School of Chemistry

Summer School 2024

Representations of Chemistry research: batteries (materials and interfaces), substrate in an enzyme (chemical biology), molecular structure (sustainable synthesis and catalysis), stylised nanoparticle (spectroscopy and atmospheric chemistry), and Dr Williams delivering a class (Learning Enhancement and Pedagogy)

Do you want to know what it's like to be a Chemistry Student at Leicester? Do you want to find out what career opportunities are out there for Chemistry graduates?

The Chemistry Summer School is an intensive 5-day school specifically designed for Chemistry A-level students who are considering studying Chemistry at university.

Join us for an intensive 5-day programme packed with lectures, tutorials, and practical activities, including research secondments with some of our world-leading research teams.

Date: 5 August - 9 August 2024
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Location: School of Chemistry (George Porter Building, University of Leicester)
Apply: Apply for the Summer School
Application Deadline: 14 June at 5.00pm (decisions will be communicated by 1 July)


In order to be eligible for a Summer School place, students must:

  • Be a Year 12 or equivalent (lower sixth) student at the point of application.
  • Currently attend a non-selective state school/college/sixth-form (i.e. you do not pay for your education).
  • Be living within one hour travel from the University (all travel costs will be covered).

We host our summer schools to give year 12 students the opportunity to fully engage in life as a university student. We have limited spaces in our summer schools so will be prioritising spaces for students who meet one or more of the selection criteria applied to other Summer Schools run by the University of Leicester.


5 August 2024

  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm – Registration
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm – Welcome lecture
  • 2.00pm - 2.30pm – Break
  • 2.30pm - 3.00pm – Meet the tutors
  • 3.00pm - 4.00pm – Social activity

6 August 2024

  • 9.30am - 12.00pm – Laboratory practical
  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm – Lunch break
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm – Laboratory practical

7 August 2024

  • 9.30am - 10.00am – Meet the tutors
  • 10.00am - 12.00pm – Laboratory practical
  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm – Lunch break
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm – Lecture
  • 2.00pm - 2.30pm – Break
  • 2.30pm - 3.30pm – Lecture

8 August 2024

  • 9.30am - 12.00pm – Research secondment
  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm – Lunch break
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm – Research secondment
  • 3.30pm - 4.00pm – Social activity

9 August 2024

  • 9.30am - 11.00am – Careers fair
  • 11.00am - 11.30am – Meet the tutors
  • 11.30am - 12.00pm – Closing lecture

For more information, contact Dr Fabrizio Ortu ( or the Chemistry Outreach Team (

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