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Chemistry Student in University Challenge Team

3rd year MChem student Adam McLauchlan helped the Edinburgh team to success as it began the defence of its University Challenge title. The Edinburgh team this year are represented by Richard Moon, Adam McLauchlan, Isaac Stephens and captained by Emma Williams.

The Edinburgh team comfortably won their 1st round match by 165 points to 90 against Birkbeck, London. They now progress through to the second round.

Commenting on the first round win and his experience of the competition,

International Quant Championship

Matthew Markham, an undergraduate student in the School of Chemistry, has achieved 2nd place in the UK in the International Quant Championship.

The International Quant Championship is a global, quantitative finance competition takes place on WorldQuant’s intuitive, web-based simulation platform, WebSim, an online environment where users can translate ideas for predicting the movement of financial markets. This year saw over 20,000 participant enter, representing 3,000 universities across 140 countries.

Recycling Success

The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh’s Glove Recycling Scheme has just passed the combined total of 15,000 kg of disposable gloves and rescued them from going straight to landfill. The scheme started in late 2014. That is the equivalent weight of 2.5 T-Rex, 4.6 Orcas, 33 Polar Bears, 3000 Golden Eagles or 75,000 bumblebees!

Infographic showing what 15,000kg of gloves is equal to

School of Chemistry Winter Graduation

The School of Chemistry was delighted to welcome back our graduating students across Taught Postgraduate and PhD programmes. With several students and their families travelling to Edinburgh from all over the globe to attend the graduation it was a wonderful celebration of their academic achievements. The graduation ceremony in the majestic McEwan Hall was followed by a School of Chemistry drinks reception in the beautiful Teviot Lounge Bar where the new graduates rekindled old friendships and celebrated with family, friends and staff.

Enactus World Cup

Prince Chakanyuka is a chemistry student who is also part of Enactus Edinburgh. With colleagues from Edinburgh he recently attended the Enactus World Cup in the USA. Here he tells us about his experiences at Edinburgh and at the competition in California.