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Welcome to Chemistry for All

Chemistry is important for all of us.  Our food, medicines, clothing and gadgets have all been designed and developed using chemistry.  Whenever we brush our teeth, wash our hair or use a mobile phone we are making use of chemistry.  Chemistry is also vital for solving problems like fighting diseases and finding eco-friendly fuels.  Explore to find quizzes, activities and interesting facts.  This site isn’t just for Chemists; this is Chemistry for All.

Introduction to the “Chemistry for All” programme

At Liverpool John Moores University we are committed to providing community outreach and we see it as our duty, as a civic university, to serve the educational and training needs of the local community. This year we are launching a five-year programme called “Chemistry for All”. This programme aims to increase the number of school leavers with the skills and potential to pursue Chemistry and its related subjects in the future.
We feel this is important as the Greater Merseyside region has a considerable number of small to medium sized enterprises in the Chemistry and Biochemistry related subject areas that are currently under-going a period of growth and expansion. In contrast to this the Greater Merseyside region has a significant proportion of low socio-economic groups and low higher education participation from school leavers.

The children on the Chemistry for All programme will take part in fun, exciting and informative activities; they will be supported in their learning and they will have the opportunity to meet people from many different professions.  This will develop knowledge and understanding of Chemistry in the wider world.  They will develop skills such as analytical thinking and problem solving which are needed by employers across all fields.

We hope you will ask your child about Chemistry for All and sign up for our Newsletter to hear updates on what they have been doing.

Aims of the programme

  • To engage and enthuse pupils in science, particularly Chemistry and its importance and relevance both to our everyday lives and in finding solutions to problems.
  • To increase pupils’ awareness of the relevance of scientific understanding and investigative approach to everyday life, and to non-science careers.
  • To enable pupils to have an understanding of careers and pathways in science, including earning potential and to gain an understanding of the diversity of career options available.
  • To develop inspiring teachers through CPD and support the development of engaging and effective delivery methods within the classroom.
  • To provide a compact agreement such that pupils who complete the five year programme will receive an offer for an LJMU science degree programme, subject to University entry criteria.

Meet Our Team

Dr Ian BradshawProject Director
Ian is a Subject leader in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences with responsibility for teaching and staffing in the areas of Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and dosage form design. He has received funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the past for outreach projects as well from the National Higher Education STEM programme.
Mr Paul IrelandProject Coordinator
Paul has worked for eight years on a wide range of outreach activities and has experience of a longitudinal project with schools as part of the LJMU Dream, Plan, Achieve programme.
Dr Linda SetonProject Coordinator
Linda is a Reader in Crystallisation Science. Linda teaches on the Masters of Pharmacy and the Applied Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences programmes. Linda has collaborated with Ian on various outreach programmes in the past and also leads various undergraduate research projects across the university.
Mrs Gayle Ruddick Project Officer
Gayle is an experienced teacher and a chemistry specialist. She is Head of Chemistry at a busy comprehensive in Cheshire where she has led outreach activities with local feeder schools to raise their capability in science. She is the main point of contact for schools and will be delivering many of the activities during the programme.
Dr Andrea MallaburnProject Coordinator
Andrea is a senior lecturer in Chemistry education. She is an experienced teacher with around 15 years’ experience teaching secondary school student’s science including roles as Head of Science and senior leaders in schools.