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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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Updated 12 November 2017


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.


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 recently introduced to school children in
South Africa and Malaysia









Reproducibility imperfect - a miscellany of pharmaceutical particles

Dr. Mike Tobyn
Research Fellow, Bristol-Myers Squibb

The NWAD Committee would like to welcome all AD Members and their guests to this annual event. Free pre-lecture drinks will be served from 1730h with the lecture scheduled to start at 1800h. A hot buffet dinner (£5 per person) will be served following the lecture. Please register before 23 November for this event.

click here for a detailed report on the 2017
Schools Analyst Competition National Final
Christmas Lecture
and Dinner

Manchester Metropolitan University
Monday 27 November 2017
click here for more information about this event and for on-line registration details