Chartered Scientist


About CSci

Dr Mark Heslop

CSci MIChemE

As a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, my duties include teaching undergraduate courses, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students, and carrying out research projects.

I had been an Associate Member of the IChemE for 12 years, and as an academic I had put off applying for chartered status until I was 41. At first I was unsure whether chartered status was of any importance to academics. This made me reassess the value of an academic career. I decided that since we are responsible for instilling good practice to large numbers of potential chemical engineers, we do have responsible positions within chemical engineering. I initially applied for the CEng designation, and then read about the CSci information on the IChemE website.

I was initially attracted by CSci because of its emphasis on the fundamental aspects of chemical engineering. I was keen to achieve CSci because my research is on the boundary of chemistry and chemical engineering. I also hope it may be useful in seeking contacts in industry – part of my role as an academic is to secure research funding from a variety of sources.

I applied for CSci as an existing Corporate Member of IChemE and I found the process very straightforward. The whole application process took only four weeks and I actually found the process valuable as it enabled me to view my work from another perspective and consider other potential research projects. For me CSci is a helpful (and constant) reminder that chemical engineering has so many facets and is the only engineering discipline with a science in the title.

I was also attracted to the CSci designation because of the requirement to revalidate my award and produce a CPD plan every five years. This is an aspect of any professional’s work for which it is often tempting to push to the bottom of the file or even forget. The five- year timescale is just right, and is probably appropriate to most career plans.