NSS 2020 Results – 100% Overall Satisfaction for Chemistry

Yesterday the NSS results for 2020 were published and we are delighted to say that across the Chemistry subject area (i.e. for PCS and chemistry courses combined), this year’s voting students gave us an Overall Satisfaction score of 100 %.

This year has been a difficult year for staff and students largely due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which had a profound and rapid effect on the way our courses were delivered. On top of this, the 2019 NSS Overall Satisfaction was an all-time low for the Chemistry@Brighton team and we spent much of the year trying to identify and address the issues that the NSS 2019 raised. However, with the help of our students and specifically through their honest contributions to our focus groups, and their rapid communication of issues arising to course reps, we were able to take action to avoid a repeat of any of the issues that had a negative effect on our 2019 NSS score. So, a big thank you to our PCS and chemistry students.

The NSS results come on top of several other Chemistry@Brighton successes this year. Sihem Ziada, current Chemistry 3rd year, was elected president of the Brighton University Student’s Union – more details here. Professor Ostler was elected Chair of the Heads of Chemistry at the Royal Society of Chemistry – more details here. Professor Patel was awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Final year project work of previous students Hannah Cave, Maciej Migas and George Garret was published in three journal articles and Chemistry staff continued to publish high impact research including a recent publication in Advanced Functional Materials (Impact Factor 15.621).

The Chemistry@Brighton team

New themes for the chemistry degrees

chemistry at Brighton logoAt Brighton we’ve always been proud of the way our courses relate to real world applications. We’ve had a Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences course and our Chemistry degrees have the opportunity to learn biochemistry and geochemistry alongside the core chemistry and analytical subjects.

New students in 2020 will now have two new themes to add to the biochemistry and geochemistry options that they study, these will be pharmaceutical sciences and environmental pollution. This ties in nicely with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Making the Difference campaign highlighting the applications of chemistry to many global issues.

Here at Brighton we have cutting edge research in all of the theme areas and like to pass that on to our students during their time here, working on real research problems in both third and fourth year projects with academic staff.

You can find out more about our courses on the University of Brighton website with the detailed specifications of the degrees showing the theme. Come see what you can do with chemistry!

From final year project to research paper

Congratulations to Hannah Cave (PCS 2012-16) whose final year project work on the detection of chemical warfare agents has been published in the journal Supramolecular Chemistry (DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2019.1659268).

 

Bright Spark Symposium 2019

The university is hosting this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Bright Spark Symposium. Run by the RSC Analytical Science Network this free event is designed to provide a low-pressure, friendly platform for early career analytical scientists to present their work to like-minded individuals and provide networking opportunities. The day will include a number of talks from our bright sparks as well as a poster session. All aspects of analytical science welcome! Spaces are free but limited.

Bright Spark symposium flyer

Graduation 2019

Last week we celebrated with this year’s graduates at their ceremony at the Brighton Centre. It is always a wonderful day seeing our students graduate and take all that hard work and determination forward in their lives. We wish you the very best for the future and hope you all keep in touch and come back to visit us. Join our LinkedIn alumni group and subscribe to this blog to keep up-to-date.

This year we also have some staff leaving. Course leader for Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences and organic chemistry lead Dr Gerry Gallacher has retired this summer. We are fortunate he will return in an honorary position for research and to help more students with projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Course leader and organic chemist Dr Gerry Gallacher receiving his retiriment gifts

Course leader and organic chemist Dr Gerry Gallacher receiving his retirement gifts

Our Head of School Professor David Timson is also retiring soon and was honoured at the ceremony by students and staff in the school and wider community for his service and commitment to the school with a standing ovation.

Before the ceremony we had a celebration event for the school where we award prizes to the graduates and have a little fizz and nibbles inviting their families and friends along to share their achievements. This year’s Chemistry winners were:

RSC Downland Prize for the best chemistry project – Luke Hawkins

Chemistry Division prizes for highest achiever on the course:

  • MChem – Brad Clarke
  • BSc(hons) Chemistry – Pippa Veal
  • BSc(hons) Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences – Jake Rigby

Alumni Prize (Chemistry) for Services to the School – Hayder Morsel

Chemistry prizewinners with certificates

Pictured from left to right: Pippa Veal, Luke Hawkins, Brad Clarke, Jake Rigby

Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry

Today chemistry@brighton welcomes 21 schools from Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London for the Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry. Teams of year 7 and 8 children undertake two practical challenges one set by Salters and one by the university with the opportunity to compete for prizes along the way. chemistry@brighton staff are involved in judging, technical assistance, chemistry quiz and the teacher programme for the day. This is an annual event which we host each year enabling students to gain practical experience in our laboratories whilst having fun competing against other schools in the South East.

PASS needs you!

advert for pass leader recruitment. Register your interest by end of MayWe’re recruiting for next year’s PASS leaders. It’s a great confidence booster and good way to meet the new first years, looks great on your CV and makes sure you remember all of that stuff you did in the first year. Email Dr Willows by end of May to register your interest.

Project month

May is project month for chemistry@brighton students in their 3rd and 4th years. Third year students hand their projects in just after Easter for binding and marking before their vivas next week. The MChem fourth years have submitted their scientific articles and are busy printing posters ready for their assessment day of vivas and poster session. Both third and fourth year projects here are full research tasks, and we often publish scientific papers with undergraduates as co-authors. It really sets them up for further research and improves their project management skills. These were some third years submitting a day early, great organisation skills guys! They don’t look too bleary eyed!Third year project students submitting work Third year project students submitting work

Graduate opportunities advertised

We’ve received information on some graduate opportunities coming up so have put them on our jobs page. Ensure you subscribe to the blog and check back regularly to see updates on vacancies we’ve been passed.

If you have a job or studentship you’d like to advertise then please contact us at chemistry@brighton.ac.uk