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2015

July

20 -21 July: Two Day Summer School for Individual Year 11 and 12 Students, Bristol ChemLabS

Two days of intense practical work, talks, lectures, demonstrations and tours saw 7 senior students from several schools around the south of the UK. The students engaged in activities involving spectroscopies, the dehydration of methylcyclohexane and in synthesising the anaesthetic benzocaine. A tour of electron microscopy, nmr and mass spectrometery formed part of the day. Talks were given Tim Harrison (‘Gases in the Air’), Thomas Faruggia (Enzyme Films) and Stephen Street (G Quadruplex targeting anti-cancer drugs). The postgraduate chemist assisting the students with their practical work was Ash Griffin.

The students came from the following schools, The Latymer Upper School (West London), Caldicot School (Gwent), Cheltenham College (Gloucs), GEMS Bolitho School (Cornwall), Blundell’s School (Devon), Stowe School (Bucks) and Richard Huish College (Somerset).

This event was partly sponsored by a widening participation outreach grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

17 July: HEFCE Sponsored Laboratory Day for Individuals from Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

16 Year 12 students who are intending to study Chemistry or the Chemical Sciences at university level from invited schools spent the day in the School of Chemistry engaged in practical work, tours of the department, talks and lectures. The students extracted caffeine from tea leaves before talks given by Thomas Farrugia on ‘Protein Films’ and Tim Harrison on atmospheric chemistry and climate change. The day finished with a tour of the School of Chemistry. The schools involved were: Richard Huish College (Somerset), St Augustine’s Catholic College (Wilts) QEH (Bristol) and St Mary Redciffe (Bristol).

The visits were sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) and are for identified schools in the counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol. For further information and enquiries please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

14 - 16 July: Access to Bristol (London) Programme Bristol Residential Course, Bristol ChemLabS

A group of around 24 Year 12 Chemistry students from the London area spent an afternoon, and two mornings in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories engaged in a wide range of activities. This visit follows on from an earlier weekend course held in London for prospective Bristol Chemistry undergraduates. The students had several sessions of advanced practical work including caffeine extraction, benzocaine synthesis and perfume design. They also had a tour of the laboratories during their visits held over 3 days in support of their A2 Chemistry courses. This visit follows on from a weekend of Chemistry based in a London school in June.

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were Steph Flynn, Jesse Bonham, Ike Ndukwe. The schools present were linked with the following Into Universities districts; Bow, Brent, Brixton, East Ham, Hackney Downs, Harringay, North, Lambeth, North Kensington and Walworth. The schools that the students attended were: Walworth Academy, St. Thomas More Catholic School, St. Saviour's and St. Olaves, Sir George Monoux College, Queen's Park Community School, Pimlico Academy, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, Lillian Baylis Technology School, Evelyn Grace Academy, Chelsea Academy, Capital City Academy, Burlington Danes Academy, BSIX Sixth Form College and Bow School. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

14 July: Caffeine Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

23 Year 12 students from St John’s College, Marlborough (Wilts) spent the day at Bristol’s Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine in the morning and enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. The students were brought by former Bristol graduate chemist Gemma Scarsborough. Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on the chemistry of protein films and Sarah Glover presented a ‘Gases in the Air’, a lecture demonstration. The postgraduate students assisting the students with their practical work were Sarah Glover, Ash Griffin and Emma Liddle.

13 July: HEFCE Sponsored Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

28 Year 12 students from Chew Valley School (Bristol) spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS as part of an annual visit. In the morning the students extracted caffeine from tea leaves before enjoying lectures in the afternoon. Thomas Farrugia gave a short talk on his research into protein films and Tim Harrison gave a performance of the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’. 2 Post 16 members of the RSC’s ChemNet also attended the afternoon talks. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in their lab work were Stephanie Flynn and Jonathan Furze. The visit was sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) and are for identified schools in the counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol

09 -10 July: Residential Summer Camp for School Groups, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 11 and 12 students from Wallingford School (Oxon) made their annual visit to ChemLabS for this event. The students enjoyed two days of spectroscopy, natural product extraction, organic synthesis perfume chemistry, lectures and demonstrations. Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ and lectures were also given by Thomas Farrugia and Gordon Inglis. The Post graduate chemists assisting the students with their lab work were Ike Ndukee and Sarah Glover.

