Analytical Division Strategy - Skills: Continuing professional development (CPD)
This area is being led by Dr Mark Powell on behalf of the Analytical Division.
Other members of this group include Professor John Dean, Dr Steve Lancaster, Dr David Elder and Dr Jacquin Wilford-Brown. The group is grateful for the involvement of a number of RSC staff members, including Dr Michael Smith, Dr David Barr, Toby Underwood, Julie Franklin, Andy Nightingale and Simon McKeating.
In January 2015, the group organised a meeting of senior industrial analytical chemists (pictured below) to discuss skills gaps in analytical chemistry. There were two main topics of discussion: ways in which the RSC could help to improve CPD provision in analytical chemistry, and the teaching of analytical chemistry in UK university chemistry departments. The meeting agreed the following actions:
- Discuss (in collaboration with the education working group) ways in which the teaching of chemical metrology could be improved in UK chemistry departments with the RSC’s accreditation staff.
- Help the RSC to develop policy in the area of CPD for analytical chemists.
- In collaboration with the communications working group, consider ways in which CPD programmes could be developed and promoted to all those undertaking chemical measurements.
Delegates at the January 2015 meeting of industrial analytical chemists.
In June 2015, as a follow-up to the January meeting, the working group organised a meeting of academics from UK universities to discuss the development of analytical chemistry skills in undergraduates. It was agreed that it was sometimes difficult to identify the analytical content in some chemistry degree programmes, and that the high demand for analytical chemists was poorly understood in some quarters. Some analytical techniques which are valued highly by industry, such as chromatography, are sometimes not taught adequately in chemistry degree programmes because of a lack of specialist knowledge amongst academic staff. Actions which could be taken to address these problems included the provision of web-based resources suitable for undergraduate teaching, funding for analytical research in UK universities, and raising the awareness of the employability of analytical chemists.
Dr Mark Powell currently represents the working group on Cogent’s Science-Industry Partnership Higher Education Working Group.
How the Analytical Division is promoting analytical chemistry at school level education and beyond
How the Analytical Division is raising the profile of UK analytical chemistry
How the Analytical Division is improving member engagement
How the Analytical Division is strengthening the analytical chemistry community worldwide
Cogent’s Science-Industry Partnership Higher Education Working Group.
J. Frisby and P. McLoughlin, “Scientific skills report”
Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills, 2012
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Contact and Further Information
Dr Mark Powell CChem FRSC