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. 

Introducing Online Reading Lists

Friday 8 June 11:00-12:30

Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ
Tea, coffee and cake served in the Common Room at 11:00, followed by presentation in the Lecture Theatre (first floor)

The Online Reading Lists project will deliver a new integrated solution to enable students to access their reading lists in an accessible, digital format linked to library resources.

This event will be an opportunity for attendees to take a tour through the solution, understand how online reading lists will be integrated with other systems such as the new Canvas VLE, discuss the benefits of using online reading lists and hear about the important role of our early adopters. 
Please bring your device so that you can explore the University of Oxford new Online Reading Lists solution.

If you would like to attend, please email orl@it.ox.ac.uk and we will confirm your place.


If you have any questions about the event or the Online Reading Lists project, please email orl@it.ox.ac.uk

How light affects our internal body clocks

When: 21 May, 18:30

Where: Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College

Our bodies have an internal body clock that regulates a myriad of behavioural and physiological functions to work more efficiently. This timekeeper needs to co-ordinate its phase with the external environment. This is principally achieved through the daily changes in ambient light levels. The advent of artificial lighting has altered our daily exposure to light which will in turn affect our internal body clock.  Further information HERE

Dr Josh Mouland is a research associate at the University of Manchester, where he investigates how light affects our internal body clock. 

Refreshments will be served afterwards and there will be a chance to go to dinner with the speaker! 

Talks are free for members or £2 on the door. Membership can be purchased on the night (£10 a year or £20 for life), and includes membership of Cambridge Uni Scientific Society. 


This is to let you know that the Summer Internship Programme is currently advertising 47 new and interesting global internships with a deadline of May 22nd. The internships are exclusively available to Oxford students, and all applications are made through CareerConnect.

Below is a taster of some of the internships available, there are also plenty more exciting global opportunities for students to browse on CareerConnect. 
(Please note all pictures were taken by past interns)


Business Development Internship, Admiral Group, Cardiff

The intern will contribute to the motor insurance group’s ambitious growth strategy (such as launching new products and entering new markets) 



Zeitgeist Media Group, Literary Agency Intern, Brussels

2 week publishing internship where the intern will experience first-hand how a literary agency works


Internships for Japanese speakers with Recruit Holdings Co, Tokyo

Interns will contribute to business and consulting projects, gaining experience in business development, market research, data analysis, event management and daily operations. Projects available are: Business Consulting Project For "Shoplier" A Loyalty Card Consolidation App 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Technologies Project

People Analytics: Transforming Human Resource Management Through Data



Social Research Internship, Instituto Chileno de Estudios Municipales, Santiago, Chile

Analysis of the social and economic impact of key Chilean industries at the local level.


Rural Development Internship, Utpal Shanghvi Global School, India

A chance for interns to test their innovative skills and decision-making power to implement the best, cost-effective solutions to make a rural village self-sufficient and sustainable.


Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help in promoting these opportunities to students!
Best wishes, Rachel  (Rachel Ruscombe-King, Internships Administrator)

Careers Pathways for Women in STEM 

Career Pathways 2018

Date:  Tuesday 12th June Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: Institute of Physics, 80 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT
The Women in Materials Group are delighted to announce the return of Career Pathways for Women in STEM this year. The event is kindly sponsored and hosted by the Institute of Physics and will be held at their central office located near Regent’s Park, London.

This event is a unique forum for inspiring female role models, who have used a science degree to underpin their careers, to share their employment experiences and challenges to date. Our speakers will be well-established professionals and eminent academics representing a diverse range of disciplines; from science policy and academia to entrepreneurship and engineering. We will also hear from recent graduates about the challenges faced make their early career choices.
This is an exciting opportunity to network, ask questions and engage with your fellow students in a supportive environment. All undergraduates and postgraduates are encouraged to attendregardless of gender or academic background.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible if there are any additional requirements we should know about please get in contact.
Travel costs to/from London will need to be covered by the individual. If you have any difficulty funding your own travel please email shazeaa.ishmael@lincoln.ox.ac.uk

To register interest, please sign up here: https://www.events.iop.org/e/career-pathways-for-women-in-science-d21a4adf78db40a1a8ef558ce608fd55/page.html

For more information about the event and speakers, please click attending on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984754218508199/


This opportunity is not appropriate to 1st year students.

Department of Materials - Funded Royal Society Industry Fellow Summer Placements.

Two funded 8-week* Royal Society Summer Industry Fellow placements are available at the Nanomaterials by Design Group.

1) Thermally conductive multifunctional hierarchical nanomaterials as structural components for the design of new free-standing electrode materials
Fabrication of carbon nanotube (CNT) films with tailored electrical and mechanical properties: The outstanding electrical and mechanical properties of individual CNTs have been established definitively through both theoretical predictions and experimental observations. However, translation of these properties to macroscopic samples has proven difficult due to the high contact resistance and weak mechanical coupling between adjacent CNTs. A logical approach to realising the high electrical conductivity and mechanical toughness of CNTs at the macroscale would involve the fabrication of highly entangled and densely packed CNT structures. Accordingly, our lab has developed a technique known as electrophoretic deposition for the simple and scalable fabrication of robust, freestanding CNT films with tunable control over film thickness.

The proposed project will focus on tailoring the chemistry as well as the structural and electronic properties of these films via the incorporation doped CNTs. The student will develop a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of colloidal chemistry as well as common techniques used for the functionalisation and processing of carbon nanomaterials. The student will gain valuable experience in performing electronic measurements (i.e. sheet resistance, hall effect), and mechanical tests (i.e. uniaxial tension, bending). Depending on the student’s progress, the project may also involve the testing of CNT films in battery and supercapacitor applications.

