Virtual Offer Holder Day 2020

We are excited to showcase to our prospective students the amazing opportunities within the School of Chemical & Physical Sciences, which is why we have created an online platform for our 2020 Offer Holder Days. This will allow you to access a wide range of key information regarding our different courses and also offer you the opportunity to join a live chat with one of our Student Ambassadors via Unibuddy to gain a current student's perspective of studying at Keele.

If you can't find the information that you are looking for, please get in touch with our course specific Admissions Tutors (details below) who are ready and waiting to hear from you.

Mike Watkinson

In these unprecedented times we are obviously very disappointed that we have not been able to meet you in person at one of our on-campus offer holder days, as we know how important these are to our applicants in making the decision to study with us. There can be no substitute to visiting Keele’s wonderful campus, experiencing the use of the fantastic new £34M Central Science Laboratories in one of our taster sessions, hearing about the excellent and innovative teaching and support that we provide to all of our students and, of course, meeting members of the teaching teams and support staff from the School. Nonetheless, we’re doing everything we can to create a virtual offer holder day experience for you that will help you with one of the most important decisions you’re ever likely to make. Over the coming weeks we will be working hard to share some of the things remotely that we had hoped to do with you in person at the offer holder days. I would also like to encourage you to take the opportunity to contact members of our course teams who are ready to answer your questions about studying at Keele. Finally, I hope to be able to welcome you to the School as a new undergraduate student later in the year when the current crisis is over.

Professor Mike Watkinson, Head of School

Chemistry at Keele has a national reputation for innovative and high-quality teaching and learning. You will find the academic staff to be approachable and enthusiastic with a genuine interest in the welfare of students and a dedication to the highest quality of teaching at all levels.

This excellence in teaching is reflected in many ways. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework Keele University achieved the TEF GOLD standard demonstrating our commitment to world class teaching at an institutional level.

In Chemistry our students rate us very highly – over the past 10 years Keele Chemistry has consistently been one of the top departments in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, coming joint 1st for overall satisfaction in 2019 yet again.

You will experience a wide range of teaching styles and methods from traditional lectures and tutorials to team-based learning and screencasts, online, offline individually and in groups we aim to give you the opportunity to learn in many ways. Our assessment feedback loops combining feedback on how you can improve with opportunities on how you present your work are aimed at helping you improve your chemical knowledge as well as your marks. Our undergraduate student receive free online access to our core text books which with our own bespoke online materials and lecture capture give you the opportunity to learn in the best ways to suit you.

Chemistry is a practical subject and much of your training will be undertaken in our superb laboratories. Opened in September 2019 the Central Science Laboratories is a world class facility in which to learn how to become a professional chemist. You will gain hands-on experience with modern state-of the art equipment and instrumentation which gives you the opportunity to undertake novel Chemical and Medicinal Chemistry research.

Further information about our Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry courses can be found using the following:

If you have a specific question regarding Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry at Keele, please do not hesitate to contact the Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Admissions Tutor, Dr Graeme Jones, using the contact methods below:

Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734173
Email: g.r.jones@keele.ac.uk

Graeme Jones

Forensic Science is often defined as the application of science to the work of the courts of law. In many people’s minds this leads to a focus on crime scene investigation which, though a very important part of the forensic process, does not fully provide a true picture of what the forensic scientist actually does and what knowledge and skills you need to be a professional forensic scientist.

The forensic discipline embraces a wide range of scientific topics, many of which are based on analytical science – the science of measurement, characterising materials, usually at the molecular level, and determining what is in a sample and how much of various components are there. Such scientific investigations are applied to physical evidence - that is materials found at crime scenes or associated with potentially illegal activities; examples include explosives’ residues, drugs, inks, glass fragments, fire accelerants, paints, fibres and hairs. In practice this means using microscopy, chromatography, spectroscopy and related specialist techniques which are also fundamental to some laboratory work in chemistry, biology and geology, to examine forensic materials.

You will be taught in our new Central Science Laboratories and Crime Scene House using modern analytical instrumentation which can be viewed on our Facilities and Equipment webpage.

Further information about our Forensic Science Programmes can be found using the following:

For those applicants that did not attend one of our 2019 open days, slides from the open day talk are below:

If you have a bespoke question regarding Forensic Science at Keele, please do not hesitate to contact the Forensic Science Admissions Tutor, Victoria Cartwright, using the contact methods below:

Phone: +44 (0) 1782 733584
Email: v.cartwright@keele.ac.uk

Victoria Cartwright

Physics and Astrophysics are a source of widespread intellectual fascination. It is rare for a detailed field of study to be so ingrained in the public consciousness, whether through famous names - Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Hubble, Feynman, Higgs - or in terms that evoke its landmark achievements and most profound ideas - relativity, quantum mechanics, black holes, the Big Bang, grand unified theories. If these subjects have a reputation for being challenging, it is perhaps because of how directly they grapple with so many of the simplest and deepest questions that we all have about the origins and the workings, on every level, of the Universe around us - and then arrive at answers as much through creative leaps of imagination as by rigorous logical argument and experimental analysis.

Further information about our Physics and Astrophysics courses can be found using the following:

For those applicants that have not visited our campus, or who may not be aware we have a fantastic on-campus observatory, a virtual tour of our observatory can be found by following the link below:

If you have a bespoke question regarding Physics and Astrophysics at Keele, please do not hesitate to contact the Physics and Astrophysics Admissions Tutor, Dr Patrick Connell, using the contact methods below:

Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734922
Email: p.j.connell@keele.ac.uk

Patrick Connell

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