Chemistry Outreach at Oxford

Chemistry is a wide-ranging subject with many potential applications in medicine, electricity generation and storage, and even molecular computing.  We want to inspire students of all ages and abilities through practical chemistry.

Click on the links below or the tabs above to find out what we offer.

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Our Outreach Aims

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford is continually developing its outreach programme to fulfil the following aims:

To encourage students from all backgrounds to consider higher education by providing them with information and experiences that help them make informed decisions about their future.

To encourage students to study chemistry, through delivering exciting and engaging workshops and by developing their understanding of the careers available in chemistry.

To support the teaching of chemistry in schools by providing access to undergraduate level equipment and teaching staff for students, and CPD and resources for teachers.

If you have a specific requirement, or are interested in helping us develop a workshop, please get in touch at outreach@chem.ox.ac.uk.


Soozy Smith
Schools Liaison & Outreach

Chemistry Teaching Laboratory
South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PS

E: outreach@chem.ox.ac.uk
T: 01865 281510



UK Chemistry Olympiad - Registration Open

Help your post-16 students to develop higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Applications are open from 1 October until 21 December 2018. Full details here

Website Improvements

We are currently updating the website to add content and make it easier to navigate.  Please bear with us.

New Schools Liaison Officer

From September 2018, Soozy Smith has taken on a full time role in the department delivering and developing our outreach programme.

New Teaching Labs Update

We've all been working hard getting the new teaching labs ready for the new term.  Outreach workshops will be reduced for the rest of 2018 as we settle in and iron out the inevitable difficulties with a new building.  Workshops and events will be running from 2019, with an increased capacity.  Please get in touch if you'd like to book a workshop for next year.

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