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2017

November

16 November: Fusion and Chaos Interactive Talk, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

The ‘Let’s get pyrotechnical!’ lecture demonstration given by local fireworks expert Matthew Tosh saw around 50 of the 250 people audience comprised of local school students. Bristol ChemLabS outreach assisted Fusion President Lara Lalemi in the organisation of the school-side of this event.

15 November: Synthesis CDT Chemistry Day for Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

30 Year 12 students from two schools spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS in a wide range of activities including laboratory work, lectures by postgraduates and a lecture demonstration. Schools attending were Oxford Spires Academy (Esther Gonzales Rodrigues) and the Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre (Leics, Catherine Smith). Members of the CDT Synthesis assisted the school students in their practical work and gave two presentations in the afternoon. The day was rounded off by a lecture demonstration of ‘Gases in the Air’ by postdoctoral chemist Steve Street.

I just wanted to pass on my thanks to your colleagues for organising and running the day yesterday. I spoke to the students and the technician and teacher who supported them and they said it was a great day. The technician was especially glowing about how useful it had been for her to visit a university and experience university life as she comes from a ‘non-university’ family. This is probably equally true for some of the students which I guess is a key point of the day. ‘ Catherine Smith (Chemistry Teacher)

The visit was sponsored by Bristol Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).

15 November: ECU High Schools Presentation, ECU Bunbury Campus, Bunbury, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to 100 Year 9 students and 6 teachers from Bussleton Senior High School in the Bunbury area. Bristol ChemLabS was working again with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

14 November: ECU High Schools’ Presentation, Edith Cowan University Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 200 students (Y8-11) and 14 teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area.

The school groups attending were: Balga SHS, Thornlie SHS, Belmont Community College, Butler College and students from the Youth Futures project.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Magda Wajrak and Jason Barrow of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

01 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

Postgraduate Chemists Fabian Fogarty and Rachel Booth delivered a session of spectroscopy to 20 Year 13 students at this local school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Stephanie Ricketts in the organisation of this event. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

October

18 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

32 Post 16 students from Cheltenham College (Gloucs) made a return visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine during the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry gave a talk on her career and Tim Harrison gave a talk on 'Gases in the Air'. The postgraduate chemists assisting the Year 12 students in the laboratory included Steve Street and Lina Mohammed.

17 October: Careers Evening Presentation and Workshop, Chew Valley School, Bath and North East Somerset

Natalie Pridmore (X-ray lab technician) visited this local school to contribute to a careers evening for their students. She offered an activity on scents, molecular structures and x-ray crystallography, which was well-attended by around 40 KS4 and Post 16 students.

14 October: STEM Day SIAS Visit, Badminton School for Girls, Bristol

Postgraduate chemists Steve Street and Jonny Furze were involved in giving a spectroscopy workshop and talks to 16 Post 16 students during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Michael Gibbons (Head of Chemistry) in this contribution to this Saturday event. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

11 October: Drug Synthesis, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

King Edward School, (Bath) brought a group of 29 Year 13 students to synthesise benzocaine during the morning. 19 Post 16 students from St John’s College (Cardiff) also made a return visit to Bristol ChemLabS to spend the morning in the laboratories nitrating methylbenzoate. Both groups spent the afternoon enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations. Steve Street led the laboratory session and gave a performance of the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air'. Postgraduate chemists Sarah Michel gave a talk on smart medical materials. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were: Jonny Furze, Matt Mulvee, Fabian Fogarty, Mary Okoh and Lina Mohammed.

September

26 September: Science Sensations, Strode College, Street

For the second time Bristol ChemLabS was invited to be part of this Somerset College's annual "Science Sensations" day for local school students. The 75 Year 9 & 10 students from neighbouring Crispin School spent the day taking part in hands-on workshops with local companies.

Alison Rivett then delivered a Chemistry Demonstration Lecture on the theme of 'Gases In The Air' to wrap everything up with a bang! Afterwards their chemistry teacher commented "The students all thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry demonstration and it linked very well to the topics they are currently studying in class." Bristol ChemLabS participation in this event was funded by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

14 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 3, Bristol ChemLabS

This was the date for the final session of the annual spectroscopy tours of Mass Spectrometry, NMR, SEM, IR and XRD. The morning session was led by Chris Holland (Bristol). 1 Year 13 student from Colston’s Girls School (Bristol) attended during the morning. The staff delivering sessions were: Chris Arthur (MS), Tom Leman (NMR), Jason Potticary (SEM), Natalie Pridmore (XRD) and Steve Street (IR). The postgraduate chemists acting as guides were: Sam Briggs, Angela Suriyakumaran and Matt Mulvee,

13 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This was the date for the second two sessions of the annual spectroscopy tours of Mass Spectrometry, NMR, SEM, IR and XRD. Both morning and afternoon sessions were led by Chris Holland (Bristol). 16 Year 13 students from Kingswood College (Bath) attended during the morning and 31 Year 13 students from Cheltenham College (Gloucs) attended in the afternoon.

Many thanks for welcoming our students and teachers to Bristol yesterday. The students I spoke to were absolutely buzzing about what they saw and the talks they had. …. Thank you for spending the time with our students. It is events like these and the links that should exist between schools and HE that really drive true inspiration and enable curiosity to flourish. One of the challenges we have at College is encouraging more students to take Chemistry at University and I hope the breadth and depth of techniques they saw yesterday will do exactly that’ Visiting Teacher.

