The David Jordan Teaching Awards 2019

The David Jordan Teaching Awards are intended to support individuals that focus predominantly or exclusively on higher education teaching. The Physiological Society understands the importance of supporting their professional development as well as recognising innovation in physiology teaching. Grants of up to £10,000 are therefore being offered for a 12 month period, to enable awardees to carry out a piece of educational research or to develop an educational resource that is relevant to physiology. In return for this support, we ask that the resource be made available to The Society for wider dissemination.

Costs associated with attendance at conferences (travel, accommodation, registration), personal salary and also office expenses (e.g. photocopying, stationery, telephone costs) are not covered by the grant. However funds can be used by the grant holder to buy time out of their teaching.

The small print

Applicants must be in the early stage of their career or have limited experience of curriculum development, educational research or scholarship of teaching and learning. Preference will be given to applicants in the first 5 years of their career in HE or those within the first 5 years of shifting the focus of their contract to teaching and learning. Applicants must have a PhD and at least 3 years of assured funding in a teaching-focused position after the date of the award. Physiologists at any stage of their career are eligible.

Applicants can either be a full Member or Affiliate of The Society, or have previously presented a talk or a poster at a Society meeting. Applications from non-members need to be sponsored by an full Member of The Society.

The proposed project must support physiology teaching of a novel nature and not overlap with any existing funding. Finally, the applicant’s host institution must be willing to administer the award.

Each application will be assessed based on the quality and feasibility of the proposal, the calibre of the applicant and the impact of the research/resource on physiology education, including the potential for the work to be disseminated broadly and applied widely. The full marking criteria can be downloaded below.

Those who receive funding awards will be asked to submit an end of grant report and a financial audit of spending no later than three months after the end of the grant. If such a report is not submitted, the holder will be deemed ineligible for any other funding from The Physiological Society. Any funds not used at the end of the grant period must be returned to The Society. 

This scheme will open in June 2019 and the deadline for applications will be 30 September 2019. 

For more information, please contact

The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.


David Jordan

David Jordan, Professor of Physiology at University College London, UK died aged 54 in June 2007 following a short illness.

His early training was at the University of Birmingham where he was awarded a BSc in Biological Sciences (1974) and a PhD (1977) for his studies on The termination and excitability of sinus nerve afferents.

David Jordan

In 1980, he moved to a lectureship in the Department of Physiology at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (University of London, UK). Following his promotion to Professor in 1999, and the merger with UCL, David was made Head of the Department of Physiology on the Royal Free Campus. In 2001, he received a DSc from University of Birmingham, where he had started his career.

David was an active and dedicated researcher with a gift for inspiring others by his teaching and his involvement in physiology education both in the UK and overseas, which was recognised through an award for excellence in teaching.

The David Jordan Teaching Grant, which supports physiology teaching, is a fitting tribute to his memory and was established with the help of David's partner of 30 years, Ken Jones. If you would like to make a contribution to the fund please contact

To read a full obituary, as well as reminiscences from colleagues and former students, please see the following extract from Physiology News.