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Welcome to the website of the North West Region of the Analytical Division (NWAD) of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Our main remit is to promote analytical science across the region by arranging activities for school children, students, practising and retired chemists. We also aim to enhance contact between our ~1,200 members who are spread throughout the region from the Scottish Border to Mid-Wales.

The current region was established fifty years ago when, in 1966, the former North of England Section of the Society of Analytical Chemistry was split into two sections. More information about the history of our region can be found in the following publication:

A Lifetime of Analysis

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©2016 RSC North West Region Analytical Division
Updated 29 May 2016

North West Schools Excel in the
2015 Schools Analyst Competition

NWAD is delighted to report on the continuing success of our schools in this national competition. Over 250 schools from across the UK participated in the regional heats of this competition and the national final was won by Ruthin School with Chester Catholic High School in third place. NWAD thoroughly congratulates the students and teachers from both schools on this great achievement.

click here for more information about the 2015
Schools Analyst Competition National Final

2016 Long Service Members Lunch
Vicars Cross Golf Club, Chester
Wednesday 8 June 2016

This popular annual event, which is open to all our members aged 70+ and their guests, will again be held at Vicars Cross Golf Club near Chester. If you require further details or would like to attend this event please contact Alan Handley as soon as possible at:


2016 National Final of
Schools Analyst Competitio

Many congratulations to the students and staff at the schools from our region who won the three regional heats of the Schools Analyst Competition held at Bangor, Liverpool and Preston earlier this year:

- Concord College, Shrewsbury

- Sir John Deane's College, Northwich

- Range High School, Formby

These three teams will now represent us in the National Final of the Schools Analyst Competition, which will be held at Keele University in June.

NWAD sincerely thanks all those involved in organising the regional heats of the competition and the sponsors for their generous support of these events.