

The Pharmacy Law & Ethics Association organises an annual Law & Ethics Essay Competition, open to all undergraduate pharmacy students in every UK school of pharmacy. For the academic year 2011-12, we have taken the opportunity to welcome our colleagues in Ireland (Queen's University Belfast, University of Ulster, Trinity College Dublin, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and University College Cork) to bring to 29 the number of participating institutions.

The competition encourages students to engage with a specific area of Law & Ethics. In previous years, the essays have probed subjects such as: allocation of scare medical resources; the nature informed consent; and the extent to which religious or moral beliefs should influence a pharmacist's practice.

Each year we award over £1000 in prizes, and the results are reported on in the Pharmaceutical Journal. To date, there have been winners from the Universities of Bath, Hertfordshire, and Brighton, and prizes have been awarded prizes to students from a further 6 institutions.

The competition is administered via academic PLEA members at each school. Posters & presentations inviting students to participate appear in early October each year.

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.

First impressions

The Imperial College intensive one-week course in medical ethics, September 2011

By Dr Matthew Boyd

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