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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Helen Schofield

Student Helen Schofield, who graduated from our Chemical Engineering degree this summer, has been awarded the Salters' Institute Graduate Award for 2020.

Awarded annually, the prizes are based on an "assessment of the potential of candidates ultimately to occupy leading positions in public life, either by employment in the chemical or related industries, or more generally in employment that supports the industrial life of the UK". Candidates are expected to show some knowledge of the chemical industry’s current situation and the need for changing technology in the future. In reflecting these aims, the selectors look particularly for:

  • Intellectual ability
  • Capacity to initiate
  • Ability to communicate his/her interest and enthusiasm to a wider audience
  • Ability to enlist the co-operation of others, whether colleagues or subordinates
  • A concern for the future of the UK industrial base
  • A willingness and ability to take part in the Institute’s activities and become part of a network of leaders of the future

Award notices are sent out at the beginning of the year to the Heads of University Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments who are invited to nominate candidates. Many Universities then undergo their own selection procedure before nominating a candidate.

Helen is one of five winners in 2020 from across the UK. 

"It was a privilege to be nominated for the Salters' Graduate Award by CEB and I am thrilled to have been selected as a recipient," says Helen. "My time as an undergraduate at CEB challenged me greatly, however the diversity of the course has given me a good understanding in many key areas, whilst notably improving my ability to problem solve. Undoubtedly, this will be pivotal as I begin my career in industry as a Contact Engineer in the Chemicals division at ExxonMobil. A would like to take this opportunity to thank those who nominated me, and my supervisors and peers who supported me throughout my degree."

Helen will receive her award at the Institute Awards Ceremony, followed by luncheon, at Salters’ Hall on Friday 4 December 2020. Many congratulations to Helen - we wish her all the very best in her career with ExxonMobil.

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