Chemistry students bring back gold in UK Chemistry Olympiad Competition

A Level Chemistry students have had some amazing success with their UK Chemistry Olympiad competition entries this year, including our first ever gold medallist.

Matt Wilde, A-Level Chemistry Student, with his Gold and Silver award certificates

The students performed brilliantly, resulting in 4 bronze awards, 5 silver and the gold award going to Matt Wilde for obtaining a fantastic score!

Run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the competition is designed to challenge and inspire and is the leading chemistry competition open to all secondary schools and colleges in the UK. This enriching experience is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field.

The competition is designed to stretch and challenge students in applications of the A Level content, adding relevance and real-world applications to the material covered in their studies.

This year, questions covered topics such as the new E10 petrol formulation, the nanochemistry involved in Lateral Flow tests and the long-term storage of Covid-19 vaccines.

During the Summer, some of the students also earned certificates in the Cambridge Lower Sixth Chemistry Competition. This competition is also designed to run alongside students’ sixth-form studies to enrich their understanding of chemistry.

Well done to all of the students involved in both competitions! 

Find out more about the Royal Society of Chemistry's Olympiad Competition here.