School of Physical Sciences

Information for schools

We are currently fully booked until January 2015. Please contact for further information on booking events for January 2015 onwards.


An interactive show all about particle accelerators. Particle accelerators are vital for current research as they can be used to investigate the structure of new materials as well as being used to answer some of the most fundamental questions in Physics. This show walks the audience through what is required in order for a particle accelerator to work by using multiple demonstrations and interactive experiments. This session is suitable for GCSE/A-level students. It is recommended that this 45-60 minute session is shown to 30-60 students at a time but larger groups can be accommodated.




Explore the Physics and Chemistry of spectroscopy. Spectroscopy is used to identify chemical structures, test for the presence of drugs and even work out what distant stars are made out of. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of spectroscopy which they will put into practice by making spectrometer and using it to identify some unknown gases. The session is suitable for up to 30 GCSE students per 45-60 minute session.

Electromagnetic spectrum:

The electromagnetic spectrum (EM) is vitally important to everyday life. Most of us use many different parts of the EM spectrum without realising it. Students will have the opportunity to explore sections of the EM spectrum such as Visible Light, Ultraviolet, Infrared and Microwaves whilst getting hands on with the real life applications which these different types of electromagnetic radiation can be used.  The session is suitable for up to 30 GCSE students per 45-60 minute session.

Nuclear medicine:

Nuclear Medicine is a rapidly expanding area, especially for diagnostic imaging. Students will get a brief overview of the field of nuclear medicine and also get the chance to synthesise the ligand ‘ATSM’, a tracer that is used in real diagnostic imaging procedures. There is an option to submit the student’s samples for analysis by our analytical services and get the results sent back to you. The session is only suitable for A-level students studying chemistry. Each session is about 60 minutes long but a double lesson is recommended.

Chromatography for drug analysis:

Chromatography is one of the work horses for the Analytical Chemist/ Forensic Scientist. The students will have the opportunity to use Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) in order to identify an expected drug sample. The session is suitable for up to 30 GCSE/A-Level students per 45-60 minute session.

University taster days

We are holding University taster days in Physics, Chemistry and Forensic Science over June 2015. Students will have the opportunity to visit the School of Physical Sciences and spend a day in our teaching laboratories conducting experiments and challenges in Physics, Chemistry or Forensic Science. The sessions are only open to a maximum of six year 12 students from a single school. 

More information is available on our University Taster day flyers; click on Chemistry, Forensic Science Physics.

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Polymer workshop:

A workshop in Polymer Chemistry is under development, further details coming soon.

School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 06/03/2015