About Dr Andrew Ross
I am originally a chemist but I have recently moved into Science Communication.
I studied a Masters degree at the University of Sheffield in chemistry with a year in Industry. I spent my year in industry working at Reckitt Benkiser where I worked as an organic chemist supporting the analytical team. After my Masters I continued onto a PhD in Sheffield.
It was during my PhD I discovered my passion for outreach and I got involved in a number of outreach events run by the Chemistry Department. I sat on the student chemistry society as secretary and got involved in organising a number of events. Following this I joined the local section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and again got involved in organising events for both the public and for schools. During my time on the local section I formed a relationship with a local dairy farm who produce ice cream called Our Cow Molly. They offered us some ice cream and I wrote a lecture where the finale was to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Eddie from Our Cow Molly came to watch the ice cream lecture a few times and in 2010 he asked me to take part in Sheffield Food Festival 2010 and try to set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to make 1L of ice cream. In June 2010 I went up to his farm and in front of a few hundred people I set the World Record for the fastest time to preapre 1L of ice cream in 10.34 seconds!
After completing my PhD I was asked to continue my work and complete a part time Post-Doc in collaboration with a local synthesis company. Along side the Post-Doc I worked for the chemistry department running the outreach programme. Sheffield University is one of few Universities in the country to have a dedicated schools laboratory where schools can come to the university and take part in lab sessions run by university staff. I was responsible for running the lab and also going out to schools giving lectures and workshops.
In September 2011 I left Sheffield and went travelling around South America for 8 months. My wife and I learnt Spanish, volunteered and travelled across most countries in South America. It was a fantastic experience although I'm not sure I would do such a long trip again.
After returning to the UK in May 2012 I moved down to the South West and began work with Explorer Dome in June. I was the Head of Chemistry and the Health and Safety Officer. I travelled to schools across the South West of England presenting different chemistry shows to all ages of children.
In January 2013 I began work at the University of Bath working in the Widening Participation team as an Outreach Officer. I am resposible for working with the Science Faculty, the recruitment and training of ambassadors and organising events for local schools. In 2014 I became the Project Manager for the Bath Taps into Science Festival.
In August 2013 Helen Ross and I founded Zenith Education a private tution company for people of all ages in and around Bath and Warminster in the UK. I am responsible for the publicity and marketing