For Students

As a student member, you are entitled to all the benefits of a full membership, such as having full voting rights, receiving a copy of the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, free entry into the IMI awards, attendance to regional meetings and more.

Student Representative to Council:

Every two years, a new student member of IMI from one of our accredited courses has the chance to become the Student Representative to Council. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in IMI Council meetings and learn more about the inside workings of the Institute.

The role of the Student Representative is to act on behalf of the student members of IMI. We encourage comments and suggestions from student IMI members, so that these can be communicated to the IMI Council during Council meetings. Your representative also attends Education meetings, where new materials that benefit Student members are produced.


Biography from your Student Representative – Abigail Bird.

My name is Abigail and I am the student representative for IMI. After completing a Bachelors Honours in Photography and having a keen interest to specialise in clinical photography, I became employed as a Clinical Photographer Associate Practitioner at the University Hospital of Wales where I mainly developed an understanding of Ophthalmic imaging. After working in this role for a while, I applied for a number of trainee roles situated in hospitals around South Wales and was lucky enough to get a placement in the same department. This led me to apply for the student representative position as not only did I want to become more involved in the industry but also to be involved in IMI who promote so many opportunities and ways to develop professionally. I was interested in taking on this role because I wanted to play an active part in giving students the opportunity to speak their minds and share new ideas. I am eager to encourage fellow students to engage in discussions and to work with me as a team in order to get the best out of their IMI memberships and to help make their time as a student as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.


If you have any suggestions, please email them to Abigail:


IMI Student Facebook Group:

If you are interested in discussions with fellow student members or would like to be more active in our student community, we have a Facebook group specifically for Student member use.  Join the IMI Student Facebook Group.


IMI Members Facebook Group:

Join the IMI Members Facebook Group which is open to all members of the Institute.


Peter Kilshaw Student Award:

Each year the Institute of Medical Illustrators hold a competition to showcase the excellence of work that is created by its members. The Peter Kilshaw Student Award is given in memory of Peter Kilshaw and is open to all IMI Student members that are on a recognised course. The best student entry will receive the Peter Kilshaw award and a prize of £100. Students who enter the awards are also eligible for bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards.