30 Jun 2008 00:00:00.000
Teenagers from across the UK are being offered the chance to sample university life and find out about the fun side of chemistry at two back-to-back residential science camps being held in Nottingham this week.
The two three-day Salters' Chemistry Camps, being hosted by The University of Nottingham, are running from Monday June 30 to Wednesday July 2 and Wednesday July 2 to Friday July 4, and have 100 15-year-olds from schools around the country staying in halls of residence and enjoying an action-packed programme of activities.
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The camps are focusing on the area of pharmaceutical chemistry and aim to switch students on to the fun of chemistry in the hope they will develop a long-term interest in the subject and may consider the science as an option when it comes to choosing a career or a university course.
We hope that they will go away from this week feeling that chemistry is as fun and interesting as we do. Achieving that is what makes these camps a success.
Dr June McCombie
School of Chemistry
Leading the camps at The University of Nottingham this year is Dr June McCombie. She said: "It is great to be able to welcome these students to the School of Chemistry. We hope that they will go away from this week feeling that chemistry is as fun and interesting as we do. Achieving that is what makes these camps a success."
This year's exciting programme includes hands-on practical work in the university's labs making and purifying an actual anaesthetic, Benzocaine, while developing the detective skills needed to detect criminals who are selling their own brand of painkillers. They are also investigating the phenomenon of chemiluminescence or 'cold light', the reaction that gives jellyfish the ability to glow in the dark.
In addition, there will be lectures and a varied social programme including tenpin bowling and a fun quiz.
The Salters' Chemistry Camps have been running since 1998 at eleven universities throughout the UK, attended by more than 3,400 students - another 850 students will join that total this year. The camps are organised by the charitable organisation the Salters' Institute, which aims to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries.
The Salters' Chemistry Camp at The University of Nottingham is sponsored by The Salters' Institute; GlaxoSmithKline; The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI); The Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE); The Royal Society; The Royal Society of Chemistry; and The University of Nottingham.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.
It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.