UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


UCL research group wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award

UCL Chemistry Lab Technical Team

9 May 2017

The UCL Chemistry Lab Technical Team, based at University College London, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Technical Excellence Award winner for 2017.

The UCL Chemistry Lab Technical Team's work focuses on providing technical support for undergraduate teaching to enable the students to use the laboratories to their fullest.

Mr Alan Philcox, team lead, said: "The technical team were put forward for this award by Dr Katherine Holt, chair of the UCL Chemistry department teaching committee. The team were pleased to have received the nomination and honoured to have won the award. The award represents recognition of the hard work and dedication of the team"

The Higher Education Technical Excellence Award is awarded to individuals or teams demonstrating exceptional contributions to technical support within the HE sector. The UCL Chemistry Lab Technical Team receives £2000, a medal and a certificate.

Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: "It is an honour to celebrate the innovation and expertise of our community through our prizes and awards.

"We know that chemistry can be a powerful force for good, and quality research and communication of that research are more important than ever before.
"Our charitable mission is to advance excellence in the chemical sciences, and we are proud to celebrate our inspiring and influential winners, who share that mission."

The Royal Society award winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research, as well as the quality of the results, which can be shown in publications, patents, or even software. The awards also recognise the importance of teamwork across the chemical sciences, and the abilities of individuals to develop successful collaborations.

An illustrious list of 50 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry's awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including all of the 2016 chemistry winners, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa.