Macqueen bursaries: it's time to apply

07 November 2019

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust is pleased to announce that applications for a MacQueen Bursary are now open for 2019-20. 

Applications are invited to fund any of the following activities:

  • Initiatives undertaken in practice to facilitate the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups or communities
  • A research project focused on the enhancement of practice in community settings
  • Engagement in professional or academic study activities to enhance the applicant’s practice
  • Travel costs associated with an overseas public health project which will enable the winner to either engage in a public health project or to explore an initiative to determine its relevance to UK practice.

A total sum of £25,000 is available and a number of applications will be supported (up to a maximum of £5000 per application or £3000 for the travel award).

Project applications may involve a multi-professional team, providing at least one individual has current membership of Unite-CPHVA. Please note that bursaries can only be awarded to the individual or group and not an employing organisation.

Applicants will need to state the total amount they are seeking and should include a detailed costing for the project or study activity. Priority will be given to the shortlisted applications that demonstrate the greatest potential to enhance practice.

Nominations forms can be downloaded from cphvaeddevtrust.wordpress.com or you can email [email protected]

Shortlisted applicants for bursaries of over £2000 must be available to attend for interview at Unite HQ in Holborn, London on 20 March 2020.

Closing date for the receipt of applications is 5pm on 20 January 2020.

What have last year’s recipients achieved with their bursaries? Read three of their stories...

Robyn Humpherson
Specialist public health practitioner at Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who received a ‘practice development’ bursary

The award has funded a training place for Robyn on the child protection supervision skills course facilitated by the NSPCC. It is hoped the course will provide Robyn with further skills and knowledge to support and strengthen the current coordination and quality of one-to-one and group safeguarding supervision.




Rebecca Reynolds
Lecturer in children’s nursing (education) at the University of Plymouth, who received a ‘research’ bursary

Rebecca’s award funded an ‘Evaluation of an innovative pilot public health learning intervention based in the community setting’. The aim of the project, undertaken with child health lecturer Rachel Carter, was to identify the pedagogical benefits of student-led health promotion and the impact on practice.




Amy Clyburn 
Generic health visitor at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, who received a ‘professional development’ bursary

Amy was awarded funding to complete her MSc in specialist community public health nursing. To achieve this, she undertook an academic systematic review exploring how the legal aspects of FGM are perceived by both communities and professionals with a mandatory duty to report, and the impact of this on practice.