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Monday, 12 December 2016

December 2016

Our term comes to an end this week on 16th December and our students will be returning for the Spring term on or around 9th January.

We were delighted to hold a community engagement event on Friday 9th December at local retirement apartments.  Our Ultimate Frisbee team came along to chat with residents and entertained them with music.  This was a lovely event and both residents and students had a great evening.

This week the Chester Business School will be holding their Carols at Queen's Park Campus.  This is on 15th December at 4pm and all are welcome.

Our Community Liaison Team would like to wish all the local community a happy holiday season.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Carols At Queen's Park Campus - all welcome

Last December saw our first Carols at Queen's Park Campus which was a lovely festive occasion open to the local community.

We are repeating it this year - come along and join the festive fun!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

All are welcome at the Kingsway Solstice.

A Celebration of the Winter Solstice with performances from our B.A. and M.A. students at the Department of Performing Arts, University of Chester.
Wednesday 14th December at our Kingsway Campus.  Further details can be found  here

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sign language choir Reach for the Stars are giving a unique University-hosted performance this month!

Have you ever considered how popular music uses lyrics which describe emotions very visually?


Songs by Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Pink, and S Club 7, which seek to demonstrate this, will all feature in a unique performance by a Chester-based sign language choir taking place later this month.


The use of metaphors will be explored by the Dee-Sign Choir in a one-off performance, supported by the University of Chester, on Monday November 21. The Choir is a local charity that helps to raise deaf awareness and funds through its many performances. The event is taking place as part of Being Human 2016, a Festival of the Humanities, and a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The Festival is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.


This year’s special theme is ‘Hope and Fear’ and marks the first time the University of Chester has been part of Being Human. The institution’s involvement has been led by Dr Libby Damjanovic, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, whose expertise includes face recognition and emotion perception.


On Monday November 21, at the Chester Deaf Centre, Dee-Sign Choir will perform a series of songs chosen alongside Dr Damjanovic, to convey how complex emotional themes can be unlocked through the power of music, gesture, metaphor and facial movement. The songs will be accompanied by British Sign Language.


The set list includes Reach by S Club 7; Hero by Mariah Carey; Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis; plus songs by Pink, Mary Mary, Sam Bailey; and music from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (You'll Never Walk Alone). Four of the songs are new to the choir, and are currently being practised at the Chester Deaf Centre in readiness for the event. The songs have to be translated from English word order into British Sign Language word order, filmed, and then DVDs are produced in order for the choir members to practise at home as well as at the Deaf Centre.


Dr Damjanovic said: “We often speak in metaphors, but how well can the human mind pick up on non-verbal cues of our deepest hopes and fears? For example, are things looking up or are you still feeling down? The repertoire we have chosen will explore these emotions and I’m sure it will be an entertaining, and educational, evening for all.”

Anne Hesketh, Dee-Sign Director, assisted by Sallie Fletcher and Lorraine Fletcher, Assistant Directors, said: “Dee-Sign Choir is delighted to be invited to be part of this unique opportunity, and hopes it will lead to more joint projects with the University of Chester in the future. The Choir members have enjoyed working with Dr Damjanovic, choosing suitable songs relating to the human emotions of hope and fear. It has given them a better insight into how their performances, and the song lyrics and metaphors contained within them, translate into British Sign Language.”

The event falls during National Learn to FingerSpell Week (November 20-26,) which aims to encourage as many people as possible to learn the British Sign Language alphabet.

The performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at:


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Pop-up restaurants at the The University - Book early to avoid disappointment!

Fancy a delicious gourmet meal in one of our character locations? 

The University of Chester is holding two more of it's hugely popular pop-up restaurant events. 

Open to all, just book early to avoid disappointment :-)

Monday, 7 November 2016

November 2016

Congratulations to all our students who graduated last week!

Besides graduating some of our students helpfully agreed to help publicise the inaugural Chester Town & Gown 5K taking place on  Sunday 19th March 2017.

 'Town and gown' is defined as:

'in a University town, the relations between “town and gown” are those between the residents of the town and the students, who in the past wore academic gowns.'

It is hoped that this event will:

            Encourage positive engagement between, the University and its' students and the community and businesses.

            Raise money for charity.

            Create an event for students, communities and businesses to take part in.

