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Ben Tucker

Ben’s employers, Huntsman Pigments, supported him through his studies.

Ben Tucker

BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry*

'It was a pleasure to be taught by staff who obviously have a genuine passion for the subject.'

What brought you to study part-time at Teesside?

I work full time as a lab technician in the technical services department of Huntsman Pigments. My role involves developing and testing innovative new pigments, analysing customer samples and developing new pigment test methods. When I applied for the job, I asked if there was opportunity for further study to increase my knowledge and understanding of the industry. I was keen to do the applied chemistry degree – it looked challenging and I felt it would best complement my job at Huntsman.

What was the course like?

The degree enabled me to gain a deeper and wider understanding of the chemistry involved. It has also helped develop my written and communication skills, something which I have found to be essential when liaising with colleagues, internal customers and people external to Huntsman. The diversity of modules made the degree course very interesting. For me it was important to improve my knowledge base in chemistry and this degree certainly did that. Some modules also gave me an appreciation of other science disciplines and helped to show me how important chemistry is in the world we live in. It was also a pleasure to be taught by staff who obviously have a genuine passion for the subject.

Was it worth it?

I graduated with a first-class honours degree, and won the Teesside Science Award for outstanding academic achievement. I am grateful to Huntsman for their sponsorship and support throughout my studies.

* The new title of this programme is BSc (Hons) Chemistry