The Faye Doris Bursary

The Faye Doris Bursary for qualified midwives employed in Somerset, Devon or Cornwall wishing to undertake further study at the University of Plymouth.

About the bursary

Faye Doris retired as the Lead for Midwifery Education at the University of Plymouth in 2015, following almost 20 years working with the organisation. During that time, her knowledge and experience influenced and impacted countless students and staff, and enhanced both the University and the healthcare system.

As a midwife she was - and remains - an ardent supporter of women, mothers and babies and the promotion of education that meets their needs.

Faye has established a bursary fund to help midwives wishing to undertake further study that can contribute to the maternity services through clinical practice, research, education, leadership, management or any other area. This study must take place at Plymouth University.

The bursary is likely to be between £820 and £1640, and the study which it supports does not necessarily have to be midwifery specific.


To be eligible to apply for the bursary, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a qualified midwife employed Somerset, Devon or Cornwall, wishing to undertake further studies to enhance your midwifery knowledge and experience.
  • The bursary can support undergraduate or postgraduate study at the University of Plymouth – taught or research – including completion of a dissertation.
  • It can also be used to assist with a small-scale research project, and may be helpful for data collection.
  • The topic of your study does not have to be midwifery specific.
  • Upon completion of your study, you must submit within 15 days of completion of your module, a short report on your study’s outcome, using this form. Please return this report to the Dean's Office at the University of Plymouth.
  • Bursary funding must be taken up within 12 months of the date of the bursary award. 

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form and send it as an email attachment, together with letters of support from two referees (on headed note paper), to


Although applications are still encouraged, funding for this Bursary is currently under review. Applications will be acknowledged and further information provided once the review of funding has taken place.

Applications will be considered by a Board comprising the Head of School or representative, Faye Doris and a representative from the Development Office.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission within 15 working days.

Please note that submission of a completed application form indicates that the applicant accepts that the selection Board’s decision is final. No further correspondence will be entered into regarding the Board’s decision.

If you would like to seek advice prior to applying for the bursary, this may be sought from a variety of sources, including: the Link Midwifery Lecturer to the maternity services in which you are employed; a Practice Development Midwife/Education Lead within your services, or your Head of Midwifery.