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1st April 2014, 12:45pm
Head of School will establish a ‘new chemistry’
Professor Ian Scowen The new Head of Chemistry at the University of Lincoln, UK, has described his vision to create a ‘new chemistry’ founded on pursuing science relevant to the needs of industry and producing research-active, commercially-aware graduates.

Professor Ian Scowen will be leading the new School of Chemistry, which welcomes its first undergraduates in September 2014, with a primary focus on multi-disciplinary academic research integrating with applied science and industry.

Professor Scowen said: “Lincoln’s learning environment is already enormously stimulating, with students developing theory and research skills alongside practitioners. This is a fantastic opportunity to design a chemistry programme that goes beyond the boundaries of a traditional university model.

“The multi-million pound investment in the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park means we can further develop relationships with businesses and create a centre for industrial collaboration. It is an ideal space to conduct industry-relevant scientific research and students will gain vital professional experience working alongside industry partners.”

Professor Scowen was the founding Director of the University of Bradford’s Analytical Centre and was instrumental in the strategic development of Bradford’s Institutes of Cancer Therapeutics and Pharmaceutical Innovation.

He also led the successful launch of the Chemistry4 suite of undergraduate programmes at Bradford and was latterly Senior Tutor and acting Head of Division of Chemical and Forensic Science, alongside his roles directing the Analytical Centre and the associated Centre of Industrial Collaboration in Pharmaceutical Innovation.

He aims to ally his expertise in developing innovative programmes in chemistry with engagement of key commercial partners to develop a ‘new chemistry’ at Lincoln.

“I’ve been leading centres for industrial collaboration for some years now, supporting local and regional business to make positive changes for the city they are based in,” said Professor Scowen.

“Universities contribute a great deal to industry but there is so much more to be done. There is an enthusiasm at Lincoln to focus on industry-relevant science and that resonates with me. The Science and Innovation Park is a really effective environment for the University to embed science innovation in the city as a whole. I find that sort of activity, where the university is an integral part of society, highly motivating.”

The School of Chemistry will be housed in the newly created Joseph Banks Laboratories (formerly Becor House) within the Science and Innovation Park, adjacent to the main University campus in the heart of Lincoln. Funded through investment from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), the School will welcome its first intake of students in September 2014.

Chemistry and the chemical sciences play a key role in tackling global challenges such as energy production, health and wellbeing, food and the use of natural resources. Research and innovation through development of talented chemists are vital for the chemical sciences to address these societal issues. The School of Chemistry at Lincoln brings together research active academic staff and students in a vibrant research-driven environment to develop chemical innovation and chemists for the future.

Professor Scowen added: “As a fundamental science, chemistry drives new discoveries that can address an enormous diversity of real-world problems. Chemistry then becomes extremely relevant.”

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