A team from St George’s, University of London has been shortlisted for a Prospects Postgraduate Award, which recognises and rewards excellence and innovation in postgraduate education.

More than 150 students, universities and businesses from across the UK entered the awards across eight categories. The Postgraduate Diploma Physician Associate Studies Teaching Team at St George's will compete against teams from the University of Glasgow, University of Bradford and Cranfield University for the title of Best Teaching Team (Science, Technology and Engineering).

St George’s has been training physician associates (PAs) for longer than any other university in the UK and the sixth cohort of students has just begun training. The two-year postgraduate course is for students who already have a science undergraduate degree, and the training is often followed by a one-year internship. Historically, 100 per cent of SGUL graduates have gained employment within a few months of graduation. The SGUL exam pass rate is also 100 per cent.

PAs support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. With ever increasing demands on the NHS, the role of the PA is designed to supplement the medical workforce and improve patient access.

St George’s PAs have gone to work in general practice and in different specialities, such as plastic surgery, dermatology, accident and emergency and orthopaedic surgery. Many graduates continue to work locally and have secured jobs at local NHS trusts such as St George’s Healthcare and Kingston.

The awards launched for the first time this year and are the only annual event solely dedicated to celebrating best practice and the most exciting developments in UK postgraduate education. The awards are run by Graduate Prospects, the UK’s leading postgraduate education publisher, which also operates prospects.ac.uk and the official postgraduate course database.

Karen Roberts, PA course director, said: “As a faculty, we feel honoured not only to have been nominated for this award, but also to be involved in this education process. Transitioning science graduates into safe and competent clinicians in two years requires dedication from both students and faculty, and it is immensely rewarding to see our students succeeding, both in the programme and in this new and exciting healthcare role.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 19 November 2013 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Best University Campaign

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • BPP University
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • Coventry University
  • The University of Nottingham
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Sussex

Best Prospectus

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • Harper Adams University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • The University of Nottingham
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Stirling

Best International Campaign

  • Media Minds Global representing Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Derby
  • Net Natives representing the University of Greenwich

Best Faculty Campaign

  • BPP Law School
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Southampton

Best Website

  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Dundee

Best Agency

  • Media Minds Global
  • PlattForm
  • SMRS Ltd

Best Business Partner

  • DemoPad Software Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • The National Autistic Society

Best Teaching Team (Arts & Humanities)

  • MA Fine Art Team, Open College of the Arts
  • MA Visual Arts Team, Camberwelll College of Art
  • MA Cultural Geography (Research) Team, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Creative Writing Team, Lancaster University

Best Teaching Team (Business & Social Sciences)

  • Manchester Enterprise Centre Team, The University of Manchester
  • MBA Team, Business School, Staffordshire University
  • MSc International Business, Leeds University Business School
  • Professional Doctorate in Education Team, Staffordshire University

Best Teaching Team (Science, Technology & Engineering)

  • MSc Medical Genetics Teaching Team, University of Glasgow
  • Postgraduate Diploma Physician Associate Studies Teaching Team, St George's, University of London
  • Bradford FACSI Team, University of Bradford
  • Environmental Water Management MSc Team, Cranfield University