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Spectroscopy in a suitcase

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS)

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme is an outreach activity which gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of spectroscopy.

NMR Spectroscopy for Scottish High Schools

NMR spectroscopy is the most powerful technique of modern analytical science. The applications of NMR are numerous, ranging from small molecule to protein structure determination, analysis of novel materials, biological and environmental mixtures, to medical diagnosis, pharmaceutical development and food industry quality control. 

This project offers access to NMR workshops for high school teachers as well as access to the measurement of high-resolution NMR spectra to Scottish high school students.


Inspire pupils with these simple experiments.

Students in a lab

Teaching Lab Access

Scottish High School students undertaking 6th year projects in chemistry are encouraged to get in touch with the School’s Public Engagement and Outreach Coordinator if they think that they could make use of our teaching lab facilities in their projects.

The Book a Scientist team

Book a Scientist

Book a Scientist is an initiative aimed at Primary and Secondary Schools to enrich the students’ experience of their curriculum without having to leave the classroom. Science teachers can look through our profiles and choose the Ph.D student who is the best match. Your chosen scientist will then set up a date with you to talk with your class for 1 hour through a Skype call.

Advanced Higher Prescribed Practical Activities (PPAs)

Every year we offer schools the chance to come in and use the facilities in the undergraduate teaching laboratories to run their Advanced Higher chemistry experiments. Access is limited to the second two weeks in June and depending on demand one week in August.

The capacity in the laboratories is 30 pupils per day, so we encourage schools to contact us early if you are interested in booking one or two days access to these facilities.

Widening Participation Projects

The School of Chemistry is involved in many Widening Participation Projects that aim to raise aspirations and educational attainment among prospective students from under-represented groups.

Students sitting around a table
Students in a lab

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS)

LEAPS promotes higher education amongst young people whose school careers have been affected by adverse economic or social circumstances or who come from communities with little or no experience of higher education.

Student revising

Revision Classes

As part of the Pathways to the Professions project, Higher Chemistry revision sessions are offered in the School of Chemistry in the Easter holidays. Please register with the Pathways to the Professions project if you wish to attend these classes.

Students in workshop

Kickstart Chemistry Workshop

Kickstart is a week long Summer school which is free to attend and is designed to provide a fun and useful taster of studying at University. The School of Chemistry runs a workshop during the week in which students gain hands on experience of several chemistry techniques.

The Kickstart Summer School is open to all current S5 pupils studying in state schools in West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian Councils. Pupils in Dumfries and Galloway can also apply to attend. Kickstart 2015 will take place in July.

Students sitting around a table

Work Experience

We run two work experience weeks a year, one in May and one in November. These are coordinated by the Gateway Shared Services on behalf of Edinburgh City Council and East of Lothian Council for S4 pupils. If you are interested in applying please apply via your high school. The work experience aims to show the breadth of work within the School of Chemistry, from different academic research areas to running facilities and managing the chemistry stores.

Nuffield Bursaries

Every year some of our staff take on school students during the summer to do a 6 to 8 week research project. Find out more about the Nuffield Bursary Scheme.