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Freelance Opportunity: Scotland and Medicine Programme Coordinator


The Scotland and Medicine partnership comprises institutions holding medical collections (museum, archive and library) across the country. Partner institutions include universities, Royal Colleges, NHS boards, and local authorities.  Partners share many common goals and approaches, as well as medical collections subject matter. The partnership will be strengthened by coordinating our current approaches to interrogating medical collections, particularly from an ethics and inclusion-focused standpoint. This will help the partnership engage with audiences and researchers, and contribute to wider discourse in heritage practice.

Role objectives

Output-focused objectives

  • Plan and coordinate the Scotland and Medicine conference, scheduled for Spring 2025 (date to be confirmed).

  • Scope and propose potential programmes of collaborative events across the partnership.

  • Create content for Scotland and Medicine website and blog which reflects common themes and helps increase the visibility, profile and impact of Scotland and Medicine.

Broad objectives

  • Establish common themes across partners’ current practice – meeting partners, researching collections and programmes.

  • Facilitate relationships with and between partners, maximising common ground and making recommendations and creating proposals for further collaboration, joint programming, and funding applications.

  • Raise the profile of Scotland and Medicine with medical history, medical humanities and related research communities and networks.


Equivalent to 1 day per week. Day and hours worked to be agreed with host organization (The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow).

Duration = 12 months (September 2024 – September 2025).

Fee = £7,200, payable monthly (£600.00). The Programme Coordinator will be responsible for invoicing the host institution.

Home / office hybrid; based at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RJ. Heritage (

The role will require travel to partner organisations, attending events and engaging with relevant Scotland-wide networks. A separate travel budget will cover these expenses (to be claimed as part of monthly invoice).


Requirements of the role

The programme coordinator will ideally have:

  • Understanding of ethical and equalities issues and practice

  • Knowledge and experience of medical history and medical collections, and knowledge of current medical heritage practice and approaches

  • Knowledge of medical history and medical humanities research communities and networks across Scotland

  • Experience of devising and organising events, conferences and workshops

  • Experience of working collaboratively across multiple institutions and disciplines

  • Experience of writing and creating appropriate and engaging digital content for websites and blogs.


To apply please email a covering letter and cv, outlining your suitability for the role, to: Claire McDade, Heritage Lead, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, by Friday 28th June 2024

Interviews expected to be arranged in late July 2024 (in person or remote).

Start date September 2024.


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