Competitions and Awards

The BPSA has formed allegiances with influential companies associated with pharmacy in order to bring you a range of exciting and rewarding competitions and awards.  

The The Alliance Healthcare Future of Pharmacy Student Award 2015 is run by Alliance Healthcare in association with the BPSA.

The Johnson & Johnson “Responding to Symptoms” Competition is run in three rounds. The first is held at each School of Pharmacy with progression through to a national semi-final and final. Amazing prizes are available at each stage, and it’s a great opportunity to practice your counselling skills!

The Reckitt-Benckiser Student of the Year Award comprises of two rounds. The first involves answering some multiple choice and short answer questions, with the best students being invited to the BPSA’s Annual Conference for the final round. There are great prizes available, including a trip to represent the UK at an international conference and tablet computers.

The BPSA Research Poster Awards is held in conjunction with the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) and Glaxo-Smithkline (GSK). The UKCPA are looking for excellence in pharmacy practice research – if you’re doing research in this field, it’s well worth entering! GSK judge the scientific research posters – an amazing opportunity to have your research recognised by a global healthcare company. Again, cash prizes and conference fees are available!

Finally, It is the second year for the Boots 'My vision for community pharmacy in 2020'. The lucky winner will be awarded the opportunity to spend a day with a Senior Pharmacist Leader at Boots, UK!

The Alliance Healthcare Future of Pharmacy Student Award 2015

Now open for entries!

309635 10152420593730483 1186526141 n
Daniel Greenwood 2013 Winner: "Winning the 'Future of Pharmacy Student Award' has given me many opportunities - it allowed me to meet great industry leaders across many areas of practice and gave me a greater insight into pharmacy. Most recently it has been instrumental in helping me secure one of the most competitive pre-registration training posts in the country."

The Alliance Healthcare Future of Pharmacy Student Award in association with the BPSA is open to all pharmacy students, pre-registration trainees and recently qualified pharmacists (within the last two years).

For a chance to win £500, entrants are required to submit a 500 word (maximum) essay on the following topic: ‘The vision for community pharmacy in a truly integrated health and social care system.’

The winner will be chosen by Alliance Healthcare Board member Chris Martin, and notified by 30 June 2015.

All entries must be accompanied by the relevant entry form and submitted by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 29 May 2015.

Please click the following link for the terms and conditions and for more information on how to apply:



Johnson & Johnson “Responding to Symptoms”


The Johnson & Johnson “Responding to Symptoms” Competition, aimed at all ages and abilities, is designed to test your communication and counselling skills. The competition is open to all undergraduate students and is composed of three rounds.


Round One:
This round is held towards the end of November within each School of Pharmacy around the country. On the day you will be provided with a scenario and allocated 10 minutes to research and prepare using various reference sources provided. You will then have 10 minutes to respond to a patient’s symptoms and to provide them with appropriate advice, including an appropriate product recommendation where applicable. There will also be an opportunity for you to receive feedback afterwards.

One runner-up and one winner from each school will win an educational reference book, and will progress to round two - the national semi-final. The session will be coordinated by your school BPSA Rep(s), who will provide you with a date, time, and venue for the first round. Stay tuned for the date of the first round within your school…

Watch the following YouTube video for a previous example:

Round Two:
The winner of round one from each School of Pharmacy will be invited to attend the national semi-final, which will be held at the Eastern Area Conference on Saturday 21st February 2015. The semi-final will follow the same format as round one. In the absence of the winner from round one being able to attend, the runner-up from round one will be invited to attend in their place. At the end of this round, there will be four runners-up and four winners. The winners from this round will then progress to the final round.

Round Three:

Round three will be held during BPSA Day of our 73rd Annual Conference 2015, held at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool. The final will follow the same format as before, but here, three runners-up will receive a prize. The winner of the final will win a grand prize.
There will also be an opportunity for all participants to experience a snapshot of Annual Conference during the day, as well as an opportunity to network with potential employers at our MedEx (Medical exhibition).

Follow the link to view the Pharmacy Training Club from Johnson & Johnson for handy training materials that will aid you in preparation for the first round!

This competition is now closed.


The Reckitt-Benckiser Student of the Year Award

weseditrb official logo

The launch of this year’s competition promises to be one of the highlights in the BPSA calendar. The BPSA have teamed up with Reckitt Benckiser for another year to deliver a fantastic opportunity for development and the chance to win an amazing set of prizes.

In order to enter the competition you will need to answer 20 multiple-choice questions,designed to introduce you to the BPSA and also popular products produced by Reckitt Benckiser (HINT: Our websites will provide useful information!). Following this there will be three short answer questions, one of which will act as a tie-breaker.

Six finalists will be invited to the BPSA annual conference in Liverpool where they will have a short panel interview before the winner is announced.

IPSFlogo1st PRIZE: A sponsored trip to the International Pharmaceutical Students Association (IPSF) 61st World Congress in Hyderabad, India


2nd PRIZE:  £250 towards your attendance to an European Pharmaceutical Student Association (EPSA) event

The runners-up will win an Amazon Kindle!!

Check out the new Reckitt Benckiser training and support platform for healthcare professionals (which has handy hints for your entry form!) containing useful materials for your development at:

This competition will not only boost your CV in today’s competitive job market, but there are some amazing prizes available to be won... remember you have to be IN IT TO WIN IT!!!

This competition is now closed.


Dale Brockley 2014 Winner: "Entering BPSA competitions has really benefited me, both professionally and personally. It is an excellent way to gain that extra knowledge and learning to complement what you do within your university, engage with what’s going on in the profession, and to benefit from new experiences. After becoming Reckitt Benckiser Student of the Year runner up in 2013, I won a Blackberry tablet, and was also able to attend the World Healthcare Student Symposium (WHSS) in Switzerland, which was a fantastic experience for me because it was something that I would never have attended without the competition. I was able to meet many students from a number of professions from all around the world and was able to spend time sightseeing in a country I had never been to. Winning Reckitt Benckiser Student of the year in 2014 was a personal highlight and allowed me to attend the IPSF World Congress in Portugal, which was another new experience and another country to visit and gave me lots to talk about at my hospital pre-registration interviews (and a new iPad air!). I have also found that the work I’ve done preparing for a competition has come in really useful in other ways. For example, I devoted a number of days researching and preparing my poster for the Boots Competition, on the subject of ‘My vision of community pharmacy in 2020’, wondering whether I was spending too long when I had other commitments; months later I attended a community pharmacy pre-registration interview where I was asked to prepare a presentation on the future of community pharmacy. My preparation was already done; I took along the poster and the interviewers were really impressed, especially when I told them that I had won the competition. I would encourage everyone to enter as many competitions as you can; I know you read every day about the increasing competition for pre-registration placements, but I do believe that entering BPSA competitions has supported my personal development and helped me in receiving my pre-registration offers so that I was lucky enough to choose where I wanted to go after I leave Keele."


Research Poster Award 

GSK ukcpa real

The BPSA Research Poster Award is brought to you in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA). It is an exciting and unique opportunity to present your research to your peers, and leading members of our profession. In today’s competitive job market, securing that ideal post is becoming harder. This competition aims to facilitate the opportunity for you to develop key skills that employers look for, such as professional engagement and ongoing professional development.

Abstracts will be accepted from all MPharm students and Pre-registration trainees, there are two categories that can be entered:

  1. Scientific Research: Are you a budding scientist and want to get your research seen? Yes? Then this is the category for you! With FIVE £100 cash prizes to be won from GSK, you would be crazy not to enter!
  2. Pharmacy Practice: We realise our members have undertaken invaluable pharmacy practice and clinical research and, if you are one of these members then make sure you submit an abstract! The UKCPA encourages excellence, leadership and partnership and they are therefore the perfect organisation to judge the practice and clinical research poster entries. The prize for the winners of this category is the opportunity to attend the UKCPA’s Autumn Symposium and present their poster!

From the abstracts submitted the finalists will be invited to attend the BPSA 73rd Annual Conference at Liverpool John Moores University to present their posters. The presentation will be held during our increasingly popular Medical Exhibition during our BPSA day.

So, how do I enter?

Abstracts are to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight 28th February with the topic of the email being the title of your poster.

The email must include:

  • Your full name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • School of Pharmacy or place of work
  • Year of study or graduation
  • Your abstract attached to email

We will then process the entries and select the finalists. Finalists will be invited to present their research poster at the BPSA Medical Exhibition on the 1st April 2015.

What can be submitted?

  • Projects you do during your undergraduate MPharm degree
  • Your masters (3rd or 4th year) project
  • Audits or projects you undertake during your pre-registration year

Abstract entry requirements:

  • Abstracts should be in the field of pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy practice (both hospital and community pharmacy).
  • Work should be your own and may be any undergraduate research (including lab projects or your dissertation), summer research work, and any preregistration work within the above field.
  • Entrants should be studying for a pharmacy degree or undertaking their preregistration training.
  • Maximum 1 page of A4 and no more than 500 words (excluding title, authors, and references).
  • Abstracts should include: title, authors (including any collaborators other than yourself), introduction and aims, methods, results and discussion, conclusion and references.
  • Pictures and tables may be included as long as the page limit is not exceeded.
  • References should use the Vancouver referencing system (numbers in brackets).

Poster requirements:

  • 500 word limit (excluding title, authors, and references).
  • Size A1 or A0
  • Click here to access useful tips on designing and presenting a successful poster: 

Adjudication process:

Each abstract will be judged on the stated objectives, methods, results, discussion, impact on patient care/pharmaceutical knowledge and whether the abstract conforms to guidelines.

It’s time to get your research noticed and a chance to gain a PDS point!

This competition is now closed.


My vision for community pharmacy in 2020

bootsThe ‘My vision for community pharmacy in 2020’ competition sponsored by Boots is now in its second year. Let’s make it even more successful than last year!

You will need to submit a short proposal, of no more than 500 words, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. focusing on the title above.

Note: On your submission please list which year of study you are in and your contact details.

Bullet points and pictures can be used - the more creative the better!

Things you may want to consider in your proposal include:

  • Core services
  • Layout of the pharmacy
  • Support staff
  • Pharmacist activities
  • Innovative thinking
  • Public health agenda
  • Revenue generation
  • Inter-professional interaction
  • Long term conditions
  • Behaviours within the profession
  • Involvement in research

Further details can be found here

Please submit a proposal, of no more than 500 words, on the above topic. Bullet points can be used. Further details can be found here.

THE PRIZES five finalists will be invited to attend BPSA Day at the BPSA Annual Conference at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool on Wednesday 1st April 2015 and present their proposal to the judging panel. The winner will be awarded the opportunity to spend a day with a Senior Pharmacist Leader at Boots.

This is a truly unique opportunity to spend the day with a member of the senior management team at Boots, and will be invaluable on any CV! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity – submit your proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Sunday 15th February 2015 to be in the running!

This competition is now closed.

© British Pharmaceutical Students' Association 2013