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TCD Transition Year Chemistry Event 2016

will take place


Monday 29th February to Friday 4th March, 2016.






Information on our next Transition Year Programme 2017 will be advertised early September, 2016. Please be aware that places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with a maximum of 2 students per school

For more information please contact Maria Copley at or on 01 8962336.


Transition Year Programme Report 2015

The School of Chemistry hosted its annual Transition Year Programme from Monday 23rd February to Friday 27th February. Now in its sixth year, the 60 places were highly sought after. The week kicked- off with a safety lecture and a general introduction to the three main disciplines within Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Physical). In an action-packed next 2 days, the students carried out experiments in our state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching labs. The experiments ranged from synthetic preparations to an analytical chemistry competition but all involved team work and the application of new practical skills.

Tours of the College’s facilities, on the third day, showcased the modern TCD sports centre, and the world-class research laboratories and facilities in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) and CRANN. The students got a real insight and a tangible taste of what being a student in Trinity is like.

'The tours of Trinity furthered my interest in attending this university'.

Towards the end of the week the students were treated to a number of postgraduate presentations which depicted 'A Day in My Life as a Chemistry Researcher'. These provided a sense of how research is conducted and how it contributes solutions to global challenges e.g. in energy, health and the environment. Directly after the presentations the TY students got to experience hands-on experiments which were linked to the postgraduates research and included making fluorescence slime, looking at responsive glass-technology and trying out the Kastle-Meyer test for haemoglobin.

Finally the week was wrapped up by an excellent group-presentation feedback session, a group photo, a trip to the Book of Kells and an exciting SF Chemistry Broad Curriculum finale.

Main photo: TY Group photo. Surrounding photos: TY students working in the lab and doing hands-on experiments.

Below are just some of the comments from attendees…………

'I liked learning new things about chemistry (and also it was good to hear about what science in college is like).'

'Everything was perfect, the amount of people, the different times, the quiz we did as we got to mingle with other people and the power point as what we learned stuck in our heads! Overall I had an absolute fabulous time I'll definitely get my sister to do it next year thank you very much!'

…………….and from parents and teachers.

'My daughter thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the programme and it has given her a real incentive to work hard in the Senior Cycle in order to get to university. There have been times this year with TY that I have wondered was it worth it but I guess it is these experiences that make it worthwhile for the students.'


Last updated 17 November 2015 by School of Chemistry (Email).