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. 

Oxford Biochemical Society

I want to introduce you to a newly revived society, Oxford Biochemical Society (OBS), with exciting plans going forward.
For those who never heard of OBS before, please scroll down for a brief introduction of OBS and what we do!

The OBS society has previously garnered a great reputation for the highly esteemed speakers we’ve invited. 
Previous talks include various Nobel Laureates - Prof. Brian Kobilka (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2012), Prof. Ada Yonath (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009)
and other high profile speakers. 

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This time around we want to continue that rapport, but also we would like to have your say too! 
Are there particular speakers you’d like us to host? Please vote in the Google survey using the link  - https://forms.gle/YxgSuz36eBJTscva6.
Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Postdoc and PIs are all eligible to vote!
Although we can’t guarantee that whoever you vote for will definitely come to our department and give a talk, but we will certainly try to invite them!
Your opinions are important to us, and we want to make sure that by introducing this polling system, we will be able to invite speakers that you want and not just what we want. 

Please fill in this poll by July 12th so that your opinions can be heard: https://forms.gle/YxgSuz36eBJTscva6 
You can sign up for our mailing list here! - be first to know about our events and opportunities!

Faiz, President of OBS (2019-20) - muhd.mohdkipli@hertford.ox.ac.uk

Who are we?

The Oxford Biochemical Society (OBS) is the official student association affiliated with the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. The society was founded in 1964 and since that time it has been the centre of academic and social activity for the Medical and Life Sciences Departments of the University.
The primary goal of OBS is to promote understanding, discussion and review of exciting and current topics in Biochemistry and other related Sciences. The society invites outstanding speakers to give lectures in the Department of Biochemistry. Previous talks include various Nobel Laureates - Prof. Brian Kobilka (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2012), Prof. Venki Ramakrishnan (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009), Prof. Ada Yonath (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009), and other high profile speakers. Our society is dedicated to bring students together at social events, to help students with choosing their career paths, and above all, showcase the latest cutting-edge research by hosting talks by highly esteemed speakers.   Sign up for our emails!


New mobile app for access information – SociAbility – launching in Oxford! 

Ever wondered whether a shop or social venue was accessible or not?  Stop wondering.  Ask SociAbility!

The new SociAbility app makes it easy to find detailed access information for social venues and shops.  We’re building a crowdsourced database of access information for the community, by the community.  Simply download, explore and go!

And get involved with our Oxford Access Mapathon on Sunday 16 June @ 4pm (Details: www.bit.ly/sociabilitysunday).  The more the merrier!
We’re meeting outside the Clarendon Building (Broad Street) @ 4pm before sprawling out around Oxford to map as many venues as we can!

Please help us spread the word, follow us on social media (@sociabilityapp) and, together, lets make the world a more SociAble place for all!


Paid internship scheme for teaching

Are you an undergraduate studying for a STEM degree?
If yes, then we have a paid work-experience programme that might be just right for you!

We have won a DFE grant to offer teaching internships running from the 24th June - 19 July 2019 in state secondary schools across Oxfordshire. Interns will receive a bursary of £300/week.

The programme is designed to give you a realistic picture of what teaching maths or physics would be like and includes the chance to be involved in:

•             structured training, shadowing and lesson observation, opportunities to jointly

•             plan and deliver lessons

•             running science projects, offering support for children who are struggling, and

•             helping with experiments

•             one to one mentoring sessions with experts in their field

When: 24 June - 19 July 2019

For further information email: teachingschools@gillotts.org.uk

Please click HERE to register your interest



Introduction to Mindfulness in Movement

Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting well-being and flourishing

These informal taster sessions will introduce Mindfulness – in theory, research and practice – through a series of very gentle movements and stretches, and offer a few tips to keep you grounded and steady in the midst of challenging circumstances. Attend one or both sessions. No previous experience is required! 

FREE Taster Sessions

When: 1-2pm, Thursday 30th May 2019

   5.30-6.30pm, Tuesday 11th June 2019

Where: Cricket Pavilion, University Parks


“If you want to free yourself from anxiety and stress, and feel at ease with yourself, then mindfulness is for you...” [Ruby Wax, Author and Comedian]

These sessions, organised by the University Sport Department, will be led by Oli Bazin, Associate at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (www.oxfordmindfulness.org)



Student Entrepreneurs Programme

OUI, The Foundry, and Oxford Sciences Innovation are launching the Student Entrepreneurs Programme (StEPs).

