RSC - Advancing the Chemical Sciences



Chemistry Technician of the Year

Chemistry Technician of the Year Award recognises individuals that have been working in a technical support role, with a strong basis in chemical sciences, for at least one year. 

This will typically involve, but not exclusively, the planning and preparation of experiments, the preparation and management of chemical reagents/samples/analytes, or the management of chemical resources, such as instrumentation and its maintenance.

Three categories will be awarded:

  • Technical support in education and further education (with special reference to chemistry)
  • Technical support in higher education and research
  • Technical support in industry    

Each winner will receive 2000, a certificate and a medal. 

Please use our online awards system at the bottom of the page to submit a nomination.

Rules and Judging Criteria

  • Previous winners are NOT eligible to be nominated.
  • Candidates are NOT permitted to nominate themselves.
  • Candidates do NOT  have to have membership of the RSC or hold RSci or RSciTech. 
  • Nominations open on 03 March 2014.
  • Nominations close on 31 May 2014. 

Candidates will be judged by representatives of the Admissions Committee, Membership Qualifications Board and the Science Education and Industry Board, using the following criteria: 

  • Achievement - Including examples where the candidate's expertise and exceptional effort resulted in an extraordinary milestone being reached and/or target exceeded.
  • Collaboration - Including examples where outstanding teamwork and/or leadership ensured a critical task was completed regardless of challenges faced.
  • Inspiration - Including examples where knowledge and expertise have been used to inspire colleagues, co-workers, students (at all levels), customers or the public.
  • Ingenuity - Including examples of where inventive thinking and novel application of technical skills has solved a problem, improved efficiency or resulted in a new concept.
  • Development - Including examples when the candidate undertook significant personal development and/or increased their knowledge and technical ability (outside of their routine duties) to the benefit of the organisation.

Make a Nomination

To nominate someone for one of these awards please use our online awards nominations system at the bottom of the page to submit the following:

  • Your name and contact details.
  • The candidate's name and contact details.
  • An up to date CV (no more than two sides including a current formal job description).
  • A one side supporting statement.
  • A citation of no more than 250 characters summarising the nomination.
  • The names and email addresses of two referees (not the nominator). The referees will be sent an email to invite them to submit a reference.

About the Award

In 2012 the RSC secured a pilot licence from the Science Council to award two new designations: 

  • Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and 
  • Registered Scientist (RSci). 

These designations have been integrated within the RSC membership structure to support and promote vocational and technical career paths. In line with this the RSC will be awarding "Chemistry Technician of the Year" on an annual basis.

Chemistry Technician of the Year 2013 Winners

Technical support in education and further education (with special reference to chemistry)

Wendy Thorburn
Winner: Wendy Thorburn
Kingdown School, Warminster
Wendy receives this award for her commitment to supporting and improving chemistryeducation with enthusiasm and innovation. As lead science technician at Kingdown School she has revolutionised the delivery of practical work and increased the use of science practicals and demonstrations by creating a database of all practicals available with video tutorials to be used by teachers.


Technical support in higher education and research

John Baum
Winner: Dr John Baum
University of Reading
John receives this award for his unfailing commitment to supporting and developing the teaching of practical chemistry. He has worked as university chemistry teaching technical specialist since 2005. His work has been recognised by two university awards for his integral support and guidance to students and staff. John is also committed to outreach work, inspiring pupils and teachers alike.


Technical support in industry

Declan Hardy
Winner: Declan Hardy
Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research
Declan receives this award for his excellent teamwork and commitment to personal and professional development at Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research. He has worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an Apprentice Lab Technician since 2009. During this time he has achieved a distinction in his HNC in Chemistry, achieved Registered Scientist (RSci) status, and is currently working towards a BSc in Chemistry.

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Deadline for nominations is 31 May 2014. Your nomination can be saved and completed at any time.

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Contact and Further Information
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