IChemE welcomes UK Government’s positive action in maths education

IChemE welcomes UK Government’s positive action in maths education

17th April 2023

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) welcomes the UK Government’s announcement to carry out an expert-led review to ensure that all pupils in England study some form of mathematics until the age of 18, recognising its underlying importance to disciplines such as chemical engineering.

As mathematics is a fundamental requirement for studying chemical engineering, IChemE would welcome new policies which attract more students to continue studying mathematics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects to a higher standard, leading to proportionately more students taking up careers in science and engineering. To achieve these targets, the Institution calls for a greater emphasis on understanding the current skills gaps and investment in new resources, including teaching staff, to ensure any new policies are implemented successfully.

With the global focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is an increasing need to attract high quality students on to chemical engineering programmes, including degree programmes and industry apprenticeships, so that they can in turn help increase the discipline’s contribution to individual SDGs. Chemical engineers’ system thinking approach means the profession is perfectly placed to develop fully scalable and sustainable solutions across a variety of different sectors including energy, water treatment and food and drink manufacturing.

A thorough understanding of the key principles of different processes studied within chemical engineering including heat and mass transfer, chemical thermodynamics, reaction engineering and fluid flow can only be developed through the sound fundamentals of mathematics. Through training programmes aligned to the SDGs and collaborations with academic and industry partners, IChemE is at the forefront of developing specialist skills for future chemical engineers to contribute to a sustainable future.


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For more information please contact:

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org

Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534457
e: cshepherd@icheme.org

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