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July

18 - 20 July: Insight into Bristol (London), Bristol ChemLabS

Following an introductory day in London (01 July) a group of 17 Year 12 students, all wishing to become Chemists, visited Bristol ChemLabS for a series of practical workshops, lectures and talks at various time slots within the 3 days. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street led the event. Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories were: Joanna Sparks, Siying Zhong, Shami Kaspar, David Tilly and Lina Mohammed. Postgraduate Chemists giving talks to the group on their research were Steve Street, Krishna Mistry and Sam Briggs.

The 17 selected students came from the following 9 London state schools: Brampton Manor Academy Sixth Form (8), Cardinal Pole Catholic School (2, Hackney), Greig City Academy (1, Haringey), Harris Westminster Sixth Form (1), Havering Sixth Form College (1), Highgate Wood School (1), Holland Park School (1), Pimlico Academy (1) and Woolwich Polytechnic School (1). This was an event sponsored by the Widening Participation Office at the University of Bristol.

14 -17 July: Chemistry Camp for Giovanni Curmi School Malta, Bristol ChemLabS

22 Post 16 students and three teachers from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary in Naxxar, Malta made an inaugural visit to Bristol ChemLabS for a short chemistry camp. The students spent 2 days in the School of Chemistry, including a Saturday morning and also spent some time in cultural activities. The students had a practical-rich diet of extraction, synthesis, spectroscopy, kinetics and perfume making. The students enjoyed talks from Sam Briggs and Krishna Mistry and a lecture demonstration from Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street.

… great. The students are enjoying the experience and they like using the equipment.’ Dennis Zarb (Head of Chemistry)

The postgraduate and postdoctoral chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were Angela Suriyakumaran, Lina Mohammed, David Tilly. Steve Street led the summer camp.

13-14 July: Chemistry Camp for Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

19 Year 11 and 12 students and 2 teachers from Wallingford School (Oxon) made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. The students undertook a programme of practical working including aspects of drug chemistry, spectroscopy, chemical kinetics and perfume chemistry. The postgraduates assisting Steve Street (Lead) in the laboratories were Shermila Kaspar and Jonny Furze. Postgraduate chemists presenting talks on their research were Sarah Michel, Sam Briggs and Steve Street (demonstration lecture).

10-12 July: Three Day Chemistry Summer Camp for Westcliff High School for Boys, Bristol ChemLabS

45 Year 12 students from the co-ed sixth form at the Essex grammar school spent 3 days in the School of Chemistry undertaking a series of practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures. This was the third annual visit by this school to Bristol ChemLabS for such a camp. Postgraduate Chemists giving talks were Sarah Michel (smart medical materials), Sam Briggs (cell membranes) and Steve Street (anti-cancer drugs from sugars and also a talk on perfume chemistry). Assisting Steve Street, who led the camp, were the following Postgraduate Chemists; Angela Suriyakumaran, Alberto Avila, Jonny Furze, Shermila Kaspar, Claudio Greco, Angela Suriyakumaran and Lina Mohammed.

06 July: Yeovil College, Yeovil

As part of this Somerset FE College's third annual "My Future" event for local feeder secondary schools, postgraduate chemists Jonny Furze & Tom Burnham gave two performances of the Demonstration Lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 302 Year 8 students. The schools attending were Bucklers Mead Academy, Yeovil; Stanchester Academy, Stoke sub Hamdon; Preston School, Yeovil; Westfield Academy, Yeovil; King Arthurs Community School, Wincanton.You can see a short video in a tweet from one of the accompanying teachers here: https://twitter.com/a_z_anwar/status/882986858862563328 The Bristol ChemLabS contribution to this day was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

03-05 July: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for St Aloysius' College (Malta), Bristol ChemLabS

30 Year 12 students from St Aloysius' College (Malta) and 3 teaching staff made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS for a 3-day programme of practical workshops, lectures, talks and demonstration lectures. The practical work included drug extraction, synthesis, simple kinetics and spectroscopic analysis. The visit included spectroscopy tours and a perfume chemistry workshop. The latter was given by Tim Harrison, Steve Street, Krishna Mistry and Sam Briggs gave talks on aspects of their research. Tim Harrison also gave a talk on toothpaste chemistry. The postgraduates that assisted the students in their laboratory work were Steve Street, Claudio Greco, Shami Kamal, Fabian Stelzer, Angela Suriyakumaran and Lina Mohammed.

03 July: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

12 Year 12 students from Chew Valley School (Bristol) made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea and to enjoy an afternoon of lectures and tours. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street looked after the students in the laboratory along with Fabian Stelzer. Krishna Mistry gave a talk on her research into Frustrated Lewis Acids. Tim Harrison gave the tour of the department.

01 July: Insight into Bristol, Islington Arts and Media College, London

Bristol ChemLabS again ran a one day Saturday course for prospective Chemists in the London area. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street engaged 16 Year 12 students, from schools across London, in a day of activity. The students enjoyed a lecture on anti-cancer drugs research, a workshop on NMR spectroscopy, a practical exercise on colorimetry and a session on fragrance chemistry. Later in July the students will visit Bristol for 3 days of activity. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jessica Sharrett, from Bristol’s Widening Participation Office, in the organisation of this activity.

June

29 June: "Picture It - Sharing Molecules: Some chemistry you can try at home", Skirting Science 2017, Churchill Academy, North Somerset

Laura Broad, Natalie Pridmore, Silvia Amabilino and Natalie Fey delivered workshops at the annual Skirting Science event at Churchill Academy (in Churchill, North Somerset) on Thursday, 29th June 2017. This event is organised by the Weston Branch of Soroptimists International and brings together Year 9 girls and science professionals from various research, industrial and educational establishments. In all, the team gave 3 workshops to over 40 girls from a range of local schools. Workshops on "Sharing molecules - some chemistry you can try at home" involved a range of food and kitchen items to build molecules, test acids and bases and explore the scientific method. The workshops were based on a booklet developed by former undergraduate Chemistry student Eloise Hickets, technician Bryony Wadkin-Snaith and Natalie Fey with support from a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

26 and 27 June: Undergraduate Chemistry Taster Days, Bristol ChemLabS

12 Year 12 students from Dulwich College (London) and 10 from Lancing College (W. Sussex) took part on a Chemistry Camp for 2 days. Dulwich College had previously visited Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS  worked with chemistry teacher Lucy Webber (Dulwich) and Mark Walsh (Lancing) in the organisation of this event. The students enjoyed practical exercises, tours, talks, demonstrations and even a perfume making workshop.

Chris Adams gave a lecture demonstration and postgraduate Chemists Thomas Farrugia and Krishna Mistry gave talks on their backgrounds and research. The topics were Protein films and frustrated Lewis pairs respectively. The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratories were Steve Street, Shami Kaspar and led by Kelly Butterfield.

23 June: Benzocaine Synthesis Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Steve Street led the team of postgraduate chemists working with Post 16 students from 3 schools in an Open Laboratories Programme event at Bristol ChemLabS. The students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine during the morning before enjoying a talk from Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Michel on her research into smart medical materials before Steve Street gave a lecture demonstration on the ‘Gases in the Air’.

The schools involved were from Sherborne Schools for Girls (Dorset, 29 Year 12 and 2 teachers), Kings Bruton School (Somerset, 8 Year 12) and 2 teachers and Wellsway School (Wilts, 13 Year 12 and 2 teachers). Early finishers also had time for a brief tour of NMR, Mass spectrometry and a research laboratory.

The Postgraduate chemists working with the students in the Teaching Laboratories were: Lina Mohammed, Claudio Greco, Mary Okoh and Alberto Avila.

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

27 Year 12 students from Bryanston School (Dorset) again spent the day at Bristol extracting caffeine from tea leaves and engaged in an afternoon of talks and lectures on their annual visit. The day was led by Steve Street.

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were Lexy Miles-Hobbs, Harriet Bray, Krishna Mistry gave a talk to the students on her background and her area of research on ’Frustrated Lewis Pairs’. Dr Samanatha Tamg (Nottingham) was also present to give a talk to the students. Former Bristol undergraduate Abigail Elliot (Bryanston) coordinated this annual visit for her department.

20 June: King's Bruton School Polymer Day, Bristol ChemLabS

82 Year 10 students and 6 teachers from the school spent the morning engaged in a circus of polymer experiments during the morning and in talks in the afternoon.​ Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on his research into ‘Protein Films’ and Steve Street then performed a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’.

The Postgraduate Chemists working with Steve Street and Chris Holland were Angela Suriyakumaran, Oscar Hernandez, Thomas Farrugia, Shermila Kapar, Jonny Furze and Matthew Mulvee.

09 June: Chipping Sodbury Festival, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucs

Tim Harrison returned to deliver 2 demonstrations to around 140 Year 7 students and 8 staff from Chipping Sodbury School for the ninth consecutive year at an event hosted at the Town Hall. Additionally, around 20 members of the public also saw the demonstrations.

 ‘It was, as always, a pleasure to have you and your workshop at our festival this year. Once again, the students were fully engaged with you and rightly so. We are fortunate to have workshops such as yours that are of great quality for our students to experience. On behalf of the Chipping Sodbury Festival committee I would like to thank you for participating in the festival with such enthusiasm and ability.’ Stephanie Netherton, Hon. Sec. Chipping Sodbury Festival Committee

This event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

May

25 May: SIAS Visit, Isambard Kingdom Brunel Academy, Keynsham, Bristol

Postgraduate chemists Claudio Greco and Fabian Stelzer gave a spectroscopy workshop to 9 Year 12 students at the local school. The event was part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's RSC Spectroscopy in a Suitcase ( SIAS) project. For more information please see the RSC website.

19 May: Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

A lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ was presented by Tim Harrison to 35 Key Stage 3 students from Fairfield School (Bristol) as part of a project called PERFORM which has aimed to get middle school children to engage in science through performance. The event is being coordinated by Postgraduate Chemist Sam Briggs.​

19 May: Polymer Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

85 Year 10 students from Sherborne Girls School (Dorset) took part in a circus of polymer experiments during the morning and enjoyed lectures and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Tim Harrison and Chris Adams performed ‘Gases in the Air’ and postgraduate chemist Sarah Michael gave a talk on her research into smart materials in medical applications. In the lab the students were assisted in their practical work by postgraduate chemists Alberto Avila, Lina Mohammed, Angela Suriyakumaran, Kelly Butterfield, Johnny Furze and Thomas Farrugia all assisted by Chris Holland.

18 May: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Weston College Sixth Form, Weston-Super Mare, Somerset

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Somerset college by postgraduate Chemists Claudio Greco and Fabian Stelzer so that 20 Post 16 students and BTEC Applied Science students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the 1.5 hour visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

17 May: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

37 Year 10 students from Wells Cathedral School (Somerset), spent the morning working in the School of Chemistry's Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and the afternoon enjoying the lectures. Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry talked to the group about her journey to become a postgraduate and a little about her research into ‘Frustrated Lewis Pairs involved in catalysis. Tim Harrison then gave a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’.

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the Teaching Laboratories were Sam Briggs, Mary Okah, Kelly Butterfield and Harriet Bray.

12 May: Salters’ Chemistry Festival Day 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This day was the second of two set aside for this year’s Salters’ Institute chemistry competition for Year 7/8 students. The school teams competed in two separate chemistry  competitions involving team work and analytical skills while their accompanying teachers had a morning of talks and tours of their own. All students had a lecture demonstration by Tim Harrison before the award ceremony. For further information please contact the Salters’ organisation.

The winners of the Salters’ ‘Whodunit’ competition were: First: Clifton College Preparatory School (Bristol) Second: Exeter School (Devon) Third: Uffculme School (Devon)

The winners of the University competition were: First: Sherborne School for Girls (Dorset) Second: Sandroyd School (Wilts) Third: Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School (Bristol)

The Postgraduate Chemists acting as judges and safety advisors were: Jonny Furze, Sam Briggs, Krishna Mistry and Fabian Stelzer.

The schools attending were: Blundell's School (Tiverton, Devon), Colston's Girls' School (Bristol), Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School (Bristol), Sandroyd School (Salisbury, Wilts), Sexey's School (Bruton, Somerset), Sherborne School for Girls (Sherborne, Dorset), St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School (Bristol), The Maynard School (Exeter), Uffculme School (Devon), Clifton College Preparatory School (Bristol), Exeter School (Devon), The Royal High School (Bath) and Rookwood School (Andover).

11 May: Salters’ Chemistry Festival Day 1, Bristol ChemLabS

This day was the first of two set aside for this year’s Salters’ Institute chemistry competition for students in Year 7/8. The school teams competed in two separate chemistry competitions involving team work and analytical skills while their accompanying teachers had a morning of talks and tours of their own. All students had a lecture demonstration by Tim Harrison before the award ceremony. For further information please contact the Salters’ organisation.

The winners of the Salters’ ‘Whodunit’ Competition were: First: Nailsea School (Bristol) Second: Chew Valley School (Bristol) Third: Focus School Berkeley Campus (Gloucs)

The winners of the University competition were: First: Stonar School (Melksham, Wilts) Second: Cheltenham Ladies’ College Third: Clifton High School (Bristol)

The Postgraduate Chemists acting as judges and safety advisors were: Jonny Furze, Sam Briggs, Krishna Mistry and Thomas Farrugia.

The schools attending were: Chew Valley School (Bristol), Clifton High School (Bristol), Focus School Berkeley Campus (Wanswell, Gloucs), Glenmoor Academy (Bournemouth, Hants), Nailsea School (Bristol), Redland Green School (Bristol), Sidcot School (Winscombe, Somerset), St. Katherine's School (Bristol), Stonar School (Melksham, Wilts), The Cheltenham Ladies' College (Cheltenham), The King's School (Gloucester), Balcarras School (Cheltenham), Hanham Woods Academy (Bristol), Sir William Romney's School (Tetbury) and Stover School (Newton Abbot).

For more information see University of Bristol news item here.

