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.

Discover Chemistry and Pharmacy – Year 12 enrichment event – Monday 27th March 2017

Join us for our Discover Chemistry and Pharmacy day where you will get a taster of these subjects. You will be provided with a batch of commercially available medicine tablets and will isolate the active ingredients and use analytical techniques to characterise and identify the products. You will also get the opportunity to chat with both staff and students.  Keep an eye on this page for news of the 2018 event.

Sixth Form Conference - 23 June 2017

An opportunity for Year 12 students to find out more about university and the courses on offer.  Students can join a campus tour with our Student Ambassadors, take part in interactive subject-specific sessions and get advice about student finances and UCAS.

Event information:

  • Capacity 350 students
  • 10.00am - 15.00pm (registration from 9.15am)
  • FREE event
  • Individuals book your place to attend 
  • Schools can book a maximum of 50 places (where available).  

For more information about the event, the event program and also booking forms click here.

Chemistry & Pharmacy Summer School – 2nd-4th July 2017

Are you a high-achieving Year 12 student interested in studying Chemistry or Pharmacy at university?    Join us at the UEA for an exciting two-day residential experience from Sunday 2nd - Tuesday 4th July and enhance your personal statement part of your UCAS application.   During the Summer School you will:
  • Attend hands-on subject sessions giving you the chance to experience working in our undergraduate laboratory
  • Be given a practical introduction to problem based learning
  • Look at the science and technology behind the development and manufacturing of tablets
  • Explore how useful chemistry can be and have the option to visit our research labs to find out more about our world leading research
  • Have the opportunity to chat with some of our academics and students to find out more about studying Chemistry and Pharmacy.

£175 per student which includes accommodation, meals and activities. Free places and support with travel costs is available to students whose household income is less than £25,000 or who are in care.

Click here to go to the information and booking page.  Places will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis subject to meeting the predicted grade requirements (ABB+ for A-levels or equivalent) and a strong supporting statement. Please do not hesitate to contact us before submitting your application to check whether places remain, or if you need any further information. You can also phone us on 01603 591487.

“The most useful session I thought were the chats with the faculty members because I could ask questions and get lots of information directly. The small group sizes were also helpful as you had more opportunities to ask, but could also listen to other people's questions.” Chemistry and Pharmacy Summer School attendee 2015.

‘All sessions were really informative and I have a better idea about uni life now.’ Attendee 2016.

‘Gave me an insight into the available courses, was given plenty of information and found it a good experience.’ Attendee 2016.

‘Thank you for a great experience.’ Attendee 2016.

Chemistry Taster Day, 25th October 2017

For more information click here.

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.