We aim to ensure adequate funding and support for cutting edge research, high quality teaching programmes and excellent laboratory facilities.
Supporting individuals within chemistry higher education is an important part of the work we do, but we also work with our community at an institutional level in a variety of ways.
Support for teaching and research
One of the major channels through which we support universities is through our policy and research work, from ensuring you have the funding you need for the provision of high quality teaching to assessing the impact of immigration law on chemistry staff and students.
To support UK university chemistry departments in making their own policies, we have created a flexible, online data platform that provides information on chemistry staff, students and funding in the UK. We can provide bespoke information for individual departments on request.
We also provide health, safety and environmental guidance that universities can use to identify chemical hazards and risks and manage their laboratories safely. This sits alongside a host of other tools and resources through Learn Chemistry that support teaching and learning within universities.
See what our wide range of journals, books and eBooks, databases and magazines has to offer your institution's staff and students. The portfolio spans the breadth of the chemical sciences, from general chemistry to materials science and biophysics, with thousands of the highest quality research articles free to access. Our commitment to advancing the chemical sciences also means all profits from publishing activities are put back into serving the chemistry community.
We also hold workshops to discuss best practice in diversity to enhance your institution's application for Athena SWAN status.
We accredit degree programmes in the chemical sciences at Bachelor's and Master's levels at universities worldwide.
Search for accredited degree programmes or read on to learn more about the advantages of accreditation.
What is degree accreditation?
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that standards set by a profession are met. The advantages of achieving professional accreditation are recognised around the world. Accredited programmes offer potential marketing advantages for universities and address the needs of employers and students.
Our accreditation is a peer review process founded on the judgement of professional chemists. It applies to individual degree programmes and not to a department or university overall. It provides a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and enhance the quality of degree programmes and demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement. Our accreditation focusses on learning outcomes which allows for diversity and modernisation in teaching methods.
Benefits of accreditation
Student & staff mobility helps when attract overseas students and a offers assurances to employers and students in a competitive global job market.
Peer recognition Your institution's high standards, global practice, intellectual challenge and effective training of students will be recognised by peers through accreditation.
Positive publicity High performing institutions' accredited courses are globally comparable. The mechanisms for transparency and quality assurance ensure standards are maintained worldwide.
Curriculum development Accreditation opens up access to an international network of chemistry consultants. It supports degree development worldwide by leading academics and industrialists.
Engagement with industry Accreditation is valued by industry as a way of identifying suitable qualified graduates and and improves access to workplace opportunities.
Professional qualifications It gives your graduates straightforward access to professional development programmes leading to Chartered Status. Graduates with an accredited Bachelors degree partially fulfil the requirements for the award of graduates Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Chartered Scientist (CSci). Graduates with a Royal Society of Chemistry accredited Masters degree fully satisfy the academic requirement for both of these awards.
Requirements for accreditation
Read through the key requirements and criteria for accreditation of Bachelor (BSc) courses, discrete Master (MSc) courses and integrated Master (MChem) courses. The requirements cover breadth and depth of knowledge, practical skills, project work, external placements, professional skills, assessment, programme title and quality assurance.