Leap in university chemistry figures this year
02 September 2005
The Royal Society of Chemistry today welcomed reports of a sharp rise in numbers of students accepting places to study the subject at degree level in 2005.
Dr Tony Ashmore, RSC Director of Education, commenting on university application figures issued by UCAS, said: "Chemistry emerges very strongly from the report which is excellent news for the subject and for the country as a whole."
Tony Ashmore underlined the fact that while the increase in acceptances across all subjects was 8.4% on the same time last year, chemistry more than doubled that figure in a surge to 17.3%.
He added: "The Royal Society of Chemistry has been campaigning steadily and intensively to persuade a number of key audiences of the strategic importance of our subject. And our own work has been complemented by teachers, schools and universities."
RSC President Dr Simon Campbell said: "We are delighted and celebrate the fact that there has been such a marked increase in interest in chemistry this year. Nevertheless our efforts will not slacken, because we have to ensure that this upward trend continues year-on-year as the chemical sciences impact on every aspect of our lives. We will continue to urge increased funding for university chemistry departments to ensure that present and future chemistry students study in world-class facilities.
Dr Campbell added: "Chemistry is not just about science advancement; it is about the future of the planet and its population. Young people are listening to our message and are now entering science careers in order to address global issues."
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