09 July: Protein Workshop for Year 9 Students, University of Bristol

18 Year 9 students from Brislington Enterprise College attended a whole day workshop on protein Chemistry organised by postgraduate chemist Christopher Wood from the Woolfson Laboratory in the School of Chemistry. The students visited the visualisation suite in Medical Sciences and a computer laboratory in the School of Chemistry. Among the activities were tours of the departments and talks by academics.

06-08 July: Inaugural Three Day Chemistry Summer Camp for Westcliff High School for Boys, Bristol ChemLabS

37 Year 12 and 13 students from the Essex grammar school spent 3 days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures. The students enjoyed lectures from Tim Harrison (Gases in the Air and fragrance chemistry), Thomas Farrugia (Enzyme Films) and Gordon Inglis (Paleoclimate Chemistry). The practicals undertaken were caffeine extraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, benzocaine synthesis, the synthesis of a diazo dyestuff, aspirin synthesis and the production of individual fragrances. The students also spent time learning about infra-red spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, NMR and X-ray diffraction. The chemistry postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers assisting the students during their 3 day stay included: Steph Flynn, Sewa Abdullah, Ikenna Nduwke Pradeep Bhaskar, Liam McFarlane, Charlotte Booth and Chris Sandford.

08 July: Chemistry Workshops, Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol

Postgraduate chemists Claudio Greco, Peter Duckworth and Richard Booth, led by Ash Griffith, did chemistry demonstrations and delivered a practical chemistry workshop for 10 children of mixed ages at the local Children’s Hospital. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change Group at the University of Bristol.

06 - 09 July: Sutton Trust Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

5 participants on the Sutton Trust Chemistry Stream were in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during the mornings undertaking a series of practical experiments including caffeine extraction, diazo dyes formulation, and anaesthetic synthesis. During the rest of the week the students will be working with the Wider Participation Office of the University of Bristol on general aspects of being an undergraduate. The students attended the following schools: Thomas Telford School (Staffs), Sponne School (Towcester, Northants), Blessed Hugh Farringdon School (Reading), and The Catholic High School, (Chester, Cheshire). Bristol ChemLabS worked with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

07 July: Yeovil College, Somerset

As part of the College's first 'My Futures' Day Alison Rivett gave two performances of the demonstration lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale' to enthusiastic audiences of over 400 Year 8 students from local schools Stanchester Academy, Westfield Academy, Bucklers Mead Academy & Preston School, sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire programme.

06 July: Widening Participation Office Lecture Demonstration for YESS, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ during the early afternoon to a group of 50 Year 11 students who were visiting the university as part of the annual Year Eleven Summer School (YESS). Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

02-03 July: International Chemistry Summer School, Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Tim Harrison presented talks on ‘Perfume Chemistry’, led a quiz and demonstrated at the 11th Annual Bristol, Trinity College Dublin International Chemistry Event. 21 Irish students were in attendance for the final two days at the week-long event. The Irish students mainly, but not solely, from schools centred on Dublin attended were 16 and 17 years of age. CHeMneT member Saskia O’Sullivan also assisted in demonstrating at this event. Students represented the following schools: St Mark’s Community School, Colaiste Bride, Mount Mercy College, Holy Faith Secondary School, Cabinteely Community School, Manor House, Patrician High School, Tallaght Community School, The High School (Dublin), Old Bawn Community College, St Aidan’s CBS, St Andrew’s College, Scoli Dara, Loretto College, Firhouse Community College, Malahide Communty School, Rosses Community School, Blakestown Community Schooll, Weslet College Dubin, and Rathdown School.

02 July: Chemistry at Work, Wiltshire College, Salisbury, Wilts

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover delivered a lecture demonstration to 125 Year 8 and 9 students and their teachers at the start of an RSC Chemistry at work day at the Wiltshire College. The students came from the following schools: The Stonehenge School (Amesbury), St Joseph’s Catholic College (Laverstock), Trafalgar School, (Downton), Pewsey Vale School (Wilts), Melksham Oak Community School (Wilts), Wyvern College (Hants), The Wellington Academy (Wilts), South Wiltshire Grammar School for Girls (Salisbury, Wilts) and Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School (Salisbury, Wilts). Bristol ChemLabS was working with Rhona Phelps of Go Catalyst Ltd in the delivery of this event.

01 July: Widening Participation Office Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ during a lunchtime session to a group of 70 Year 12 students who were visiting the university from Wexham School (Slough, Berks) and Etone College (Nuneaton, Warks). Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

01, 06 and 08 July: Discovery of Novel Antibiotics from Fungi Workshops, University of Bristol

A group of 10 Year 11 and 12 students and two teachers from Downend School (6x Y12s), St Mary Redcliffe Sixth Form (3x Y12s) and Redland High School (1x Y11) took part in a series of 3 half-day workshops where the students learnt about the history of antibiotics, how to grow fungi, sterile techniques, chromatographic analytical analysis, making agar plates, doing bio assays, soil sampling and engaged in chemical extraction techniques.

