The School of Chemistry joined in with the nationwide event of Doors Open Day, opening the doors of the Joseph Black and the Christina Miller Buildings to the public.
Jane Stewart is the daughter of two University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry PhD alumni. She has created a unique celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019) – in the form of a macramé version of one of the most influential achievements in modern science.
The extraordinary feat took Jane a staggering 350 hours and features 200,000 knots, which she completed at her Guildford home. Jane is a university of Surrey biochemistry graduate.
Seven students from the School of Chemsitry recently received The Edinburgh Award (Leadership) for Chemistry Community Building. Undergraduate students who held the Edinburgh Award for Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement and postgraduate taught and research students were eligible to take part.
This year the following students achieved the award:
The School of Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement team consisting of undergraduate (Mohamed Katish), postgraduate students (Dom Cairns-Gibson, Hal Lewis) and staff (Dr Anna-Maria Maciejuk and Prof. Eleanor Campbell) participated in the annual Baird of Bute Festival of Flight on Saturday, 7th of September 2019, at Ettrick Bay.
Four fully-funded Chemistry Undergraduate Vacation Internships sponsored by Afton Chemical offered at the School of Chemistry for eight weeks this summer have been filled.
The Internships were very competitive this year, with a large number of applicants. The awards were offered via application followed by an interview process. Successful students will be working on individual projects within the following research groups:
We recently hosted the STEM Academy 2019 at the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland. The academies aim to increase the opportunity for primary teachers to become more familiar with how sciences are taught and developed in secondary education and gain a greater awareness of career prospects in STEM subjects.
We recently hosted school pupils in our teaching labs as part of The University of Edinburgh Sutton Trust Summer School. The summer school, run by the Widening Participation team, is aimed at pupils in S5 (Scotland), Year 12 (England or Wales) or Year 13 (Northern Ireland), who have always attended a state-funded school or college.
It helps build pupils' knowledge in a subject area they are interested in exploring at university while letting them experience university life and meet like-minded students.
On the 24th of May the School of Chemistry hosted the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry for primary 7 school pupils. The Festival is an initiative of the Salters' Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry, who is working in partnership with us again this year.
Activities included two practical challenges with fun prizes and certificates for all, and a fun lecture run by our PhD students (led by Dom Carins-Gibson).
This year the School of Chemistry aimed to get more schools to attend. We hosted the following schools:
Nikola Zotev and Ellie Tanaka, on behalf of the School of Chemistry, participated in this year's Meadows Festival on 2nd June 2019. Children and adults enjoyed building household molecules with our molecular building kit, and explored the boundary between solids and liquids with non-Newtonian fluids.
Although the morning welcomed our team with stormy winds and clouds, the sun came out in the afternoon and made it a perfect day for outdoor chemistry! Finally, big thanks to Stuart, Melissa and Sarah from the Centre for Open Learning for welcoming our team at the University stall!
As in previous years, the School of Chemistry organised an image competition as part of their drop-in activities “Computer-powered Chemistry” at the Edinburgh International Science Festival from 11th-15th April 2019.