University of Central Lancashire chemistry professor receives prestigious Royal Society award

Posted on - 29th June, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
UCLan's campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
UCLan’s campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

Professor John Hepworth of the University of Central Lancashire has received The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Exceptional Service Award.


The Preston-based Emeritus professor is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Lancaster and District Local Section, and was nominated by his peers for his contribution to proactively and inclusively supporting colleagues and the wider scientific community.

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John said: “I’m very surprised but proud to be honoured with this award.

“Throughout my career I have been associated with the Royal Society of Chemistry and have seen first-hand the excellent work that it has done for science education.

“It seemed only natural to get involved and support the Society and its members, especially those in the early stages of their careers.”

Professor John Hepworth
Professor John Hepworth

Dr Helen Pain, Acting Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “We live in an era of tremendous global challenges, with the need for science recognised now more so than ever.

“It’s incredibly important to recognise those who are making significant contributions behind the scenes towards improving the world we live in as well as inspiring colleagues within the chemical sciences community to do what they can for the people around them.

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“This award is about celebrating the efforts of the unsung heroes who go above and beyond to support their colleagues and our wider community.

“It is for this reason we are proud to be presenting this award to Professor Hepworth, for outstanding service to the Royal Society of Chemistry through our Local Sections, governance committees and Board of Trustees.”

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The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Exceptional Service Award recognises and celebrates those members who have made a positive impact by contributing through a variety of volunteer positions or over a sustained period of time.

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