Variety in Chemistry Education Conference (ViCE)


DATE: 2 Sep 2010 - 3 Sep 2010
LOCATION/VENUE: Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK


Variety in Chemistry Education is organised jointly by the UK Physical Sciences Centre and the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Division / Tertiary Education Group. It is one of the major chemistry education conferences for Higher Education.

It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas related to the learning of chemistry at degree level, the sharing of good practice and innovation and the dissemination of the outcomes of pedagogic research as they relate to chemistry at university level.


Programme (provisional)


Day 1: Thursday 2nd September

10.00–10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30–10.45 Welcome and introduction - Karen Moss, Chair of RSC Tertiary Education Group
10.45–11.30 2009 RSC HE Teaching Award lecture: Motivating and engaging chemistry students – achievable goal or holy grail - Claire McDonnell, Dublin Institute of Technology
Oral presentations:
11.30-11.45  Tutor and student experiences of audio feedback on assessments - David McGarvey, Keele University
11.45-12.00 Lectures on demand: the student perspective - David Read, University of Southampton
12.00-12.15 Screencasting chemistry lectures - Simon Lancaster, University of East Anglia
12.15-12.30 – using user-generated videos to engage students - Stephen McClean and Paul Hagan, University of Ulster
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.15 Choice of parallel Workshops

    Enhancing student learning using online resources - Nick Greeves, University of Liverpool
    Higher-order problem solving workshops in inorganic chemistry - Francis Mair, University of Manchester
14.30-15.00 Tea/coffee to be taken during workshops
Oral presentations:

15.15-15.30 Promoting student engagement through contextualised practical work - Katy McKenzie, Dylan Williams and Derek Raine, University of Leicester
15.30-15.45 Getting the students to expand the experiment – a simple variation on lab classes - Martin Pitt, University of Sheffield
15.45-16.00 Language barriers to kinaesthetic learning in chemistry lab classes - Ruth Mewis, University of Hull, Rini Sinha and Paul Taylor, University of Warwick
16.00-16.30 What skills do new graduates need? - Steve Hanson and Tina Overton, UK Physical Sciences Centre
16.30-17.00 Oral Bytes (5 minutes each)
    WebCSD – Furthering students’ understanding of 3D chemical structure - Susan Henderson, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)
    Who do we think we are? - Simon Belt, University of Plymouth
    ASELL as Gaeilge: CELLT - Mike Bridge, Trinity College, Dublin
    Novel work-based distance learning courses in Analytical Sciences - Ruth Williams, The Open University
    Transferable skills for chemists: challenges and opportunities for engaging PhD students in career development - Katy McKenzie, University of Leicester
    From lo-tech to high-tech: Teaching spectroscopy with the writing on the wall - Katherine Haxton, Keele University
1900 Wine Reception
1930 Conference Dinner
RSC Tertiary Education Group AGM will take place at 17.15.


Day 2: Friday 3rd September

0900-09.45 2009 Nyholm Prize Lecture: From parrots to professionals: More effective chemistry graduates - Tina Overton, University of Hull
09.45-12.00 Choice of parallel workshops
    Introducing chemical product design into the curriculum - Martin Pitt, University of Sheffield
    Applications of the Cambridge structural database in undergraduate education and research - Susan Henderson, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)
10.30-11.00 Tea/coffee to be taken during workshops
12.00-13.00 Lunch
Oral presentations:

13.00-13.15 A chemistry diagnostic test using a novel visual display for assessing basic an complex chemistry knowledge amongst undergraduate students - Suzanne Fergus, University of Hertfordshire
13.15-13.30 The mole misunderstood - A Pabari and Karen Moss, Nottingham Trent University
13.30-13.45 Irish students’ difficulties with organic chemistry at third level - Anne O’Dwyer, Peter Childs and Noreen Hanly, University of Limerick
13.45-14.00 Open Educational Resources – chemistry resources for all - Paul Chin, UK Physical Sciences Centre, University of Hull

14.00-14.30 Oral Bytes (5 minutes each)
   Teaching foundation year chemists by problem based learning - Dylan Williams and Katy McKenzie, University of Leicester
   New questions for old: e-assessments be a-changing -  Dick Bacon, University of Surrey
   Retaining weaker students in irish undergraduate science programmes - Aine Regan, Sarah Hayes, Peter Childs, Teresa Curtin, University of Limerick
   Exploring the chemical misconceptions of pre-service science teachers - Sarah Hayes and Peter Childs, University of Limerick
   Easing the school to university transition: bridging courses in chemistry - Paul Duckmanton, Hugh Cartwright, Malcolm Stewart and Nicholas Green, University of Oxford
14.30-15.00 Closing remarks, tea/coffee and depart


Online Booking

Online booking is now available (see link below).


Registration fees:

Full conference (Includes accommodation on 2nd September, attendance at the full conference, lunches, refreshments and conference dinner), £90
Accommodation (Additional night available, Wednesday 1st September), £48
Single day (2nd or 3rd September), £40
Conference dinner (Available for day delegates on 2nd September), £20
Payment is by purchase order or credit card. If paying by credit card, ensure you have this ready as you will taken to our online payment facility. If paying by purchase order, registration is provisional until this is received.


Cancellation policy: 

In the event of a delegate failing to attend and not informing the UK Physical Sciences Centre one month before the conference full registration costs will be charged. Substitutions will not incur a charge.



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