            Be fun.
Registration for this event is now open online and you can also find more information on our website here

November Public Events

The Dead Sea Copper Scroll: From Ancient Treasure to Modern Fixation
A Public Event in Honour of the Appointment of
Professor George J. Brooke
as Visiting Professor in Biblical Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies
To include an abridged educational screening of Ancient Mysteries: The Dead Sea Treasure Map, panel discussion, and wine reception.
Sponsored by Brill Academic Publishers.
Wednesday, 9th November, 2016
19:30 - 22:00
Binks Building (Room CBK011), Chester Campus, University of Chester
Full details can be found on our website here
Chinese Language and Culture Evening

The University of Chester China Centre proudly presents a new series of Chinese Language and Culture Evenings every second Thursday of the month
Join us in an informal setting to learn Chinese phrases, exchange culture and meet new friends! 
Specific evenings will cover topics or activities on Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Film, Tang Poems, Taichi and Chinese traditional music.
Full details can be found on our website here
From the Lab to Langtree and Beyond: Translating Sports Science to Real-World Practice

Professor Craig Twist, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Professorial Inaugural Lecture
Sport scientists are meant to contribute to the body of knowledge that influences the practice and performance of athletes and coaches. However, reality dictates that several challenges and external factors must be overcome to ensure sport science research actually influences the practices and behaviours of those at the sporting coalface. Sport scientists must think carefully about the relevance of their work to the end-user and, more importantly, how findings should be interpreted and then communicated to best inform practice.
Thursday, 10th November, 2016
Beswick 017, Parkgate Road Campus
Full details can be found on our website here
Assessing the hazard of low frequency, high magnitude landslide events; the role of the engineering geologist
 Lecture by Steve Parry, Consulting Engineering Geologist, in association with the Geological Society (North West Regional Group), the North Wales Geology Association, and the Department of Geography and International Development at the University of Chester.
Thursday, 10th November, 2016
CBB115 Best Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester
Full details on our website here
Military Veterans and their Families Wellbeing Symposium

'Supporting the Armed Forces Community', presented by the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing
Thursday, 17th November, 2016
09:00 - 16:30
Riverside Innovation Centre, Riverside Campus, Chester, CH1 1SL
Please note there is a charge for this symposium.
Full details on our website here
How change happens: Book launch and lecture by Duncan Green
Pic: OUP
This new book explores how political and social change takes place, and the role of individuals in influencing that change, including the way campaigns, companies and governments try to influence the world.
Thursday 17th November 2016
7.30pm, CBB115 BEST BUILDING, Parkgate Road Campus
Facing Fear, Finding Hope

The use of metaphors will be explored in a unique performance of the Dee-Sign Choir next month, which is taking place as part of Being Human 2016. This year’s special theme is ‘Hope and Fear’.

Dee-Sign Choir
Monday, 21st November, 2016
Chester Deaf Centre, South View Road, Chester, CH1 4JG
This year is the first time the University of Chester has been part of Being Human, a Festival of the Humanities, and a national forum for public engagement with humanities research, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
The University’s involvement has been led by Dr Libby Damjanovic, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, whose expertise includes face recognition and emotion perception.
On Monday November 21, at the Chester Deaf Centre, Dee-Sign Choir, a local charity that helps to raise deaf awareness, will perform a series of songs chosen alongside Dr Damjanovic, to convey how complex emotional themes can be unlocked through the power of music, gesture, metaphor and facial movement. The songs will be accompanied by British Sign Language.
Dr Damjanovic said: “We often speak in metaphors, but how well can the human mind pick up on non-verbal cues of our deepest hopes and fears? For example, are things ‘looking up’ or are you still ‘feeling down’? The repertoire we have chosen will explore these emotions and I’m sure it will be an entertaining, and educational, evening for all.”
The performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance here

Cheshire Prize for Literature Awards Evening

Ian McMillan will be guest speaker at the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature awards evening and will read extracts from his poems as well as take questions from the audience. The announcement of this year’s winner of the Prize for poetry will follow and Ian will read the winning entry to the audience.

