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Salters' Prize


The Worshipful Company of Salters' is one of nine of the "Great" Livery Companies of the City of London. The Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry aims to support chemistry teaching and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the UK chemical industries. The Institute supports the Chair of Chemical Education at York, and the Science Education Group which produces the Salters' A-level Chemistry Course.

Every year the Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry offers eight prizes, each of value £1,000, to final-year undergraduates studying at British Universities who intend to take up posts in the UK chemical or chemical engineering industry. The Department may support one nominee.

Awards will only be presented when the successful candidates, having obtained an Honours Degree in Chemistry, have either taken up posts in the UK Chemical Industry or have commenced study for a higher degree with the stated intention of entering the Chemical Industry subsequently. Prizewinners, along with their Head of Department, will be invited to a Prizegiving Ceremony and luncheon, where they will be presented with their awards in early December. Prizewinners who are studying for higher degrees may apply for funds for special purposes such as attendances at conferences.


The York nominee will be selected by the Prizes and Awards Panel, taking into account the advice of his/her supervisors and the information provided by the applicant in the form of a personal statement. Note that the Department's role in this prize is different from all the others listed, because it is involved only in the nomination stage. There is fierce competition for these prestigious prizes and, consequently, there is no guarantee that the Department's nominee will be successful in being awarded a prize.

The Salters' selection committee looks for the following qualities:

  • Intellectual ability, initiative,
  • Ability to communicate effectively,
  • Ability to enlist the cooperation of others,
  • A concern for the future of the chemical industry.

If you are a Year 4 MChem or a Year 3 BSc student who wishes to be considered for nomination you should:

  • Secure the support of your supervisor(s)
  • Provide Dr Richard Douthwaite ( with a short personal statement (no more than one side of A4) that explains:
    • What plans you have made for a career in the UK chemical industry
    • What experience you have had in the chemical industry
    • Whether you intend to enter the UK chemical industry or to study for a higher degree first
    • Your outside interests

Closing Date for Applications

Applications should reach Dr Douthwaite no later than Week 10 Autumn term. The York nominee should return the completed application form to Dr Douthwaite no later than Week 10 Autumn term. (The application form is available from Dr Douthwaite) Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at Salters' Hall.

Previous Winners

  • Alice-Jane McEllin
  • Laurie Points
  • Franziska Bell
  • Graham Dykes

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