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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...

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...

Recent Research Website additons:

Energy at Oxford Chemistry
Oxford Synthesis Connections
Drug Discovery Oxford
Oxford Catalysis Network

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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...

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...

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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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.

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Holly wins poster prizeHolly wins poster prize

Holly Reeve in the Vincent group won the poster prize at the RSC’s Challenges in Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals meeting in London ........
Postgraduate Studentship from FindAPhDPostgraduate Studentship from FindAPhD

Sarah Morrow, who joined the first Synthesis for Biology & Medicine CDT cohort in October, has been awarded the Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences ........
Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2014Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2014

Congratulations to Alexander Graham Alexander Cavell & Lukas Pfeifer on winning prizes at the poster session. The poster session followed the Pfizer Symposium ........
Hot papers in Angewandte ChemieHot papers in Angewandte Chemie

Two recent "hot papers' from the Martin Smith group have recently been published in Angewandte Chemie. The first paper features a concise asymmetric synthesis ........
RSC thesis prizeRSC thesis prize

Matthew Langton (Beer group) has been awarded the inaugural RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group Thesis Award for best PhD thesis. His thesis ........

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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.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network DiStruc: Directed Structure at the meso-scale (experiments, theory and simulations on colloidal rods) is being launched. The network, coordinated by Prof Dirk Aarts, is seeking candidates for 14 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in the field of soft condensed matter. More information.

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.

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.

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 Wednesday 14th Jan 2015 further details. There is an expression of interest deadline each academic term.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWANThe Department is delighted to announce that it has been granted an Athena SWAN bronze 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.

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