#ViCEPHEC16 Pre-conference musings and updates

It’s that time of year again – Variety in Chemistry Education.  It’s so warm here in Southampton, I’m struggling to spell chemistry properly. In advance of the conference, I recommend Charles Harrison’s piece on the difference between community and clique within the ChemEd community. http://www.rsc.org/eic/2016/07/community-clique-conference   By way of update to my post last year recaping […]

Spring Cleaning

Well spring is sprung, the clocks are forward and 6am no longer feels like an unworldly time to get up. I’m back from holiday and spent  (a not inconsiderable amount of) time learning the correct usage of the word ‘offing‘. These are the things you do when getting soaked and wind blown somewhere on the […]


Yesterday we were at the RAF Cosford Museum to run activities as part of the Chemistry at Work event for schools. We’ve been before and it remains a spectacular venue for outreach. Set up and ready to go! Again we took our ‘Is Faster Better?’ activity, looking at catalysis through the catalysed decomposition of hydrogen […]

Maths for Chemistry

I attended the HEA Developments in Mathematics Support for the Physical Sciences one day meeting at Liverpool University back in April. Various speakers described how maths was tackled in their subject at their university (I was one of them, describing Maths for Chemistry at Keele’s (r)evolution over the past 6 years, you can find the […]

Out and About

  Last week, in the midst of the annual battle with Freshers lurgy (it was a cold, not flu this year), we headed of to the RAF Museum at Cosford for a science day for Home schooled children.  It isn’t always easy to get out for a day during semester but we managed to keep […]

Variety in Chemistry Education Conference 2013 #vicephec13

Having spent the weekend in voluntary social media blackout following the maelstrom that is Variety in Chemistry Education (and PHEC) conference, I’m slowly processing the ideas this Monday morning. My thoughts, however, are still somewhat fragmented, so I’ll post some random snippets below in the hope that sense and order might descend in the process. […]

#HEASTEM13 Conference Reflections

Last week I attended the HEA STEM 2013 Conference . It’s taken a wee while to process all the different presentations and conversations. I was exhausted when I got home, and my head was spinning all through Friday as it tried to sort itself out. You can read through the tweets on Storify, collected by […]

#HEASTEM13 Conference Preparation

I’m off to the HEA STEM conference in Birmingham this Wednesday and Thursday. I have to admit I’m on the back foot a bit for this conference as I had no time to prepare my presentation and the CLEARS poster before the end of semester, then time off took priority (also known as a belated […]