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Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Caroline Jay speaks with future female scientists

Secondary schools and colleges

We have developed a range of activities tailored for secondary and college level pupils, to help them explore the world through chemical engineering.

Our activities range from seminars and talks to workshops and placements. These activities are suitable for all students in secondary level education whether they are just starting at school or are considering their GCSEs and A Levels.

If you would like us to come into your school please get in touch.

Seminars and talks

Our academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students can offer talks on a variety of subjects, from introductory chemical engineering to industrial biotechnology, sustainable energy and many others. Typically these are aimed at students in Key Stages 4 and 5.

Summer placements

We offer a limited number of summer placements for students in Key Stages 4 or 5, working within research groups under the supervision of academics on specific projects.


Our academic staff and PhD students regularly provide engineering workshop sessions for pupils of all ages. Recent workshops have introduced topics such as: process design, economics of production processes, electro-conductivity, fuel cells, carbon footprinting, and a broader overview of the differences between engineering disciplines.

Annual events

Discover Engineering Days

A biannual day for students to find out more about chemical engineering and other engineering subjects, as well as the career opportunities they offer, through talks and hands-on workshops. Find out more on the Discover Engineering page.

British Science Week: Science Extravaganza

An event every March for Key Stage 2 and 3 students to get hands-on with science experiments spanning a large number of STEM areas including chemical engineering. This year the University’s Sackville Street Building hosted around 1,100 school pupils for Science Week.

Insight into University

Occurring every July, Key Stage 5 students on the Headstart residential programme at Manchester experience one of our Year 1 Laboratory experiments, designing and building a water pumping system in the James Chadwick Building. For more information, see the Insight into University website.