International chemistry olympiad

A level student Vasu Kaker has been selected to be part of the UK team in the International Chemistry Olympiad Competition taking place in July.

The 17-year-old student, who is homeschooling in Singapore, entered the Olympiad through Wolsey Hall Oxford. Vasu originally beat thousands to go through to round two and then smashed it again to be selected as a reserve in the UK team.”


Student Vasu through to final of Chemistry Olympiad
A level Chemistry

“Preparing for the Olympiad was a phenomenal learning journey,” explains Vasu. “I feel honoured to be selected for the United Kingdom’s Chemistry Team and am truly excited to take part in further training. I look forward to learning advanced Chemistry concepts under the guidance of Cambridge University Chemistry Professors and meeting the other team members. I also would like to express my heartfelt gratitude towards my Chemistry teacher, Linda Powell, for her continued support and guidance.”

Due to covid-19, training for the competition has had to take place online instead of the usual residential course. It is expected the competition will also take place virtually.


“Vasu should feel extremely proud to have beaten such tough competition through all the rounds of the Chemistry Olympiad,” says Lee Wilcock, Principal at Wolsey Hall Oxford. “This is a unique opportunity for him to showcase his Chemistry knowledge and develop further. We wish him all the best in representing the UK in the final!”

Vasu is currently studying A level Chemistry with Wolsey Hall. The Olympiad is designed to challenge students on their Chemistry knowledge in real-life situations, developing their thinking and problem solving skills. Best of luck Vasu and the rest of the UK team!

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