The Charles Medals (Anatomy)

At a glance

  • Value: Medal
  • You must be a current UCC Student to be eligible for this award
  • Questions about this award can be directed to


In January, 1909, the Governing Body of University College Cork, received from John James Charles, MD, FRSE, formerly Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in Queen's College, Cork, a donation of guaranteed preference stock of the London and North-Western Railway Company, as well as a die, in order to provide a Gold Medal annually for competition among the students pursuing programmes in Anatomy or in Physiology at University College Cork. In 1960, the Governing Body decided that two medals should be provided annually - one for Anatomy and one for Physiology. At present there are no funds available, but there are medals in stock. The following conditions have been approved by

  • That a medal be offered for award annually in Anatomy
  • That each medal be called "The Charles Medal in Anatomy".
  • That a First University Anatomy Prize Examination be held.
  • That each medal be awarded on the highest aggregate mark of the candidates eligible to sit the First University Anatomy Prize Examination.
  • Candidates eligible to sit the First University Anatomy Prize Examination are those registered as First Year medical students of University College Cork during the current session, whose aggregate marks are among the top 10% of the class in Anatomy (calculated from the anatomy component of the formal written examination of modules FM1010 and FM1020 and the anatomy component of the continuous assessment examination of modules FM1030, and FM1040).
  • That a medal be not awarded unless high merit has been shown.
  • In case a medal is not awarded in any year, the income to be used afterwards, at the discretion of the University, in giving an additional medal or prize.


Note: These awards are funded from endowments made by the respective donors to the University for awards to be made in perpetuity. The funds donated are invested, and the annual income is the amount available for the award. Due to fluctuation in the investment market, the amounts available from year to year may vary, upwards and downwards; for this reason, the value of any award referred to in this section is indicative only, and may be higher or lower when the amount of the award is completed.

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