The workshops, organised by postgraduate researchers from the School of Chemistry mainly took place in the new School of Biology building but also included a tour of the School of Chemistry. The postgraduate chemists involved included Claudio Greco and postdoctoral researcher Kate de Mattos-Shipley.

 The event was sponsored by a BBSRC and Syngenta grants.

June

29 June–01 July: Bristol ChemLabS - Trinity College Dublin Summer School

This year 47 school students from Malta and 3 from the UK attended the three days of practical work, tours, talks, lectures and other activities in Bristol. The practical work involved natural product extractions, organic synthesis, analysis, spectroscopy and perfume making. The purposes of this event was to give students the opportunity to sample what it could be like at university and to learn, or extend, laboratory skills. The Maltese teachers attending were Mary Rose Sciberras, Darryl Gambin, Leanne Schembri and Daniela Baldacchino. This was the tenth anniversary of this residential camp which participants normally travel from the Bristol Leg to Dublin. On this occasion, the 11th such event in 10years, no students travelled to Ireland. Postgraduate students who gave talks to the students during their stay were Steve Street, Thomas Farugia and Abi Coveney. The postgraduate chemists who assisted the students with their lab work were Ikenna Nduwke, Sarah Glover, Claudio Greco, James Fothergill, Aleks Marsh, and Richard Booth. The British students, attending from Portisead were sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).

27 - 28 June: Access to Bristol (London) Programme Weekend, East London Science School, London

A team of Tim Harrison and postgraduate Chemist Richard Booth delivered a day and a half course for 19 potential Bristol Chemistry undergraduates from the London area across the weekend. The topics of spectroscopy, climate change and perfume chemistry were among those chosen to help support the students Post 16 courses and to assist them in getting the top grades required to come to Bristol. The course included a significant portion of practical work, with equipment and chemicals being taken from Bristol ChemLabS. The same school students will visit Bristol in July for 3 days.

The schools present were linked with the following Into Universities districts, Bow, Brent, Brixton, East Ham, Hackney Downs, Harringay, North, Lambeth, North Kensington and Walworth. The schoos were: Walworth Academy, St. Thomas More Catholic School, St. Saviour's and St. Olaves, Sir George Monoux College, Queen's Park Community School, Pimlico Academy, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, Lillian Baylis Technology School, Evelyn Grace Academy, Chelsea Academy, Capital City Academy, Burlington Danes Academy, BSIX Sixth Form College and Bow School.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

25 June: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

A total of 22 Year 10 and 12 students from Wells Cathedral School (Somerset) made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of caffeine extraction and benzocaine synthesis respectively, and an afternoon of talks and lectures. The students enjoyed hearing postgraduate chemist Thomas Farrugia talk about his research in enzyme films before Tim Harrison gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their practical work were Sarah Glover, Ash Griffin and Richard Booth.

24 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Chemists Tim Shuttleworth and Sewa Abdullah delivered 3 sessions of spectroscopy to a total of 43 Year 12 students at the school. One of the students had made complexes between Cu (II) and several ligands and she aimed to measure their absorbance during the workshop. The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit of an infra- red and UV Visible spectrometers is taken into schools who request it by a team of STEM Ambassadors to give workshops on spectroscopy to KS4 and Post 16 Chemistry students. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

23 -24 June: Chemistry Camp for Plymstock School, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual two day residential experience for senior students at this school from Plymouth saw 9 Year 11 and 12 students engaged in a programme of practicals, lectures, tours and talks. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street gave the group a talk on his research into anti-cancer drug development. The postgraduate working with the students in the laboratory were Sarah Glover, Ash Griffin, and Michelle Montgomery

23 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Bishop Wordsworth School, Salisbury, Wilts

Chemists Tim Shuttleworth and Sewa Abdullah delivered 3 sessions of spectroscopy to a total of 48 Year 12 students at the school. The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit of an infra- red and UV Visible spectrometers is taken into schools who request it by a team of STEM Ambassadors to give workshops on spectroscopy to KS4 and Post 16 Chemistry students. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

23 June: Widening Participation Office Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon to a group of 70 Year 12 students. The boys were visiting the university from Gunnersbury Catholic School (Brentford, London). Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

23 June: Caffeine Extraction Day, Bristol ChemLabS

As part of the Open Laboratories Programme 27 Year 11 students from Ribston Hall High School (Gloucester) spent the morning in the Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea. All were engaged in talks in the afternoon. Postgraduate chemists Steve Street gave a talk on his research work into a potential cancer drug synthesis and Tim Harrison gave a presentation of ‘Gases in the Air’.

