The Faye Doris Bursary

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

About the bursary

Faye Doris retired as the Lead for Midwifery Education at Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University – 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 to Plymouth University a short report on the study’s outcome.

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 HHS Dean’s Office, at:


Applications must be received no later than 2 July 2018 for consideration of funding for the Autumn term 2018.

Applications must be received no later than 26 November 2018 for consideration of funding for the Spring term 2019.

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.