Headstart Summer School

Annual event - taking place on 22nd - 26th June 2014

Last year the School of Chemistry were proud to continue to host the only Chemistry specific Headstart Summer School in the UK!

A group of 30 year 12 students from across the country joined us for 4 days to experience practical activities from the three main subject areas of chemistry. The students made a transition metal complex (inorganic), an ester (organic) and analysed the percentage of copper in some alloys using colorimetry (physical).

student carrying out an organic synthesis in the Outreach Laboratory

The students also visited the MSD manufacturing plant in Cramlington to see how chemistry is applied in the pharmaceutical industry and had a "What's it Like to Study Chemistry at Newcastle" session with our undergraduate admissions tutor and several current undergraduates representing each of our main course programmes, e.g. Chemistry and Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry or Industrial Placement or Study Abroad. This included a talk, a tour of the School of Chemistry and an informal question and answer session with the current students.

They also attended a demonstration lecture entitled "Chemistry of the Senses" given by our Outreach Officer and Headstart Chemistry School host, Dr Peter Hoare.

Peter setting off a Screaming Jelly Baby as part of the Senses lecture

We are delighted to confirm that we will again be offering a Chemistry specific strand to this already popular Summer School scheme for 2013 - please check out the Focus Chemistry Headstart course page here for further details!

For more general information about Headstart Summer Schools and to book your place on our Focus Chemistry course, please check out the EDT website here.


Dr Peter Hoare
Chemistry Outreach Officer
Tel: 0191 208 8542