Chemistry events for schools Chemistry events for schools

For any general information about our events for schools, please contact Vanessa Tarling

Spectroscopy Showcases

Spectroscopy Showcase events aim to give 6th formers up close and personal contact with the spectrometers that they are learning about in their post-16 syllabuses.  The half day event starts with a lecture from a member of faculty giving an overview of the principles that underpin spectroscopy. The students are then taken on a tour of our IR , Mass spec, UV-vis  and NMR spectrometers and given a demonstration of each machine by postgraduate chemists who use these methods in their own work.  The day includes a visit to a laboratory where spectroscopic methods are crucial to the success of the research and ends with an opportunity to discuss the chemistry with one of the researchers involved.

Dr. Myles Cheesman, Schools Outreach officer, said, "We have been overwhelmed by the response to these events this semester. We hope to welcome over 400 students to the school over the next few months. We are delighted by the interest shown in UEA and in Chemistry in particular amongst the current cohort of post 16 students".

We are holding a number of spectroscopy showcases this spring.  If you are interested in signing up for the new term please let us know and we will contact you as soon as dates are confirmed.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Formerly known as "Discover Spectroscopy" this scheme has become part of the RSC's national project and been rebranded "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase". The scheme has been very successful since its launch in September 2008, with great demand from schools all over the region of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire, as well as interest from further afield in Sussex and Bedfordshire.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is a project that aims to introduce practical-based analysis activities for both GCSE and A-level students. The students are encouraged to participate in a hands-on way, getting access to techniques in school that usually would require a visit to a university chemistry department. An experienced team of six specially trained postgraduate students from UEA provide a unique experience which can be set up and taken down again in half a day.

The feedback received from the events is overwhelmingly positive, praising the demonstrators' delivery and the interesting activities. We reached many schools in our region last year, and the project has been funded until July 2012

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 in the Spring or Summer please register your interest, with some preferred dates if possible, now at and we will be in touch as soon as possible to schedule a mutually convenient date.

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.