Frances Collins awarded Chartered Scientist
September 2020: Chartered scientist status is an award made by the Science Council to those with evidence of outstanding achievement, skills, specialist knowledge and independent management of complex problems as well as professional integrity.
This is the highest level of professional recognition made by the Science Council and is internationally recognised and valued.
Frances has been the laboratory manager in the Saunders Team for the last 18 years and, during that time, she has trained and mentored countless students and staff, managed the finances and day-to-day running of the laboratory and conducted and published her own research projects. She also managed to fit in an online Masters in clinical trials in her 'free' time!
Professor Philippa Saunders said:
Frances is someone who always goes the extra mile to make people welcome and to help out if there any problems in the laboratory. It is great to see her hard work recognised.
Chartered Scientist status (CSci) is an internationally recognised benchmark awarded by the Science Council. There are about 12,000 CSci in the UK across all disciplines and the bar for success is very high – the Science Council website notes chartered scientists must 'demonstrate effective leadership, using their specialist knowledge and broader scientific understanding to develop and improve the application of science and technology by scoping, planning and managing multifaceted projects'.