Undergraduate News

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Welcome to the news listings for the Chemistry Undergraduate students.

The purpose of these pages is to share information that may be of interest to all Undergraduate students. 


Junior Prize in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the University of Oxford

Please note that undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an essay (10,000 - 15,000 words) on any topic concerning the history of science, technology, and medicine, for the Oxford Junior Kirkaldy Prize of £300. Essays must be submitted by Friday, 3 July, emailed to kirkaldy@history.ox.ac.uk.

Candidates are to note that essays should be specifically historical in their approach and versions of essays previously submitted as undergraduate dissertations should be revised in order to meet the specifications of the Prize.  Further details can be found at https://www.hsmt.ox.ac.uk/prizes


Greetings from the Oxford University Scientific Society!

Established in 1882, OUSS is the oldest student-run science society in the world. For those who are not familiar with what we do, ordinarily, at this point in term we would be busy hosting speakers from a variety of backgrounds and organising social events.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this term we have moved online, and virtual events are well underway.  

If you are one of our old friends (i.e. already subscribed to our mailing list), you would have received an email last week about us moving our mailing list. The new mailing list will allow us to target different events at different audiences, connect like-minded people together, and much more. We are planning to reach out to as many people as possible, whether you are a student, a researcher, an experienced academic staff, as long as you are interested in science, it would be wonderful to have you on board!

Sign-up by filling out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/VWdTnaqGoUb3y9TF8, it should only take 2 minutes of your time!

Thank you for your attention, keep well, and we hope to meet you again in the future. For any queries, please contact us at:

Email: scientific.society@studentclubs.ox.ac.uk

Website: https://ouscisoc.org/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OUSciSoc/


PolicyHacks Oxford: Recovering from Covid-19 Pandemic, from the 22nd to 25th of May.

I'm Juhi Kore, an MPhil student at St. Antony's College and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum's Oxford hub.
Our policy hackathon will create data-driven solutions for challenges arising in our community during the recovery phase of the pandemic.
The challenge areas we have identified are: Mental Health, Local Economy, Homelessness and Community Engagement. Our goal is to facilitate collaboration between academic, business and government sectors to ensure all stakeholders have a voice in the solution-building process.

We want to invite a diverse set of students to participate in the competition.

Here are some links with further details:

Website: https://globalshapersoxfor.wixsite.com/ph20

Flyer: https://www.canva.com/design/DAD8KzdOHaM/share/preview?token=JQpHlMG64g5YklKF7WrzZA&role=EDITOR&utm_content=DAD8KzdOHaM&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton

Video: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13dlELpI2Qw11tvqQ5sGKKMO6PiygmsB3

I'd be happy to jump on a call or answer any questions you may have.

Juhi Kore, MPhil Comparative Social Policy

World Economic Forum | Global Shaper ,  You Got This!: How to Win at College | Author


Physical Libraries:  In line with the rest of the Bodleian Libraries, the Vere Harmsworth Library (the temporary home for the RSL) has closed until further notice.  However, at the request of the OUH Trust our library at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Cairns Library at the JR remain open 24/7 but are unstaffed with all facilities available expect for access to book collections.

Book Loans: All book deliveries and loans have now ceased. Existing book loans will auto-renew until 19 June 2020 (in the first instance), and fines will be waived.

Online Access: The Bodleian Libraries has a wealth of online resources which are available to University members even though our physical library spaces are closed – details can be seen at http://bit.ly/BodleianOnline

Searching, Training, Help and Advice: Our expert Outreach and Subject Librarians can provide information skills training and advice via telephone, Skype, Teams and other online platforms.  We have expanded our Live Chat service, available 9am–7pm every day from Monday 23 March, available from our website, LibGuides or SOLO.  Remote assistance from expert library staff is available by emailing reader.services@bodleian.ox.ac.uk (staffed weekdays, 9am–5pm). 

Our Outreach Librarians continue to provide in-depth literature and evidence searches in support of MSD research and clinical care (email hcl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Ebooks: We are continuing to significantly expand our collections of online textbooks with new purchases of individual titles and via temporary access to entire collections. For example, we now have access to the LWW Health Library ebook collection (https://lwwhealthlibrary.com /) and have recently loaded 1,500 new eBooks into SOLO, with more coming every day this week. 

Our teams have already checked MPLS reading lists and “hotlists” of heavily borrowed items for online availability.  However, over and above this we are very happy to receive recommendations – please email recommendations to enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk (MPLS).

3D printing and VR equipment loans:  Unfortunately it has been necessary for us to suspend the RSL’s 3D printing service and VR equipment loans until further notice.


Internship Placements in Scientific R&D, Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical Industry!

UK placements available through Oxford University’s exclusive Summer Internship Programme are open for applications! Whether you’re looking for a short-term, project-based placement or immersive work experience over the summer, we have a huge array of placements available to suit you.

