Welcome to our 2020 virtual open day

Welcome to the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Keele University, we're sorry that we can't meet you in person today but hope that the information we're providing on our ‘virtual open day’ will help you to make an informed choice about your future. Please get in touch with any questions, you can email, call us, contact us on social media or chat to our staff and students to find out more.

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 students 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. 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 within our Course Brochure and undergraduate study pages:

We have also created a variety of short videos to give you a flavour of some of the modules you could study, support mechanisms we have in place as well as teaching innovations and broader course opportunties. These can be accessed via the links below:

Modules: Two of our staff will tell you about some of the distinctive modules that we offer at Keele. Medicinal Chemistry will allow you to specialise if you are thinking about a career in the pharmaceutical industry, whereas the Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry modules allow you to apply the core knowledge that you have learned to real world problems.

Student Support: Meet two of the people that you will get to know well in your first year. 

  • Meet Martin! Dr Martin Hollamby is our first year tutor and someone that you will get to know very well in your first year as he helps you settle into your couse
  • Meet Monica! Monica Heaney is our course administrator, so although you won't see her at the front of a lecture theatre, she is a VIP in our department, with most students lovingly referring to her as their "Chemistry Mum" by the time that graduation comes around

Teaching: Three further members of staff will tell you about some of the distinctive methods of teaching that we use on our courses, to give you the best possible chance of success in your time with us.

Study Abroad

If you have any questions 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. Here is a recent news item showcasing a real world application of some of these tehniques: New study will help find missing people, solve cold cases and prosecute murderers.

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 within our Course Brochure and undergraduate study pages:

We have also created a variety of short videos to give you a flavour of the facilities and equipment you will have access to as well as two current students giving their opinions on the course. These can be accessed via the links below:

Facilities

  • CSL First Floor: This is our laboratory space used for fume hood experimental work. This facility contains modern equipment for a range of forensic science work required to detect, and process evidence, for example analytical balances, centrifuges, rotary evaporators and UV viewing cabinets used in areas of forensic chemistry
  • CSL Dark Rooms: On the ground floor of the Central Science Laboratories building are our imaging suites, these dark room facilities are used for enhancement techniques, for example imaging of latent fingerprints enhanced with fluorescent powders using an alternate light source (Crime-lite light source)

Student Testimonials: What is it like to be a Forensic Science student at Keele?

Read more about what our past and current students have to say using the following links

If you have any questions 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:

We have also created a variety of short videos to give you an overview of the facilities and equipment you will have access to as well as an insight into the cutting edge Physics and Astrophysics research undertaken at Keele in addition to three current students giving their opinions on the course. These can be accessed via the links below:

Facilities

Modules

Research

  • Physics and Astrophysics Research: A series of short videos that describe research at Keele, by the researchers themselves. Topics include the computational and experimental study of novel 2D materials, the physics of chocolate, simulating the evolution of massive stars and studying their influence on galactic environments, young stars and star formation and Keele's contribution to the latest space-based exoplanetary exploration missions

Student Testimonials: What is it like to study Physics or Astrophysics at Keele?

If you have any questions 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

Central Science Laboratory

Facts and Figures

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