The staff delivering sessions were: Chris Arthur (MS), Tom Leman (NMR), Jason Potticary (SEM), Natalie Pridmore (XRD) and Steve Street (IR). The postgraduate chemists acting as guides were: Angela Suriyakumaran, Sian Fussell, Matthew Mulvee and Sam Briggs,

12 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 1, Bristol ChemLabS

This was the date for the first two sessions of the annual spectroscopy tours of Mass Spectrometry, NMR, SEM, IR and XRD. Both morning and afternoon sessions were led by Chris Holland (Bristol). 74 Year 13 students from St Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Bristol) attended during the day. The staff delivering sessions were: Paul Gates and Chris Arthur (MS), Tom Leman (NMR), Jason Potticary (SEM), Natalie Pridmore (XRD) and Steve Street (IR). The postgraduate chemists acting as guides were: Fabian Fogarty, Richard Booth, Angela Suriyakumaran, Matthew Mulvee and Joanna Sparks.

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.

March

29 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

14 students from the Blue School (Wells, Somerset) spent the day engaged in a caffeine workshop programme in their inaugural visit to Bristol. 6 Year 12 students from Yeovil College also participated. Additionally 20 Year 12 and 13 students from Carterton Community College were also present for a morning of benzocaine synthesis. All students enjoyed an afternoon of talks and lecture demonstrations. Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on ‘Protein Films’ and Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’.

Just writing to say thank you so much for the open lab day with my AS students last week – they had an amazing time. Please thank the post grads that demonstrated, particularly the poor fellow who got grilled about anti-bonding by one of my students. Thank him also for letting them see inside the diamond research lab.’ Head of Chemistry, Yeovil College

These visits were partially sponsored by a widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

28 March: Evening Science Demonstration Lecture, Millfield School, Street, Somerset

Tim Harrison returned to the school to give an evening science demonstration lecture ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to senior students from Millfield and from nearby Strode College. Other local schools were also invited. Around 40 students and 6 teachers attended the talk. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry, James Hope, in the organisation of this event.

Thank you very much for the wonderful lecture you gave us last term. We have had some excellent review from students of it but from Millfield students and the external students.’ James Hope

The event was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

22 March: Access to Bristol Session 6, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw approximately 27 Year 12 students from local schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS on the last of their 6 visits to the School of Chemistry. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students were involved in a perfume chemistry workshop and had a talk on fragrance chemistry from Tim Harrison.

Thank you very much for delivering sessions yesterday as part of the Access to Bristol outreach programme, and thanks to any colleagues who may have assisted also. This was the final session of Access to Bristol this term and what I heard from students suggested they clearly had a really great afternoon with you.’ WP Recruitment Officer

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in their work were Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed and Nicolette Moreau.

22 March: BTEC Science Laboratory Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

This date was put aside for a 2 hour session on laboratory design and health and safety in support of the BTEC Science course. 21 Year 12 students from Redland Green School (Bristol) were in attendance. The morning session was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol. Tim Harrison gave a talk on laboratory design and a tour of the teaching labs. Postgraduate chemists Joanna Sparks and Peter Duckworth took two groups around other laboratories in the School of Chemistry and answered questions. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teachers Sophie Powell and Victoria Peak in the organisation of the visit.

21 March: Lecture Demonstrations, The Latymer School, Enfield, London

Bristol ChemLabS revisited the school after a year’s absence to deliver 2 lecture demonstrations. ‘Gases in the Air’ was performed for 180 Year 7 and ‘Perfume Chemistry’ was performed to 180 Year 9 students. 8 teachers saw the performances. The visit formed part of British Science Week celebrations at the school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with local teacher, Jennifer Wood, in the organisation of this event.

15 March: Schools Chemistry Conference for British Science Week, Bristol ChemLabS

This was an afternoon of chemistry lectures and practical demonstrations. Postgraduate Sarah Michel delivered a talk on her research into smart materials and spina bifida treatment. This was followed by a talk on the use of computers in chemistry given by Neil Allan (Bristol). The day concluded with a performance of ‘A chemical Delight’ presented by Tim Harrison. 83 Post 16 students, teachers and student ambassadors saw the conference. The schools attending were; Sherborne (Boys) School (Dorset), Sidcot School (Somerset) and St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School (Bristol). The event was free of charge and was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

15 March: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

24 Year 12 students from Sherborne School (Dorset) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and enjoying the afternoon ‘Schools Chemistry Conference for British Science Week’. 13 Year 12s from Sidcot School also extracted caffeine while 4 of their Year 13 students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. Both schools are regular visitors to Bristol ChemLabS. Both school groups had a tour of the department during the lunchbreak. On this occasion the students were assisted in their laboratory work by Mary Okoh, Claudio Greco, Josephine Sama, Lexy Miles-Hobbs and Lina Mohammed.

15 March: Access to Bristol Session 5, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 30 Year 12 students from regional schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students attended the Schools Chemistry Conference as part of the British Science Week celebrations.

14 March: Catalysis Lecture, Balcarras School, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Duncan Wass gave a lecture on Catalysis to 80 students across the year groups from 11 to 18 years of age during an event for National Science Week.

14 March: Schools’ Chemistry Conference, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Cheltenham Ladies' College to deliver a school’s chemistry conference 310 people during the morning for local secondary schools for students in Years 10-13 and their teachers. June McCombie MBE (Nottingham) started off the conference on the topic ‘The Chemistry of Space’, his was followed by a talk on ‘Smart Materials’ by postgraduate chemist Sarah Michel (Bristol). The conference was completed by a highly amusing lecture demonstration given by John Kilcoyne (Sunderland) ‘Fuelling the Future, Fuelling the Fun’, aided by Tim Harrison (Bristol).