A report on heats of the Salters’ Institute’s Festival Chemistry held at Bristol ChemLabS: ‘Bright Young Things Can a UK-wide science festival hook the next generation of analytical scientists?’ by Joanna Cummings, June 2017 Issue 53 The Analytical Scientist pp14-15 found within https://theanalyticalscientist.com/fileadmin/tas/pdf-versions/TAS_Issue_0617.pdf

08 May: Year 13 (A2) Chemistry Revision Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

Two students attended this day-long workshop presented by Peter Hoare (Newcastle).

05 May: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Redmaids School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemists Sam Briggs and Richard Booth so that 2 groups of Post 16 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. A total of 13 Year 13s were engaged with the event. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

April

26 April: Access to Bristol Graduation, The Great Hall, The University of Bristol

Tim Harrison presented certificates to some of the 30 students who completed the Chemistry Stream of this Access programme at this event. You can read about the event here.

In 2016/17 a total of 727 students completed Access to Bristol and 31 completed Pathways to Law. Around 200 of these to attended the evening event, alongside their parents/family/friends. Over 1400 students applied to take part in these schemes this year, meaning those selected are the very best students who have high academic potential and meet widening participation criteria.

26 April: Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison gave the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 100 Year 10 students and 12 teachers from South Bristol Outreach programme in Lecture Theatre 1 as part of their day-long visit to the university. Year 10 students from the following local schools attended the event: Ashton Park, Bedminster Down, Bridge Learning Campus, Merchant’s Academy, Oasis Academy Brislington and Oasis Academy John Williams.

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

26 April: Caffeine Extraction Day, Bristol ChemLabS

34 Year 10 students from Rendcomb College (Cirencester, Gloucs) made their annual visit the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and to enjoy talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the air’ and postgraduate Sam Briggs gave a talk on his research work.

The postgraduate chemists working with the students in the laboratories were: Lina Mohammed, Ailis Chadwick, Mary Okoh and Oscar Hernandez.

25 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Huish Episcopi Academy, Somerset

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemists Thomas Faruggia and Fabia Stelzer so that 32 Year 12 and 16 Year 13s Post 16 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during 3 sessions of the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

07 April: Invited Schools Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

60 places were made available for 4 invited schools each to bring groups of up to 15 gifted and talented students from Year 10 to the School of Chemistry. The students enjoyed a morning of practical work led by Chris Holland and an afternoon of tours, talks and demonstrations led by Alison Rivett. The schools attending were The Bristol Free School (Bristol, 15 Year 10), Writhlington School (Radstock, Somerset, 10 Year 10) and St Mary Redcliffe and Temple (Bristol, 10 Year 10). Postgraduate chemist Sam Briggs gave a talk on his research and Alison Rivett and postgraduates Tom Burnham & Krishna Mistry jointly presented the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant's Tale’. The postgraduates assisting the students with their practical work were Alberto Avila, Jonny Furze, Claudio Greco and Lina Mohammed.

Thank you for the day we spent at Bristol ChemLabS … . You have inspired and enthused these students with the tasks they carried out during this visit.” Mike Searle, Head of Chemistry Withlington

This event has been sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

06 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

8 Post 16 students and 2 teachers from South Gloucs and Stroud College visited the School of Chemistry to enjoy a morning of practical work and afternoon of talks. The students extracted caffeine from tea leaves in the morning and heard a talk from Postgraduate Chemist Thomas Farrugia on ‘Protein Chemistry’ before Tim Harrison gave a talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’. The Postgraduate chemist assisting these students in the laboratory was Fabian Steizer.​

06 April: Invited Schools Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 gifted and talented students from Year 10 at The Dean Academy (Gloucs) visited the School of Chemistry to enjoy a morning of practical work with a departmental tour and an afternoon of talks. The students extracted caffeine from tea leaves in the morning and heard a talk from Postgraduate Chemist Thomas Farrugia on ‘Protein Chemistry’ before Tim Harrison gave a talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’.

Our year 10 students came back buzzing after today, …… they had a brilliant time. We will put the trip into our newsletter with some photographs so we will send this to you when we have done it.’ Katie Tall

The Postgraduate chemists assisting these students in the laboratory were Johnny Furze and Mary Okoh. This event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

05 April: Invited Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

A group of around 13 Year 10 Gifted and Talented students from Henbury School (Bristol) and Falmouth School (Cornwall, 5 Post 16), spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS extracting caffeine from tea leaves and enjoying lectures and demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry gave a talk on her research life touching on ‘Frustrated Lewis Acids’ and Tim Harrison gave a demonstration lecture on ‘Gases in the Air’. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their work were Oscar Hernandez and Lexy Miles-Hobbs.

Thank you for inviting our students to the university for a lab day. They all really enjoyed it even though they were slightly ‘zombified’ on the way home’ Kiera, Falmouth School. ‘Thank you for the awesome experience’ student

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

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