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2016
Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester, CH1 1SL
Please note there is a small charge for this event.
Further details and booking available on our website here  
Non Communicable Diseases - a preventable catastrophe

Professor Paul Lincoln OBE will be the speaker at this year's annual Haygarth Lecture     
Wednesday, 30th November, 2016
Binks 011, Parkgate Road Campus

Further details are available on our website here
Community Liaison Webpage 
We now have a page on the University of Chester website.  You can find information on how the University works on liaison with the wider Chester community.  You can visit our web page here

Friday, 28 October 2016

Graduation Ceremonies Next Week

Our graduation ceremonies take place at Chester Cathedral next week from Tuesday 1st - Friday 4th November 2016.

Congratulations to all our graduands who will be graduating next week!

It's quite a spectacle to see the students outside the Cathedral so please do come along to see them with their families and friends if you are out and about in Chester.

Thursday, 27 October 2016


Coming up next week from the Faculty Of Health And Social Care Historical Society, a talk by Alison O'Donnell.

From 1916 until 1919, Craiglockhart Hydropathic in Edinburgh was used as a War Hospital following the large increase in shell-shocked officers after the Battle of the Somme in 1916.  This presentation, which is a work in progress, will consider the men who were patients at Craiglockhart and  the nurses who cared for them.

This meeting is being supported by the Cheshire West branch of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN is proud to be celebrating its centenary this year.
2nd November 2016
Refreshments available from 3:45pm for a 4pm start
Room CRV016
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL
Open to all and free but please book by emailing
Visitors should use the main entrance on Castle Drive. Please note that parking
is very limited at Riverside, and visitors arriving by car should use the city centre/Little Roodee car parks.



Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Want to get fit?  Want a challenge in 2017?  Want to compete with family and friends?  Want to have some fun whilst raising money for charity?  Then we have the perfect event for you!  Introducing the University of Chester’s Inaugural Town and Gown 5K Fun Run

We'd like to invite the Chester community to take part in this new and exciting event in March. A great opportunity to get to know the staff and students of the University of Chester who are taking part!

Full details and how to register online can be found on our website here

Friday, 14 October 2016

Chester Student Community Guide

Have you ever wondered how we educate our students about community responsibility?

Now you can see our Chester Student Community Guide here

This publication is mainly targeted at students moving into private sector accommodation outside of the University.

A new innovation for the academic year 2016/17 was a postcard with tips for living in the community for our new students.  This was sent out to all our new Chester based undergraduates before they arrived.

The front cover of the postcard, above, was made up of words that our students used about Chester.

Also, on move in day of  Induction (or Freshers' Week) our residential students were given a Welcome to the City of Chester talk.  Over 1,000 new students attended and were given talks by the Co-Chair of the Garden Quarter Residents' and Traders' Association, Matt Baker, the police and the Chester Students' Union. 

Lots of public events happening at the University of Chester in October


Dr Simon Grennan: January 1871

17 Oct 2016 
Chester Town Hall 
This is a University at the Festival event which is part of the Chester Literature Festival organised by Storyhouse
January 1871. A stage adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel Ralph the Heir has garnered comments of indecency in the press. It is quickly followed on stage by Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old, the first operetta of Gilbert & Sullivan. Cartoonist and actress Marie Duval publishes a comic strip in Judy, or the London Serio-Comic Journal. Dr Simon Grennan of Chester University’s Centre for Narrative Drawing unfolds a fascinating series of connections that reveal the new entertainment industry of the late Victorian age.
This event is free and can be booked here

Eduard Louis and Geoffroy de Lagasnerie: New Engagements in French Literature and Politics

18 Oct 2016  
Chester Town Hall
 Arranged by the Modern Languages Department, this is a unique chance to listen (in English!) to two of the most interesting figures of intellectual life in France. Edouard Louis‘ highly acclaimed novels En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (Engl: The End of Eddy, 2017) and Histoire de la Violence have been translated into numerous languages while Geoffroy de Lagasnerie’s works are dedicated to sociological questions. In 2015, both authors signed a manifesto for the re-foundation of the French Left.
The event is free and can be booked here

Dr Graham Atkin: Staging Shakespeare

Chester Town Hall
21 Oct 2016
  This is a University at the Festival event which is part of the Chester Literature Festival organised by Storyhouse
A consideration of early modern staging of Shakespeare’s plays and how it was that Elizabethan and Jacobean acting companies created theatre.  Graham’s talk will look at three distinct areas:  the fabric of the theatres, the body on the stage, and the sensory stage (sounds, smells, touch and taste, and spectacle).  Student actors from the University will assist in illustrating some of the material.
This is a free event and can be booked here

Monday, 10 October 2016

We've got Royal Mail!

