Mighty AToM Day inspires A Level chemists

Some of Sydenham High’s A Level chemists attended an informative and interactive day at the University of Reading to find out more about the range of scientific degree fields and careers that are alternatives to studying medicine.

AToM Day (an acronym for Alternatives to Medicine Day) provided students with the opportunity to meet academics teaching a variety of Life Science subjects at degree level and gave an insight into what undergraduate level study in these disciplines might be like.

“AToM Day was very enlightening and allowed me to come in contact with the many different directions that Chemistry could take me - from food engineering to the pharmaceutical industry to making James Bond's 007 perfume bottles safe."

— year 12 chemist Wissale Yousfi

“Overall it made me aware of the presence and importance of Chemistry in our every day lives.”

Practical skill development was also on offer in the form of laboratory sessions and workshops covering a range of disciplines, including Genetics, Chemistry, Pharmacy and Food Science. There was also a careers session where the students were able to meet and quiz science graduates about their differing career paths.