Young Chemical Ambassador Programme

The Programme

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The Young Chemical Ambassador (YCA) Programme trains third-year pupils from local secondary schools to become ambassadors for chemical engineering. Funded by The Royal Academy of Engineering, pupils undertake sludgy research projects based on real engineering problems.

Shortlisted pupils are paired with a Chemical & Process Engineering mentor who will support them throughout the programme. During the masterclass, which takes place at the Universtiy of Strathclyde, pupils explore the world chemical engineering, and take part in lab activities, tours and presentation skills workshops.

Ambassadors will undertake a mini research project, based on sludgy research, back at school, and with help from their mentor they will present the results to their classmates and a local primary school.


Nominations and shortlisting will begin in August/September for the masterclass programme which takes place during November/December. Pupil presentations will be held in school between January and 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. If you have a keen interest in science and would benefit from increasing your confidence and presentations skills, then get involved! For more information or to request a nomination form please contact our programme coordinator Dr Joy Leckie.   

The Young Chemical Ambassadors of 2017/18

55 S3 pupils from 11 secondary schools from both Glasgow and Edinburgh took part in the Royal Academy of Engineering funded programme.

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
  • St Margaret Mary's Seconary School
  • King's Park Secondary School
  • Leith Academy

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school pupils wearing lab coats and safety glasses smile at the camera during a lab experiment

Lab Experiments

Young Chemical Ambassador Programme

Industry Site Visit

Two female school pupils wearing lab coats and safety glasses stand together holding balloons while smiling at the camera

Presentation Skills Workshop

School pupils wearing lab coats and safety glasses work on experiments in the lab

Interactive Activities

Young Chemical Ambassador Programme Lab Experiments

Activity Development

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