Ever wanted to know what we get up to on the RSC graduate scheme? In this blog, members of our graduate scheme describe some of the interesting (or unusual!) activities and projects they are working on, as well as what it is like to work in a variety of departments across the RSC.

Find out more about the RSC Graduate Scheme here

Jonathan Wells- Communications

My second rotation in the Communications team has allowed me to build upon what I learned in the Strategic Partnerships team and also develop a wide range of new skills.

Since September, I have been working in the Communications team, a rotation that I had been keen to try since joining the Graduate Scheme.

As with all of the rotations, I am involved in a wide range of projects. One of my roles in the team is to manage much of the internal communications at the RSC, including sourcing and writing stories for our monthly staff newsletter Cohesion. I have also written speeches for both out CEO, Dr Robert Parker and our President, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, for our parliamentary events held in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Science and Stormont and Science and the Parliament.

We organise Chemistry Week every two years to promote a positive image of chemistry and to increase public understanding of its role in everyday life. This year, the theme of the week was health and I had the enjoyable project of designing and creating an exhibition for the Chemistry Centre to teach students more about the roles of chemistry in health
. I have since written an article summarising some of the activities carried out by our staff and members during the week for January’s issue of RSC News.

One of the best things about the scheme is having the opportunity to get involved in activities across all parts of the organisation. For example, in the last couple of months, I have written a research article for Chemistry World and visited Liverpool, Birmingham and Aberystwyth Universities in order to discuss the benefits of becoming a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry with students.

It’s not all hard work at the Royal Society of Chemistry and Christmas brought plenty of festive fun! Staff packed into Churchill College in Cambridge (the only college big enough to house everyone!) for our Christmas lunch, and there were a number of great fancy dress costumes on display at the Sports and Social Christmas party.

Jonathan is a Graduate currently working in the Communications team on the Royal Society of Chemistry's Graduate Scheme. To see if we are currently recruiting for the RSC Graduate Scheme click here
Posted by Jonathan Wells on Jan 9, 2014 9:12 AM Europe/London

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