Research and Grants Committee Members

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh are currently looking to recruit new Members for our Research Committee. Research Committee members are responsible for the College’s scoring and reviewing of grants, fellowships, awards and medals and bursary applications. This position offers the opportunity to support the next generation of Surgeons and Clinicians at key stages in their career and aims to raise the profile of research.

Current Members and Activity

The Research Committee is chaired by Angus Watson, a consultant general and colorectal surgeon in the NHS Highland. Members of the research committee include Phil Taylor, Dean of the Dental Faculty, Farhat Din, Colorectal Surgeon and BCUK Chair and Paul Shiels, Cardiologist.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh offer a number of different fellowships, travelling fellowships, grants, awards, student bursaries and scholarships. The funding we offer cover different specialities of surgery and dentistry. This includes general surgery, cancer, orthopaedics, paediatric, vascular, cardiothoracic, maxillofacial, rural surgery, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and dentistry.

In addition, the Research Committee is involved in research projects with BCUK, MRC, ORUK, ASME and SCONe.

What do scoring members do?

Scoring members play an important role in College life to help us deliver our mission to improve patient outcomes and care. Members include a diverse group of practising healthcare workers and academics from around the globe.

Together they assess research proposals from applicants who are applying for funding from the College and research briefs that describe a potential area of research. These research proposals and briefs cover a wide range of health and social care issues and challenges with the aim to benefit patients and improve care.

As a scoring member, you will be required to assess at least 2 grants/fellowships/awards/bursaries per year.

Who are we looking for?

The Scoring Committee is looking for a diverse range of members with a strong interest in education, leadership, research, and career development, who would like to contribute to the work and mission of the College. The position is not dependent on being based in Scotland and we welcome applications from any of our members and fellows who live around the globe.

We are looking for people who are at all stages of their career and from all the specialties and faculties that the College embraces.

The term of appointment is 3 years.

Why should you join us?

Membership of the Research Committee does not attract payment, but you will help support surgeons of the future and new research across all areas of surgery. Your expertise will provide valuable input that will help advance research, while being aware of all the latest research developments.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Join an organisation with a rich history of supporting health and innovation.
  • Be at the forefront of and discuss the latest research.
  • Expand your professional network and learn from other surgical professionals.
  • Decide which research and innovations to fund that will benefit patients across the globe.


To be eligible, you are required to be a member or fellow of the College with an interest in education, research, or leadership. Prior experience of scoring research and grants is desirable.

The latest Research Reports can be found here.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22 February.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a one-page statement of why you would like to join alongside the submission of your CV. Submit your application to

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