April 9, 2015, by Genelva Meikle

School of Chemistry Alumni Careers Dinner , March 2014

The country which is in advance of the rest of the world in chemistry will also be foremost in wealth and in general prosperity.              

WILLIAM RAMSAY, 1852 – 1916

On Tuesday 24 March, the School of Chemistry held a Chemistry Alumni Careers Dinner in the Senate Chamber, Trent Building, with the support of the Alumni Relations Team and ChemSoc. Recent Chemistry alumni were invited back to the campus to talk about their career journey and share advice on how to cope with the transition from the University of Nottingham to a position in their graduate career.  This event was kindly sponsored by BP.

The event consisted of a drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal during which the hosts facilitated informal round table discussions between alumni and current students. Students had the opportunity to ask alumni questions about their journey since graduation. This was a great opportunity for alumni to inspire our  current students with ideas and advice on a wide range of sectors, highlighting the opportunities available in the graduate careers market.

The event was attended by Head of Chemistry, Professor Jonathan Hirst, Dr Andy Teale, Dr Jon McMaster and Professor Steve Howdle who masterminded the event. During the evening there were 83 attendees including 60 undergraduate students – Alumni in attendance work within a range of industries and organisations including colleagues from BP, a patent agent, a drug delivery expert, teachers and a trainee medic, as well as accountancy and composites & coatings professionals.


ChemSoc Chemistry students Katherine Lamport, Amy Stimpson and Alison Taylor coordinated the round table discussions ensuring that at the end of each course the undergraduates sat still as the alumni played musical chairs, moving to a new table. This ensured that every student had the opportunity to hear about a range of new experiences. The feedback on the event was very positive from all who attended.



Steve Howdle and Jon McMaster kept the event “flowing and moving” and the dinner was nicely rounded off with some rousing careers advice from Dr Kirsty Clode, alumna, and a senior manager at BP Hull.


If you are interested in supporting your school by volunteering your time and returning to support the development of our current students; please feel free to contact Alumni Relations Manager, Genelva Meikle, who will be more than happy to inform you on the many ways this can be done.


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