Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Centre for Sustainable Chemical TechnologiesTraining programme

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We offer a full programme of specialist and generic skills training to compliment and enhance our students' research.

Our training programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for satisfying the professional requirements for the award of Registered Scientist (RSci) and Membership (MRSC).

The skills and evidence obtained in the final years of the Integrated PhD have also been accredited to partially satisfy the requirements for Chartered Chemist (CChem). CChem is awarded following graduation from the CDT combined with one more year of relevant experience.

Core knowledge & skills

Collaboration between multiple disciplines is key to the Centre's approach, but very few people have a background in multiple subjects. All our doctoral students are therefore expected take either:

  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (for non-chemists);
  • Principles of Chemical Engineering (for non-engineers); or
  • Fundamentals of Biotechnology (for non-biologists)

in their first term to ensure they have the basic knowledge to work with colleagues from across the University.

Alongside these, all students must attend a departmental safety induction. Training is also available on all of the facilities and instruments we have available, including:

  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Mass spectometry
  • Electrochemistry
  • X-ray diffraction
  • High pressure equipment
  • Engineering methods
  • Computational methods

Sustainable chemical technologies

We run a range of specialist courses specifically related to sustainable chemical technologies. All of these are full-credit modules, either run over a term or as shorter intensive courses.

  • Clean Technology, Design of Sustainable Chemical Processes
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Green Chemistry and Process Metrics
  • Industrial Catalytic Processes
  • Catalysis and Sustainability
  • Materials Chemistry for Sustainable Energy
  • Industrial Biotechnology and Enterprise
  • Water Cycle and Human Health
  • Design and Assembly of Continuous Flow Set-ups

Society & outreach

To complement the specialist training, we also run several full-credit courses giving our students a solid grounding in societal and business aspects of sustainability and skills in science communication.

Sustainable Development

An introduction to sustainable development in business and industry, including:

  • Sustainable Development thinking and policy
  • Diversity of perspectives
  • Applying Sustainable Development principles
  • Metrics, reporting and compliance

Introduction to Environmental Management

Following on from Sustainable Development, this course covers:

  • Environmental legislation
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Introduction to lifecycle analysis
  • Environmental risk management

Commercialisation of new technology

A course run by the School of Management, which helps students to:

  • Appreciate the way in which products and services are taken to the marketplace
  • Understand contemporary marketing tools and techniques for market analysis
  • Integrate market-defined needs with organisational process to usefully commercialise new products and services

Public engagement and media training

Through two year-long courses (one mandatory, one optional) all of our students learn how to get audiences of all ages excited about science. Supported by mentoring and training from science communication experts, students contribute to major local and national science events, such as the annual Cheltenham Science Festival, as well as taking part in University open days and visiting local schools.

Other training opportunities

We also offer a number of additional courses, including:

Generic skills

 The University provides a full programme of short courses in generic research and transferrable skills for all postgraduate students, including:

  • Ethics
  • Rapid reading
  • Time management
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective writing

Learn more about the PGSkills programme

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