Welcome by the Head of School of Chemistry

Welcome by the Head of School of Chemistry

Graeme Cooke square photo




Research activity has recently been streamlined into five areas of activity: Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry; Complex Chemistry; Dynamics and Structure; Heterogeneous Catalysis; and Nanoscience and Materials Chemistry. World-leading outputs in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Nature and Science) have arisen from research recently undertaken within the School and, in addition, much of the research has significant societal and commercial impact. The quality of the research being undertaken has allowed the portfolio of research grants awarded from RCUK, EU, charities, and industry to rapidly expand over recent years. The School provides a superb research environment to undertake a range of vibrant PhD programmes, which has allowed the School to attract talented students and researchers from across the globe and form a diverse range of backgrounds. The School houses a wide range of cutting-edge research equipment, which underpins the research activity within the School. 

The School provides an exciting range of taught undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The excellent academic and transferrable-skills training provided by these programmes has ensured that our graduates readily gain further employment in academia and industry.

Looking forward, the School aims to build upon its success over the coming few years to further cement the School’s position as a leading institution to study chemistry and undertake cutting-edge chemistry research.

‌Professor Graeme Cooke (Head of the School of Chemistry)

The School of Chemistry in 2016

Over the past decade, the School has undergone a renaissance by marked improvement in research performance, appointment of high-quality academic staff, expansion of postgraduate numbers, establishment of WestCHEM, and consolidation of our undergraduate base and expansion into postgraduate teaching. Since 2010:

  1. The School has doubled its research grant income. 
  2. Postgraduate student numbers are at an all-time high (>120).
  3. Our undergraduate programmes are flourishing with 70% of MSci students in 2016 graduated with a 2:1 or above, and in recent years, significant improvement in our NSS score has occurred. 

Our vision and strategy for the future

The School of Chemistry has the ambition to become a UK top-10 research-led chemistry school. In particular we aim to:

  1. Further increase research grant income.
  2. Continue to increase the number of internationally leading papers. 
  3. Appoint new academic staff (expanding to 45) to rival the best departments.
  4. Continue to expand our postgraduate student numbers.
  5. Expand our trans-national education.
  6. Improve the quality and expand the research and teaching space within the School.
  7. Continue to provide high-quality undergraduate teaching programmes 

General Enquiries

General Enquiries

Athena Swan in School of Chemistry

Athena Swan in School of Chemistry

Athena Swan bronze logo from 2014 with text below

The School of Chemistry was awarded the Athena Swan Bronze award in November 2014.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Charter was launched in June 2005. Any higher education institution or publicly-funded STEMM-focused research institute which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership. More information can be found on the main website here http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/

A diverse self-assessment team is currently working on an application for a Silver Award to be submitted in November 2017.