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Scrub up on Science Challenge – Top Tips

We caught up with the Scrub up on Science Challenge judges to find out their top tips to help you create a winning entry for this fantastic competition.   The Scrub up on Science Challenge is a STEM competition for 11 to 16 year olds developed by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.¬†Students can learn about […]

Summer Lab Internship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

As it is the summer following my year abroad in China, I’ve decided to spend my summer working in a lab at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in their School of Pharmacy. I’ve finally decided to major in Chemistry for my Natural Sciences degree, and wanted to experience research as a medicinal chemist. This summer I […]

Guest Blog: Arkwright Scholarship

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust awarded me an engineering scholarship at the end of my fourth year of secondary school (in Scotland, equivalent to year 11 in England and Wales, and year 12 in Northern Ireland) after I made an application around Christmas time. The selection process involved first being nominated by my school (which involved […]

Summer Internship at Rolls-Royce

In the summer following my second year at university, I completed an engineering internship at Rolls-Royce in their Civil Large Engines business area. I was offered this internship following participation in the Female Undergraduate of the Year Awards, for which I was a finalist. The internship was a fantastic opportunity to find out about a […]

Internship with Cancer Research UK

I’ve spent two months of my summer holiday doing an internship at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, which is affiliated with Cancer Research UK. So far, it’s been a fantastic experience – I have been in the lab every day, doing real experiments and experiencing life in a research laboratory. This is […]


Last year, I completed an Extended Project Qualification on the optimisation of the polymerase chain reaction and it’s applications in medical and forensic research. Apart from being a fascinating and complex topic, it also gave me the opportunity to carry out my own experiments – something which particularly interested an aspiring researcher like me. I […]

Guest Blog: Cambridge Senior Physics Challenge

Tim took part in the University of Cambridge Senior Physics Challenge in the summer of 2013, here is a summary of his experience: Every young person interested in physics has probably heard of quantum mechanics from popular science books or online articles. A strange idea with fascinating conclusions, but where do such conclusions come from? […]

British Science Festival 2013 – Day 6

The last day of the British Science Festival 2013 was absolutely fantastic! My day began with an interesting talk by several local companies about ‘Chemical Innovation in the North East’. This included separate presentations by several leading researchers and companies about their work. First up was Dr. Victoria Frank from International Paint Ltd, who discussed […]

British Science Festival 2013 – Day 5

It’s nearing the end of my time at the British Science festival, but I’m still having an amazing time! I began with a particularly good talk on monitoring the economic and scientific ripples of landslides – presented by experts Helen Reeves and Mark Winter. They discussed how research has linked the incidence of landslides with […]

British Science Festival 2013 – Day 4

I’ve had yet another amazing day at the British Science Festival! First up was an interesting talk on Science and Cosmetics, which mainly focussed on skin creams, how they are advertised, the scientific evidence claims are based on, and the potential damaging effects they could have on the skin. I was particularly interested in the […]

British Science Festival 2013 – Day 3

Today began with a fascinating lecture entitled ‘Making Waves: Energy and Society’ which discussed a huge range of issues related to our use of energy. The focus was very much on the ‘Energy Trilemma’ – reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using resources efficiently and making energy accessible to all.¬†Interesting examples mentioned included the Kazakhstan blackouts and […]

British Science Festival 2013 – Day 2

I’ve had a pretty incredible day today at the British Science Festival 2013 in Newcastle! The first talk I attended was called ‘The Randomness Show’ which was all about the incredible way maths can show us order and logic in what appears to be random, unpredictable events. However, it was not the standard dry lecture, […]