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Brief History of School of Chemical & Life Sciences

1965 Setting up of the Division of Rubber and Plastics in Prince Edward Campus
1967 First intake of about 30 students in the Diploma in Rubber and Plastics. About half the number were from ASEAN - Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Burma and Indonesia. The Diploma was given accreditation by the Plastics and Rubber Institute UK. Early facilities included a rubber-processing workshop, physical testing laboratory and polymer chemistry laboratory. The training provided the skilled manpower for the rubber and plastics sector in the early days of industrialisation. There were 5 academic staff- Frank Cotton, Harold Langshaw, Peter Farrel, Bien Hock Nien and Brian Windibank. David Koh, Victor Tan and William Boey were recruited to help in setting up the workshops and practicals.
1968 Major developments included new laboratories and recruitment of academic staff in preparation for a new diploma that would include studies in rubber and plastics, food, chemical engineering and industrial chemistry.
1972 Diploma in Chemical Process Technology with Year 3 options in Food Technology, Polymer Technology, and Analytical Chemistry (which was offered only for one year in 1974/75);
The Rubber and Plastics Division became the Department of Chemical Process Technology.
1976 Move to the Dover Road Campus
1981 Further expansion in teaching facilities and staff particularly in the life sciences and chemical engineering, in response to the rapid growth of these sectors in the economy
1983 Advanced Diploma in Plastics Technology offered
1986 Diploma in Chemical Process Technology was restructured to include additional options in Industrial Chemistry, Process Engineering and Medical Technology.
1986 Advanced Diploma in Food Technology offered
1989 Diploma in Biotechnology (with options in General Biotechnology and Medical Technology) offered
1990 Certificate in Contact Lens Practices offered
1991 Department renamed Department of Chemical Process and Biotechnology (CPB)
1992 Diploma in Process Engineering offered
1994 Diploma in Optometry replaced the Certificate in Contact Lens Practices
1996 Diploma in Process Engineering obtains 5-year accreditation by Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE, UK)
1997 Diploma in Process Engineering renamed as Diploma in Chemical Engineering
1999 Diploma in Optometry (Day-Release) offered
2000 Diploma in Medical Technology (Cardiac Technology) offered
2001 Department renamed School of Chemical & Life Sciences (CLS) in January;
School achieves ISO9001:2000 Certification and ISO14000:1996 Certification
2002 Diploma in Chemical Engineering obtains re-accreditation by IChemE UK for another 5 yrs
2003 Diploma in Biotechnology (Bioinformatics) offered;
Internship at Chemical Process Technology Centre (CPTC) incorporated into curriculum for Diploma in Chemical Engineering
2004 Diploma-Plus programme offered for Diploma in Chemical Engineering;
Advanced Diploma in Optometry offered
2005 Diploma in Medical Technology renamed as Diploma in Biomedical Science;
Diploma-Plus programme offered for Diploma in Chemical Process Technology;
Diploma in Chemical Process Technology - introduction of Option with Creativity, Innovation & Enterprise (CIE)
2006 School of Chemical & Life Sciences General Office and Life Science laboratories relocate to new building at Block T11A (next to Dover MRT station);
Specialist Diploma in Cosmetic Science offered;
Opening of SP Optometry Centre (SPOC) Pte Ltd at West Coast Community Centre
2007 Diploma in Chemical Engineering obtains re-accreditation by IChemE UK for another 5 yrs;
Specialist Diploma in Biotechnology offered;
Opening of SP Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC)
2007 Advanced Diploma in Plastics Technology renamed to Advanced Diploma in Polymer Technology
2008 Diploma in Chemical Process Technology (Food Technology option) launched as standalone Diploma in Food Science & Technology;
Specialist Diploma in Cervical Cytology and Specialist Diploma in Haematology & Blood Banking offered
2008 CLS offers SP-FSI Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours) degree with Massey University, New Zealand
2009 Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness offered;
Specialist Diploma in Nutrition and Health Promotion offered;
CLS offers SP-FSI Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Optometry with University of Manchester, UK
2010

Diploma in Materials Science and Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science offered;
Diploma in Chemical Process Technology renamed as Diploma in Applied Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Science

Opening of Nutrition, Health and Wellness Centre

2011 Chemistry and Food laboratories relocate to new building at Block T11B