 In June of this year the Garden Quarter of Chester kindly allowed the University of Chester to take part in their Street Party.  Staff and students of the University ran an art stall for local children to make birthday cards for HM the Queen's 90th birthday.

These were then sent off to Buckingham Palace and this month we received this lovely response from the Queen.

Friday, 23 September 2016

A few updates

Welcoming Chester’s newest residents

Time flies and, as we say goodbye to summer, we welcome our new students to the University on Sunday, September, 25, when they will begin their Induction Week.

Over the past few weeks, they have been excitedly posting messages to each other and to the University on social media about how excited they are to be coming to such a beautiful city.

We’re expecting about 1,500 residential students to arrive during the day. As you may be aware, many of the students who have chosen to live in private commercial housing (as opposed to University) have already begun to move in.  Please remember if you have any concerns about residents in a commercial block, please contact their Housing Manager who should be able to sort out any issues.

Chester remains a particularly safe place to live, study and socialise and for the third year running it has been recognised as the safest City-based University in the North West. This is fabulous news for our students and the local community, but we recognise that a minority of poorly behaved students can tarnish the good name of the vast majority who act responsibly and are good neighbours. So, as always, we will continue to ask you to let us know if things are not as you wish in your street or neighbourhood.

Over these first few weeks, the University, in partnership with Chester Students’ Union, will be working hard to deliver key messages to our students about respecting local residents.   It is a priority to educate our students on how noise can impact negatively on the local area and those who live here.  This is particularly so in areas like Garden Quarter, particularly Sarl Williams Court and Home Dee House, and King Street. Students will be encouraged to take alternative routes to and from the city centre during the night time hours.

Operation Cherokee – Cheshire Police operation for the start of term

As last year, the local police will be allocating considerable additional resources over the Freshers/Induction period to support local communities and new students moving, not only into the Garden Quarter, but also into other areas in Chester. Their focus, as always, is to ensure that students are safe and to ensure that their behaviour over the Freshers/Induction period impacts as little as possible on local communities through noise or other nuisance. 

Where problems are experienced and are related to students, residents are encouraged to report the problem to the police via their non-emergency number of 101. The police will, where possible, respond to these reports of anti-social behaviour issues and will also use the reports from the community to direct their policing and provide a visible presence to any problem areas, so it is in everyone’s interests to contact them. As always in an emergency (when someone is at risk of getting injured, being threatened or a crime is being committed and is in progress) call the police on 999.

The University will continue to work closely with the police and the local council to deal with any student behaviour which affects the quality of life of other people.

Welcome to Cherelle Mitchell, the new University of Chester Students’ Union President. 

Cherelle will be attending the University– Community Liaison meeting in October, and is looking forward to meeting local residents. She is keen to develop further links between students and local communities, particularly through volunteering activities. Cherelle is also leading the Students’ Union’s campaign for ‘Best Night In’. This promotes events which do not focus on alcohol.  Plans include film nights, a bowling night and cookery groups.  This renewed emphasis on being better (and quieter) neighbours will be a key focus of joint University and Students’ Union activities this year.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Fancy a Sunday lunch in our historic Senate House or a fabulous dinner by award winning chefs in the iconic Churchill House?

Dinner in the De Gaulle Brasserie with specially selected wines fromTanners Wine Merchants on Friday 23rd September.  For more information and reservations please email or telephone 01244 513 011.
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Or come for Sunday Lunch in our historic Senate House on Sunday September 4th.  For more information or reservations email or telephone 01244 513 011.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sport sessions for the local community at the University of Chester

The University of Chester will be offering six weeks of Walking Football  and Netball sessions to the Cheshire community this summer.

About Walking Football from the Cheshire FA.

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s/
It was initially designed to help get over 50's back into football and increase physical activity through rekindling players' love for the game again.
The rules are adapted so there is no running, very little contact and kick ins instead of throw ins. With less stress on the body and no real sudden change of direction or cutting movements the game allows participants to play without apprehension and at their own pace.
 Playing the game at walking pace is a fantastic way to keep fit, reduce chances of injury and falls and also is a great way to meet new people.
Anyone is welcome to attend so dust off your football kit and give it a go!

About Walking Netball from England Netball

Walking Netball has evolved from a growing demand for walking sports. Often, one of netball’s strengths is that people never forget playing the sport and the memories as well as the love for the game never leave.

