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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 over 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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Updated 11 June 2018


NWAD is delighted to report that Sir John Deane's College (Northwich) and Withington Girls School (Manchester) took first and second places respectively in the 2017 National Final of the Schools Analyst Competition, which involved over 300 schools from across the UK and Ireland.




Regional heats of the 2018 Schools Analyst Competition have been held at Liverpool, Manchester, Bangor and Lancaster and the winning schools from these heats (shown below) will compete in this year's National Final, which is being held at Bangor University on 20-21 June.

Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Ruthin School

St. Mary's College, Blackburn



NWAD has re-branded Streamwatch as H2OWatch following the excellent work by Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy (MMU) in promoting the use of Streamwatch kits amongst schools in our region and abroad. MMU has also used the kits to raise public awareness of chemistry at various events, and trained staff at the Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre (Widnes) enabling them to incorporate Streamwatch into workshops and science clubs for visiting schools and community groups.

North West Schools excel in National Final of Schools Analyst Competition
click here to find out how H2OWatch was introduced to school children in
South Africa and Malaysia
click here for a detailed report on the 2017
Schools Analyst Competition National Final