At the end of the placement the student will be expected to complete a short survey to help us evaluate the impact of the placement. Additionally, there will be a networking event on 23 November 2018, where all Industry Fellows, as well as students, will be invited to attend. The students will be expected to present a poster during this meeting.

2) Thermally conductive multifunctional hierarchical nanomaterials for effective heat dissipation
In the macroscopic world, hierarchical materials consist of building blocks, which exhibit structure at the same or different length scales, and they can outperform classical bulk materials through the intelligent combination of chemical composition and structural design. Nanomaterials are heralded for their outstanding properties as materials of the future yet exploitation of these materials has been limited due to the challenges related to the processing of these materials. Freeze casting is a simple but efficient technique that can help to overcome these challenges.

The project concerns the controlled production of hierarchical structures consisting of aligned structural features through the freeze casting of suspensions containing nanomaterials, e.g., carbon nanotubes, in a liquid medium, e.g., water-ethanol mixtures optionally containing other substances in solution. During freezing, the advancing solid-liquid interface moves the solid nanomaterials around, assembling them into complex and varied structures with potential for aligned and/or hierarchical structures. The main process variables are the temperature profile during freezing, the liquid composition, and the shape, size and state of colloidal dispersion of the suspended particles. The aim of the project is to understand the effect of these parameters so that the process can be controlled to produce structures giving particular functional or structural advantages related to the thermal management in batteries.

At the end of the placement the student will be expected to complete a short survey to help us evaluate the impact of the placement. Additionally, there will be a networking event on 23rd November 2018, where all Industry Fellows, as well as students, will be invited to attend. The students will be expected to present a poster during this meeting.

Contact: Prof Nicole Grobert FRSC FYAE (nicole.grobert@materials.ox.ac.uk) by 15.5.2018   - Nanomaterials by Design Team



Nuffield Dept Clinical Neurosciences - Research participant recruitment

Do you want to participate in cutting edge research in Oxford? We are looking for participants.

Sign up at our centralised website https://opr.sona-systems.com to get access to a large variety of research studies.
Easy sign-up, large diversity of studies to choose from (including questionnaire-based and neuroimaging experiments), and flexible times. 

Please contact Dr Joyce Vromen for further information. - joyce.vromen@ndcn.ox.ac.uk


Chemistry in Formula One

When: This Wednesday, 2nd May, 7pm - Where: Okinaga Classroom, Wadham
Formula One represents the pinnacle of automotive technology – constantly pushing the boundaries of performance and durability. BP and Castrol are the official fuel and lubricants provider of the Renault Sport Formula One Team and their chemists develop and support these cutting-edge products. Come to our ChemSoc event to hear about working as a chemist in Formula One and some of the technology involved.

Further details HERE

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1128683137269651/


Micro-internships for Chemistry students! 

Want to round off the term with an exclusive work experience opportunity?

Oxford University’s Trinity Micro-Internship Programme (MIP) is now OPEN! MIP facilitates 2-5 day work experience placements in 9th or 10th week each term, exclusive to Oxford students. All matriculated students are eligible to apply for two placements each term. 

Although micro-internships are voluntary, host organisations must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts.

To make browsing easier, we have compiled a list of opportunity summaries in Science R&D, and also a sector and location master list.

How can I apply? Please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage for full details. To view all vacancy details and apply, please logon to CareerConnect. The deadline is midday, Thursday 3rd May. 

Application support: We are running Application Support Sessions until the deadline, bookable on CareerConnect. You may also find ourEmployer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications useful. 

Keep up to date! Sign up for our Internship Alerts or follow our Internship Office Facebook page for updates on internships. Please email any questions to micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

And finally… summer internships! We are currently advertising our late batches of the Summer Internship Programme. The next deadline is midday, Monday 30th April, and more opportunities will be advertised from 1st May.


Concept Life Sciences 5th ‘Synthesis in Drug Discovery & Development’ Symposium

Following on from our hugely successful Symposia in Manchester (2010), Sheffield (2012), Leeds (2014) and Liverpool (2016) we are pleased to announce the details of our 5th ‘Synthesis in Drug Discovery and Development’ Symposium.The Symposium will encompass a series of presentations from leading industrial and academic researchers, who will be highlighting cutting edge developments in organic synthetic methodology towards new medicines. The Symposium will focus on medicinal chemistry, showcasing recent developments in chemical synthesis, and also provide a platform that promotes scientific discussion

Symposium Date and Location

Wednesday 24th October 2018, Alderley Park Conference Centre, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, SK10 4TG

For further details, see -



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 12th, 19th, and 26th May or the Sundays of 13th, 20th, and 27th May.

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!



Even more exciting internships via the Summer Internship Programme!

Oxford’s Summer Internship Programme offers hundreds of fantastic internships in a range of sectors, all exclusively open to Oxford University students. Full-time, matriculated students from any degree programme and year group (undergraduate and postgraduate) are eligible to apply.

Links are below for sector-specific lists of the opportunities currently available. You can also go to CareerConnect for full listings, and to apply. You can apply for as many opportunities as you wish in this and all upcoming 2018 batches of internships. The deadline for applications to the current batch of placements is noon on Monday 9th April 2018.

Science internships and All sectors - current internships

If you have any questions about the opportunities available, or about your application, please email the Internship Office team at internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.