College of Scholars

Looking for a route into the College of Scholars?

Take a look at our Early Career Scholarships and Bursaries.

Read more in our Awards section

Looking for a route into the College of Scholars?

Take a look at our Early Career Scholarships and Bursaries.

Read more in our Awards section

SCI established the College of Scholars to help current members (Scholars) make the most of the opportunities an SCI award provides and to highlight SCI resources that may be of value in current research and future career roles.

The College of Scholars comprises all current and past recipients of the RS/SCI PhD StudentshipsSCI Scholarships and and Travel Bursaries together with all early career award winners, early career committee members, SCI ambassadors and the Ramsay and Daphne Jackson Fellows.

The College provides a framework to facilitate the integration of its members within SCI. It seeks to support them throughout the period of their funding and active involvement with SCI by providing mentoring, networking and a welcoming forum for their research presentations. After the completion of their funded period, the College provides a platform for continued contact once their careers develop, drawing on the expertise of former Scholars and other SCI members as mentors and lay-advisors to SCI. By accompanying Scholars as their careers mature, the College supports and develops a strong network and builds a base for future leadership.

The purpose of College of Scholars is to:

    • Develop and support a community of current and former Scholars, within SCI's network
    • Support Scholars in their research endeavours and help them develop their careers
    • Build a base for future active membership and leadership within SCI

What do Scholars get?

Meet our current Scholars and Principal

Alan Heaton

Prof Alan Heaton

Principal

Within SCI, Alan chaired the then Liverpool Section three times and was the first Chairman of the Liverpool and North West Regional Interest Group. He was awarded the Society’s Lampitt Medal in 2004. He is an elected member of the Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Early Career Committee.

Ivalina

Ivalina Minova

PhD Student
University of St Andrews

Ivalina is from Bulgaria where she completed her A-level equivalents (Maths, Chemistry and Physics). She is a laureate at the National Chemistry Olympics and a recipient of various achievement awards. In 2012, Ivalina chose a Chemistry degree at Durham University.

Jona Ramadani

Jona Ramadani

PhD Student
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

My keen interest in sciences ensued from a fascinating school presentation by a forensic expert from the Metropolitan Police when I was 15 years old. It appealed to me that Forensic Science encompasses every branch of science and wider areas. The range of possible careers and future research excited me, so I chose to study Forensic Science at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Fabien Talbot, SCI Scholar

Fabien Talbot

PhD Student
University of Manchester

My chemistry high school classes sparked the interest in science that led me to pursue chemistry in higher education at the University of Angers, my hometown in France.

Emma Grant

Emma Grant

PhD Student
University of Strathclyde

My education at Culloden Academy instilled a passion in me for chemistry and human biology. I was awarded the Dux medal for outstanding academic achievement and offered a placement at Lifescan, Johnson and Johnson which introduced me to the pharmaceutical industry, and inspired me to pursue a career in science.

Brett Parkinson, SCI Scholar

Brett Parkinson

PhD Student
Imperial College London

Brett Parkinson completed his Bachelors and Masters of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Holly Bonfield

Holly Bonfield

Industrial PhD Student
University of Strathclyde/GSK

Seeing the mechanism for a cyanide ion attacking a carbonyl to form a new carbon-carbon bond – something that had seemed impossible – during a chemistry lesson at the Trinity School, Nottingham, sparked an interest in chemistry that led me to pursue an undergraduate MChem degree at the University of York, where my passion for organic chemistry flourished.

People and activities

Activities

The College of Scholars hold various events for their members which provide training and networking opportunities. These events provide opportunities for Scholars to present their work to a wider audience and broaden their network in academia and industry.

Principal

The College's Principal is Prof Alan Heaton

Publishing

A significant opportunity for SCI Scholars is to publish in SCI’s academic journals. The College will be working to facilitate this process.