Just wanted to say thanks for today, Tim, on behalf of Beaufort, great to expose the kids here to this stuff, they were really positive about it on the way back.’ Ben Hall, Beaufort School. ‘I just wanted to thank you on behalf of the staff and students that attended the conference today from John Masefield. The talks were both intriguing and inspirational and needless to say our students were in absolute awe of John Kilcoyne. If you would be able to extend my thanks to Cheltenham Ladies college for the use of their fantastic facilities that would also be greatly appreciated.’ Hayley Parker-Webley

The schools and colleges attending were: Cheltenham Ladies’ College (85 Year 12 and 3 teachers), Marling School (Stroud) (15 Year 8 and 1 teacher), Gloscol, Royal Forest of Dean Campus (11 Post 16 and 1 teacher), Wallingford School Academy (Oxon) (35 year 10 and 2 teachers), Rednock School (Dursley, Gloucs) (7 Year 12 and 1 teacher), Beaufort COOP School (Gloucs) (50 Year 10-13 stents and 3 teachers) and John Masefield High School and Sixth Form Centre (Hereford) (50 students and 3 teachers). The event was sponsored by the Bristol ChemLabS and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.​

08 March: Access to Bristol Session 4, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 28 Year 12 students from regional schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. The postgraduates assisting the students with their laboratory work were Claudio Grecco, Folasade Sama, Harriet Bray and Mary Okoh.

07-08 March: Chemistry Camp for Jersey School for Girls, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Year 12 students and 4 staff members from the Channel Islands’ state school paid another visit to the School of Chemistry to take part in a condensed residential experience of laboratory work and lectures. The young women will enjoyed an evening of lectures on Day 1 followed by a laboratory day culminating in a tour and a lecture on perfume chemistry (Harrison) on Day 2. The practical work comprised a spectroscopy task and a caffeine extraction. The postgraduates assisting the students with their laboratory work were Lina Mohammed, Claudio Grecco, Peter Ducksworth and Oscar Hernandez. The dates for the 2018 visit have already been set.

07 March: Open Evening Lectures and Lecture Demonstrations, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Year 12 students and 4 staff from Jersey College for Girls, 9 Post 16 students and a teacher from St Mary Radcliffe and Temple (Bristol) and 2 Year 10 students and one teacher from Bristol Grammar School attended the open access mini schools conference. Tim Gallagher (Bristol) started with a thought provoking talk on ‘The Pharmaceutical Industry’. This was followed by the lecture demonstration ‘A Chemical Delight’ presented by Tim Harrison.

​'Thanks so much for tonight's mini conference, I and the students really appreciate it. Send my thanks to Tim Gallagher too. It was good for the students to hear about something we never get chance to cover around pharma and industry etc. and they are were suitably energised and entertained with your section too, as always.' Ryan Beattie, Teacher​

Thanks to sponsorship from a widening participation grant from the Faculty of Science the conference was provided free of charge.

February

28 February: Lecture Demonstration, Ntsika High School, Grahamstown, Eastern Province, South Africa

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Rhulani Magezo (Rhodes), gave a 60 minute presentation of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 80 Year 10 Learners at the local township school. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Joyce Sewry (Rhodes) in the organisation of this visit.

24 February: Lecture Demonstration, Nombulelo High School, E. Grahamstown, Eastern Province, South Africa

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Charlie Donoghue (Rhodes), gave a 60 minute presentation of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 200 Year 9, 10 and 11 students at the local township school. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Joyce Sewry (Rhodes) in the organisation of this visit.

23 February: Lecture Demonstration, Victoria Girls High School, Grahamstown, Eastern Province, South Africa

Tim Harrison, aided by Vuyiseka Makabe (Rhodes), gave a 90 minute presentation of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 56 highly excitable Form 1 (Year 9) girls at the local school. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Joyce Sewry (Rhodes) in the organisation of this visit.

22 February: Access to Bristol Session 3, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 26 Year 12 students from regional schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion, under the supervision of Chris Holland, the students extracted vanillin from vanilla essence and quantified the amount using UV visible spectroscopy. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the delivery of this programme.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their work were: Lina Mohammed, Jonny Furze, Nicolette Moreau and Alberto Avila.

09 February: Bridgwater College, Somerset

Alison Rivett delivered a performance of 'A Chemical Delight' in the McMillian Theatre at Bridgwater College in Somerset for a group of 220 Year 7's from Haygrove School who were visiting for the morning to learn more about the opportunities available post GCSE. The event was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education Programme. They tweeted afterwards https://twitter.com/HaygroveYear7/status/829736661630197764

08 February: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

14 Year 12 students from Hardenhuish School (Wilts) synthesised benzocaine during the morning and enjoying two talks in the afternoon in their annual visit. Sarah Michel gave a talk on smart materials working towards spina bifida treatment and Tim Harrison gave a talk on ‘The Chemistry of the Atmosphere’. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry and CHeMneT member Adam Ovens in the organisation of this event.

08 February: Access to Bristol Session 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 30 Year 12 students from regional schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students were engaged in a workshop on NMR spectroscopy led by Ash Griffith before a tour of the department. Other postgraduate chemists involved in the afternoon session were Claudio Grecco, Lina Mohammed and Mary Okoh. The session was sponsored by the Widening Participation Office at the University of Bristol.

07 February: ‘A Boom in the Room’, RSC Evening Lecture Demonstration, Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset

This evening lecture demonstration was given by Nick Barker (​Warwick) aided by Tim Harrison (Bristol) and involved some amusing chemistry anecdotes ​and reactions ​involving liquid nitrogen, dry ice and a few minor explosions. The talk covered a wide range of topics within Chemistry and was enjoyed by 300 parents, grandparents, students and other members of the public.

