Young Chemical Ambassador Programme

Young Chemical Ambassador Programme

The Programme

The Young Chemical Ambassador (YCA) Programme trains third year pupils from local secondary schools to become ambassadors for the chemical sciences. Shortlisted pupils are paired with a Chemical & Process Engineering student mentor who will support them throughout the programme. During the masterclass, which takes place at the Universtiy of Strathclyde, pupils will design and prepare their own presentation and interactive activity to deliver to their class at school.

Nominations and shortlisting will commence in August/September each year, for the masterclass programme which takes place during November/December. Pupil presentations will be held within school between January-March. A celebration and prize giving event will be held in at the University of Strathclyde in April.

How to get involved

Pupils should be nominated by their teacher and all nominations will be shortlisted by the programme coordinator. We encourage pupils with a keen interest in science, who would benefit from increasing their confidence and presentations skills. For more information or to request a nomination form please contact the programme coordinator Dr Joy Leckie.   

The Young Chemical Ambassadors of 2016/17

Sixteen S3 pupils from 8 local secondary schools took part in the Royal Society of Chemistry funded YCA masterclass in November and December 2016. The schools involved were:

  • Eastbank Academy
  • Drumchapel High School
  • Hillpark Secondary School
  • Holyrood Secondary School
  • John Paul Academy
  • Notre Dame High School
  • St Andrews RC Secondary School
  • St Paul's RC High School 

Shortlisted pupils from each school visited the University of Strathclyde where they explored the campus and the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering. The masterclass included a tour to a local engineering company, Doosan Babcock, where the pupils were given behind the scenes access to the chemistry labs.

With help from their mentors the pupils designed their own presentation and interactive activity based on research being undertaken within the Department. Topics such as gels, oil recovery, foams, polymers and insulation were presented to classmates in each school. 

Follow the ambassadors journey on social media using the hashtag #YoungChemAmbassador