01 July 2013

Chemical engineering campaign receives recognition


whynotchemeng, a UK campaign to promote careers in chemical engineering, has been recognised for its achievements by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The campaign, which is run by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), was established in 2000 to halt a decline in undergraduates studying chemical engineering and to improve its image with pupils, parents and teachers.

Since 2001, the number of undergraduate chemical engineering students in the UK has more than doubled (134%) to 2,201 in 2012. The whynotchemeng campaign has been instrumental in this turnaround and its success has been highly commended ‘for its innovative promotion of engineering to the public’ by this year’s Rooke Medal Awards committee.

Rooke MedalDavid Brown, IChemE’s chief executive, said: “whynotchemeng has been hugely successful over the past decade and it’s great to see its contribution to engineering recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s annual Rooke Medal Awards.

“The campaign has set a new standard for promoting chemical engineering and it is continuing to attract an ever growing number of students to the profession. Applications to study chemical engineering increased by over 12% last year and official undergraduate intake figures show student numbers grew by four per cent compared to the previous year.

“We are extremely proud of the campaign and credit must go to the staff and especially our members who make the campaign happen at grass roots level in schools and communities throughout the UK and Ireland.”

This year’s Rooke Medal was won by materials engineer and television presenter Professor Mark Miodownik for his work in promoting engineering to the public.

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).