Nick is very amusing in his delivery and I have had lots of glowing feedback from parents who came. Already looking forward to next year.’ Tim Joliff

This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Tim Joliff at Queen’s College in the organisation of this annual event.

02 February: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, King’s Oak Academy, Kingswood, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by Tim Harrison for a two hour morning talk so that 17 Post 16 BTEC students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. The visit concentrated on a UV-VIS spectrometry challenge. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​​

01 February: Science Demonstrations, Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol

Postgraduate chemists, led by Ash Griffith, took a series of chemical demonstrations into the hospital to work with children in the hospital classroom. 7 children enjoyed the efforts of Harriet Bray and Oscar Hernadez. The event is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

01 February: Access to Bristol Session 1, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 31 Year 12 students from regional schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students extracted caffeine from tea leaves. Students from the following schools in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Gwent and South Gloucestershire were present: Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Caldicot School, Chipping Sodbury School, Churchill Academy, City of Bristol College, Gordano School, City of Bristol College, Gordano School, Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School, Malmesbury School, Marlwood School, Merchants' Academy, New College Swindon, North Bristol Post 16 Centre - Redland Green, Patchway Community College, Sheldon School, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School and Weston College. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were: Ash Griffith, Harriet Bray, Kelly Butterfield and Lina Mohammed.

01 February: RSC Analytical Competition WRAD, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS again hosted the northern section of the Western Region of the Analytical Division (WRAD) covering the south west and south Wales heats for schools. 13 teams competed in a series of practical exercises during the morning. The teams comprised three Year 12 students. Schools were competing for a place in the national final be held at Sussex University on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June 2017. The winners were Wycliffe College (Stroud) with Badminton School in second place. All schools competing were: Dauntsey’s, Wycliffe College, King Edwards School, Bath, St Mary’s Calne, Exeter School, Bristol Grammar School, Badminton School, Badminton School, Cheltenham Ladies College, St Helen and St Katharine School (Oxon), Blundell’s, Sidcot School and Cheltenham College. The postgraduates Chemists acting as judges were: Sam Briggs, Jonny Furse, Nicolette Moreau and Fabian Stelzer.

January

20 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

Tim Harrison revisited the local specialist science college for the 9th consecutive year to deliver the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 Year 8 students.

Thank you so much for the lectures you & Alison delivered to our feeder schools and St Bedes’ students. From their faces and feedback already they loved it!’ Jo Pascoe, Organising Teacher.

19 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS’ Alison Rivett, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Tom Burnham, revisited the local specialist science college for the 9th consecutive year to deliver lecture demonstrations to students. On this occasion 35 A level chemists saw the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.

18 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12 and 13 Chemists from Churchill Academy (N. Somerset) and 16 Year 12 students from Kingswood School (Bath) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories in the morning and were engaged in talks, lectures and demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate Sarah Michel talked about her work on drug delivery systems for Spina Bifida and Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the air'. Churchill Academy synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine and Kingswood School extracted caffeine from tea. Bristol ChemLabS originally worked with Leila Paterson and Matthew Fletcher in setting up this visit. The postgraduates involved in supporting the students in their lab work were: Krishna Mistry, Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed and Lexy Miles-Hobbs.

18 January: BTEC Science Laboratory Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

This was one of the dates that had been put aside for a 2 hour session on laboratory design and health and safety in support of the BTEC science course. 15 Year 12 students from St Katherine’s School (Bristol) visited on this occasion. In facilitating this visit Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Zoe Ivey at St Katherine’s School (Bristol). The postgraduate Chemists that took the students around the department were Joanna Sparks and Harriet Bray. The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for information about potential future visits of this type.

17 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Cheltenham College, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemists Tom Burnham and Fabian Stelzer so that 24 Year 13 Chemistry students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

16 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Tim Harrison delivered two one hour sessions of SIAS with a total of 20 Year 13 students assisted by several undergraduate Chemists. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

13 January: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

Wells Cathedral School visited the School of Chemistry for a morning of laboratory work and an afternoon of talks. 35 Year 12 and 13 students synthesised benzocaine during the morning and had talks in the afternoon. They enjoyed a talk from Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry on ‘Frustrated Lewis Acids’ and a lecture demonstration from Tim Harrison on ‘Gases in the Air’. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in their laboratory work were: Kelly Butterfield, Mary Okoh, Lina Mohammed and Lisa Recnik.

12 January: RSC 'Top of the Bench' Competition Bristol and District Heats, Bristol ChemLabS

15 school teams comprising 4 mixed year group students from across the region took part in the annual RSC Top of the Bench competition. The students were engaged in working on 4 experiments in two lab sessions before seeing a demonstration chemistry lecture given by Tim Harrison.

The winners were Crypt School (Gloucs) who will be representing the region in the national finals in Loughborough in April. St Mary’s Calne were second.

The postgraduate chemists judging the competition were: Jonny Furze, Nicolette Moreau, Tom Burnham and Lisa Recnik. Postgraduate chemist Kelly Butterfield looked after the teachers during the morning. Admissions tutor Jon Charmant gave a talk on the current Bristol ChemLabS arrangements for attracting students and RSC Regional Education Coordinator Beth Anderson also spoke to teachers. Schools attending were: Dauntsey’s School (Wilts), Wycliffe College (Gloucs), King Edwards School (Bath), St Mary’s Calne (Dorset), Sherbourn School (Dorset), Exeter School (Devon), The Crypt School (Gloucester), Cheltenham Ladies' College (Gloucs), St Katherines (Bristol), Sidcot School (Somerset), Blundells (Devon), Cotham School (Bristol), Bristol Grammar School, Badminton School (Bristol) and Nailsea School (Somerset).

