In December 2021 we reported on the University of Exeter’s award to Emily Nicholson, Peninsula Medical School, and showed a photograph of her being presented with a certificate and a cheque for £500 little knowing that and official ceremony would be taking place at St Mellion International Resort in 2022. At last after two years’ postponement we could all get together to celebrate with the winners.

Tim Guy, our Trustee attending the event used the opportunity to say, ‘Today I am proud that my fellow Trustees have revisited our awards programme and now will be including, not only the Medical School, but also the Schools of Dentistry and Nursing,  – one £500 award each year for each discipline to be reviewed after 5 years.’

He continued, ‘and a new Award to provide support to an individual who may need some kind of assistance to attend their course, to be known as The Mary Grigg Award, after a well-loved Trustee who sadly passed away two years ago’.


The Duchy Health Outstanding Achievement Award

This annual award is given on the recommendation of their university for outstanding academic or practical achievement to a student from the Medical School, the Dental School and the School of Nursing.

Each award is £500 and a certificate with the citation for the award will be given.

Eligibility criteria: Students should be undertaking a health-related course based in Cornwall, and may be considered during any part of their course, i.e. not just in their final year. The award may be given for outstanding achievement in academic studies, practical work or an exceptional contribution to their course or the community. The recommendation should be made by a tutor or course leader through the associated University body, for example, Dental School, Medical School, and School of Nursing, Pharmacy or courses in Healthcare. (If no suitable candidate the award is deferred until the next year)


The Mary Grigg Award

Eligibility criteria: The award of £500 is aimed at providing support to an individual who may need some additional assistance. This could be due to significant changes in circumstances, health and wellbeing related, or need for equipment or learning resources. Examples of this could be the impact on family circumstances due to job loss or furlough, redeployment during Covid affecting studies, extra travel expenses or attending an extra specialist course. The certificate and citation may be for ‘overcoming/ facing’ personal challenges. In order to apply you should be:

  • • Continuing or starting a health or care related programme of study
  • • Undertaking a programme of study that lasts at least a year and have a minimum of one academic year remaining

Adult learners (over 19) and currently resident in Cornwall
• Preferably be employed in NHS or Health Care Organisations in Cornwall. Applicants are likely to successfully complete and pass but circumstances are putting this at risk

  1. • You must evidence why they need assistance and what difference the Award would make

To apply: The Duchy Health Charity have given the University a £500 grant and students should apply to their Head of Department for access to this fund.

Emily Nicholson receiving her certificate and cheque for being the highest achieving year 3 student in Nursing 2020/21 being trained in Cornwall. Because the University of Exeter had to postpone the Awards Ceremony at the St Mellion Resort due to the rise in Covid numbers, our Charity wanted her to still have this in 2021.