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Interested in becoming a Scar Free Foundation Elective Supervisor?

The Scar Free Foundation will shortly be launching a call for applications for the 2017 Scar Free Foundation Student Elective Awards.

We are seeking experienced academic supervisors to support recipients of Elective funding.

The awards support students wishing to undertake a small-scale elective research project either in the UK or abroad. All applications are externally reviewed. The funding available per student is £1,200 to support projects of 6-8 weeks. The Electives are offered in partnership with our Principal Member Organisations; BAPRAS, BBA and BSSH and fund research activities relevant to disfigurement and visible loss of function in the following areas;

  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Burn medicine and care
  • Hand surgery

Previous recipients have gone on to be become research-active clinicians, NIHR Clinical Fellows and PhD students.

We are asking for individuals to ‘express an interest’ in acting as supervisor for one of our funding recipients. Involvement in academic supervision affords experienced clinicians and academics the opportunity to extend their range of skills, is an ‘esteem marker’ on CVs and provides the opportunity to develop knowledge in their research area.


Elective students may select to undertake a project in plastic and reconstructive surgery, burn medicine and care or hand surgery so supervisors are asked to nominate their areas of interest.  If prospective supervisors wish they can also suggest a proposed research project. Prospective supervisors are asked to submit 250-word description of their proposed research project or simply articulate the areas in wish they would be happy to supervise projects in. Supervisors names and project ideas will then be displayed on the Scar Free Foundation website.  


Supervisors will be asked to undertake to provide the following support for students:

  • Reviewing and aiding the development of the student’s research protocol to ensure that methodological issues are dealt with prior to the student beginning their project.
  • Act as a ‘sounding board’ for any issues that emerge during the project, at the analysis or write-up stage.
  • Setting a deadline for receipt of a draft final report, reviewing and providing constructive criticism to the student within a timeframe which enables them to make any necessary changes.
  • Signing off the student’s report and providing a short report to the Healing Foundation on their progress.

It is recommended that supervisors and students communicate 4-6 times during the project and write-up stage. The preferred mode of communication is at the discretion of the supervisor.

If you would like to participate, please send your CV, area of interest and 250 project outline if you would like include one to [email protected]  by the 10th of November.