For Schools and School Students


About Imperial Outreach

Imperial College London has a long established reputation for delivering excellent outreach activities to school and college students. We believe in raising the aspirations of all students, regardless of background, to fulfil their potential and apply to the right university for them.

Opportunities on offer range from open days for prospective students, inspirational science-based hands-on activities, summer schools, mentoring programmes in schools, exciting lectures and schools visits to help raise awareness of Higher Education.

Find out more about Imperial Outreach

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For Teachers

Outreach activities for both teachers and students are available during the year, both in-house and at schools.  The Imperial College Outreach Department coordinate most of these visits, while in-house activities are run in conjunction with the Imperial College Outreach team and our departmental coordinator Dr. Simon Gerrard

Please do get in touch to discuss what could be offered to support your students and staff. We are looking to explore opportunities for more widely supporting across London and beyond. This may include talks about studying Chemistry at university, or research talks from the department too.

You can also sign up for the Outreach newsletter to get events currently open for booking delivered straight into your inbox!

NOTE: We are not hosting the RSC Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme currently – for more information and to book a visit to your school by another institution (subject to availability), please visit the RSC’s  websiteWe are also not taking part currently in the Salters Festival of Chemistry. This event is for Y7/8 students, and booking opens via the Salters Institute in Autumn each year. Do check the Salters website for information about host institutions.

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For School Students

We run a number of events throughout the year:

Newlands Lecture 2021:  "Chemistry and Sustainability: healthy planet, healthy future" by Professor Tom Welton OBE – 22nd April 2021 (booking form available at this link)  - 16.00-17.15 BST (through Microsoft Teams Live Event platform).
Bookings STILL OPEN for Year 10-13 students, teachers and parents alike!

RSC Women in Chemistry 2021:  we are part of this multi-university initiative to provide online projects for girls aged 10-14 to do at school, in science clubs or at home. Our project will take place during June 2021, and you can find all the information you need on the current project this month and previous projects on the Women in Chemistry website.

Y10 and Y12 Chemistry Taster Days – these will be running again in 2022.
This event is open to any student who is currently studying Chemistry and we run them for students in Y10 or Y12. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and there are a limited number of places available.  As this event is in school hours, please ensure you obtain permission from your teacher to attend. 

In addition, we host the Chemistry streams of the following College funded Summer Schools

Y10 Insights into Science and Engineering Summer School - 4th - 7th August 2021 (applications are now CLOSED for this year). More details

Y12 Sutton Trust Summer Schools - 19th - 23rd July 2021 (applications are now CLOSED for this year). More details 

Visit the College Outreach site for details of all events and programmes or sign up for the Outreach newsletter to get events open for booking delivered straight into your inbox!