Schools' Analyst Competition

The Schools' Analyst Competition is a UK/Ireland-based competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division. The Republic of Ireland Sub-Region of this division have been invited to hold a heat competition to select a national team to go forward into this UK and Ireland Final (held in June in the UK). This team will compete with other finalists that are first year sixth form students (5th Year Leaving Certificate) studying AS level Chemistry or equivalent (i.e. Year 12).

In order to select the Republic of Ireland team, two national heats will be run in Ireland – Dublin City University (25th April 2017) and University College Cork (27th April 2017). Teams entering these heats must comprise three students (with an accompanying teacher). All members of the teams must be in 5th year of the Leaving Certificate Cycle. Teams will be required to undertake a practical analytical determination based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. These are judged for skill, understanding and accuracy and are intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory. These heat competitions aim to test the participants on tasks which are relatively familiar to the students such as titrations/back titrations and tasks which are likely to be less familiar, such as chromatographic separations and spectrophotometry. In this way, it is hoped that the competitors will learn new skills, as well as demonstrate their existing knowledge, skills and aptitude for analytical science.

Teams will be placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each heat. One team will then be selected to go forward to the final to be held in the UK on 21st June 2017. All travel expenses will be paid for by the RSC Analytical Division for the team entering the Final.

We are inviting your School to nominate one team of three 5th year students (plus teacher) to enter into a heat to take place in UCC (27th April) 2017. The heat will take place at 4 pm and the event will take approx. 2 hours (details to be confirmed upon acceptance into competition), followed by a prize giving.

As places for the UCC heat will be limited to 8 Schools, those interested in participating are required to submit a 500 word essay on why their school should be selected to compete in the UCC heat of the 2017 Republic of Ireland Schools’ Analyst Heat Competitions. The deadline for submission of the essay is 5pm Friday 24th March 2017.

The finalists for the UCC heat will be notified by 31st March via email. All entries must be submitted via email to

To discuss this competition further, please email: Dr. Eric Moore

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