In 2022 OxICFM CDT hosted three UNIQ+ research interns for six weeks in the Department of Chemistry. Each intern worked on an inorganic chemistry research project and was supervised by an internationally leading academic from within the department. The three research projects were 'Cleaner biocatalytic methods for chemical synthesis' (supervised by Prof. Kylie Vincent), 'Bypassing white phosphorus – synthesis of phosphorus-containing compounds without the intermediacy of P4' (supervised by Dr Daniel Scott) and 'Using carbon dioxide to make plastics' (supervised by Prof. Charlotte Williams).

Find out more about the UNIQ+ graduate access programme, and our 2022 interns below.

UNIQ+ Graduate Access Programme

UNIQ+ research internships are designed to provide students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds who are ordinarily resident in the UK, with the opportunity to experience postgraduate study. UNIQ+ aims to provide a real day-to-day experience of postgraduate research. During the six-week programme (which will ran from 4th July in 2022), interns undertake a research project, attend training skills sessions and receive information on graduate study. They meet and work with researchers, academic staff, and graduate students from the University of Oxford.

In 2022, interns received:

  • a scholarship stipend of £2,500 for the six-week programme designed to offset any loss of the opportunity to take up paid employment during the summer;
  • free-of-charge accommodation provided by one of Oxford's colleges
  • up to £250 to cover travel expenses to and from Oxford at the start and end of the programme; and
  • an application fee waiver for applying to a graduate course at Oxford (currently the application fee is £75 per application)
UNIQ+ is designed to:
  • enhance your research skills
  • enhance your ability to make a competitive application to postgraduate courses
  • introduce you to leading researchers and staff at the University of Oxford; and
  • offer you information about opportunities for postgraduate study and research careers
Applications are free, and open to UK residents who are currently studying, or already have, a degree at undergraduate level in a science-based subject from a UK university with a predicted outcome of 2:1 or more. Full eligibility criteria are available on the UNIQ+ website. Applications for 2023 internships are likely to open in January.

2022 Interns

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Shaun Olok-Jacobs

Originally from South London, Shaun is in his final year of his MSci in Chemistry at the University of Bristol. He is interested in synthetic chemistry and undertook a placement year synthesising deuterated organic carbonates as electrolytes for battery applications at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. Outside of the lab, Shaun enjoys cooking, reading, participating in outreach events, and playing American football.

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Katherine George

Katherine is studying an MChem in Chemistry with Forensic science at the University of Leicester. She has completed a year long industrial placement working with an agrochemical company developing formulations such as suspension concentrates and oil dispersions. She is interested in research surrounding catalysis, materials and metals used in medicine. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys horse-riding, climbing and socialising.

The six week UNIQ+ summer internship with OxICFM CDT was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to work with both PhD students and postdoctoral research associates, where I learnt how they progressed within their careers. I really enjoyed the independence that I was given in the laboratory, as I was able to use both the NMR and UV-VIS instrument to conduct analysis without supervision. The programme was an invaluable experience as I was able to meet the most wonderful people and I had the opportunity to meet many research groups in areas that are of interest to me.
Katherine George (2022 intern)
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