While being complimentary about my work the new RSC Outreach Fund has declined my request for further support as they are stopping the funding dedicated to this project. Nevertheless, I am determined to continue to run the school-based Chemistry at Work events already booked by the schools although I need to raise sufficient funds to cover the venue, catering and printing costs to run the annual three-day event for Secondary Schools in June at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre as well.  This event attracts over 300 students annually from the Secondary Schools in the town and surrounding counties and I have been running it now for 18 years.

Please contact us if you know any person or institution who may be willing to support this event.

Derek Jones



There is now hope for next year. Subject to funding from the new RSC Outreach Fund, the Chemistry at Work events planned will be able to go ahead.  The schools have booked eight days from February to July 2018 and I am seeking further funding to hopefully increase these events after this.

Derek Jones

Chemisty at Work has proved very succesful over  the years but the RSC have now decided to stop the dedicated funding given to it. I hope to maintain the school-based Chemistry at Work events with continued support from the new RSC Outreach fund. The three-day central venue events however, in Milton Keynes, are immediately effected by this as they are more expensive to run.

Consequently and regretably I have had to cancel this Autumn Term’s Event for 650 Year 6 pupils at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre and I am seeking another benefactor for the Secondary School’s Chemistry at Work event there in June 2018.

I hope to be able to contine to help students see the value of chemistry.

Derek Jones

We had eleven demonstrations running concurrently at Challney High School for Girls last Thursday and this perimitted most demonstrators to have a break during which they were able to see their colleagues in action.  The day was a great success, the girls asked intelligent questions and the Head of Science has asked me to book next year’s Chemistry at Work day again, as soon as possible. All the demonstrators were experienced, some having participated regularly for ten years or more!

The demonstrations  involved:

  1. Active Luton – Healthy Pools for a Health Swim
  2. Anglian Water – Pure Water
  3. Bedfordshire Police – Police Chemistry
  4. Bluefield Centre – Poisons & How They Work
  5. BRE – Fire and Buildings
  6. Bugs & Beasties – Earth Worms
  7. Chartered Civil Engineer – Roads & Potholes
  8. Mid-Bucks Beekeepers – The Honey Bees
  9. Proctor & Gamble – Hair Styling and Gel Fiormation
  10. Research Chemist– Discovering Medicines
  11. Steve Bainbridge – Asbestos Proection but Dangerous Dust
    The reserve was Paramagnetism and the Chemistry of Fire from EBA

I am doing all I can to get through the RSC’s sudden recent funding changes. Any more suggestions of possible funders are welcome.

With my grateful thanks to all the demonstrators.

Derek Jones
Event Organiser