One of the most generous programmes of its kind, StEPs will provide 40 students with access to the OUI intellectual property vault, a month long intensive training programme in innovation and entrepreneurship, a £1,500 stipend to cover them for the month with the goal of creating new start-ups based on OU ideas. The winning team will receive £25,000 investment from OSI to get things going. 

This will be running throughout July, and we’re looking for students to sign up during May.

For further details, go to: https://innovation.ox.ac.uk/university-members/for-students/student-entrepreneurs-programme-step/ 


Undergraduate Internship - Quantitative Analyst Summer Intern 2019

Fractal Industries is looking to hire an Analyst Intern for the summer.
Fractal Industries is a technology company specializing in AI and data analytics for cyber security and financial services.

Fractal Industries applies artificial intelligence to solve complex, real-world problems at scale. Our Human+AI operating system, Fractal | OS™, blends capabilities ranging from data handling, analytics, and reporting to advanced algorithms, simulations, and machine learning, enabling decisions that are just-intime, just-in-place, and just-in-context.

Our Oxford office is applying Fractal | OS™ to develop the next-generation insurance underwriting platform, complete with advanced actuarial, natural-catastrophe and cyber-insurance models.

Minimum Requirements:

• In 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of a quantitative undergraduate degree
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Proficiency in any one programming language used in scientific/quantitative programming (e.g. Scala, R, Python, C/C++, MATLAB)
• Microsoft Office proficient (MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
• Be well organised and analytical

Desired Qualification:


• Strategy and detailed-design for next generation insurance underwriting systems
• Document model and system methodology for recently-acquired global customers
• Outline workflows for product and build teams
• Help establish the business operations of a start-up insurance company
• Assist the Head of Actuarial with advanced
• GIS/geospatial analysis for model meta-data
• Presentations and documents for management and investor review
• Accompany CEO to such presentations


• Gain product development experience and insights which may boost the start of your
   career, right here in central Oxford
• See first-hand how the insurance industry operates


• Day trips to London may be required (<5%)

Full-time internship position from late Jun to early Sep. 330-350 GBP/week (based on experience).
Please send your CV and cover letter to underwriting@fractalindustries.com


Oxford Nightline Recruitment

We are Oxford Nightline, the confidential listening, support, and information service run by students, for students. 

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 11th May, 18th May, and 25th May (Oxford University 2nd-4th week) or the Sundays of 12th May, 19th May, and 26th May (Oxford University 3rd-5th 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.  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!


Disability Advisory Service- Thursday Drop-in sessions

Please note the change in time to our term-time Thursday drop-in sessions – they are now 2-4pm  (not 1-4pm).
On all other weekdays in term-time the drop-in session still runs 1-2pm.

The information below is taken from our website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/disability/aboutdas

Drop-in sessions
Our disability advisors offer weekly drop-ins to current students during term (weeks 0-9). The drop-ins allow you 10 minutes with an advisor to discuss quick queries such as:

 •        Should I register with the DAS?

•         What support is available?

•         Is my medical evidence sufficient for me to register with the DAS/apply for Disabled Students'
           Allowance (DSA)?

•         How do I apply for DSA?

•         How do I fill out my DSA application form?

•         I have a letter from my funding body about my DSA application but am not sure what to do

•         I want to drop off some paperwork

Drop-ins are held between 1 and 2pm every weekday, or between *2 and 4pm on Thursdays during term (weeks 0-9). Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. You do not need to be registered with the DAS to attend.

Drop-ins are not an alternative to a meeting with your advisor. If you need to discuss something more in-depth, such as study support arrangements, changing study support requirements, or SpLD assessments, then please book a 30 minute appointment with your advisor.

Directions: http://maps.ox.ac.uk/#/places/oxpoints:52399451

Take your Science to the Cowley Road Carnival Science Zone - Space is the Place (7 July 2019)

The Carnival is seeking expressions of interest for stalls in the Science Zone.
The theme is 'Space is the Place', which could be interpreted around activities to do with outer space. Or it could be any research or topic related to any sort of space - the space between atoms, the space within a cell, the perception of our environments, green spaces, purple spaces - if you can imagine it, it fits.




Please note this opportunity is aimed at 3rd year students

Residential Chemistry Training Experience 2019

This year we shall be running our Residential Chemistry Training Experience from Sunday 8th – Friday 13th September 2019.

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.

For further details please see HERE, application is form HERE

Application deadline - 13 June 2019