Here at UCL, we recognise the importance of enthusing the students and the public in what we do. We run a range of outreach activities including a comprehensive chemistry schools' programme for students of all ages.

Our outreach programmes have been designed to get students excited about chemistry, to show them the real-life applications of chemistry and explore the depth and breadth of how chemistry influences the world we live in.

2019-20 Schools Programme:

We will run the following events in 2019-20 academic year for Year 12 and 13 A level Chemistry Students. To book your place, please contact Thom Dixon (thom.dixon@ucl.ac.uk). For enquiries please contact Prof. Robert Palgrave (r.palgrave@ucl.ac.uk)

Spectroscopy Day

31st March & 3rd April 2020

These popular courses cover infrared and NMR spectroscopy and Mass spectrometry.

A lecture, workshops and problem solving classes are included as well as tours of the spectroscopy facilities and introductions to the instruments, sample preparation and analysis. The day ends with an entertaining demonstration lecture.

AIMS (Adventures in Molecular Science)

24th April 2020 & 25th June 2020

This one day course for students studying A level chemistry, is designed as a 'taster' day for the University Chemistry experience, including lectures in the morning then the afternoon in the laboratory, carrying out electrophilic substitution on an aromatic compound.

To book your place, please contact Thom Dixon (thom.dixon@ucl.ac.uk). 

Talks & Lectures:

The following events are run in schools:

  • Spectroscopy in a Suitcase
  • Visits by Student Ambassadors
  • Chemical Demonstrations
  • Chemistry Lectures and talks

The UCL Science Centre runs Friday evening lectures on a range of scientific topics that are aimed at year 12 and 13 students, and teachers.

Demonstration Lectures for Schools

Members of staff may be able to visit schools, colleges or science fairs to give lectures or demonstrations. The lectures last between 30 and 50 minutes, and are particularly suitable for students in Years 11, 12 and 13. We are also happy to include information about choosing a chemistry course, and the UCL Chemistry Department, with these talks. There is no charge for these lectures and so are usually limited to one per school per year.

School visits are free of charge but we ask that an audience of at least 100 students will attend. For smaller groups, we would be pleased to welcome you to UCL for one of our events held in the Chemistry Department, where there is no minimum group size.

For more information, please contact Thom Dixon.

Schools Contact & Mailing List

Widening Participation at UCL:

Bev Dee
Email: wp.taster@ucl.ac.uk
Access Officer (Academic Liaison BEAMS)
Access & Widening Participation

Department of Chemistry Contacts

Thom Dixon
Teaching and Learning Administrator
Tel: 020 7679 1501
Email: thom.dixon@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Robert Palgrave
Outreach Coordinator
Email: r.palgrave@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Matt Blunt
Admissions Tutor
Email: m.blunt@ucl.ac.uk