Becoming a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry will further enhance your Chemistry experience, as it demonstrates your love of the subject and gives you the tools needed to get ahead, throughout your studies and after graduation. On becoming a member, you gain access to networks covering nine areas of the chemical sciences, to explore your career options. These networks organise meetings, conferences and events, providing you the opportunity to make connections and share ideas. As well as this, they can assist you with funding for training in particular areas you might be interested in and provide opportunities for volunteering, which are so useful when building a CV. This worldwide community can connect you with like-minded people, or potential employers. Every month you receive a newsletter, email alerts and their Chemistry World magazine. This has the latest news and research as well as information on student placements. A membership will also give you access to their London based library, a Chemistry search service, and RSC journals and eBook content. To apply you need a supporter, for example a lecturer, and the fee is £20 per year with a discount if purchasing for multiple years. Manpreet Kaur, a student member of the RSC at Warwick said, “A degree in chemistry provides you the knowledge, but it is the journal articles, news, emails and involvement with the Royal Society of Chemistry that has acquainted me with chemistry in action.”
Many students may find they have comments and opinions on how they are taught or assessed but do not know how to have these issues raised. The Undergraduate Student and Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) is a formal channel where students can express their views and opinions on these academic matters. The discussions are focused solely on teaching, learning, and student support issues. The committee is made up of elected student representatives from each degree stream, as well as staff, and usually meet twice a term. You can contact your student representative to have your comments and suggestions discussed in these regular meetings, but there are also other routes. These can include using the suggestion box or Mid-Module Feedback on Moodle (for anonymous suggestions, sent straight to the module leader), emailing email@example.com, speaking with Dr Lynne Bayley, the convenor of SSLC, or potentially a direct discussion with a lecturer when a certain lecturer is concerned. The student representatives you can contact are: First Year – Caroline Akamune, Thomas Bolton, Jonas Bouhlal, Sacha Charlton Second Year – Georgina Bryson, Gabby Han, Shaumica Saravanabavan Third Year – Zena Choi, Mathew Clayton, David Seow Fourth Year – Amy Sansom, Alice Partridge It can also be really useful to contact certain staff with any issues you are struggling with. The first person to contact should be your personal tutor, but you can also talk to Dr David Fox (Senior Tutor), or Lucy Johnson for degree stream help.