Whether it’s engaging pupils with science and chemistry in the classroom, or students at university, we believe that those who teach chemistry and chemistry research should be given greater recognition. We’re making sure that this broad definition of teaching is reflected in our Prizes and Awards portfolio – take a look at our five point plan in Re-thinking recognition.
For many, teaching is their calling. As we’ll find out from the Prizes and Awards winners featured in this article, it was the desire to make a difference to young people’s lives that drove their choice of career.
When we reflect on our own experience of education, it’s likely that one particular teacher stands out.
The one who made a dull or difficult subject interesting. The one who was approachable. The one who took extra time to help us. The one whose sense of humour made it fun. All of the above! Maybe that one teacher was the reason we chose a particular career path.
This is certainly the case for many of our 2,000 members who tell us they chose a career in the chemical sciences because they were inspired by their chemistry teacher at school.