‘The pupils loved the day and I’ve heard from others that they’re talking about it and there’ll be some that have been inspired to pursue Chemistry at Uni as a result.’ Head of Chemistry

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their practical work were Ash Griffith, Ikenna Ndukwe and Emma Blackham.​

22 June: Widening Participation Office Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon to a group of around 40 Year 12 students who were visiting the university. The schools attending were: Coombe Dean School (Plymouth, Devon), Queen Elizabeth's School (Crediton, Dorset) and Teignmouth School (Devon). Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

19 June: Chemistry Demonstration, Christ’ Hospital School, Horsham, W. Sussex

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 84 students in Year 7 at the historic school. The event was coordinated by former Bristol postgraduate chemist Marcus Medley. This is now an annual event. The event was jointly sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group also at the University of Bristol.

18 June: "Catalysts - Hero-Support for the Molecular Sciences", Skirting Science Day, Broadoak Mathematics and Computing School, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

Skirting Science is an award winning event that aims to inspire the next generation of female scientists. It brings together Year 9 girls and science professionals from various research, industrial and educational establishments, and is organised by Soroptimist International's Weston branch, as explained on the Skirting Science webpages: This year, Natalie Fey contributed a workshop on catalysis to this event, including both a demonstration of different catalysts and a range of different team activities working on catalyst discovery, optimisation and modelling. The workshop ran three times over the course of the morning, and was attended by between 10 and 16 girls from a number of schools in the local area, along with a teacher and an observer from the Soroptimists. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey with help from Jenny Slaughter and the technical staff at Bristol and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

18 June: Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Year 12 students from Malvern St James (Worcester) were engaged in a caffeine extraction in the morning and were entertained by talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. A talk was given by postgraduate chemist Steve Street on his research into G quadruplex blockers and Sarah Glover performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Postgraduate chemist Sarah Glover also assisted the students in their practical work.

18 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 20 Year 12 students from Cheltenham Bournside made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to look at the synthesis of aspirin and oil of wintergreen in the morning before enjoying a series of talks and lectures in the afternoon. A talk was given by postgraduate chemist Steve Street on his research into G quadruplex blockers and Sarah Glover performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Postgraduate chemist Richard Booth assisted the students in their practical work.

18 June: Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

30 Year 12 students from Sherborne Girls School (Dorset) visited the laboratories to synthesis benzocaine in the morning and to use uv-visible spectroscopy in the afternoon on their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. Postgraduate chemists Michelle Montgomery, Ikenna Nduwke and Harriet Reed assisted the students in their practical work.

18 June: Benzocaine Synthesis, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

5 Year 12 students from Rendcomb School (Gloucs) joined the benzocaine synthesis day at the School of Chemistry during the morning and to listen to talks and demonstration lectures in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street talked about his research in drug synthesis. Sarah Glover gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Postgraduate chemists Michelle Montgomery, Ikenna Nduwke and Harriet Reed assisted the students in their practical work. This was an annual visit made to the department by the school.

17 June: Caffeine Extraction Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Year 12 students from St Marylebone School (London) and 30 Year 12 from Bryanston School (Dorset) made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea leaves and engaged in an afternoon of talks and lectures. Former Bristol ChemLabS chemistry researcher Dr Jane Fletcher was coordinating this with her school and former Bristol undergraduate Abigail Granville (Bryanston) with hers.​ Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street gave a talk on aspects of his research into drug synthesis and Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’. The postgraduate and postdoctoral chemists assisting the students with their work were; Sarah Glover, Stephanie Flynn, Sewa Abdullah, Isabel Perez-Powell and Rose Willoughby. ​

15 June: Widening Participation Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Sarah Glover provided a taste of Chemistry when she performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for around 80 students in Years 7-9 from St Katherine’s School (Bristol) during the late morning. The secondary students were spending a day at the university. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office in the organisation of this event.

