These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information of relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks team. If you require further information about any of the items in the newsletter, or have any comments or ideas for content please contact the Networks team.

Committee members and representatives are encouraged to disseminate this information, as appropriate, to colleagues and other members. E-alert request forms can be downloaded from the Useful Forms and Documents page. Up to date lists of members can be obtained by emailing the Networks Team.

Networks Newsletter - April 2022

Dear colleague,

Welcome to the April Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Updated guidance for physical events
  • Communications from across the RSC
Upcoming Deadlines
04 April
08 April
08 April
12 April
25 April
27 April
30 April
03 May
09 May
April deadline for Outreach Fund
Close of Great Science Teaching Survey
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 May to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 May
Deadline for April Research Development Grant applications
May deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for applications to the Research Enablement Grant
Upcoming Events
07 April
20 April
21 April
05 May

11 May
19 May
Member e-alerts
Helping with Debt Webinar from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts

Retirement in Sight (Ireland) Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Updated guidance for physical events

The current guidance for member network committees is to use a virtual first approach for all activities until Easter, but RSC staff acknowledge that for some members of our community and for some types of events there are no virtual equivalents. Members can use their own best judgement to balance risk when deciding to host physical or virtual activities, and should consider a backup plan in case of cancellations.

It is essential that no volunteer or member is put in a position where they feel unsafe or uncomfortable at a member networks event. The RSC Events Team has shared their Covid policy for events, which requests precautions such as masks, vaccinations, or negative tests for event attendees. Member network committee members can request these steps at their own events should they wish.

Take a look at the RSC Events Team Covid policy for events

Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.

2022 Annual Report form and training material
Each committee must complete and submit an Annual Report each year - this must be received by the Networks Team before we can release your annual grant.

All member network secretaries should have already received the 2022 Annual Report form so that committees can collect and record the necessary data throughout the year. We have prepared a step-by-step pdf guide to completing the form so that all committee members can see why we request the information we do and how we use it. The guide also includes an FAQ section to answer commonly asked questions about the Annual Report form and process.

We will be offering additional training and support later in the year but please do contact the Networks Team with any questions or feedback.

Download the 2022 Annual Report form and return by Friday 27 January 2023

Earlier deadlines for 21 April e-alerts

The RSC offices will be closed on the UK Easter bank holidays so the e-alert deadlines will be earlier than normal:
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April
08 April
12 April

Complete and return the e-alert request form to

Take charge! Our Global Battery Experiment
Participation in our global battery experiment will be open throughout 2022 and allow students to explore the science behind batteries – and why they are such an important part of our bright energy future. We aim to build on the success of previous Global Experiments by using this as an opportunity to get behind a shared purpose to amplify the messages for greater reach and impact.

Should you wish to get involved, we want to provide you and your committee with support and resources to inspire schools, scouts, brownies, youth groups and family audiences in your local area to get involved with the experiment.

The support currently available to our Member Networks to participate in the Global Experiment includes:
  • 4-minute introductory video that puts the experiment into everyday context
  • Teacher Resources for Investigation 1 and Investigation 2 that can be used and adapted as part of an outreach activity
  • Battery Power worksheet which includes the history of batteries and further activities
  • Careers profiles of chemists that tell the stories of the people behind the chemistry and bring the sector to life for young people
  • Grants and funding available through the Outreach Fund, including advice and support on new ideas and writing a successful application.

Where to find updates
As we create more resources and launch further content on the Global Experiment website, we will provide you with targeted updates in the Networks Newsletter. There will also be communications to our members and wider community in Voice, on our website as well as our social media channels.

We really hope you enjoy taking part in the RSC’s global experiment for 2022!

Learn more at

GSK/RSC Hands-On GC-MS & LC-MS Training Courses
New dates for 2022 – extended for 1 year

Through our partnership with GSK we are delighted to announce that we are able to run the following Hands-On GC-MS (Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry) and LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry) training courses in 2022.

Please see the timetable below for forthcoming courses. Applications are now open for all courses, please carefully note the deadlines to complete them. We hope to reschedule our GC-MS 2021 training course for Ethiopia this year. Applicants who originally applied and were successful will be given priority to attend. Full details will be provided on
Course Type
2021 Dates
25-29th April 2022
13-17th June 2022
4-8th July 2022
22-26th Aug 2022
23-27th May 2022
TBC – rescheduled from 2021

Email with any enquiries

Nominations open for the RSC’s Education Prizes until 22 June
The Excellence in Education prizes celebrate inspirational, innovative and dedicated people working at all stages of education. They include prizes for individuals, teams and people who are in the early stages of their career. Meanwhile, the Horizon Prizes for Education recognise education initiatives set to make a real impact. Nominations close on 22nd June.

Find out more and nominate by 22 June

We Teach Science: the Great Science Teaching Survey
We’ve recently launched our Great Science Teaching Survey – an in-depth investigation into science teaching in the UK and Ireland, in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

The survey closes on 8 April, and we want to hear from as many secondary teachers as possible, so feel free to pass on the link to your own contacts:

Complete the survey at by 8 April

Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter is sent to all member network committee members as a tailored email each month with the full version published here. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

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Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Debbie

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Apr 4, 2022 2:00 PM Europe/London

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