The Charles Medals (Physiology)

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.

The following updated conditions apply:

  • That a medal be offered for award annually in Physiology.
  • That each medal be called "The Charles Medal in Physiology". That each medal be awarded to the candidate achieving the highest aggregate mark in the Fourth Year Physiology Examination in the current session, comprising eight of the following modules PL4005, PL4006, PL4009, PL4010, PL4011, PL4012, PL4013, PL4014 plus PL4020. Candidates eligible for the Medal are those registered as Fourth Year BSc (Physiology) students of University College Cork during the current session, or those registered as Intercalated BSc (Physiology) students during the current session.
  • That a medal not be 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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