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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 over 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 30 September 2018


Regional heats of the Schools Analyst Competition were held earlier this year at Liverpool, Manchester, Bangor and Lancaster and the winning schools from these heats (shown below) competed in the 29th National Final of this competition, which was held at Bangor University on 20-21 June.

Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Ruthin School

St. Mary's College, Blackburn

The 2018 competition was the most successful ever with 344 schools (represented by 1032 year 12 students) from across the UK and Republic of Ireland participating in 27 regional heats.

The heats of the 2019 Schools Analyst Competition will start early next year with the National Final being held at Manchester University on 19-20 June 2019.



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.

2018 Schools Analyst Competition
click here to find out how H2OWatch was introduced to school children in
South Africa and Malaysia
click here for a detailed report on the 2018
Schools Analyst Competition National Final