* 21 April 2010: RSC Schools' Analyst Competition for Y12 Students

Bristol ChemLabS will host one of the two heats for the Western Region, with the University of Plymouth holding another.  Schools within this large region who wish to enter need to apply to chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for one of the 12 places.  The day will run from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  The teams do not need to be accompanied by a teacher.  

9:45-10:15 Arrival and registration
10:15-10:30 Safety briefing, lab coats and safety glasses
10:30-11:30 Practical session 1
11:30-11:45 Refreshments break
11:00-12:45 Practical session 2
12:45-13:30 Lunch (provided)
13:30-15:00 Practical session 3
15:00-15:20 Refreshments break
15:20-15:50 A short lecture given by a postgraduate on an area of research
15:50-16:00 Announcement of winners
16:00 optional Tour of the School of Chemistry for 20 mins or Departure

Health and Safety

Students and accompanying staff will be expected to follow the School of Chemistry's rules for visiting school scientists on health and safety in the laboratories as well as the specific health and safety requirements of the experiments.

Click for full Bristol ChemLabS Health and Safety Rules

safety sign - no ballet shoes!

photo by riot_jane

The general rules include

  1. No eating in the laboratory
  2. Safety glasses will be worn correctly at all times
  3. No shorts
  4. All long hair to be tied back
  5. Laboratory coats to be worn done up [we will provide the lab coats]
  6. No open-toed shoes - only enclosed shoes may be worn in the laboratories i.e. no sandals, ballet-type shoes or flip flops

Bristol ChemLabS has a more than sufficient supply of lab coats and safety glasses available for students and accompanying staff.

For any further information please contact sue.williams@bris.ac.uk


Entry form


CHeMneT members outside this region will need to contact BWOODGET@aol.com to enquire about their local heats.

The Schools' Analyst Competition is a national competition run by the RSC's Analytical Division for Y12 or equivalent.  Analytical Division Regions hold heats to select a team to go through to the National Final.  Each team comprises 3 students.  The regional heats take place during March and April.

Teams are required to undertake various practical analytical determinations based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs.  These are judged for skill, understanding and accuracy and are intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory.  Each competition aims to provide some tasks which are relatively familiar to the students such as titrations and others which are likely to be unfamiliar, such as chromatographic separations or spectroscopy.  In this way, it is hoped that the competitors will learn new skills, as well as demonstrate their existing knowledge and skills.  Part of the competition relies on team work and time management.

Additional information about the competition


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