Admission of Fellows ceremony FAQs

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the College’s Admission Ceremony.
Admission ceremonies at the College will take place at Central Hall Westminster.  Sadly, space limitations and health and safety reasons means that we can only allow three guests per new Fellow.

When will I be eligible to use the designatory letters?
Why do I have to become a member?
What is the deadline to make an application for membership?
I am unable to attend the next ceremony. What shall I do?
What happens if I am unable to attend on the day?
When will I get my certificate?
Do I require a ticket?
Can I request additional guest tickets?
Can I invite additional guests to the post-ceremony reception?
Can I bring children to the ceremony?
What facilities are there for children?
How will I receive my ticket?
What are the New Fellows' seating arrangements?
What are the guest seating arrangements?
How long does my ceremony last?
How do I obtain a letter to accompany my visa application?
Can I take photos or selfies during the ceremony?
Can I bring my child/children on stage with me?
Is there a cloakroom available at the venue?
Is there a prayer room available at the venue?
Is there disabled access at the venue?
What is the dress code for the event?

When will I be eligible to use the designatory letters?

Once you have passed your Final Exam, you become a full Fellow of the RCR and eligible to use the relevant designation FRCR.

From your pass date, you can use the designation FRCR after your name for as long as you remain a member. You are required to pay any outstanding membership fees, or become a member if you are not already, before the ceremony takes place. You will not however receive your certificate until your name has been presented at a ceremony.

If you are considering coming to work in the UK, you must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).  You can use your FRCR to apply for full medical registration with the GMC. It is much more straightforward to do this within three years of your FRCR. You can find more information about Routes to GMC registration for oncologists and Routes to GMC Registration for radiologists, and on the GMC website about the application process and other evidence you will need to provide.

Why do I have to become a member?

Before being allowed to use the title of Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR), successful candidates in the Final FRCR Part B Examination must be admitted to the Fellowship. Those who are not already members of the RCR must join the RCR before admission can occur. Admission ceremonies and receptions are held twice a year, normally in May and November.

Once you have become a member and passed your Final Examination, you can use the designation FRCR after your name for as long as you remain a member. 

What is the deadline to make an application for membership?

To attend the ceremony or be admitted in absentia, you must make an application for membership by midday on the Wednesday before the ceremony. Please ensure that we have received your application and payment by this date. You will not be able to attend the ceremony unless you have been enrolled as a member prior to the event.

I am unable to attend the next ceremony. What shall I do?

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, you can either choose to be admitted in absentia or defer to the next ceremony. If you choose to defer to the next ceremony, you will not be able to get your certificate before that date. You may only defer attendance at the ceremony once. If you are unable to attend a second time, there will be no other opportunities for you to attend a ceremony in person and you will be admitted in absentia.

What happens if I am unable to attend on the day?

If you are unable to attend on the day, please email ceremony@rcr.ac.uk or telephone the Admission Team as soon as you can to let us know so we can make the necessary arrangements. Due to the short notice, you will be admitted in absentia in these circumstances and will be unable to defer your attendance to the subsequent ceremony. There are no exceptions to this policy. 

When will I get my certificate?

If you are attending the ceremony you will receive your certificate at the ceremony.

If you are being admitted in absentia, your certificate will be posted to your registered home address, after the ceremony. Please note that it is not possible to obtain your certificate before you have been admitted at a ceremony, either by attending or in your absence, but you can request a verification of your qualifications for use in the meantime if required.

If you have deferred your attendance at a ceremony, you will not receive your certificate until your name has been formally presented at the next ceremony.

Do I require a ticket?

Yes, New Fellows do require a ticket and you do need to confirm your attendance for the ceremony by contacting ceremony@rcr.ac.uk When you register to attend your admission ceremony, you must specifically request guest tickets and not assume that any tickets will automatically be allocated. Three tickets are guaranteed to each new Fellow who requests them.

Can I request additional guest tickets?

Only three guest tickets per New Fellow are available. It will not be possible to get extra tickets. We strongly advise that you do not make any arrangements (including travel) for any guests unless their ticket has been confirmed.

Can I invite additional guests to the post-ceremony reception?

Unfortunately, the post-ceremony reception is open to ceremony attendees only due to limited space.

Can I bring children to the ceremony?

This is a celebratory occasion for the family so children are welcome to attend.  If the child/children is/are under the age of five they can sit on the lap of one of your guests in the Great Hall. Any child over the age of five will need to have their own guest ticket. 

What facilities are there for children?

Ceremonies typically last for around an hour and a half and there are no crèche or childcare facilities provided by the RCR. Out of respect for other guests we request that small children be taken out if they become unsettled during the ceremony so as not to disturb proceedings. There will be a family room available for you to use. Baby changing and breastfeeding facilities are available.

Children must be accompanied at all times by your guests, as the new Fellows sit in a separate area and children will not be able to sit with you during the ceremony.

How will I receive my ticket? 

Tickets will be issued on the day and need to be collected on arrival.

What are the New Fellows' seating arrangements?

The admission ceremony takes place in the Great Hall. Each new Fellow is allocated a specific seat to ensure that awards are presented in the correct order. New Fellows must sit in the seat they are allocated, which may alter from the original schedule for late comers.

What are the guest seating arrangements?

New Fellows and guests sit in different areas of the Great Hall. All guest seating is unreserved (that is, specific seat numbers are not assigned to guests). If your guests have particular requirements such as disabled access this must be requested when registering your attendance to the admissions team.

Guests will be directed to unassigned seats by ceremony ushers on entering the Great Hall.

How long does my ceremony last?

Ceremonies typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

How do I obtain a letter to accompany my visa application?

The admissions team can provide a letter to accompany your visa application. Contact ceremony@rcr.ac.uk and request an ‘admission ceremony invitation’ letter.  Unfortunately, we unable to provide an invitation letter that specifically names any of your accompanying guests.

Can I take photos or selfies during the ceremony?

An ‘on the stage’ photograph will be taken of every new Fellow with the President during the Ceremony.
Guests are permitted to take photos/videos before and during the ceremony from their seat only, no filming or photography is permitted from the aisles or where it may obstruct the space of the official photographer. We accept that new Fellows will also want to take photos of their friends as they receive their award, but again, the ceremony flow must not be impeded or delayed by this. The taking of ‘selfies’ on stage is therefore not permitted.

Can I bring my child/children on stage with me?

While this is a family occasion, we regret that children are unable to accompany the New Fellows onto the stage - this is for reasons of health and safety.

Is there a cloakroom available at the venue?

Yes, there is a cloakroom available at Central Hall where you can leave your belongings and any luggage you may have.

Is there a prayer room available at the venue?

A prayer room is available for the use of New Fellows and their guests.

Is there disabled access at the venue?

Yes, Central Hall is wheel-chair accessible - you can find out more about accessibility at the venue.

What is the dress code for the event?

The dress code for the Admission Ceremony is smart.