Matthew Crowther is awarded his BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Applied Chemistry with Distinction!

Huge congratulations go to Matthew Crowther who completed his HNC Diploma in Applied Chemistry with Distinction from St. Helen’s College in July. Well done Matt!

Matt started this 2-year course at St. Helen’s College in February 2017 to complement his Lab Technician responsibilities within the Company and extend his knowledge and skills of Applied Chemistry. Gaining this Diploma has enabled Matt to apply the theoretical knowledge he has gained, to the practical side of his day-to-day role as a QC Technician.

What areas did the Course cover?

Matt studied a range of modules, including:

• Fundamentals of science
• Scientific practical techniques
• Working in the science industry
• Scientific investigation
• Perceptions of science
• Mathematics in science
• Practical chemical analysis
• Chemical laboratory techniques
• Industrial applications of chemical reactions

Matt was assessed through a variety of methods, including written reports, practical assignments, visits from his course tutors, professional discussions and keeping a CPD record.

Gaining this qualification has allowed Matt to effectively support both the QC and Production Departments in the testing, analysing and recording of data on a wide variety of specially formulated chemical products and raw materials. Matt has learned the importance of always maintaining a clean and well-arranged work environment, ensuring the health and safety of himself and others around him, in keeping with GLP (Good Laboratory Practice). Matt has also developed his knowledge of being able to identify occurrences of non-conformances in the quality management system and is able to initiate actions to prevent or minimise such departures. Having this level of technical competence has also allowed Matt to work with the Senior QC Technician and MD on technical projects.

What Next?

Matthew is now in the process of applying for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) Qualification. This qualification is a competence-based professional designation for technicians, technical support staff and advanced apprentices.

Becoming a Registered Science Technician will show that Matt has demonstrated high levels of competence and professionalism in his role and will enable him to acquire transferable skills that will allow him to work across different science sectors. RSciTech is part of a broader recognition framework that can lead to Registered Scientist (RSci). It shows that Matt is committed to developing his career, as well as advancing excellence in the sciences. The qualification is highly regarded within both industry and education.

Graduation Day

Matt is very much looking forward to his Graduation Day which takes place on Saturday 16th November 2019. The celebrations begin at the University Centre St Helens Town Centre campus and is followed by a procession through St Helens town centre. Graduates will be welcomed at St Helens Parish Church by family, friends, teaching staff and special guests. Post ceremony, Matt and his family and friends will be invited back to University Centre St Helens for a celebratory drinks reception.

Congratulations from us all Matt on your hard work and commitment and wishing you every success with your future career in the science industry!

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