Outreach

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

September 2019    October 2019   November 2019   December 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019 

Wednesday, 11th September 2019: Combinatorial Esters Workshop [Open Laboratories Programme] 

19 students in Y13 from St. John the Baptist School, Woking, synthesised different esters during a morning workshop in the teaching laboratories. The students used NMR, IR and melting point data to determine their starting materials, as well as analysing the yield and purity of their products. Oxford Chemistry worked with Katey Thompson, Head of Chemistry, in the organisation of this event.  

 

Friday, 13th September 2019: Combinatorial Esters Workshop [Open Laboratories Programme] 

21 students from Uppingham School, Rutland, synthesised different esters during a morning workshop in the teaching laboratories. The students used NMR, IR and melting point data to determine their starting materials, as well as analysing the yield and purity of their products. Oxford Chemistry worked with Chris Birch (Head of Chemistry, Uppingham School) in the organisation of this event.    

 

Tuesday, 17th September 2019: EUNOIA Academic Talk [Inspire Programme] 

Y11-Y13 academic award holders at Bloxham School, Oxfordshire, heard from a member of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry about their research and career to date. Oxford Chemistry worked with Dr Simon Floate, Head of Chemistry, in organising this visit.  

 

Friday, 20th September 2019: University Open Day [Aspire Programme] 

An opportunity to find out more about the Chemistry course from tutors and current students, as well as the Chemistry Teaching Laboratory (CTL) team. Course specific talks at 11:00, 14:15 in the CTL Seminar Rooms, with a lecture-demonstration at 15:00 in the Inorganic Chemistry Lecture Theatre.  General Open Day information can be found here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open-days-and-visits 

 

Monday, 23rd September 2019: Forensics Workshop [Open Laboratories Programme] 

20 students in Y12 from Wallingford School Academy will use a variety of analytical techniques to identify components in a mixture during a morning workshop in the teaching laboratories. Oxford Chemistry is working with Helen Grindey, Trips Coordinator, in the organisation of this event.  

There are 10 spaces remaining for this workshop, please request a booking if you are interested in taking part.    

 

Tuesday, 24th September 2019: Academic Talk and Laboratory Tours [Inspire Programme] 

15 Senior High School students from the Israel Arts and Sciences Academy will visit the Department of Chemistry to tour the Chemistry Research Laboratories and the Chemistry Teaching Laboratories as well as hear a short talk from Professor Darren Dixon highlighting current research. This visit is part of the students’ week-long tour of the UK focused on the history of Chemistry. Oxford Chemistry is working with Dr Guy Ashkenazi in organising this visit.  

 

Monday, 30th September 2019: Cough Sweets Workshop [Open Laboratories Programme] 

40 students in Y10 from Headington School, Oxford, will determine the concentration of dye required to give cough sweets their characteristic colour during this morning workshop in the teaching laboratories. Afterwards, they will have a Q&A with three DPhil students about their current research and their career trajectories. Oxford Chemistry is working with alumnus Liz Rossington, Teacher of Chemistry, in the organisation of this event.  

This workshop is fully booked. If you are interested in taking part in a similar event, please request a booking. 

 

 

OCTOBER 2019  

Tuesday, 1st October 2019: Science Careers Talk [Inspire Programme] 

80 students from different year groups at The Warriner School, Bloxham, Oxfordshire, will hear from members of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry about their research and career to date. Oxford Chemistry is working with Dr John Mileham, Head of Science, in organising this visit.  

 

Tuesday, 1st October 2019: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) [Attain Programme] 

15 post-16 students from The Bicester School, Oxfordshire, will take part in a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshop, covering the theory behind spectroscopy and hands-on use of IR equipment. DPhils will also give a brief history of their academic careers to date. Oxford Chemistry is working with Science Teacher Joss Currer in organising this visit.  

 

Wednesday, 2nd October 2019: Science Careers Talk [Inspire Programme] 

100 students from different year groups at The Warriner School, Bloxham, Oxfordshire, will hear from members of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry about their research and career to date. Oxford Chemistry is working with Dr John Mileham, Head of Science, in organising this visit.  

 

Monday 7th October 2019: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) [Attain Programme] 

30 students in KS4 from The Buckingham School, Buckinghamshire, will take part in a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshop, covering the theory behind spectroscopy and hands-on use of IR equipment. DPhils will also give a brief history of their academic careers to date. Oxford Chemistry is working with Science Teacher, Dr Sue Coomber, in organising this visit.  

 

Wednesday 16th October 2019: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) [Inspire Programme] 

60 students from Y9-Y12 in Radley School, Oxfordshire, will take part in a series of Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshops, covering the theory behind spectroscopy and its applications. The workshop will include hands-on use of IR equipment. DPhils will also give a brief history of their academic careers to date. Oxford Chemistry is working with Dr Oliver Choroba, Head of Chemistry, in organising this visit.  

 

 

NOVEMBER 2019

Tuesday 5th November 2019: Lecture-demonstration on ‘The Chemistry of Bonfire Night and All Hallows’ Eve’ [Inspire Programme]

Saskia O’Sullivan (Educational Outreach Officer, Oxford Chemistry) and Tim Harrison (Director of Outreach, Bristol ChemLabs) will co-deliver a lecture-demonstration on the chemistry behind key components of Bonfire Night and Halloween. Expect some flashes, bangs and ghoulish delights as the pair unlock the reactions and chemicals involved in two of our most popular cultural celebrations.

 

Wednesday 6th November 2019: Combinatorial Esters Workshop [Open Laboratories Programme]

10 students from Oxford Spires Academy, and 20 students from King’s Education, Oxford will synthesise different esters during a morning workshop in the teaching laboratories. The students will use NMR, IR and melting point data to determine their starting materials, as well as analysing the yield and purity of their products. Oxford Chemistry is working with Darcie Tyler Henley (Head of Key Stage 5 Science, Oxford Spires Academy) and Pushpalata Chaure (Head of Science, King’s Education) in the organisation of this event.  

 

Wednesday 20th November 2019: RSC Top of the Bench Competition [Aspire Programme]

Approx. 30 students from schools in the region will compete to become ‘Top of the Bench’ in a practical task, followed by a communication competition.  The theme of this year’s event is based on the International Year of the Periodic Table. Hatem Amin (Compton Group) is leading this event, with support from Susan Rudlin (RSC Thames Valley Local Section).

 

 

DECEMBER 2019

Friday 6th December 2019: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) [Attain Programme]

20 Year 13 students from Oakgrove School, Buckinghamshire, will take part in a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshop, covering the theory behind spectroscopy and hands-on use of IR equipment. DPhils will also give a brief history of their academic careers to date. Oxford Chemistry is working with Rebecca Beagley, Subject Leader for Chemistry, in organising this visit.

 

Thursday 12th December 2019: Combinatorial Esters Workshop [Open Laboratories Programme]

30 Year 13 students from Bartholomew School, Eynsham, will synthesise different esters during a morning workshop in the teaching laboratories. The students will use NMR, IR and melting point data to determine their starting materials, as well as analysing the yield and purity of their products. Oxford Chemistry is working with Nicola Malik (Head of Key Stage 5 Science, Oxford Spires Academy) in the organisation of this event.  

Contact

Saskia O'Sullivan
Educational Outreach Officer

Chemistry Teaching Laboratory
South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PS

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