Higher Education Group

Higher Education

The Higher Education Group is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.


  • To represent practicing colleagues with an interest in chemical science education, including but not limited to, higher education.
  • To provide a forum for the fruitful discussion of the teaching and learning of chemistry at a higher level.
  • To support and promote the development, dissemination and wider use of effective teaching and learning activities.
  • To promote the wider recognition of good work in chemical education at this level.         


The Group organises the annual summer Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference (ViCEPHEC), usually attended by around 150 academics, which includes poster presentations, software demonstrations, oral presentations, interactive workshop sessions and informal discussion. We also hold a winter meeting focusing on a particular educational theme (a recent example was Assessment for Learning). 


We sponsor several other educational meetings and conferences including Methods in Chemistry Education Research (MiCER) and Methods of Research in Science Education (MORSE), and provide bursaries for ViCEPHEC conference attendance, and support education projects through Kickstarter Funding Awards.

Related Links

Link icon Higher Education Group website
Higher Education Group website

Link icon ViCEPHEC 2019 Conference
ViCEPHEC 2019 Conference

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We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join    

Downloadable Files

Annual Report 2016
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Contact and Further Information

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141