* University of Bristol Press Releases

* 2006 Outreach News


Royal Society Partnership Grants –13/12/06

Two Royal Society Partnership grants have just been awarded to local schools for projects involving significant amounts of work with Bristol ChemLabS.

Malmesbury School, a science college in Wiltshire, has been awarded just under £3000 to involve students in a project entitled 'The Science of Colour'. Around 50 students from Malmesbury with a further 30 students from Ridgeway School will be involved.

Badminton School's project, also involving 50 students, is based on alternative fuels chemistry. A full day spent enjoying the new undergraduate Teaching Laboratories doing practical work and lectures is a key feature of both these projects.

More information about Royal Society Parternerhip Grants

Dudley Shallcross receives prize at SCI Award Ceremony –04/12/06

Dudley receiving his prizeThe award, which was announced in July, was presented during a ceremony at the Museum of London on 01 December 2006. Dudley is the first ever recipient of the SCI Science Education Award. Full details can be found on the SCI website


SCI Invitation

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison have been invited to give the school lectures for the SCI South West (Society of Chemical Industry) in 2007. This follows on from their invitation to give the first ever Christmas Lecture for Schools at the University of Bristol.


Lectures at Wuhan University High School, Central China –01/10/06


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NAGTY Chemistry Summer School Students Excel - 01/09/06

As one element of the recent summer school 'Into the Heart of Matter', all the NAGTY students were entered for the Australian National Chemistry Quiz. The timing of the one-hour paper just happened to coincide with this year's summer school.

10 of the students were certificated with five awarded plaques as they had the distinction of being in the top 800 worldwide (over 35000 students entered the examination at this age group). The purpose of the Australian National Chemistry Quiz is to promote an interest and appreciation of the role of chemistry and chemists in society.

Globally 1352 schools entered the quiz with 14 countries (602 schools) outside of Australia taking part. A total of 113 323 students took part. Bristol ChemLabS was the only centre from Europe or the Americas to enter students.

Next year's quiz takes place on Thursday 26th July 2007. Schools that are interested should contact Professor CL Fogliani AM cfogliani@ancq.com

Secondary School Students on Bristol-Trinity College Dublin Chemistry Summer School Find that a Brand of Bleach Contains no Active Ingredient –24/07/06

Summer School students

Y12 students drawn from a range of schools in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire have been taking part in the inaugural joint Chemistry Summer School run by the Schools of Chemistry at Bristol University and Trinity College Dublin.

Whilst in Dublin the students carried out an analysis of hypochlorite concentrations (the active ingredient) in a range of bleaches. Their analyses show quite clearly that one of the brands contains negligible levels of hypochlorite. The course organisers were as surprised as the students at the ultra low levels and will not be buying that brand of bleach in the future!

Click here for a more detailed report on this summer school.

Science Education Award for Dudley ShallcrossDr Dudley Shallcross –12/07/06

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Director Dudley Shallcross is the first ever recipient of the SCI Science Education Award. The award, made by the Society of Chemical Industry’s Council and its international governing body is ‘awarded for outstanding contribution to the science educational field so as to bring science alive and encourage young people to continue to study science’.

The award will be conferred on 1st December during the Society’s Awards Event that is to take place at the Science Museum in London.


Stretching the Most Able–Using OU Modules with School Sixth Formers: An Exemplar for the University of Bristol

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