Access to HE students gain RSciTech status

Access to HE Science students from The City of Liverpool College became the latest learners to gain membership of a prestigious professional body, through a unique science programme from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

The twenty-nine students were given an opportunity to achieve Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status through the society’s science research project, which is run in partnership with Access to HE departments at colleges up and down the country.

Students worked to a live brief set by local employers from the science and pharmaceutical industries around key development areas within a company’s business specialism. Students had to present their findings to a team of RSC assessors and demonstrate how their work experience, study and project work met the RSciTech membership standards.

One student, 24 year old Olivia Fitzgerald, worked on a project with Zep UK Ltd which aimed to reduce the number of dyes used at three of their manufacturing facilities by up to forty-percent. Olivia, along with other students, analysed the dyes used to determine if any could be removed from the company’s manufacturing process.

Andrew Thomas, RND Manager at ZEP, said: “The students’ enthusiasm was amazing and I was very pleased to see how they’d interpreted the brief and taken the project forward. The results mean we have been able to cut the number of dyes used which has increased efficiency and made financial savings for the business.”

Olivia, who plans to study Health Sciences at university, said: “The Access course seemed to be a suitable way to develop into higher education after a break from education. The employer led project was an opportunity to work with a professional organisation and gain the right skills through vital hands on experience. I would definitely recommend this course to others.”

The nationwide programme will offer the top 25 students an opportunity to showcase their work and be presented with a certificate at a national awards ceremony at RSC’s London headquarters in October.


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