Date of release: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Declan HardyThe prestigious title of ‘Chemistry Technician of the Year’ for the Royal Society of Chemistry has been won by Declan Hardy, an undergraduate at the University of Greenwich.

Declan, studying the BSc in Chemistry, received the national award and £2,000 prize for both his excellent work, and his commitment to personal and professional development. He studies part-time, working at Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research in Sussex. So far he has achieved a distinction in HNC Chemistry, and Registered Scientist (RSci) status; following this prize, he intends to complete a PhD.

To achieve this, Declan excelled in all aspects of chemistry technical work, including planning and preparing experiments, care of chemical samples, and chemical resource management. Alongside his knowledge and experience, he also instigated a sabbatical programme, which in his case sent him to Cambridge, Massachusetts. He won the prize for ‘technical support in industry’.

“This award means so much to me,” he says. “It acknowledges the hard work that I have invested, and credits the excellent support I have received from my colleagues. I am delighted to share this achievement and recognition; hopefully winning will help me along my path to a PhD.”

His win has delighted his course leaders, Dr Andy Mendham and Dr Bruce Alexander. “Declan is a consistently excellent student and first class material,” Dr Alexander notes. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is the professional body for chemistry in the UK, with the goal of ‘advancing the chemical sciences’. It also has offices in the USA, China and India. The organisation carries out research, publishes journals, books and databases, and hosts various events. 

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