Satellite Event 2

The RSC HE Chemistry teaching network summer ViCEPHEC Satellite meeting will be held in Lecture Theatre 1 in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield (Dainton Building, S3 7HF).

The meeting will start at 3 (the room is booked from 2 so come and hang out if you arrive early).

Padlet for the meeting can be found here.

The meeting will include a workshop given by Andrew McKinley, Hanno Kossen, Cristina Navarro, and Alice O’Connor entitled  “Curricula and careers: what could you do?”

A key issue for chemistry departments is the importance of professional accreditation.  The Royal Society of Chemistry is leading on accrediting degrees globally, and departments are also seeking wider accreditation through other chemical societies as we expand our international audience (e.g. ACS, JCS, KCS) and through recognition in other disciplines for Chemistry with programmes (e.g. IoP for physics,  RSB for biology).

In the accreditation process, the RSC look for breadth and depth of chemical knowledge, but also place significant importance on the skills developed (both specific and transferable).

In this workshop, we will seek to link innovative teaching methods with the fulfilment of accreditation guidelines in the context of 21st Century chemistry.  Our intention is that, by the end of the session, participants will be more informed about the accreditation process, will have ideas of innovative approaches for furthering learning of chemistry and will be more empowered to engage with educational strategies at a higher level.

In order to prepare for this session, please could you identify the following:

  1. How much are you aware of the accreditation process
  2. What educational idea have you been trying to implement but not yet launched
  3. What has stopped you implementing this idea?
  4. Other than furthering their understanding of chemistry, what do your students learn in the lectures/seminars/labs which you teach?