The substantial practical element of this course will be based in the brand new £25m state of the art Science Laboratory Building. Much of the equipment required will also be new. The cohort size will be reasonably small (25-50 students), at least in the early years of the course, facilitating more personal attention, per student, from the cadre of experienced chemistry staff.
Our staff complement boasts two experienced research professors; a significant number for a relatively small department. The academic development plan outlines how further chemistry staff (REF-able) shall be employed as the course grows over the first three years of operations. This, together with the industrial input into the design of the course, ensures that the programme contains current, relevant cutting edge research topics to underpin the course.
The course has been designed with both the QAA subject benchmark statements in Chemistry and the RSC accreditation criteria in mind. A group of industrial “stakeholders” has also been consulted to provide advice on relevance to local chemical industry. As mentioned in section 5 of this document, we are currently working with the RSC to achieve accreditation of the new BSc chemistry degree. This will be an on-going process over the first two years of the course, starting in September 2014, and shall mean that our first cohort of BSc graduates in July 2017 shall be eligible for associate membership of the RSC. Any successful HND student who wishes to transfer to the BSc course should therefore also satisfy RSC accreditation criteria upon completion of the subsequent BSc course.
The HNC and HND have been registered with Pearson’s/Edexcel and successfully mapped against their courses. Permission to run the courses has been given by Pearson’s but two proviso’s were made;
1. 4CH004 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry must be passed for award of HNC
5AB011 Independent Study Module must be core to the HND programme and must involve a laboratory-based project.