Events and activities Events and activities

The School of Chemistry runs a wide range of events that are for schools and the wider public. There is a team who are dedicated to engaging all ages, from primary school children to the members of the University of the Third Age.

The School of Chemistry runs the following events every year:

  • Spectroscopy Showcases – an ongoing programme of visits to the Chemistry School for Yr 12 and 13 pupils to see spectroscopy in action.
  • Spectroscopy in a Suitcase – the portable IR and uv-visible spectrometers can be booked to be taken out to schools with postgraduate ambassadors.
  • Salters' Festival of Chemistry – a day of practical competition for Yr 7 and 8 pupils.
  • Young Analysts Competition – the area heats of the National Royal Society of Chemistry Young Analysts Competition for Yr 12 pupils.
  • Workshops in the Chemistry and Pharmacy summer school.
  • The Science Olympiad – two days of practical competitions for Yr 3-6 (Primary day) and Yr 7-10 and Yr 12 (Secondary day).
  • Science in Norwich – a day of fun for all the family in the Forum to which the Chemistry School contributes.
  • Café Scientifique – colleagues often contribute to the local programme of informal scientific discussions.

Chemistry & Pharmacy Summer School - 2 to 4 July 2017

Thinking about studying Chemistry or Pharmacy at university? Want to know more about university life?

Join us at the University of East Anglia for a two day insight into studying chemistry and pharmacy at degree level, based in the award-winning Schools of Chemistry and Pharmacy.

During the summer school you will:

  • Participate in cutting edge experiments in nanotechnology and forensic science.
  • Work in our state of the art teaching laboratories
  • Take part in a problem based learning session
  • Be taught by academics from the Schools of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Get tips on applying for university and completing your UCAS form
  • Meet some of our current students and find out what university life is all about!
  • For more information visit our Summer School page.

We have also run the week long Chemistry Springboard for pupils between GCSE and A level in association with the local authority. Colleagues on the Royal Society of Chemistry Local Section committee help with the Local Section heats of the RSC Top of the Bench competition.

Lorelly Wilson deliver her inspiring Chemistry with Cabbage Lecture

On the 24th and 25th April, 237 budding scientists descended on UEA to hear the marvellous Lorelly Wilson deliver her inspiring Chemistry with Cabbage Lecture, which is a full day of safe chemistry experiments that children do themselves using using household chemicals and proper equipment. The year 5 students from nine local primary schools were dazzled by Lorelly's hands on experiments which ranged from ‘Bouncing Sultanas', to the messy squirting of ‘Elephant's Toothpaste' and finally ‘How to create a fire extinguisher'.

Thanks go to the Royal Society of Chemistry Local Section for sponsoring the event.

Outreach workshops

In addition to this we run workshops for events organised by our Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing department – in the last year we ran workshops as part of the "Bringing Scientists to You", the East Norfolk Triple Science Network event and Student Life Sciences Conferences at the John Innes centre, and the five day Headstart Summer School.

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Community University Engagement (CUE)

UEA has a small dedicated Community University Engagement team, Julie Bounford and Ruth Selwyn-Crome, who are on hand to advise staff and students about different aspects of their engagement activity including ideas, planning, evaluation and impact. Financial and practical assistance is also available via a Small Expenses Fund and the loan of equipment such as audio recorders. You can find more information and case studies on the Community University Engagement website.