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. 

This opportunity is most suitable for 2nd and 3rd Year students

Undergraduate Research Bursaries

The RSC offers a range of summer research bursaries that may be of interest. For further details see HERE

The application deadline is 25th February 2019


Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are now open and will take place in Week 9 and 10 of Hilary! The Micro-internships opportunities range from gaming, fashion, consultancy, law, education, not-for-profits and more. Placements last 2-5 days and come with expenses. Please note that you can make up to two applications per term.

If you don’t know where to start, sector lists are now available, each one offering project summaries of all the placements available within each employment field. Once you have found a micro-internship you wish to apply for, just follow the link under the opportunity and you will be directed to the relevant application page on CareerConnect.

Hurry though: the deadline is noon, Monday 28 January.

For more careers opportunities, visit the University of Oxford Careers Service website.

Sector and Locations Lists


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, Skype us at 'oxfordnightline', or visit our office at 16 Wellington Square.  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 26th January, 2nd February, and 9th February ( Weeks 2-4) or the Sundays of 27th January, 3rd February and 10th February (Weeks 3-5). 

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!
(updated 16/1/2019)



Oxford Student Minds’ Motivate Me sessions are running throughout Hillary 2019! This is a series of sessions for students who are experiencing eating difficulties, which focuses on helping students to develop strategies to manage the challenges that individuals experiencing eating difficulties commonly experience. 

Sessions take place weekly from week 1 to week 8 in the John Kidd room, in the Radcliffe Science Library at 6.15pm on Tuesdays. Our next session is on Tuesday 15th January. 

The group is confidential, attendee-led and open to all students (over the age of 18) who are experiencing eating difficulties. The sessions last about an hour and are facilitated by student volunteers who are trained by Student Minds to keep the space safe and effective.

If you would like further information about the Motivate Me course you can visit the Oxford Student Minds facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OxStudentMinds/), email us at edoxford@studentmind.org.uk


Hilary Term 2019 Micro-Internship Program.

What are Micro-Internships: Micro-internships are 2-5 day voluntary work experiences facilitated by the University of Oxford, which run three times per academic year in December, March and June. These placements allow students to enhance their CV and develop their professional skills, whilst host organisations can engage with these bright and talented students, and have assistance with a short project or ongoing work.  Previous micro-internships have been successfully hosted at departments and colleges within the University, and we would greatly welcome further participants.

The programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and the placements vary greatly: from consulting to science research, from higher education to marketing. You can find full information on our Micro-Internship Programme webpage, and please do contact us if you wish to discuss the placements further.

When do the micro-internships take place? The next placement dates are Monday 11th - Friday 15th March 2019 and/or Monday 18th – Friday 22nd March 2019.

How do I sign up?: Please register your interest by responding to this email (micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk). Employers then submit a proposal online, which is due by Friday 4th January 2019. 

Expenses: Whilst micro-internships are voluntary, host organisations must reimburse students with local (within the relevant city) travel and lunch expenses on submission of receipts. For-profit hosts in Oxfordshire must reimburse travel within Oxfordshire and For-profit hosts in London must reimburse students with an Oxford-London week bus pass (approx. £60). All expenses are reimbursed on submission of receipts.

Callum Livermore (Internships Officer), University of Oxford Careers Service




Part II in the History of Chemistry

In addition to a lab Part II, it is possible for 4th-year chemists to do a Part II in an aspect of the history of chemistry.  Well over 100 students have done this option over the years, and theses have covered most aspects of chemistry: industrial, medical, and even astro-chemistry.  The student researches and writes a 70-page thesis based on original research conducted over the Part II year.  Sources can include original archives, manuscripts, journal articles, and interviews with discoverers.

The History Part II has been especially popular with chemists who wish to pursue non-lab-based careers, such as teaching, finance, the law, journalism, and the Civil Service.  The History Part II gives a 'dual nationality' to the student: an excellent three-year scientific training, combined with a year of working with documentary sources crowned by writing a 'mini-D.Phil.' type thesis.  And the option has produced many highly successful students over the years, including investment bankers, TV and media people, diplomats, and head teachers.

If interested for 2019-20, please contact Dr Allan Chapman: allan.chapman@wadham.ox.ac.uk

With Very Best Wishes,

Dr Allan Chapman
Wadham College
Oxford, OX1 3PN



Innovation Management & Leadership Certification Programme 2019  

We are organising the Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Programme (IMLEAP) 2019 event in collaboration with several UK universities and Siemens Healthineers.

IMLEAP is a free entry 2 day innovation event at Siemens Magnet Technology in Oxford which aims to support the students of all universities in the United Kingdom to interact with Siemens Healthineers, one of the foremost international healthcare technology companies, and be part of innovative solutions for the healthcare industry. Our experience in organising this event has been built up over many years collaborating with more than 150 universities around the world. It is again a pleasure for us to have this extraordinary opportunity this year and organise the IMLEAP in collaboration with UK universities. The event would take place on 21st and 22nd February 2019 at Siemens Magnet Technology in Oxford.

We are searching for students from various study backgrounds and would encourage them to participate in this highly motivating and innovative event led by the Innovation Think Tank team and Prof. Sultan Haider. The goal would be to work on a specific project within a team which would aim to find an innovative solution to challenges faced in healthcare and present these ideas to the Senior Management and other key experts from Siemens Magnet Technology. 

Detailed information about our programme is available at the Said Business School, The University of Oxford Website: https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/events/innovation-management-and-leadership-certification-programme

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the IMLEAP, what the event would be like and what they can expect to help them make an informed decision to apply for participation.

Call for participation - HERE

Agenda - HERE


Centre for Experimental Social Science, Nuffield college, is inviting students to join its subject pool. This is an exciting opportunity to earn some money and/or learn about social science research.

  • Experimental methods are at the forefront of social science, and CESS is asking big questions about global preferences, behaviours and norms, cognition and society, across disciplines.
  • Experiments  are 1-2 hour long and pay between 10-20 £ per hour.
  • Experiments consist of simple online tasks or fun computer games, we allow no deception
  • Experiment happen in centre of town and signing up requires no commitment; you just occasionally receive invitations asking you to participate when an experiment is running.

Email cess@nuffield.ox.ac.uk , or sign up at https://cess-subjects.nuff.ox.ac.uk