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"Registration adds value to myself and the role I play in the university; it shows the institute has talented staff nationally recognised in the work place and who are committed to further development; and it is self-evident to the students and customers that they receive high standard service from us."

Hong Chang CSci

Background

I run the Imaging Suite in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS), which contains cutting-edge equipment for microscopy and characterisation and provides analytical services for experimental applications at micro and nano scale to students as well as external users. Before my current role, I started as an Experimental Officer specialized in Transmission Electron Microscopy in the Imaging Suite in 2012, and I worked in Loughborough University (2008-2009), The University of Nottingham (2009-2010) and University of Exeter (2010-2012) as a Research Associate/Research Fellow in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.

Why I applied to be a Registered Scientist

I was inspired to apply and become a Charted Scientist (CSci) when I was studying in Loughborough University in 2005 realizing that my PhD supervisor was a CSci. To me, being a CSci is a recognition and reassurance for the knowledge, skills, performance and career development I had developed over the years.

Benefits of Professional Registration

Professional registration is a win-win for the individual, the university, and the students and customers, in my point of view. It adds value to myself and the role I play in the university; it shows the institute has talented staff nationally recognised in the work place and who are committed to further development; and it is self-evident to the students and customers that they receive high standard service from us.

Conclusions and recommendations

I would recommend colleagues in considering and participating in professional registration. It is a great opportunity in reflecting where we are, and a powerful stimulator for further development with satisfaction for the individuals.