Allan Ure Memorial Bursary

Dr Allan McCulloch Ure BSc DSc CChem FRSC passed away December 2005. He was a distinguished analytical chemist who spent many years working with both ASU and the Atomic Spectroscopy Group of the RSC. Allan championed the fields of environmental analytical chemistry, atomic spectrometry and speciation and was a pioneer in the development of sequential extraction methods for soils and sediments.

His encouragement and support of young scientists be they undergraduates, postgraduates or post-doctoral fellows and lecturers, was well known. It is therefore fitting that to honour Allan’s achievements and the contribution he has made to our science, this bursary be given to help start a scientist’s career.

The Allan Ure Bursary is awarded on an annual basis, alternately by the Atomic Spectroscopy Group of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (ASG, AD, RSC) and the Atomic Spectrometry Updates (ASU) Editorial Board.

The award is presented to a scientist, at the start of their career, who the adjudicators believe has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the area of the application of atomic spectrometry to environmental science.

The successful applicant will receive £500 to help with any expenses that may be of benefit to their career. For example, this could be to travel to or attend a conference, so that they may present their work.

Joanne Wragg (left) receiving the first Allan Ure Bursary in 2006 from Dr Christine Davidson

Information on past winners can be found here


Applicants need not be specialised analytical chemists and may come from fields as diverse as geology, biology, oceanography, geography and environmental science. They will, however, have to demonstrate that they use atomic spectrometry on a regular basis for their work.

The scope of the Atomic Spectrometry Update – A Review on Advances in Environmental Analysis, published in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry may be taken as guidance.

An application should include the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae plus a covering letter which clearly states how the bursary will be used and how the applicant believes this will benefit their career. The name of one referee (normally the applicant’s line manager) who is familiar with the applicant’s recent work should also be provided.

Applications should be submitted by the 22nd February 2019.

Applications may be submitted to ASG via the address below:

Dr A Fisher,Secretary ASG,

Related Links

Dr Allan Ure (Obituary)

Atomic Spectrometry Group