12 June: Chipping Sodbury Science Festival, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucs

Tim Harrison returned to deliver 2 demonstrations to a total of 99 Year 7 students and 8 staff members from Chipping Sodbury School for the seventh consecutive year at an event hosted at the Town Hall. This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 June: WP Lecture Demonstration for Visiting Post 16 Pershore Students, Bristol ChemLabS

Sarah Glover presented, to wide acclaim, the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 100 year 12 students visiting the university from Pershore School (Worcestershire). ‘The students and teachers were waxing lyrical about the session when I met up with them again at lunch - it was obviously extremely fun for them, and when we asked at the end of the day if any of them had ideas of what they wanted to do - a good number said Chemistry!’ WP Officer The visit was organised by the Widening Participation (WP) Office of the University of Bristol.​

08 June: Chemistry Talks, St Mary's Calne, Chippenham, Wilts

Postgraduate Chemists Steve Street and Thomas Farrugia visited the independent school for girls near Chippenham to speak to 15-20 Post 16 students during the morning. This event was part of the schools ‘Going Further Week’. The visit is sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).

May

27 May: Lecture Demonstration, University of Valencia, Spain

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 150 local school students from international schools, undergraduates from the University of Valencia, teachers and academic staff. The event was introduced by the Dean of Science. Bristol ChemLabS was working with Dr Teresa Climent to deliver this event. The schools present were: Cumbres School (Moncada), Deutsche Schule, (Valencia), IES Nš1 (Cheste), IES Federica Montseny (Burjassot) and IES el Quint (Ribarroja). The lecture was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

22 May: HEFCE Funded Laboratory Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

38 spaces were set aside in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for Year 10 students to take part in a caffeine extraction day. This included an afternoon of talks and lecture demonstrations. The invited students included 15 Year 10 students from Chilton Cantelo School (Yeovil, Somerset), 15 Year 10 students from Malmesbury School (Wilts) and 8 Year 10 students from St Dunstan’s School (Glastonbury, Somerset). Postgraduate Chemist Thomas Farrugia talked about aspects of his research and Tim Harrison gave a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’.

Postgraduate demonstrators assisting the students with their practical work were Rose Willoughby, Claudio Greco, Ikenna Ndukwe, and James Fothergill. and Sarah Glover.

As ever, thank you so much for today. Our students really enjoyed the day and I had to laugh at their conversations in the back of the minibus on the way home as they were writing their feedback which went something like this: “……it’s condensed water vapour……hydrogen much more explosive……liquid nitrogen 4thcoldest liquid…….damn them, they’ve made us learn stuff by being fun!!!!!!!!!!” In all seriousness, our students had a great time and loved both their time in the lab and at the lectures. Putting into practice what they learn about in lessons is hugely powerful and you always make it very enjoyable.” Visiting Teacher

The visit is sponsored through a Higher Education Council for England (hefce) grant for widening participation and to promote, and deliver, outreach activities.

20 May: Polymer Chemistry Day, Bristol ChemLabS

47 Year 9 students from Sherborne School (Dorset) made their annual visit the University of Bristol to spend the morning exploring the chemistry of polymers via a circus of experiments during the morning and enjoying a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. Tim Harrison performed ‘Gases in the Air’ to an appreciative audience. The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in their labs were: Sarah Glover, Claudio Greco, Nicolette Moreau and Amir Kasper.

19 May: Salters Festival 2015, Bristol ChemLabS

64 Year 7 and 8 students and their teachers from 16 schools attended the Salters’ Festival for 2015.The students engaged in two practical competitions and enjoyed a short lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison is a full day of activity.

The winners of the Salters’ Competition were:

First: Nailsea School

Second: Exeter School

Third: Maynard School

The winners of the University Competition were:

First: Coombe Dean School

Second: Sir William Romney School

Third: Bedminster Down School

The teachers had their own event and enjoyed talks from Beth Anderson (RSC), Fleur Layzell (Salters’ Institute), David Smith (Bristol ChemLabS) and Bristol Postgraduate Chemist Abigail Coveney.

Schools attending were: Balcarras School (Gloucs), Bedminster Down School (Bristol), Clifton College Preparatory School (Gloucs), Coombe Dean School (Devon), Exeter School (Devon), Fairfield High School (Bristol), Kingsmead School (Somerset), Mountain Ash Comprehensive School (Rhondda Cynon Taff), Nailsea School (Somerset), Redland Green School (Bristol), Sir Bernard Lovell School (S.Gloucs ), Sir William Romney's School (Gloucs), The Robert Blake Science College (Somerset), Torquay Boys' Grammar School (Devon) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital School (Bristol). The postgraduate and postdoctoral chemistry judges for the competitions were; Thomas Farrugia, James Fothergill, Daniela Plana and Nicolette Moreau.

