Alumnus Wins Prestigious Salters’ Institute Award

Thomas Winbolt has won the prestigious Salters’ Institute Graduate award for Chemistry.

Each year the Salters’ Institute recognises up to ten graduates of Chemistry and chemical engineering who show potential to occupy leading positions in the UK chemical and allied industries. Thomas continues the excellent School of Chemistry success following on from Finlay Clark who won in 2021, and Adelina Ivanova, who won in 2020.

Thomas graduated with a first-class MChem Medicinal and Biological Chemistry degree from the University of Edinburgh in July 2022.  In his final year, he undertook a 12-month industrial placement with Pfizer, where he will continue to work for a while. Working as an analytical chemist, he looked at digital solutions to provide faster analysis of key samples. In between labs and stimulating lectures, he enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny of Edinburgh, whether come rain or shine. One of his main highlights from his time in Edinburgh was exploring the beautiful landscapes and culture of Scotland.  Growing up in the French Alps, Thomas enjoys hiking and exploring new places.

Thomas Winbolt

Winning the award felt like the perfect way to finish my time in Edinburgh and my undergraduate studies.  Whilst I greatly enjoyed my five years at the University of Edinburgh, there were definitely some difficult times, and receiving this award showed that all the hard work I put in my studies were recognised.

Being able to continue the School of Chemistry’s long-standing tradition of winning this award was a privilege and I am beyond proud.

Between this award and the solid foundation Edinburgh has given me, I am excited to see what the future holds!


I’m absolutely delighted that Thomas has won a Salters’ Institute Graduate Award. I have got to know him well over the past five years, and he’s been ambitious and self-motivated throughout that time, despite the challenges along the way. It’s great to see that effort and application recognised with this prestigious award, and I am very proud of his achievement in continuing the tradition of our School of Chemistry students winning the award. I look forward to seeing Thomas’ career flourish.