The joint research school in chemistry of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde

About WestCHEM

WestCHEM WestCHEM is the joint research school of chemistry for the West of Scotland comprising researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow and is now in its 11th year of continuous growth with respect to research income and researchers. PGR student numbers and research income have increased significantly since RAE 2008, which demonstrates that WestCHEM is a thriving research school. Research is organised into six strategically selected research groupings highlighting our internationally leading chemistry research.

WestCHEM has been formed as part of the ScotCHEM initiative on pooling of Chemistry in Scotland. The School brings together the strengths of the two major chemistry research schools in the West of Scotland, to offer an outstanding research environment in a large, diverse and expanding chemistry research school. WestCHEM incorporates research in all areas of modern chemistry, including:

  • Functional Materials Chemistry
  • Biological and Biophsyical Chemistry
  • Chemical Physics
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Organic and Inorganic Synthesis
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Proteomics
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
The campuses of the partner institutions in WestCHEM are both situated within the City of Glasgow - a few minutes apart and linked by efficient local transport networks.

Management Structure

The governance of WestCHEM is through a Management Committee, which consists of a Director, (rotating biennially between GU and SU), Deputy Director who becomes Director, the Heads of departments from both institutions, and two senior researchers from each partner institution. A Science Committee supports the Management Committee.


Prof Robert Mulvey (Director); Prof Klaas Wynne (Deputy Director)

Management Board

Prof Duncan Graham, Prof Stephen Clark, TBA