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An impressive 57 students passed the SCS Diploma in 2015/16, a fantastic 20 with distinction, 7 with merit and 30 with a pass. Of these, 22 were able to attend the Diploma Ceremony held at London’s Royal Society of Chemistry on the evening of 9 March 2017. Held in conjunction with the Medal Lecture this event is always a highlight of the SCS calendar. It’s great for the students to have this opportunity to bring friends and family along to acknowledge their considerable effort and huge achievement. It’s also good for members to get to meet the cosmetic scientist stars of the future. 

Before the Medal Lecture, students and their guests mixed with members over refreshments. After the fascinating Medal Lecture (The genius in the bottle: risk and resilience in the beauty industry by Barbara Hall of Sureconsult), SCS President Ruth Borner presented all this year’s students, who were able to attend, with their well-earned Diploma certificates.

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SCS Diploma Prize winners Low Pei Leng (left) & Yi Ling Soong (right)


Hibbott Prize winner: Low Pei Leng

The Hibbott Prize Winner for the best overall mark on the course this year was Low Pei Leng. Peileng and her husband Lau Peng Wai own a GMP compliance cosmetics factory in Malaysia. In fact Peileng and Peng Wai both did the diploma course this year.

“We oversee the whole operation of the company but I devote most of my time to formulation and product development,” says Peiling. “My educational background is in business administration and I have no chemistry background so I needed a credential to back up my work. I therefore decided to take a further qualification.

“I found the diploma course very very very good – course materials are well structured and designed and the course subjects are very useful. The thorough in-depth theoretical learning has helped me a lot in solving formulation problems, but you must be willing to put in the time and effort to study. The best thing about it is the flexible studying time and the ability to apply what I’ve learned to my day-to-day operation. I have really benefited from taking up this course. With the knowledge gained I feel more confident in my job.”

SCS/SPC Essay Prize winner: Yi Ling Soong

The SPC Essay Prize winner for the writer of the best essay on this year’s course was Yi Ling Soong for her essay on Oils, Fats and Waxes. Yi Ling currently works as a Development Chemist at Orean Personal Care. 

“Having done the course while having a full time job was not the easiest task, but it was a great opportunity to be able to learn and apply the knowledge in my everyday job,” says Yi Ling. “It was extremely helpful in terms of helping me better understand the whole product development cycle, starting from the fundamental chemistry to the regulatory and safety monitoring of finished cosmetic products, and the aspects involved in each stage. 

“I think the course has helped broaden my technical knowledge which would allow me to face challenges more confidently and continuously improve problem solving skills to contribute towards organisational success.”

News Date: 22/03/2017 11:00

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