11 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

39 Year 12 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories dehydrating a methylcyclohexanol as a practical skills assessment in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS.​ The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the work were: Lina Mohammed, Oscar Herandez, Alberto Avila and Michael James.

06 January: Caffeine Extraction, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 10 students from Marling School (Stroud, Gloucs) spent the day at Bristol extracting caffeine from tea and used uv –vis spectroscopy to calculate the concentration of a solution rather than using titration. Alison Rivett supervised the visit and the students were aided in their practical work by postgraduate chemists including Lina Mohammed and Steve Street. This visit is sponsored by an outreach grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

I know that the experience will have inspired them (the group) greatly as they are able to interact with techniques and equipment not normally available to school pupils. These were some of the brightest scientists in the year who benefit from the extra challenge presented.’ Head of Chemistry

05-06 January: Winter Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual winter camp for school groups was again attended by students from St Lawrence College (Ramsgate, Kent). 8 Year 13 students and two teachers enjoyed the two day session. The camp comprised a kinetics experiment, extraction of caffeine from tea, an organic synthesis of a drug, a uv-visible spectroscopy experiment. A talk on anti-cancer drugs from sugars was given by Steve Street (who also demonstrated to the students for both days). Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on protein films and Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration on Atmospheric chemistry. A tour of the department was also part of the event.

04 January: Benzocaine Synthesis, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

19 Year 13 Chemistry students from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for the day. Steve Street gave a presentation on his research into Sugar-Based Anti-Cancer Drugs and Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’. A session on infra-red spectroscopy ensued. The afternoon saw all the students and accompanying teachers engaged in a perfume chemistry workshop. Jonny Furze and Lina Mohammed were the postgraduate chemists involved in assisting the students in practical work. The visit was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant from the University of Bristol.

2016

December

14 December: Lecture Demonstration, Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison revisited this Salisbury school to give a lecture demonstration on the ‘Gases in the Air’ to 220 Year 11 students and 5 teachers at the school during the morning.

Thank you for a terrific session yesterday. I asked my year 11 group today for their views and they were (as I would have expected) incredibly positive. They were expecting a lecture (which they suggested gave the impression of being not so interesting) and they were then incredibly pleased when they found out that it ‘wasn’t just like any other normal lecture’. They said that what you said was engaging and very helpful as they approach their GCSE examinations.’ Emma Baker (Head of Chemistry)

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

07 December: Schools' Christmas Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual Christmas conference saw 200 students (Years 10 and 12) and teachers enjoy a series of 3 lectures: ‘Perfume Chemistry’, Tim Harrison (Bristol), ‘Protein Films’, Thomas Farrugia (Bristol) and the lecture demonstration, 'Kitchen Chemistry: 2nd Course’, Dr Stephen Ashworth (University of East Anglia). They also enjoyed nearly 300 mince pies!

The schools attending were: Downend School (Bristol, 22), King's College, Taunton (16), Kingsbridge Community College (Devon, 27), The Bourne Academy (Bournemouth, 9), Bideford College (Devon, 12), Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School (Gloucs, 41), Blundell's School (Devon, 21), The Commonweal School (Swindon, 21) and Yeovil College (Somerset, 12).

This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the RSC and was free of charge.

07 December: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

21 Year 12 students from Blundell's School (Devon) spent the morning working in the School of Chemistry's Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and enjoying the Chemistry conference in the afternoon. The postgraduates assisting the students in the laboratories were Claudio Greco, Steve Street and Harriet Reid.

05 December Science Demonstration Lecture, Winterbourne International Academy, Yate, S. Gloucs

Alison Rivett delivered the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300 Year 7 students at this comprehensive school in South Gloucestershire. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Becky Huffee in the organisation of this event.

Thanks so much for supporting our science festival we were thrilled with all of our contributors as were the students. The lecture that Alison was outstanding and the students loved it. Alison was exceptional at demonstrating and managing the excitement of the students which is no small feat with over 300 students in an auditorium. The feedback we had from the students was extremely positive.’ Organising Teacher.

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

05 December: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Cotham School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemists Tom Burnham and Lexy Miles-Hobson so that 32 Post 16 students, in multiple sessions, had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

November

30 November: Visit to the School of Chemistry, Bristol ChemLabS, Bristol

39 Year 11 students from Marlborough College visited the School of Chemistry where they had tours of the department and a presentation on IR spectroscopy. The postgraduate chemists looking after the school students were: Emma Liddle, Sam Briggs, Lina Mohamed, Tom Burnham and Natalie Pridmore.​

29 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Kings of Wessex Academy, Somerset

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this regional school by postgraduate Chemists Tom Burnham and Richard Booth so that 30 Post 16 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during 2 hour long sessions. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

29 November: Lecture Demonstration, Bridgwater College, Somerset

Emma Liddle delivered the lecture demonstration entitled 'A Pollutant's Tale' in the McMillan Theatre for a group of 125 Year 7 students from Bridgewater College Academy who were visiting this Somerset FE College host. This event was sponsored by EDF Energy's 'Inspire' programme.

25 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemists Richard Booth and Tom Burnham so that 30 Year 13 students in 2 sessions had the opportunity to use the spectrometers. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

24 November: Science Club, Redland High School, Bristol

Emily Boys, UAS Chemistry student, assisted with a science club for 5 Year 8 girls at this local school.

