Dr Cliff Collis CSci, Professional Registers and Training Manager
Name: Dr Cliff Collis
Job title: Retired Professional Registers and Training Manager
Professional Body: Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
Scientist type: Developer Scientist and Business Scientist
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Why did you decide to apply for Chartered Scientist (CSci)?
I applied for Chartered Scientist as I liked the idea that registration dependent on work experience rather than academic qualifications. Also, when I saw the form, it made me look at my experience and responsibilities in a completely different way. In addition, the requirement for continuing CPD would help me keep up to date.
How has Chartered Scientist status made an impact on your work or career?
Chartered Scientist status has made me more aware of bigger picture of my work rather than just the science I used, and gave me a broader outlook on my job. The CPD requirement encouraged me to have a more open mind on what my job required, and grow my interests and skill set.
What did learn through completing the application process?
The wide range of criteria on the form made me realise that many aspects of my work, that I previously took for granted, were part of a skills set necessary for me to successfully complete my work, especially those that involved working with others.
What do you value most from being a member of your professional body?
I value being a member of the Royal Society of Biology because it makes me part of the wider biology world and supports the understanding of biology.
What would you say to any other scientist like yourself who is thinking about becoming a Chartered Scientist?
Anyone who was planning to become a Chartered Scientist should to do so, because for me, it helped me to look at my work in a wider context, widen my experience, and brought a sense of personal satisfaction, and no matter how well established they are in their career, I hope it will do the same for them.