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. 


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


As we’re beginning to look to launching our 2018-2019 winter season, I’m happy to share a few additional updates for students considering an opportunity to go abroad for a career-focused, accredited opportunity in 2019. Now valid until Monday, 11/26, we're offering reduced program fees for our upcoming spring break programs in Fukushima, Cusco, and Reykjavik.   

For further information, please see HERE   


A former Daiwa Scholar will be promoting the Daiwa Scholarships at Oxford University (Careers Service) on Wednesday, 24 October from 1 to 2pm.  

The Daiwa Scholarships are for those who have not done a degree in Japanese but who would like to add Japanese to their field of expertise. In the last few years we have sent quite a few scientists but also a film studies graduate, a history graduate interested in studying censorship during the American Occupation and a graduate in IR who is interested in setting up a think tank run by millennials. Only UK nationals are eligible.

Daiwa Scholarships – apply by 6 December 2018 (first Thursday in December)

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language studywork placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese tuition in the UK. They offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. Japanese language knowledge is not required. Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply but may consider the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies.

Only UK citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates should be graduates or due to graduate by the time of departure, equipped with a strong degree in any subject* or with a strong record of achievement in their field and in possession of clear career objectives combined with a serious interest in Japan. Up to eight places will be available for the 2019 programme (August 2019 to end of March 2021.)

 Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies – apply by 24 January 2019 (last Thursday in  January)

*Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies:

The Daiwa Scholarship in Japanese Studies is a postgraduate Scholarship programme to support the study of Japanese Studies in either Japan or the UK. Only UK nationals who have or are completing an Honours Degree in Japanese, defined as a course focussing primarily on the study of Japan and containing a substantial Japanese language component, are eligible to apply. The Scholarship will cover university fees for the course in question, plus living expenses. Living expenses will be payable at a rate of £1,000 per month for periods spent in the UK, and ¥260,000 per month for periods spent in Japan.  

 Any queries can be referred to scholarships@dajf.org.uk


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


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 27th October, 3rd November, and 10th November or the Sundays of 28th October, 4th November and 11th November. 

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 12/10/2018)


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Student Focus, in association with The Times newspaper, is the nationwide student research programme on graduate recruitment:

  • Student Focus requires final year students specifically from Oxford
  • Finalists are well paid for completing online questionnaires about their job-hunting experiences
  • Finalists can earn approximately £10/hour for each completed questionnaire

Places are strictly limited and taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so register today: www.studentfocus.net

Signing up takes no longer than a minute and registration closes once the required number of students has signed up. Please check your inbox for a validation email upon completion of the signup process.