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 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.

Year 12 Chemistry Taster Days

What is it like studying Chemistry at university? Join us for the day on our South Kensington campus with undergraduate students and staff to find out!

Dates: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th July 2022

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.

We welcome students to book individually using our brief online survey, which will now be available below from Friday 27th May! You will need to supply contact details for your teacher, so we are able to confirm permissions for time out of school/college. You may choose just one of the two dates, applications are on a first-come basis, and we will be running a waiting list too. Booking will be open until Friday 24th June.

Survey link will be made available here soon.

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

 

Year 10 Chemistry 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? Join us for the day on our South Kensington campus with undergraduate students and staff to find out!

Date: Wednesday 6th July 2022

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.

We welcome teachers to book places for up to 10 students per school, using the brief online survey, which will now be available below from Friday 27th May! Applications are on a first-come basis, and we will be running a waiting list too. Booking will be open until Friday 17th June.

Survey link will be made available here soon.

** 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!

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 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 get in touch with 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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