24 November: Annual Lecture Demonstrations, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison aided by Nadia Bordas (ECU) and Magda Wajrak (ECU), delivered a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 331 secondary school mixed-aged students from 5 widening participation schools in the greater Perth area.

The lecture was introduced by the Chief Science Officer for Western Australia, Professor Pete Klinken after a welcome in the native Aboriginal language by Jason Barrow, (School of Kuronkurl Katitjin, ECU).

photo of Tim Harrison

I have no words to express my gratitude for what you did for my students on Thursday. They were absolutely enthralled by Tim's demonstrations. They just couldn't stop talking about it on the way back to school, at school AND on Friday morning (I had them Period 1)!!!! ​One of the children asked me the most unusual question, "Miss if the Yr. 10s got to go too, does that mean that when we go to Yr. 10, we get to go again?" It was a simply fantastic end of year treat for our guys. Thank you so much for making this possible for us.” Science Teacher, Thornlie Senior High School, Perth, Australia

The 5 senior high schools (SHS) taking part were: Balga SHS (100 students, 2 teachers), Thornlie SHS (128 students, 4 teachers), Girrawheen SHS (24 students, 3 teachers), Mirrabooka SHS (69 students, 4 teachers) and Anchorpoint (20 students, 3 staff). This was the fourth such joint venture between Bristol ChemLabS and ECU.

The event was sponsored by a Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP) grant (ECU), ECU Old Ways New Ways Program and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

22 November: National Chemistry Week, Girl Guides and Scouts Evening Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist, and Queens Guide Emma Liddle organised and presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 7 local guides units and 4 scouts groups. Altogether 126 people, mainly children aged 10-16 (104), saw the event. Additionally other group leaders came to see the event in the hope that it will be repeated in the future so that they can bring their own groups. All groups were given samples of polymorph to take away to explore the material properties at a later meeting.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with county commissioners in the organisation of this event. The groups represented were: 93rd St Albans guides, 1st Wick guides, 183rd Bristol guides, 62nd Bristol guides, 2nd Filton guides,1st Clevedon guides,1 scout group (ages 10-14), 1st Little Stoke scouts,1 explorer scouts (ages 14-16) and Trident explorer scouts.

The event was in celebration of National Chemistry Week and was sponsored by a grant via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bristol and District branch.

16 November: Ada Lovelace event at Bristol Students' Union, Bristol

The Women in Chemistry Working Group provided a hands-on demonstration at a Women in Science & Engineering Outreach event for 80 students from 6 local schools. Beth Anderson, Laura Broad, Natalie Fey, Natalie Pridmore and Laura Rodriguez-Arco linked smells, molecular structures and x-ray diffraction at the event celebrating Ada Lovelace.

16 November: Synthesis CDT Chemistry Day for Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

43 Year 11,12 and 13 students from three schools spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS in a wide range of activities including laboratory work, lectures by Postgraduate Chemists and a lecture demonstration. The schools attending were, Redland High School for Girls (Bristol) and Bradley Stoke Community School (Bristol) and Gloucester Cathedral School (Kings School). Talks on their research (Spina Bifida treatment and anti-cancer drugs-based on sugars) were given by Sarah Michel and Michael O'Hagan. Tm Harrison and Emma Liddle completed the afternoon with a lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.

All enjoyed the practical and the level of responsibility they felt at using unfamiliar equipment. They all thought the PhD student helpers were brilliant and very approachable, pitched their explanations at the right level. They really enjoyed the exciting demo lecture, and one of the other lectures. It has made at least 2 of our year 11s reconsider their A level options to include chemistry. Good result! Thanks again for hosting them - it's such a great experience.’ Chemistry Teacher Redmaid’s School

I saw pupils yesterday and they were buzzing with it - really enjoyed every bit, except having to leave early!’ Deputy Head, King’s Gloucester.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the labs were: Alberto Avila, Ailis Chadwick, Jon Davies, Lydia Dewis, Louise Eagling, Josh Farndon, James Fordham, Beth Glaisyer, Alastair Knights and David Morris. The visit was sponsored by the Bristol Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).

15 November: Lecture Demonstration for KS5 Science Week, Gordano School, Portishead, Bristol

Postgraduate Chemist Emma Liddle visited this local school to give a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ at a twilight session to 25 year 12 students. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Morag Evry at the school. This event formed part of a week of different activities for the three sciences with the aim of inspiring KS4 students into A level Sciences and beyond.

The lecture demo was a resounding success and the Y12 are now putting me under pressure to ‘blow more things up’. It made great use of our sixth form lecture hall and science bench, which is hardly used otherwise. Emma was great, so approachable and stayed at the end to answer a couple of kids’ questions about Chemistry at degree level.’ Chemistry teacher.

The event is sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Faculty of Science at the University of Bristol.

10 November: Lecture Demonstration, School of Chemistry, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration for 60 Year 9 and 10 students and 6 teachers from Chilton Trinity School (Bridgewater, Somerset), Clevedon School (North Somerset) and Sir Bernard Lovell School (S.Gloucs) as part of a pre-16 school conference event. 7 student ambassadors were also in attendance. The event was sponsored by the Widening Participation Office.

09 November: Schools Conference on Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance Science, Bristol ChemLabS

This inaugural school conference on antibiotic science was for Post 16 Chemistry and Biology students and their teachers. 150 students and 15 teachers attended. 3 presentations and a hands-on workshop made up the conference. Academic Matthew Avison (School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and BristolBridge) presented “The Rise and Fall of Antibiotics”, postgraduate Chemist Paul Walker talked on "How Can We Make New Antibiotics?" and the conference was concluded by Adrian Mulholland (School of Chemistry) who talked on "Nerds vs. Antibiotic Resistance: Can We Use Computers to Outsmart Resistance?"

