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UCL Chemical Engineering Researchers’ Society

The Chemical Engineering Researchers’ Society (CheERS) was founded in 2016, with a purpose to encourage social networking amongst all PhDs students and staff, both academic and non-academic. Our aim is to improve knowledge transfer and facilitate a platform for multi-disciplinary engagement within the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL.

As a committee, we organise career and social events across the calendar year. We work alongside the Ramsay Society to bridge the gap between students and staff/researchers, as well as the Industrial Advisory Board to give our members general advice about directions and trends in industry. Our scope is to responsibly plan and implement various events and conduct them in accordance with the regulations set by UCL and the Chemical Engineering department.   

Members typically study

  • Chemical/Process
  • Maths/Analytics
  • Science

The facts

Known to be the first PhD Society within UCL Engineering.
We reach out to 250 people including PhD Students, PDRA’s and Teaching fellows.
We have strong links with industry, who attend our events every year.
Aim to host at least 2 events per month, targeting both career and social networking.
Directly linked to IChemE Young Members Forum LSEC.
The CheERS society is free to join for all Chemical Engineering PhD students and staff.

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Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) Session

After a challenging year, CheERS drew the attention to the Mental Health First Aiders in the Chemical Engineering department. Special thanks to Alex Norori-McCormac, who gave a very helpful and inspiring talk, focusing on how to identify challenges that PhD students or their colleagues are facing and give helpful advice on working remotely during COVID-19.

Recruitment Advice and PhD Entrepreneurship

CheERS was delighted to start a series of Career sessions with Dr Nick Hazel, vising professor at UCL with 30 years of experience within BP and the recruitment process. The second part of the session focused on PhD Entrepreneurship by ConceptionX, giving insights on the incubator 9-month programme aiming to support students in gaining valuable entrepreneurship skills and transforming their PhD research into start-ups.

Technical Careers – Equality, Diversity and Inclusions challenges 

CheERS teamed up with the undergraduate UCL Chemical Engineering Ramsay Society to raise awareness regarding technical careers in an energy organisation and the challenges faced by minorities.

During this event, Dr Vania Santos-Moreau, Process Engineer and Project Leader at IFPEN, shared her experience as a person from a minority group succeeding in technical roles in the workplace, and discussed available opportunities within the energy organisation. This was followed by a panel discussion, where UG and PhD students had the opportunity to ask questions and share their views.

Departmental 3MT and poster competition

The first in-person edition of the departmental 3MT and poster competition after a 2-year hiatus was held in the department on the 1st April.

It was great seeing so many people from the department attending and taking part in these competitions. Congratulations to all the winners!

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea and cakes: As restrictions eased and people started coming back to the department, CheERS organised regular events in the Engineering Café for all PhD students, post-docs, admin and academics to take a break from work, meet each other and new people, over some tea and cakes in a relaxed environment.

PhD and post-doc lunch get-togethers

Friday lunch get-togethers have become a sort of tradition for many PhDs and post-docs in the department.

Meeting up at lunch time to wind down, chat with fellow students and colleagues, familiarising with new people from the department is now a regular occurrence.

Celebrations

Lunar New Year, International Women’s day and St Patrick’s day celebrations: CheERS organised celebrations for festivities such as the Lunar New Year, International Women’s day and St Patrick’s day. These were good occasions to celebrate the diverse and inclusive nature of the department.

Halloween/Welcome party 

The Halloween/Welcome party organised by CheERS was a great way to get back together and to start building a community within the department after COVID-19. It was also a good occasion to introduce new PhDs and post-docs to the department and for them to meet people in a more casual environment.

Hopefully this is just the first of a series of in-person events that will bring people from the department closer together.

Career Advice/CV Clinics 

Advice from professional speakers coming from industry/academia with extensive experience in the recruitment process of different roles.

Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)

Twice a year (September and February), a team of accomplished engineers working in the industrial sector visit our department and offer innovative advice and dynamic perspectives on the programme’s curriculum. During February’s event all postgraduate researchers (PhD and Post-Doc) are given the opportunity to present their work to the IAB members and create useful contacts.

The winners of the poster competition are announced at the end of the event and during Ramsay dinner, which is the annual departmental dinner attended by alumni, current students, and past and present staff celebrating the achievements and toasting the success of students and staff across the department. During February’s IAB meeting, the IAB members share their work experiences and their transitioning from academia to their professional achievements with the postgraduate researchers.

The Engineering Cup

Every spring, the department of Chemical Engineering battles against the department of Biochemical Engineering in a series of outdoor and strategic games. Every year the games change and they are kept secret until the day of the competition! The games are designed to test teamwork and communication, problem solving and engineering skills. There is no need to be sporty, however everyone can participate!

Just a couple of historical facts: BioChem won the first cup in 2017 and ChemEng won it twice in a row in 2018 and 2019! 

PhD/PDRA surveys

CheERS is conducting annual surveys for PhDs and PDRAs in the department, related to Wellbeing, ED&I, careers, induction and conferences. This year we introduced an additional survey to get an idea of how people would feel going back to physical events and their current workspace satisfaction. The results were directly shared with the Head of the Department in order to drive important decisions related to the new way of working. 

Summer BBQ 

Every summer, the CheERS society organises a departmental BBQ to celebrate the end of a successful academic year.

It is always a good chance for academics and postgraduate students to come together in a casual atmosphere.

On 23rd July 2021, the event marked the first physical gathering of the year which was delivered successfully in the UCL main quad with about 40 attendees.

There was a lot of food, drinks and games to play on the day. It was lovely to see everyone back together at UCL, from academics and staff to current and new research students!

Research Day

The first Research Day was co-organised by CheERS and UCL Enterprise committee on 15th September 2021.

The event featured poster presentations, panel discussions, industry speakers and 1:1 sessions with academics. During the event, attendees had the chance to showcase their research and spur interdisciplinary collaboration with industry and other academics.

Thanks to an amazing organisation, all sessions were very successful in terms of networking and exchanging ideas between students, academics and industrial experts.

The department of Chemical Engineering also nominated the 4 best posters with prizes worth of £400.

Committee list

  • President - Alex Sebastiani
  • Secretary - Matteo Errigo
  • Treasurer - Elan Mistry
  • Olivera Drecun
  • Gema Amaya Santos
  • Antoniu Bjola
  • Zahraa Hussain
  • Kristo Kotsi
  • Asimina Marousi
  • Lucy Todd
  • Maryam Falahi

How to Join

Please contact us via email at chemeng.cheers@ucl.ac.uk or find out more on our LinkedInFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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