Festival of chemistry

hal-in-moscow-2More than 90 students from 24 schools will take part in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry here at the University of Brighton later this month.

The 11 to 13-year-olds will take part in hands-on, practical events including a ‘murder mystery’ which will involve students using their analytical chemistry skills. There will also be a ‘University Challenge’ to invent a new colour indicator to show how much sugar is in food products.

And Professor Hal Sosabowski, the university’s Professor of Public Understanding of Science based on our school, will provide an “explosive” lecture using liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen and solid carbon dioxide.

All students will be given individual prizes and certificates and winning teams will be awarded prizes for their schools.

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative run by The Salters’ Institute which promotes the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young, and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries.

This year event on 14 June will be the festival’s twentieth appearance at the university. The festival is one of 49 taking place at universities and colleges throughout the UK and Ireland. This year, the institute is working in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Enter your final year project into the Quorom prize scheme

If your final year, undergraduate project used Scanning Electron Microscopy you are eligible to enter this year’s Quorom prize scheme.

There are three x £200 final year undergraduate prizes available. The prizes will be awarded in recognition of the three most commendable undergraduate final year projects that have included the use of electron microscopy.

If you meet the criteria above, please email a copy of your final year project to Dr Jonathan Salvage or drop a hard copy off at the Image and Analysis Unit or the PABS school office, marked for the attention of Dr Jonathan Salvage.

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Roche Continents

Roche Continents has been running since 2007.
Some of the best science and arts students are nominated by professors of European universities to apply to Roche Continents.
Creativity and innovation are at the core of the programme and 100 students are selected after all application have been reviewed.
We’re encouraging our top students to apply. If you would like to be put forward for selection please send a summary of your marks so far to Professor John Smart John.Smart@brighton.ac.uk
You can find out more here.

Second Student Interprofessional Education and Practice Conference 2016

All final year Pharmacy students are expected to attend one of the two conferences offered this year (interprofessional education is considered of key importance by the General Pharmaceutical Council). This one will be of particular interest as has the theme of caring for an ‘Ageing’ population, but also features some general wellbeing workshops. The use of patients and social work ‘clients’ in ‘facilitated workshops’ is useful in seeing the ‘service users’ perspective of professional practice.

Workshops include:

  • Ageing and disability
  •  Compassion in health and social care
  • Dealing with stress
  • Wellbeing
  • Disability
  • dementia

To attend please register on-line at: https://delegate.brighton.ac.uk/ageing

Registration is open now.

POP promotes our courses

Following on from some successful school visits last year, the PaBS Outreach Programme (POP) will be on the road once again visiting schools in the local region to promote science subjects within our school.

Third year Pharmacy students Riona Browne, Emma Greene and Zoe Haines are responsible for the management and running of the programme, along with ambassadors representing all courses in the school. This year the programme will also conduct activities supported and funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This year our final event will be a showcase held in our school to enthuse local students with science from the variety of courses that we run.

A national award for Dr Patel

bhavik_patel_prize-1n7wnno[1]Congratulations to our very own Dr Bhavik Patel who has been named winner of the 2015 Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Science Award. The award is presented to a scientist with a “proven track record of independent research and published work that shows outstanding promise”.

Dr Patel has led research to develop sensor tools to monitor and understand the effects of drugs. He said: “I am delighted to receive such a prestigious award which recognises the hard work of my research group. We have made a number of sensor devices which have offered realistic practical options for measurements in a range of areas, and we are committed to simple solutions for biological and clinical monitoring that can have a significant impact to people’s lifestyles.”

Students vote us an award winning school

Students Union Excellence Awards_school winnerWe are extremely pleased to announce that we have picked up the School of the Year award at the Brighton Students’ Union Excellence Awards, for the second year in a row!

Reasons for our nomination include things like encouraging our students to stand out from the crowd and the support we offer out students.

Now in its fifth year, the awards highlight the efforts of people who students felt had made the most positive impact on their university experience. This year’s ceremony brought together the awards for students and teaching, to emphasise the collective efforts of all.

There were other winners in our school too, including Alex Remmington, studying the BSc(Hons) Biological Sciences, Ivana Petrovic of PharmSoc for Society Committee and the Innovative Award for two of our lecturers, Bhavik Patel and Jacqueline Elsom.

You can find out more about the 2015 awards here.