picture-5-emdp2The Company’s endowment of the Barbers’ Company Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England recalls its important contribution to the development of anatomy teaching in England. The McNee Awards are made to mature medical students who already have a non-medical degree and therefore do not qualify for Local Education grants. From the Raven Bequest awards are made to surgeons, usually specialist registrars, who are travelling to an overseas centre of excellence where some new or highly specialised technique or procedure can be observed and mastered before the candidate returns to practise or teach the technique in this country. This Fund also provides awards for educational projects being undertaken by members of the Medical Artists’ Association. The nursing profession is supported by the award of scholarships to nurses who are undertaking projects to extend their clinical skills. In celebration of the 700th Anniversary of the election of the first known Master in 1308, the Barbers’ Company has, since 2009, been supporting “Outreach for Medicine”, run by Kings College London, which provides activity days for pupils from Inner London Boroughs who have shown an interest in a medical career. Many of those attending these events are accepted onto the “Extended Medical Degree Programme” run by the Medical School and the Company awards prizes to students on this Course. Education of a more general kind is awarded by giving  prizes to a number of schools and supporting the scholarships fund at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.