About us

whynotchemeng is a schools and careers initiative devised by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) to promote the diverse range of careers in chemical, biochemical and process engineering to school students aged 14-18.

The campaign was launched in 2001 to reverse the decline in applications and intake to UK chemical engineering degree courses and was built around three core activities:

    • www.whynotchemeng.com: containing everything a school student would need to know about chemical, biochemical and process engineering.
    • Careers information and resources: relevant classroom resources, activities, literature and posters for secondary schools.
    • Local speaker network: IChemE members in the UK and Ireland offer their time and expertise to visit schools and discuss chemical engineering career opportunities.


whynotchemeng has contributed to a huge growth in applications to study chemical engineering at degree level. Although applications for university chemical engineering courses have risen four-fold since the campaign's launch, there remains strong demand for qualified chemical engineers with exciting career opportunities to match.

Building on this success, we remain committed to ensuring students receive the best advice when considering a process engineering career.

Get in touch

For more information about IChemE please visit www.icheme.org, or for more information about whynotchemeng, please contact us.

If your company would like to get involved with whynotchemeng to help us, please contact Claire Cooke, schools and universities executive at: ccooke@icheme.org or +44 (0)1788 534427 or visit our sponsorship page.