Honours and eponymous lectures


The RCR awards honours to Fellows and individuals who are not Fellows or members in recognition of contributions made to the work of the College and the two specialties. Nominations for 2021 are now closed. Please contact membership@rcr.ac.uk for more information. 

Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is the honour awarded to an esteemed Fellow of the College who has made a significant contribution in their field whether in the UK or overseas.

Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Fellowship is the most prestigious award to be available to a non-Fellow of the College. It is awarded to those who have made exceptional contributions to, or promoted the interests of, clinical oncology or clinical radiology including at an international level.

Honorary membership 

Any Fellow of the RCR may put forward nominations for the award of Honorary Membership. The award is intended for those who have made a significant contribution to either specialty in the UK through a direct link with RCR activities or RCR projects.

Exceptional Contribution Award

The Exceptional Contribution Award is a new award designed to recognise exceptional service of Fellows or members to their College, in fields such as examining, editing, guideline production, audit or quality improvement. The contribution would be expected to be over a considerable period of time. Any Fellow or member in good standing may nominate a colleague; self-nominations are not acceptable.

Eponymous lectures 

There are a number of eponymous lectures delivered every year on subjects of interest to both clinical oncologists and clinical radiologists.

Crookshank Lecture 

Endowed in 1955 by the late Right Honourable Viscount Crookshank CH, in memory of his mother. The Lecturer is appointed annually by the President and is asked to chose a subject of interest to radiologists. Currently, the Lecture is given at the Spring Admission Ceremony. The Lecturer receives a medal. A list of past Lecturers is available.  

David Skeggs Lecture

Endowed on annual basis for up to 20 years, the name of the supporting body is withheld at their request. This lecture, first given in 2003, is delivered at the College's Autumn Admission Ceremony on a subject of interest to College Fellows to be agreed between the College, and the supporting body. Dr David Skeggs, formerly of the Royal Free Hospital, died in December 2010. A list of past Lecturers is available. 

Frank Ellis Lecture

The lecture was initially presented at the RCR Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in 2005 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dr Frank Ellis in October that year. Following Dr Ellis‘s death, the lecture was created in 2007 to be delivered jointly with the British Institute of Radiology and usually at the UK Radiation Oncology Congress (UKRO). The Frank Ellis Lecture was delivered for the final time at UKRO in 2015. A complete list of lecturers is available. 

George Edelstyn Memorial Lecture

Endowed in 1981 in memory of the late Dr George Edelstyn by subscriptions from friends and colleagues. Until 2012, it was given at the UKRO meeting. The Lecturer is appointed following consultation by Officers of the Faculty of Clinical Oncology and receives a medal. A list of past Lecturers is available.  

The Professor Sir Howard Middlemiss Lecture

This Lecture is given bi-ennially at the RCR ASM to honour Professor Sir Howard Middlemiss. The inaugural lecture was delivered in 2012. A list of past Lecturers is available.