A-Level students explore Chemistry at UCL

Tas F

April 26, 2019

Every year the Tutorfair Foundation runs a Chemistry Enrichment Programme for A-Level students at the UCL Chemistry Department.  The event took place over two days in March and gave pupils the chance to explore Chemistry outside of the classroom.

164 students and 8 staff members from 10 schools took part in the programme. The day started with a gripping lecture on the 3 kinds of spectroscopy (IR, MS, and NMR), led by Dr. Robert Palgrave.


The Chemistry lab session

After the lecture, students undertook a spectroscopy investigation in the laboratories (the highlight of the event!). This involved using cutting edge lab equipment for the sample preparation.

For the aspiring chemists, the Chemistry Enrichment Programme provides them with valuable insights into the subject and what studying chemistry at university might be like.

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“The lab session was fantastic.  I’ve had a great time investigating spectroscopy!”, A-Level student, Leyton Sixth Form.


Exploring mercury (Hg)

In the afternoon, Professor Andrea Sella mesmerised everyone with a fantastic lecture on Mercury that left everyone in awe of “Hg” and its evolution.

Thank you for having us for your Chemistry Enrichment Program.  Students were very positive about their experience. The lab session was excellent as it allowed students to experience working in a real chemistry lab. Students also got a feel of what it would be like to study chemistry at university!Head of Science, Oaklands School.

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