Involved in Coaching and Mentoring in STEM subjects and H&S topics as now retired from HEI post at Loughborough University.
Engaged in supporting colleagues from overseas working in Chemical disciplines but also involved in RSC work via membership of it in Management Group work and also via Chemical Consultancy Forum.

2 comments By Andy

  • Speaking as both a Chemist and Manager, students could also be introduced to basic management skills in a chemical environment and learning how to manage projects involving Chemistry.

    They could be made more aware of how Risk Assessments ,COSHH & DSEAR are dealt with in the workplace and what happens when processes fail and accidents happen and the consequences of that.

    Being aware of regulations and compliance issues relating to HMRC, HSE & Home Office would teach them what they would come across once working in the wide world.

    Although I worked in a Technical Role in the past, I did come across statutory obligations with respect to the above and gained experience from it.

  • It is essential that pupils are taught a strict regime of Maths at school prior to starting their chemical degrees as amount of calculations and mathematical knowledge needed in both lab work as well in lectures and tutorials is immense.

    When I did my A Levels way back in 1972 our teacher emphasized the importance of Maths in Chemical education even then so if our pupils are to succeed and compete in the long term for jobs a good mathematical background is essential.

    A lot of maths is needed in both Analytical, Physical and in Radiochemistry work so they need to be prepared for this.