Masters level training in chem(o)informatics in the UK

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Peter Willett, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, United Kingdom and Helen Cooke, GlaxoSmithKline, 709 Swedeland Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406.
In the late 1990s the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK began to seek proposals for funding for development of Masters Training Package (MTP) courses in areas where a shortage of suitably qualified graduates was perceived. One area identified was cheminformatics, and both the Department of Information Studies at the University of Sheffield and the Chemistry Department at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) were awarded funding for a five-year period. While both courses embrace the MTP philosophy of engaging industry and exploring new delivery methods to assist the sustainability of the courses, they have their individual “flavours”, reflecting the differing research and teaching interests in the respective departments. This presentation examines the content and evolution of the courses and reports on the careers of some of the students, attitudes of industry and future prospects.