School students during an outreach event

Our mission is to deliver 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 across Imperial 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.

Our outreach activities are all about supporting schools, supporting teachers and providing resources that wll help inspire young people to study science and become leaders.

Find out more about activities involving the Department of Chemistry below.

Widening participation

We believe that anyone should have the opportunity to access a high-quality chemistry education regardless of their socio-economic background. We are committed to increasing the proportion of students that join us from underprivileged backgrounds. Find out more.

For school students

We run a number of events throughout the year for school students.

Newlands Lecture

The Newlands Lectures offer new ideas and perspectives from the world of STEM, giving secondary school students from all backgrounds the chance to explore a range of subjects.

The 2021 Newlands Lecture was given by Professor Tom Welton OBE on 'Chemistry and Sustainability: healthy planet, healthy future'.

 

This year's Newlands Lecture coincided with Earth Day (22 April), so it was appropriate that Professor Welton's talk focused on sustainability and showed how the application of chemistry in helping protect the planet, tackle climate change and pollution.

Read more about Tom's thoughts on chemistry's role in providing a sustainable future in this article for Chemistry World. You can also hear more sustainability perspectives from Tom in the Government Chemist Christmas webinar 2020, and Imperial's Chemistry Christmas Lecture in 2010.

Find out more about the Newlands Lecture Series.

RSC Women in Chemistry: Making the Difference

We took part in this multi-university initiative to provide online projects and resources for girls aged 10-14 to do at school, in science clubs or at home.

Our project (Proteam Up!) took place during June 2021, and the online resources are still available to use for free. You can find all the information you need on all the projects on the Women in Chemistry website.

 
Year 10 and 12 Chemistry Taster Days

We wanted to thank everyone who has contacted us for their interest in our Year 10 and Year 12 Taster Days. Following a two-year break due to COVID, we were very pleased to have the opportunity to bring these back to campus. Unfortunately, we will no longer have the capacity and resources to run these this July. We have taken the decision to restart these in July 2023 instead, to give students the very best experience!

Do watch this space for updates!

Information about these events

Year 12 Taster Day: What is it like studying Chemistry at university? Where can Chemistry take me in the future? This event is open to any Year 12 student** who is currently studying Chemistry and looking for valuable insight into what studying Chemistry at university might be like. There will be a mixture of practical lab work in our teaching labs, a talk from our UG Admissions Tutor about applying to university (and our admissions process at Imperial College), a taster lecture from one of our academic staff, department tour, time to chat with our undergraduate student mentors, finishing with an optional tour of the South Kensington campus.

Students would book individually using a brief online survey. You would need to supply contact details for your teacher, so we will be able to confirm permissions for time out of school/college. You will be offered a choice of one of two dates, applications are on a first-come basis, and we will be running a waiting list too.

**This event is available only to Y12 students who are not participating in our Y12 Sutton Trust Summer School.

Year 10 Taster Day: Are you thinking about taking Chemistry in Year 12? What options does studying A-Level Chemistry give you at university? What is studying Chemistry at university like? This event is open to any Year 10 student** who is considering studying Chemistry at A-Level (or IB, Pre-U) and beyond, and looking to gain experience of what studying Chemistry at university might be like. There will be a mixture of practical lab work in our teaching labs, a talk from our UG Admissions Tutor about where studying A-Level Chemistry might lead, and applying to university (and our admissions process at Imperial College), a taster lecture from one of our academic staff, department tour and time to chat to our undergraduate student mentors, all based on our South Kensington campus.

Teachers would book places for up to 10 students per school using a brief online survey. Applications would on a first-come basis, and we would run a waiting list too.

** This event is available only to Y10 students who are not participating in our Y10 Insights into Science & Engineering Summer School.

Summer Schools: Y12 Sutton Trust and Y10 Insights into Science & Engineering

We host the Chemistry streams of the following College-funded Summer Schools:

Y10 Insights into Science and Engineering Summer School - 3-6 August 2022 (applications are now CLOSED for this year)
Y12 Sutton Trust Summer School (Science Stream) - 25-29 July 2022 (applications are now CLOSED for this year).


For teachers and careers advisors

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 s.gerrard@imperial.ac.uk.

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, mentoring A-Level students, teaching a class, or research talks from academics in the Department. Get in touch to discuss ideas, queries or suggestions you may have on outreach.chemistry@imperial.ac.uk.

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

The RSC Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) programme was discontinued by the RSC in 2020. We would like to thank the many schools and thousands of students we supported through SIAS over many years. For information about the scheme and associated resources that are still available, please visit the RSC's website.

We 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.


Volunteers and demonstrators

We're always keen to recruit volunteers and demonstrators from within the Department to help with our outreach activities.

If you're interested in supporting our outreach activities, or if you have any ideas for new projects, please contact Dr Simon Gerrard s.gerrard@imperial.ac.uk.

Sutton Trust summer school final academic teaching

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Student during Chemical Kitchen event

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Sutton Trust summer school final academic teaching

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Teachers Summer School in the Reach Out Lab

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