The hands-on section involved 9 stations with more than 12 postgraduates and postdocs from several faculties (Science, Medicine and Engineering) presenting and engaging the school students. The conference was of special interest to those aspiring to careers in the biological, medical and chemical sciences.

The 10 schools attending were: St Mary’s Calne (Wilts), Wellington School (Somerset), Yeovil College (Somerset), Launceston College, St Katherine's School, Churchill Academy and Sixth Form Centre (North Somerset), Launceston College (Cornwall) and King’s College Taunton (Somerset), Bristol Grammar School and Colston’s School (Bristol).

The conference was sponsored by the BristolBridge AMR Project at the University of Bristol and supported by Bristol ChemLabS. You can read more in this news item.

08 November: Chemistry Talks, International School of Bologna, Italy

Tim Harrison addressed 20 Year 7 and 10 Year 10 students on the topic of Fragrance Chemistry during the morning and a small group of Post 16 students on the topic of Climate Change in the afternoon. The visit was organised by former Bristol postgraduate Chemist and STEM Ambassador Jane Fletcher. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

07-14 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Exeter School, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this school by a postgraduate Chemist and left for a week so that Post 16 Chemists had the opportunity to use the spectrometers. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

07 November: KS3 Chemistry Talks, International School of Bologna, Italy

Tim Harrison addressed 20 Year 8 students on the topic of Fragrance Chemistry. The visit was organised by former Bristol postgraduate Chemist and STEM Ambassador Jane Fletcher. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

03 November: Lecture Demonstrations, Sir Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Emma Liddle, returned to this school to deliver a series of lectures, and lecture demonstrations. Two performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ were given to a total of 240 Year 9s, 10 Year 8s and 10 teachers. A talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’ was given to 8 Year 13 chemistry students.

A huge thank you. The work you did last week in our school was fantastic. Raising the profile of science, particularly Chemistry is very high on our agenda. The work you did went a long way to doing that particularly with our younger students. Very many thanks again.’ Assistant headteacher. 

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Assistant Headteacher Sue Bailey in the organisation of the event. The visit was jointly sponsored by the PSTT and a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

October

20 October: Lecture Demonstrations, King’s School, Bruton, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Emma Liddle, performed 2 lecture demonstrations for senior students from both Bruton and neighbouring Sexeys schools. In total 185 students from Year 10 and 11 from Bruton and 54 G&T Year 10s from Sexeys saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sadie Osborne of King’s Bruton in organising and hosting this event which was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) held by the University of Bristol. The secondary schools attending were Kings School Bruton and Sexeys School, the state boarding school.

19 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

13 Year 13 Chemistry students from Plymouth High School for Girls (Devon) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to synthesise benzocaine during the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Krishna Mistry talked about her journey to a PhD and about her research into ‘Frustrated Ligand Bonds’. The Chemistry postgraduates assisting students in the laboratories were Jonny Furze and Lisa Recnik.

19 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

13 Post 16 students from St John’s College (Cardiff) made their inaugural visit to Bristol ChemLabS to spend the morning in the laboratories nitrating methylbenzoate and the afternoon enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations. Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Krishna Mistry talked about her journey to a PhD and about her research into ‘Frustrated Ligand Bonds’. The Chemistry postgraduates assisting students in the laboratories were Claudio Greco and Emma Liddle.

18 October: Wellington College, ISSP STEM Day, Wellington College, Berks

Bristol ChemLabS was involved for the eighth year running in this annual event at this well-known independent school. Alison Rivett delivered the lecture demonstration ’A Pollutant's Tale' to 100 Year 9 G&T students from local state schools in the Christopher Lee Theatre. The following schools who are all part of the Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) attended the day: from Wokingham - The Holt School, St Crispins, Oakbank, The Piggott, Waingels - and from Surrey Heath - Kings International, Collingwood, Gordons & Tomlinscote.

The ISSP Partnership Coordinator aid afterwards "The students as always loved the presentation, we asked them what they liked best about the event and they said: - I liked the science lecture as it was fun but still relating to science. - The science lecture because it was entertaining and I also learned a lot at the same time - I liked the demonstrative talk in the theatre because it was extremely interesting and interactive and I really enjoyed watching the experiments. - I liked the Pollutant’s tale and all the experiments. - My favourite part of the event was the introductory assembly to science demonstrating experiments with liquid nitrogen."

13 October: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Downend School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to local school by postgraduate Chemists Richard Booth and Sam Briggs so that 6 Post 16 students had the opportunity during a 1.5 hour session to use the spectrometers. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

11 October: Fragrance Chemistry Lecture Demonstration, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Dorset

Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration for 90 students in Years 5-10 and 5 teachers as part of a day-long visit to this girls' school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Kirsten Le Poidevin of St Mary’s Shaftsbury in organising and hosting this event. The lecture was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 October ‘Smell You Later: How Animals Talk With Chemicals’, RSC Evening Lecture, Malmesbury School, Malmesbury, Wilts

The lecture ‘Smell you later: How animals talk with chemicals’ was given by well-known author and radio and TV presenter Prof Adam Hart (Gloucs) to an audience of around 160 students, teachers and members of the public. The event was hosted, for the second time, by Malmesbury School. Apart from school students from Malmesbury a group from St Mary’s Calne (Wilts), Sparsholt College (Hants) and Abbeyfield School (Wilts) were among the audience.

Lecture outline: Many insects live together in colonies - sometimes with millions of individuals. Despite being very organised, there is no single insect in charge. Coordinating all these individuals requires communication and insects, and other animals, use all sorts of chemicals to communicate all sorts of things.

