About Award

Does your medical, dental or veterinary school offer a high quality education programme?

An ASPIRE award allows dental, medical and veterinary schools to be recognised internationally for their excellence in education.

ASPIRE provides a mechanism that improves the education process and outcomes around the world by identifying, recognising and rewarding excellence in the field. No other process does this.

The ASPIRE to Excellence Programme has been established to go beyond the traditional accreditation process and to recognise that the education programme in a medical school can be subjected to peer review against an agreed set of standards or benchmarks that identify world-class excellence in education.


Areas of Excellence

Five areas have been selected for assessment.  These are:

  • Assessment of students
  • Student engagement in the curriculum
  • Social accountability of the school
  • Faculty development
  • Simulation

Schools can opt to be assessed for excellence in one, two, three, four or all five of the areas.

How to Apply

Full details of the criteria in each of the areas and information about the submission process can be found on our dedicated ASPIRE website – www.aspire-to-excellence.org.

Each submission will be reviewed by a team of three assessors and their report will be considered by the relevant ASPIRE panel.  Recommendations from the panel will be endorsed by the ASPIRE Board.

The closing date for the next round of submissions - 28 February 2017

2016 Winners

We are pleased to announce that the following schools were awarded the ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award at AMEE 2016, Barcelona, Spain

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, UK Student Engagement
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, USA Social Accountability
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, USA Social Accountability
University of Leeds Social Accountability
Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, Australia and New Zealand Social Accountability
University of California San Francisco, USA Faculty Development
Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK Faculty Development
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