ScotCHEM is a mature “Research pool” for chemistry -a strategic collaboration pooling and enhancing resources for chemistry research and research training in Scotland. It brings together seven universities and other major players in research in the chemical sciences to generate enhanced critical mass and collaboration and to enable wider access to major facilities.
ScotCHEM’s umbrella structure consists of two integrated university “pairings”; WestCHEM, comprising Glasgow and Strathclyde, and EaStCHEM, bringing together Edinburgh and St Andrews. Aberdeen, Dundee and Heriot-Watt are the other full members. Each member is represented on the ScotCHEM Executive Board and benefits from enhanced research networks, collective strategic planning and from the improved access to information and resources provided by the collective “whole”.
Historically ScotCHEM was supported from 2004-05 by pump-priming investments from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the former Office of Science and Technology (now the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, DBIS). Together with major commitments from the founding universities, the total investment was £23M over approximately five years.
ScotCHEM is committed to excellence and to providing the highest quality postgraduate education and researcher experience. A new ScotCHEM International Graduate School (IGS) has been established for research students building upon the collective facilities and courses available through all seven universities and their collaborators at home and overseas . ScotCHEM is absolutely committed to engaging with industry and to working with other disciplines to solve real world challenges.
Assessments and evaluations have demonstrated that ScotCHEM, through its members, has improved its international research standing (RAE 2008), has increased its income and delivered enhanced attractiveness to staff and students (as determined by an SFC-commissioned independent review) and has delivered, in partnership with Chemical Sciences Scotland (CSS), innovative research training for industry-ready PhDs (as determined by an SFC evaluation). Such achievements will continue to ensure that Scottish Chemistry is a magnet for the very best researchers, a highly regarded recipient for investment from national and global funding agencies and help to sustain and develop links with local and international science-led industries.
David Gani, Executive Chairman, June 2012