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Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

The UEA School of Chemistry is a regional hub for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Programme. Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is a project that aims to introduce hands-on spectroscopy to both GCSE and A-level students. The students are given a brief introduction to either Infrared (IR) or UV-Visible spectrometry, and undertake practical challenges which require them to use the research grade spectrometers provided – an experience which would typically require a visit to a university chemistry department. Workshops are delivered by specially trained postgraduate students from UEA, who provide a unique experience and can offer their perspectives on studying Chemistry or Pharmacy at university. The feedback received from these events is overwhelmingly positive, praising the demonstrators' delivery and the interesting activities.

Typically a SIAS workshop is between 1.5 and 2 hours in length, depending on the size of the group. The maximum group size we can accommodate is 30, however smaller groups gain a better overall experience. We are also open to giving workshops to multiple groups throughout a visit.

If you would like the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase team to come and host an event (fully funded and free to schools) at your school please register your interest via the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase webpage which can be found here and someone will get back to you ASAP. Please be aware that this is a very popular programme, so we cannot guarantee to meet every request – book early!

Bespoke Events

We are always interested to hear ideas for events that would be useful to you and have flexibility to offer bespoke events tailored to your requirements. Please get in touch if this is something you would like to know more about.

Interested but not sure about the dates?

Although some events are number limited, we may be able to offer other dates if these prove popular. Please enquire about alternatives if this is the case.

Travel a problem?

We may be able to bring some events to your school or region rather than you coming to UEA. Please contact us if this option is of interest.