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.

From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.

Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.

Date and time: Mondays at 10am from 15th August to 22nd September for six weeks initially.

University of Chester
Parkgate Road Campus

Cost £1.00 per player.  Teams and individuals welcome.

All equipment provided.
Contact for booking and enquiries: Ali Cutler.  Email: Telephone : 01244 511 137.



Wednesday, 13 July 2016

July 2016

Our summer term has now ended.

University and Community Liaison Committee July 2016

Earlier this month we held our last University and Community Liaison Committee of the 2015/2016 academic year.  

Inspector Paul Loughlin gave a presentation to the Committee explaining the Chester Public Space Protection Order and it's implications and plans were shared for policing to ensure student safety during the next Freshers' Week.

I updated the Committee on community engagement plans that are in the pipeline and educational materials and talks about living in the Chester community that are planned for our new undergraduate intake in September. 

This includes this postcard to be sent out to new students before they arrive.

Want to Learn a New Language?
Enrolment is now open for our 2016/2017 programme of language evening classesThe programme includes languages from Arabic-Welsh.  You can find further details at
This is what people have to say about our evening classes:
"I have found the delivery and method of teaching the Arabic Language to the students at the Chester University far and above expectations. The quality of instruction and degree of capability beyond compare. A course and class worthy of profound recommendation."
Arabic Year 1 Student

"We all help each other. I love it."
“It’s a friendly atmosphere.”
“Lovely bunch of people.”
“It’s not embarrassing when you don’t get it at first.  Marie is really patient as is the rest of the class.”
“We have bonded as a group and we socialise.”
“Mandarin has already been useful in my job talking to people, even though I’m not fluent.”
 Chinese Mandarin Year 1 Students
"The French Language Course Parts 1 & 2 Beginners I took was brilliant. It was well paced, stretching and rewarding enough to make progress and there was an excellent balance of written, reading and spoken work. The tuition was both friendly and professional and I would highly recommend to anyone at any stage of language learning. C'est fantastique!"
French Year 1 Student

"The language class is a relaxed and fun way of improving your language skills, while also meeting a whole new bunch of people.  No chance of worrying about life's stresses, when you are engaging your brain in this way!"
French Year 2 Student

University friends and colleagues rally round for Rose

Staff at the University of Chester have been showing their support for their colleague, Jo Winchcombe, helping to raise much needed funds for Jo’s five-year-old daughter Rose.

 Having previously been developing normally, until the age of 15 months old, Rose was suddenly unable to talk, laugh, cry or move, and simultaneously developed epilepsy. Despite having undergone genetic testing, it is still not clear what caused Rose to be poorly, but her neurologist believes Rose may have an, as yet, undiagnosed genetic condition.

 Rose’s symptoms began to improve dramatically after Jo found out about the specialist Family Hope Center based in Pennsylvania, which works with families to create individual developmental programmes for children with special needs.

Jo works at the University of Chester as a Library and Information Services (LIS) Resources Assistant, where she says colleagues across the institution have showed tremendous support to help her in her fundraising efforts for her daughter.

 It was actually a former LIS colleague, Lizzy Roberts, who set up the fund for Rose in the first place. She was leaving to go to a new job and, instead of a collection, she decided that she would like to set up the fund.

 The most recent to offer to go the extra mile is Ben Hultum, who also works in LIS at the University. Ben is taking part in the Brompton Bike World Championship in London on Saturday, July 30, and is racing the eight mile circuit for Rose. (Brompton bikes are handmade folding bikes – more information can be found here:

If you would like to sponsor Ben Hultum please visit: or use the hashtag #RaceForRose.








Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Garden Quarter Street Party June 11th 2016

Staff and students from the University of Chester recently enjoyed taking part in the Garden Quarter's Street Party to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.

With the support of Cllr Bob Rudd we provided a Make a Birthday Card for the Queen art stall for local children.

The jumbo tubs of glitter proved very popular and we turned University staff and students very sparkly.

People were invited to include their card in a letter to Her Majesty or they could send it themselves to the address provided.

During the following week the glittering cards were posted to the Queen. 

The University is very grateful to the Garden Quarter Residents' and Traders' Association for allowing us to take part in the party!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June 2016

Important Dates

The exam period will end in the week beginning 6th June and our Summer Term will end on 8th July as we say goodbye to another academic year.

