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Nominations now open

Please complete and return the nomination form and nominee’s CV by e-mail to the  Governance Team.

The closing date is Friday 31 May 2024 at 5pm. Nominations received after this time will not be accepted. 


The usual route to Fellowship at our College is by examination, however, in accordance with College Regulations, Fellowship without Examination (FwE) may be awarded to nominees who in the opinion of the Trustee Board meet the criteria. 

FwE is not an 'honour'. It is a way of recognising contributions to clinical radiology or clinical oncology in the UK.  

Fellows without Examination have the same rights and privileges as Fellows by examination. This includes the right to use the post-nominal FRCR, to speak and vote at General Meetings and to stand and vote in College elections in accordance with our Regulations.  FwE is offered under the same financial conditions as apply to Fellows by examination of payment of the annual membership subscription to remain in good standing with the College.

Nominations are open to those who are working in substantive NHS consultant posts in our specialties of clinical radiology or clinical oncology (generally those who were not required to obtain the FRCR as part of their training programme). Nominations are assessed by the Fellowship Assessment Committee and its recommendations endorsed by the Trustee Board.

Nomination guidance

Any Fellow of the College in good standing can make a nomination. 

Nominations must be supported by two Fellows in good standing in addition to the nominator. No nominator or supporter should be related to the nominee. Nominees are expected to be members of the College at the time of nomination. 

Previous, failed attempts at any part of the FRCR Examination that have not subsequently been passed will be taken into account in the assessment. 

Nominations can be made for clinical radiologists or clinical oncologists including those practising in relevant special interest areas who:

  • Appear on the GMC specialist register
  • Hold substantive consultant appointments in the United Kingdom
  • Have made and continue to make a significant contribution* to training in either specialty in the United Kingdom and have attained such professional status** as in the opinion of the Trustee Board merits such recognition. 

*A significant contribution for the purposes of FwE might include evidence of being a clinical lead, MDT lead, clinical tutor, course organiser etc; research and publication activity; teaching activity; developing and/or managing a high-quality service; any other relevant activity such as College-related activity. 

**Professional status means that the nominee is in NHS practice at the level of substantive consultant and has the respect of professional colleagues.  It also means that the nominee has made and will continue to make a significant contribution to training or practice in clinical radiology or clinical oncology in the UK and has already done so over a sustained period of time (expected to be at least five years at consultant level in the UK).


Please email the Governance Team or telephone 020 3780 2689. 

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