Royal Free Association

Royal Free HospitalFounded in 1998, the Royal Free Association now has over 4,000 members. It was started by members of the Royal Free Hospital Medical School and the school’s Old Students' Association when the Royal Free and University College School of Medicine was established. It aims to provide a forum for past students to participate in and support social, educational and charitable activities, preserve the history and promote good relations between the school and hospital.

Annual general meeting and clinical day

The date for this year's meeting will be Thursday 15 November 2018. This will be followed by an informal dinner in the evening. 

The Triennial Dinner will be held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Details will be circulated in the Spring and included in the annual Newsletter, or email our secretary, Dr Peter Howden:

Contact us

To contact the Royal Free Association please email: or telephone: 01205 260601.

Royal Free Association newsletters

Each year we produce a newsletter to keep our members up-to-date with what is happening at the association. You can find past copies of our newsletter below.

Royal Free Association student distress fund

Members of the Royal Free Association support a student distress fund, which provides help to students who have difficulty paying for their studies.
Each year, up to six bursaries of £500 each can be awarded. To apply to the fund please download our student distress fund form, and send completed forms to Holly Riches in Medical School Administration at

Royal Free Association student elective support

In addition to the student distress fund, the Royal Free Association also supports five student electives each year, with two bursaries of £1,000 each and three of £500 each. These are allocated by the elective bursary committee and application forms can be requested from Molly Lavender-Rose, medical school administration, at

Free comment newsletters

Dr Robert Wilkins, who attended the Royal Free from 1961-1966, has shared copies of the Royal Free Hospital school of medicine students' newspaper from 1963 with us. Volume 1, number 1, price 1d, was published on 17 October 1963. There are also some photos from the time in our gallery.

If you would like to find out more, or contact Robert, his email address is

 Please take a look at the links below.

Graduate newsletters

Some of our graduates produce newsletters for their own years, and below you will find some that have been shared with us: