Preliminary Rounds for Top of the Bench will be hosted by the University of Birmingham

in the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory  on

Saturday 23rd November 2019.

The event will run from 10.00 a.m. and finish at approximately 3.00 p.m.

(see full programme below).

Cars and minibuses will be able to park outside the Haworth building and close to the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (see map below).

Lunch and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the RSC Local Section.

School teams are advised to bring pens, pencils, calculators and rulers. Lab. coats and safety glasses for comfort, if they have their own, otherwise lab. coats and safety specs will be available!

Parents transporting students are more than welcome to stay – plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits will be available!

Team information

Each team should be made up of the following:

  • 2 students from year 9
  • 1 student from year 10
  • 1 student from year 11

Each school can enter up to TWO teams.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.


Programme of events

Time Activity Location
0930 – 1000 Arrival and refreshments CTL Foyer/Cafe
1000 – 1100 Written Paper Quiz CTL Upper Floor
1100 – 1200 Practical Challenge CTL Wet Laboratory
1200 – 1300 Lunch: Sandwiches provided CTL Cafe area
1300 – 1400 Guest Lecture: Dr Rebecca Bird Ha LT 101
1400 – 1430 Results and Final Remarks Ha LT 101

CTL – Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
Ha – Haworth Building, School of Chemistry

Download a copy of the Programme Pamphlet:

Risk Assessment

Download a copy of our Risk Assessment letter for Schools: