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Outreach

We recognise the importance of enthusing both our students and the public of what we do.

We hold a series of outreach activities throughout the year, aiming to bring the excitement of chemical engineering closer to the general public and to inspire budding young chemical engineers.

Students

The department takes part in a number of outreach activities organised by UCL centrally for students both in Years 7-11 and in Years 12-13. 

The activities give you an understanding of the benefits of higher education and insight into the different degrees that you can study at UCL. 

Activities for Years 12 and 13 students are designed to give you a better understanding of university life at a research-intensive university such as UCL.

For those interested in experiencing what life is like as a chemical engineering student at UCL we recommend our residential summer courses: the Headstart course which runs in June-July every year or our Widening Participation course in August. 

The Headstart course

What is the Headstart course all about?

The goal of this Headstart course is to provide students with an understanding of what a career in chemical engineering might entail, which skills are required and how a typical chemical engineering project may be approached and tackled

What will I be doing?

You will experience life as a first year student by staying in undergraduate halls of residence. You will participate in practical activities which enable you to meet fantastic engineering role models, engage in hands-on workshops and laboratory sessions, as well as receive information related to admissions and future career prospects.

The range of activities will include:

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Practical workshops
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Team challenges
  • Social events

Would this course suit me?

Are you creative? Can you think outside the box? Do you like challenges? Would you like to make a positive change in the world? Are you interested in maths, physics and chemistry - but do not necessarily see yourself as a mathematician or a scientist? Then this course would suit you.

Do I qualify?

To attend this course, you need an interest in engineering and a desire to solve problems. To study for a chemical engineering degree at UCL, Mathematics and Chemistry is required. Another science is preferred as a third subject, but is not essential. See here for information on entry requirements.

Feedback from students

It has made me realise how different Chemistry is for Chem Eng
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I will definitely be applying to UCL this year. the course was a real insight into university life.
I really enjoyed the course. It helped confirm what that I want to do chemical engineering, gave me a better understanding of what chemical engineering was like and made me feel less nervous about university life
Overall an excellent and very enjoyable week, the practical sessions were informative and the evening entertainment was fantastic.
I have really enjoyed the week and have learnt a lot about chemical engineering as well as having fun and meeting new people.

The goal of these courses is to provide students with an understanding of what a career in chemical engineering might entail, which skills are required and how a typical chemical engineering project may be approached and tackled.

We also host our own one-day events, such as National Women in Engineering Day.

If you are interested in visiting the department, please contact us.

Teachers

The department takes part in a number of outreach activities organised by UCL centrally for students both in Years 7-11 and in Years 12-13. 

We are also happy to arrange visit for individual schools to our department, either for the students to come to us, or for one of our staff to visit your school. Please contact us directly to discuss opportunities.

Parents

Taking part in an outreach event in the Department of Chemical Engineering will give young people a wonderful learning experience. Our events provide students with the opportunity to learn from, and communicated with, practicing chemical engineers, and give them an insight into what studying at UCL is like. We aim to encourage their desire to pursue careers in engineering, manufacturing and technology and to understand what such careers may entail.

Child Protection

UCL is committed to safeguarding children and young people involved in
UCL activities. As part of this commitment, UCL wishes to ensure that everyone
who takes part in activities, as staff or participants, understands the boundaries
of appropriate behaviour.

As such, child protection is part of the training programme for UCL staff and students who work with children and young people. This training is reviewed on a regular basis and all UCL staff and students are given a copy of UCL’s child protection policy and procedures before they start work. UCL staff and students who work with children and young people undergo the appropriate level of Disclosure and Barring Service checks before they begin.

All activities that are held at UCL undergo a risk assessment before they take place.
We are able to provide schools and colleges with a copy of the risk assessment for their visit, if requested. Copies of UCL’s child protection policy are also available.

If you have any concerns about your child visiting our department, please contact us.