STEP UP Logo - School Transition & Experience Programme - Unlocking Potential

Encouraging aspiration for the chemistry courses. Working with local schools and colleges to unlock the potential of their students and ease the transition to university study.

The Chemistry team are organising activities to enhance 16-18 education in the local area by giving a taste of what it is like to study at university. Working closely with their teachers we offer those within the scheme who have the potential to succeed preferential admissions criteria.

If you are in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex or West Sussex and are interested in the scheme please contact Dr Alison Willows, course leader for the chemistry courses at the University of Brighton.

Activities for the 2018/19 academic year

  • School visits – Dr Willows and Dr Ian Gass (academic admissions tutor) are currently visiting schools and colleges to introduce the scheme.

University Experience Day19th June 2019

  • Laboratory experience – Hands on experience of some of the large instrument techniques at the university, including HPLC, gas chromatography and atomic spectroscopy. Students will be finding out the cause of the strange tasting wine from the (unfortunately fictitious) Huxley vineyard.
  • Study Skills – An introduction to university study and how to make the most of the learning opportunities.
  • UCAS application advice clinic – ongoing -talk to course leader and admissions tutor about your application, special session on applying to university
  • Taster Lectures – a chance to experience university study with relevant topics in select foundation level lectures.

Register here

Work Experience week1-5 July 2019

This year we will be conducting a week’s laboratory work experience at the university for year 12 students with a keen interest in chemistry careers. We have 12 places available to work within the university laboratories under the supervision of the chemistry technical team. The week will involve working in a team of 4 re-developing a laboratory practical exercise used in the undergraduate degree here. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get a feel for university laboratories, practical exercises and use their initiative to help refresh an exercise they may well undertake in a chemistry degree. They will be using some of the larger instruments as well as honing their wet chemistry techniques, all in a small cohort with a team of professional technicians guiding them.

Deadline for applications is Midday 17th May, email for an application form

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