The fantastic range of UK opportunities includes the chance to work in charities, TV, start-ups, museums, health and the pharmaceutical industry, marketing, finance, law, education, historic houses….the list is endless! To help you browse and navigate the huge range of opportunities available we have published a list of UK internships by sector, as well as a list of those in Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, and Scientific Research and Development.

Featured Internship: Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Oxford Science Park, Oxford

Oxford Nanopore Technologies aims to disrupt the paradigm of biological analysis by making high performance nanopore based DNA/RNA sequencing products. Internship opportunities are available for a limited number of students to work within R&D teams of Oxford Nanopore. Applications are encouraged from highly motivated individuals who enjoy taking on new challenges. For more details and to apply please see the description on CareerConnect .

Students can apply for internships through the current batch of UK internships via CareerConnect, with an application deadline of 16th March 2020. More international and UK internships will be available through the programme from 17th March.

Looking for guidance with your application?

The Internship Office offers weekly Application Support Sessions which can be booked through CareerConnect. We also have a comprehensive application support guide to help you with your application. Stay up to date with our internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts and visiting the Internship Office Facebook page.  For any questions please email internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.



Training Better Leaders Course

This new decade ahead will be crucial for human history. Using Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Christina Figueres’ words, “It's a deliberate choice. Ten years from now, in 2030, we will either have written a very positive story, or we will really be condemned to an endless destruction. So for these 10 years we're holding the pen.”   

We want you to hold the pen for real, and that’s why the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford brings you the 7th edition of the Training Better Leaders course, on 20-22 April 2020.

Speakers who have confirmed their attendance include Anthropologist Jason Hickel; Director at London Heathrow Airport Matt Gorman; Oxford Extinction Rebellion activist Zuhura Plummer.

Among the organisations represented we will see the Committee on Climate Change, Eco-Age, 2030 Manufacture, HSBC Bank, and the Global Climate Action Support Team at COP 26, to name a few.

TBL is open to all current students – undergrads, masters and DPhils, in any course or year.

Check out the latest Newsletter for all the information https://mailchi.mp/73b12356f46d/apply-1st-batch-of-sustainability-internships-openings-2117281
...and submit your application today! 

Please address any queries you may have to the TBL organiser, Dora Martínez Carbonell, dora.martinezcarbonell@ouce.ox.ac.uk.



GSK Residential Chemistry Training Experience

*This opportunity is primarily aimed at students entering Part II in AY 2020/21 

This year we shall again be running our Residential Chemistry Training Experience. This fully funded week gives participants an excellent opportunity to find out what the chemist does in the pharmaceutical industry. They spend at least two days in a laboratory receiving personalised tuition from one of our graduate chemists and they also receive training in cv writing, interviewing, and compiling/delivering presentations.

This programme, now in its seventeenth  year, will be held at the GSK Medicines Research Centre, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on 13th – 18th September 2020.

The Residential Chemistry Training Experience is one approach that we use to encourage high calibre chemists from a variety of backgrounds to apply for positions in the pharmaceutical industry; therefore: If you are an analytical, computational or synthetic chemistry undergraduate about to enter your final year of study and you would like to gain an insight into the pharmaceutical industry and be part of this interactive programme, please request an application form from uzy55557@gsk.com  and return the completed application no later than: 11th June 2020.

Flyer HERE

Application Form HERE


Nightline Training - Hilary Term 2020

Nightline is an independent listening, support, and information service run for students, by students.  We aim to provide every student in Oxford with the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence – students can ring us on 01865 270270. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, or try to solve people's problems, but we care about whatever is on your mind and we will listen to whatever you want to talk about without judging or telling you what to do.  

Every term we run a training course for people who wish to join our team of volunteers.  This teaches the listening and support skills you will need to work for us.  Training requires commitment, but is a rewarding and worthwhile experience.  It consists of three one-day sessions, either on the 
Saturdays of 1st February, 8th February, and 15th February (Oxford University 2nd-4th week) or the Sundays of 2nd February, 9th February, and 16th February (Oxford University 2nd-4th week).

If you would like to train to become a Nightline volunteer, please fill out a training form here: http://oxfordnightline.org/volunteer 
If you would like more information about the training process, or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at training@oxfordnightline.org.

We are also always looking for new volunteers to join our Publicity, Fundraising and Outreach team (PFO). PFO volunteers act as ambassadors for Nightline by talking to students and organising events in their colleges and departments.  It is not a large time commitment – you can do as much or as little as you have time for – and there are lots of opportunities to learn valuable skills and play a leading role in informing our publicity strategy.  If you've got a flair for publicity or an interest in charity PR, please get in touch at publicity@oxfordnightline.org – we'd love to hear from you!