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REF 2014: Oxford Chemistry has highest volume of world-leading research in the UK According to the outcome of the REF 2014 assessment published Dec 18th 2014, 49% of the research profile submitted by Oxford Chemistry was regarded as 4* world-leading quality. The Department has not only the highest volume of 4* research of any UK Chemistry department- by some margin - but was also judged to have the top research environment. The Impact of the department’s research outside academia is also highly rated with over 55% in the 4* category.

Chemistry at Tinbergen

HEFCE has awarded the Department of Chemistry £5M to help fund the building of a new undergraduate teaching laboratory. This award was part of £200 million funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching capital projects during 2015-16 by the Government.
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CHemistry at Tinbergen

Early and mid-Career Research Fellowships

The Department seeks to encourage fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious 5 year fellowship would offer the opportunity to develop their independent research identity and become a chemistry research leader of the future.

If you are interested in applying for any 5 year early career research fellowship to be hosted at Oxford Chemistry, the next deadline to submit an expression of interest to the Department is 20th January 2016 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

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Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Graduate OPEN DAYwill be held on Wednesday, 25th November.

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​BFWG Kathleen Hall Fellowship​BFWG Kathleen Hall Fellowship

Congratulations to Anne Makena, 2015 winner of the Kathleen Hall Fellowship from the British Federation for Women Graduates. Anne is a DPhil student in the Schofield group and a Rhodes Scholar at Somerville College. Her research explores the structural ........
The 2015 Katritzky Lecture by Roger Y. TsienThe 2015 Katritzky Lecture by Roger Y. Tsien

Presenting to a full ICL Lecture Theatre - and an 'overflow' audience in the Abbotts Kitchen - on Tuesday 10th November, Chemistry Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien ForMemRS gave a stunning 2015 Katritzky Lecture entitled "Molecules against cancer or for long-term ........
Include and RespectInclude and Respect

The Department of Chemistry and the Oxfordshire charity, Restore, are raising awareness of mental health issues during National Anti-Bullying Week, to ensure that all students and employees have access to the support available to them. This is the second ........
Multi-year £3.3M Extension of Strategic Alliance with Summit TherapeuticsMulti-year £3.3M Extension of Strategic Alliance with Summit Therapeutics

Summit Therapeutics plc have announced a multi-year extension of its exclusive strategic alliance with the research teams of Professor Steve Davies, Professor Angela Russell and Professor Dame Kay Davies (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) ........
Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2015Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2015

Congratulations to Martine Abboud, Sam Calderwood, Thomas Coxon and John Jolliffe on winning prizes at the poster session. The poster session followed the Pfizer Symposium talks by Dr Andrew Lawrence (University of Edinburgh), Dr David Blakemore (Worldwide ........
Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2015Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2015

Prof Dame Carol Robinson and Prof Kylie Vincent have been named in the 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2015 report. Prof Vincent is tagged as a ‘Rising Star’. The 2015 report identifies 50 inspirational women in biobusiness in the UK who are ........
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More Events in the Chemistry Calendar

SBMProspective Synthetic Chemistry DPhil Students: Oxford Chemistry has 20 funded DPhil positions available via the new EPSRC CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine (SBM CDT). Please visit the website for more details and how to apply. Why Choose SBM?

TMCSProspective doctoral students in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry: funded positions are available via the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS). Please see the TMCS website for further details, including how to apply. OPEN DAY 19th November 2015

Athena SWAN Silver Award Sept 2015

Athena SWAN bronze awardThe Department is delighted to announce that it has been granted an Athena SWAN silver award. The award recognizes the Department's commitment to addressing gender inequalities, to tackling the unequal representation of women in science, and to improving career progression for female academics.. more.

NUS Green Impact (Oxford University)
Awards 2015

Green Impact

At the Awards Ceremony hosted by William James (Pro-VC for Planning and Resources) in the Weston Library on Wednesday 17th June, the Department received the Gold Award; our Laboratories received the Silver Award; and Sue Henderson received the Environmental Hero Award from the Vice Chancellor. These awards were the result of the hard work done over the past year within the Department to develop a community which takes environmental sustainability seriously and is working to support University targets.


Teaching: Oxford Chemistry offers world-class teaching, consistently rated among the best in the UK. Students study a four-year course, a unique feature of which is spending their final year working full-time on a project with some of the leading researchers in the UK. more...

Outreach: Engaging schools and the wider community in chemistry and science is an important activity for academic staff and students in the Department. Oxford Chemistry regularly hosts visits and events within the Department and takes part in local and national activities to demonstrate chemistry’s central role in everyday life. more...

Alumni Magazine Periodic Sept 2015

Research: Oxford is one of the leading chemistry research departments in the world with around 80 academic staff carrying out international-level research, and an annual research income of around £15 million. The latest (2014) Research Assessment Exercise confirmed that Oxford Chemistry has the highest “power rating” (breadth and depth of science) in the UK.

The Department is currently engaged in a number of innovative themes of work including: Catalysis; Sustainable Energy Chemistry; Advanced functional materials; Synthesis; Interfacial Science; Innovative Measurement and photon science; Chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine; Kinetics, dynamics and mechanism; Theory and modelling of complex systems more...

EU Funded Training Centres:

Facilities: The department contains several small research facilities (SRFs), which are dedicated suites of equipment run by experts who aid in experimental design and optimisation. These facilities are some of the best equipped in the country, supporting chemical research and providing analysis for students within the Chemistry department, other departments within the University and industry alike. more...

Commercialisation: The Department has an unrivalled track record in protecting and commercialising the innovative work of research staff. Over £80 million in cash has been raised for the University as a result of spin out activities from research carried out by Oxford chemists. more...



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