Schools' Analyst Competition

The Schools' Analyst competition enables students competing in Year 12 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, S5 in Scotland or Year 5 in Republic of Ireland to demonstrate and expand on their existing chemistry knowledge, skills and aptitude for analytical science through practical analytical experiments based on relevant societal or industrial problems. Each competition aims to provide some tasks which are relatively familiar to the students such as titrations and others which are likely to be unfamiliar, such as chromatographic separations or atomic and molecular spectroscopy.


After temporarily moving online in 2020, the Schools’ Analyst Competition will return to your school or college in 2021. You are invited to register your interest in holding a competition in your own school laboratories in May 2021, where up to ten teams of three students can participate. To host the competition you will only need standard school labware. All standards and samples will be provided by us along with a full copy of all safety information.

For more details and to register your interest, visit RSC Events.


Each competition kit will contain certificates and prizes for the winning team, but your students will also be competing against teams from across your region. The overall winning team from each region will receive £50 prize vouchers each with a prize of £500 for the winning school. 

Further information

For further information about the competition please contact Dr Graeme Turnbull (coordinator, 2021 Schools’ Analyst Competition).

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ACTF 2020 competition winners

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Winners of Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund’s logo and video competition announced


ACTF trustees announce the winners of their new logo and TikTok video competitions, run in lieu of the 2020 Schools’ Analyst competition

Information for organisers

A risk assessment form must be filled out for every event organised by the RSC. All forms are available for download along with examples of Red Risk Assessment Forms.

Risk assessment guidance

Sponsorship of regional competitions and the final are invited (please contact Professor John Dean). Over the years, the RSC has had a very generous sponsorship for the Regional and National competitions from industry, public utilities, the Regions and Groups of the Analytical Division and in particular the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (ACTF).

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