This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Bristol ChemLabS.

06 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith, gave an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' for all 120 Year 7 students at this girls’ school. This is an annual visit made by Bristol ChemLabS to the Gloucestershire school.

05 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

37 Year 13 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories synthesising the solid anaesthetic benzocaine in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. The students were assessed on their practical skills during the course of the workshop for their examination component. The students had the following postgraduate chemists as demonstrators: Jonny Furze, Lena Mohammed, Oscar Hernandez and Lisa Recnik.

04 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Alison Rivett returned to this Wiltshire school to give a series of three lecture demonstrations entitled 'A Chemical Delight' for secondary school and local primary school pupils. Two performances were for the host school. The 480 Year 8 & 9 students enjoyed finding out more about chemical reactions in the interactive assemblies. The visit was sponsored by an NERC Grant

September

27 September: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Bideford College, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Devonian college by Bristol Postgraduate Chemists Iyke Ndukwe and Tom Burnham so that 24 students in all (12 Year 11s, 7 Year 12s and 5 Year 13s) had the opportunity to use the instruments. The session was held after school. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

23 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 3, Bristol ChemLabS

These morning or afternoon tours of several instrumental analysis techniques are designed for Year 13 students. The visit comprised 4 or 5 twenty minute sessions, plus introduction talk, per half day included the following: infra-red (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), with electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), uv-visible spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as available. The introductory sessions, and some tour guiding, were given by Chris Holland. 70 students and 4 teaching staff attended.

Schools attending: (Morning Sessions): St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Bristol (40 Year 13), (Afternoon Session): St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Bristol (40 Year 13).

Academic speakers: Anwar Khan, Craig Butts, Jason Potticary and Natalie Pridmore. Postgraduate demonstrators assisting: Lina Mohammed, Lisa Recnik, Ikenna Ndukwe, Sam Briggs and Ash Griffith.

22 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 2, Bristol ChemLabS

These morning or afternoon tours of several instrumental analysis techniques are designed for Year 13 students. The visit comprised 4 or 5 twenty minute sessions, plus introduction talk, per half day included the following: infra-red (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), with electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), uv-visible spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as available. The introductory sessions, and some tour guiding, were given by Chris Holland. 77 students and 5 teaching staff attended.

Schools attending: (Morning Sessions): Yeovil College, Somerset (12 Year 13) and Blundell’s School, Devon (25 Year 13), (Afternoon Session): Cheltenham College, Gloucs (30 Year 13) and Katharine Lady Berkeley's School, Gloucs (10 Year 13).

Academic speakers: Anwar Khan, Craig Butts, Jason Potticary and Natalie Pridmore. Postgraduate demonstrators assisting: Nicolette Moreau, Lina Mohammed, Ellen Pope, Tom Burnham and Ikenna Ndukwe.

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

Approximately 20 Year 12 students from Wycliffe College (Gloucs) and 20 Year 11 students from Exeter School (Devon) spent the morning in The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves in a session led by Karen Parish. In the afternoon there were two talks given by Steven Street and Sam Briggs.

Thank you for last week, we all had a great time. The lab work was of course excellent but I would like to congratulate the two excellent post graduate speaker, Steve Street and Simon Briggs. They were fantastic speakers and quite inspiring. I would love to have these two come and visit us in the future if possible.’ Organising teacher.’ Exeter School.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the labs were: Oscar Hernandez, Lisa Recnik and Ash Griffith.

19 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 1, Bristol ChemLabS

These morning or afternoon tours of several instrumental analysis techniques are designed for Year 13 students. The visit comprised 4 or 5 twenty minute sessions, plus introduction talk, per half day included the following: infra-red (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), with electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), uv-visible spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as available. The introductory sessions, and some tour guiding, were given by Chris Holland. 74 students and 6 teaching staff attended.

Schools attending: (Morning Sessions): Sherborne School for Girls, Dorset (25 Year 13 students) and Kings Bruton School, Somerset (9 Year 13 students), (Afternoon Session): Colston Girls School, Bristol (15 Year 13), Kingswood School, Bath (15 Year 13) and Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School (10 Year 13).

Academic speakers: Anwar Khan, Craig Butts, Jason Potticary and Natalie Pridmore. Postgraduate demonstrators assisting: Lisa Recnik, Ash Griffith, Jonny Furze and Rose Willoughby.

19 September: Drugs Synthesis Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

27 Year 13 students from King Edward’s School, Bath (BANES) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories synthesising aspirin and oil of wintergreen and the afternoon synthesising benzocaine in a day run by Chris Adams.

We had a great day, thank you! Lots of positive feedback from the students and I could see that they had really grown in confidence with their practical work by the end of it. Thanks again and we look forward to doing another one next year!’ Organising Teacher.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in their practical work were: Ash Griffith, Tom Burnham and Lina Mohamed. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Chemistry teacher Lucy Miners in the organisation of this visit.​

16 September 2016: STEM Conference Assembly, St Mark’s School, Bath, BANES

Dr Alison Rivett kicked off this special day for visiting schools with an explosive performance of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. The audience of 204 included 20 Year 7 students from St Mark's in addition to the Year 6 pupils from five local primary schools: Batheaston, St Saviour's Juniors, St Stephen's Primary, Swainswick Primary and Wick Primary. This event was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

Afterwards the organiser said "The children had a wonderful time and the assembly supplied by ChemLabs was very engaging and exciting. It was a wonderful introduction to the day's workshops and really enthused the children (lots of oooos and ahhhs!)."

 


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