A University of Bristol News item: The event was jointly sponsored by the Salters’ Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

13 May: Polymer Chemistry Day Sherborne Girls, Bristol ChemLabS

73 Year 10 students from Sherborne Girls (Dorset) spent time investigating a circus of Polymer Chemistry-related experiments in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during the morning. In the afternoon the girls enjoyed a lecture demonstration on 'Gases in the Air' presented by Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover.

This was an annual visit to the School of Chemistry by the Dorset independent school. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the girls with their practical work were: Liam McFarlane, Richard Booth, Ikenna Ndukwe, Amir Kasper, James Fothergill and Sarah Glover.

08 May: HEFCE Lecture Demonstration, St Augustine’s Catholic College, Trowbridge, Wilts

Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration for 150 Year 10 and 13 students and 5 English teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry Steve Gurr in delivering this event.

Thanks for a fabulous show last Friday. It was enjoyed by all of Year 10 who without any help from me recognised the link between your show and the ‘Chemistry of the Atmosphere’ work they have been working on. That, for Year 10, is a first and a testament to the level of engagement you achieve. Even the English teachers who accompanied Y10 to the show were bowled over.’

The visit was sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under a project called National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO)

08 May: Lecture Demonstration, Clarendon Academy, Trowbridge, Wilts

As part of a mini tour for lecture demonstrations in Trowbridge schools, Tim Harrison visited this school to perform the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air’ to all 65 Year 9 students in top science sets. The visit was sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).

07 May: HEFCE Sponsored Lecture Demonstration, Hardenhuish School, Chippenham, Wilts

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 250 year 7 students at this Wiltshire school. Bristol ChemLabS was working with Head of Chemistry Dr Adam Ovens in delivering this event. This was the first time that Bristol ChemLabS had visited this school. The talk is sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under a project called National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).​

07 May: HEFCE Sponsored Lecture Demonstration, SABIS International School UK, Marshfield, Wilts

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 150 international students in Years 7-9 students at this Wiltshire school. This was the first time that Bristol ChemLabS had visited this small independent co-ed boarding international school. The talk is sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under a project called National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).​

April

29 April: HEFCE Funded Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Spaces were set aside in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for caffeine extraction day which included an afternoon of talks and lecture demonstrations for GCSE students. Schools invited were Chipping Sodbury School (S. Gloucs, 15 Year 10 students) and The Blue School (Wells, Somerset, 14 Year 10 students).

Postgraduate Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on his research on protein films and Tim Harrison gave a talk on ‘Gases in the Air’. Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the labs were: Amir Kasper, Ikenna Ndukwe and Alex Croot.

The visits are sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).​

22 April: Caffeine Extraction Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

52 Year 10 students from Rendcomb College (Cirencester, Gloucs) spent the morning extracting caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and enjoying talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street gave a talk on the development of anti-cancer drugs based on sugars. Tim Harrison then gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. This was a regular visit by students from Rendcomb College to Bristol ChemLabS.

Really fantastic yesterday – students buzzing today. Thank you so much!’ Lead Teacher

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Sarah Glover, Rebecca Ingle, Jessica Bonham, Ash Griffin and Liam McFarlane.

16 April: Wydean BTEC Science Group Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

8 Post 16 students from Wydean School (Gloucs) toured the Teaching Laboratories with Tim Harrison and the rest of the department with Postgraduate Chemist Amir Kaspar. The group were studying aspects of the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of science laboratories. Professor Paul May also gave a talk on laser safety in the Diamond Synthesis Laboratory. The event is sponsored as part of a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faulty at the University of Bristol.​

15 April: Lecture Demonstrations, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave two lecture demonstrations of ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 230 Year 7 and 240 Year 9 students.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for today. Feedback from staff and students is, as always, very, very positive.’ Organising senior teacher

The event was sponsored through a Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) grant for widening participation and to promote, and deliver, outreach activities through the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) Project.

14 April: SIAS Visit, King’s Oak Academy, Kingswood, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local Mathematics and Computing College by a duo of STEM Ambassadors to give workshops on spectroscopy to 5 Post 16 students studying Forensic Science. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

Thank you both so much for coming in with your suitcase! We all really enjoyed it and learnt a great deal. The printed mini graphs will be great for our write ups and the next time I get my hands on a big piece of polystyrene I'm going to have some fun! Many thanks.” Lead Teacher

Postgraduate chemists James Fothergill and Kelly Bass led the 2 hour session.

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