Department of Chemistry Schools and Colleges Programme

We know that learning about chemistry starts well before university – that's why we run a number of activities to support learning in schools and colleges for all age groups, ranging from laboratory classes and spectroscopic workshops to careers advice. Our dedicated schools laboratory is fully resourced and run by professional staff members.

Our modern chemistry schools laboratory is suitable for students particularly in KS4 and KS5, to conduct experiments that enhance technical and practical skills 


In the Buckyball Science Series videos you will learn how small a Buckyball is, and where it sits on the 'Scientific Scale', and be shown how to make your very own model Buckyball; as well as finding out about marvellous molecules and chemical reactions.

Learn about the chemistry of food with 12 Edible experiment videos and demo sheets
From finding out why mustard burns your nasal passages but chillies don’t, the link between beetroot and camels, why you might taste boiled potatoes when you eat cheddar cheese or how beetles can make a surprising contribution to our food – there are experiments for everyone.


Discovery Night  Friday 16 March 2018 see images from last year

 Salters' Festival Wednesday 23rd May 2018

 Kroto Day


Our world-class teachers and lecturers offer a programme of workshops and practical laboratory sessions, delivered either here at the university or at your school. All of these activities are completely free and we provide everything you will need.

About our activities

BookingBooking a session

Schools can book sessions all year round and all of the sessions, events and lectures are completely free. Please follow the link below to book a session.

Book a session

VisitorsVisiting us

How to find us, parking information and other things you'll want to know before you come to see us.

Getting here
Planning your visit


We have staff who can help with your outreach enquiries, and a Faculty outreach team who can help you with other science enquiries

Schools Liaison Team