Community Liaison Activities

In May the Site Manager for our Queen’s Park Campus and our Community Liaison Manager met with the Locality Officer for the Queen’s Park and Handbridge area and Cllr Razia Daniels at the Queen’s Park Bridge over the River Dee to discuss possibilities for a joint clear up of the area of river bank immediately in front of the Chester Business School.

It was a very positive meeting and it is hoped that we will be able to work together to organise a community and University litter pick event during the next academic year.  It is hoped that this will be a good opportunity for local residents to meet students and staff of the University and work together to improve the local environment.

On 18th May the Handbridge Medical Centre held its Patient Participation Group meeting at our Queen’s Park Campus with the kind agreement of the Vice-Chancellor.  We received many positive comments on the facilities provided.

Also during May, the Community Liaison Manager and a student from the University attended the DIAL House Access Action Group Meeting.  This was a really useful experience and has prompted the University to improve the pre-arrival information that it provides to students with disabilities about accessibility in the City of Chester.  It is hoped that this will be extended to a Guide to Chester for new students with disabilities by current students in the run up to the 2017/18 academic year.

On 11th June the Garden Quarter Residents’ and Traders’ Association will be holding a Street Party to celebrate HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The University will be running a craft stall for local residents and their children to make a birthday card for the Queen.


De Gaulle Brasserie, Chester Business School Pop Up Restaurant Friday 24th June

For one night only enjoy quality food, created by award-winning chefs, and spectacular views over the Dee in our roof top Brasserie.

Book early to avoid disappointment!   To book and for further information please email or call 01244 513 011.

What Was Cheshire Really Like During World War I? 

Curated by the University of Chester History and Archaeology Department and researched by local community members come along to the pop up exhibition in Chester this week!

Public Events in June

The Art of Survival in Far East Captivity, 1942-1945: An Oral History Study

Meg Parkes, Honorary Research Fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Wednesday, 1st June, 2016

16:00 - 17:30

University of Chester Riverside Campus, room tbc

This talk is based on the history of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's unique medical and scientific collaboration with a group of veterans which has lasted nearly 70 years. It is the longest running project in the School's 118-year history.

Meg Parkes is an historian specialising in the experience and conditions of Far East captivity during WWII. Her father survived captivity in Java and Japan and kept diaries of the experience. Inheriting these notebooks after his death in 1997 she published them four years later. Meg attained her MPhil in 2013, her dissertation based on the 66 oral history interviews she recorded with former British Far East POW.


The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.

Admission free but booking necessary.

Please contact Roger Whiteley (, 01244 511619) to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus (formerly County Hall) and access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. The address is: University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL.


Measuring Perceived Exertion in Children: Over Two Decades of Progress?

Professor Kevin Lamb, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Thursday, 30th June, 2016


Beswick Lecture Theatre, University of Chester

Kevin is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and has been in the Department since 1992. Prior to that, he was a Research Assistant and a Lecturer in the Department of Movement Science at the University of Liverpool. Kevin has taught across all levels at Chester, primarily in Exercise Physiology and Research Methods. He has 60 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised countless undergraduate and Master's Dissertations, and 14 successful MPhil/PhD students.

Research addressing children's perceptions of exercise effort (their ‘perceived exertion’) has appeared steadily in the scientific literature over the last 30 years. Numerous studies have examined the validity and reliability of child-specific effort rating scales amongst children aged 5 to 16, across different modes of exercise (cycling, running, stepping, resistance exercise) and protocols (intermittent vs. continuous, incremental vs. non-incremental) Such laboratory-based research has enabled the general conclusion that children can, especially with practice, use effort perception scales to differentiate between exercise intensity levels, and to self-regulate their exercise output to match various levels indicated on them. However, inconsistencies in the methodological approaches adopted have diminish the certainty of some of the interpretations made by researchers. In addition, though often mentioned, the would-be application of effort perception in physical education and activity/health promotion contexts has been relatively ignored. In the United Kingdom, it has not emerged as a priority worthy of consideration in the National Curriculum for Physical Education, possibly owing to the inertia borne out of traditional teaching, or an insufficient lobby from professionals for its worth.

Tea and coffee will be served before the lecture and a complimentary drink will be available afterwards.
Tickets are free but must be booked. Email