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Monday, 25 January 2016

University of Chester Diversity Festival 2016

Each year the Diversity Festival provides a focus through which the University actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism. The theme of the 2016 Festival is "Wellbeing and Belonging" and the events are open to the community.

Just some of the highlights:

 Monday 29th February 2016, 9.30am - 11.15am, Churchill 139

Diversity Festival Launch Event: Diversity Dashboard with Eilidh Milnes

Eilidh Milnes provides a fresh perspective and practical common sense solutions for everyday problems such as diversity. She inspires audiences to boost their confidence, productivity and resilience through her exuberance and storytelling. As soon as you hear Eilidh speak, you will realise why she’s known as ‘Captain Positive’!
As a result of learning to collaborate using her no-nonsense communication programmes, dramatic improvements have occurred for her clients. These include: associations such as IOSH, education establishments and blue-chip corporates including BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, PwC and LaSalle.
An award-winning author, Eilidh has been an international speaker and career coach since 1995. In 2014, she was National President of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland. And she is looking forward to sharing her experience, knowledge and pizzazz at the University of Chester Diversity Festival 2016.

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 1.30pm - 2.15pm, Westminster 018

The Intervention Initiative with Dr Rachel Fenton, University of the West of England

The extent of sexual harassment, sexual coercion, rape and domestic abuse in student populations across England has been revealed in evidence from crime surveys, student surveys and professionals working with students. The evidence has produced an imperative for universities to act.
Dr Rachel Fenton, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England, is the Principal Investigator for the Public Health England-funded Bystander Intervention Project. Dr Fenton and her team have developed an evidence-based educational programme for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings, through empowering students to act as prosocial citizens. The University of Chester is one of the pioneering universities to offer this course.

Saturday 5th March 2016, 12.30pm - 4.30pm, University of Chester China Centre 

Chinese Activity Afternoon

Join us for an afternoon dedicated to Chinese language and culture, in a set of workshops to be run by Dr Yichao Shi, from the University of Chester’s Modern Languages Department. You may attend all or selected sessions as you wish:
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Taster Session in Mandarin Chinese
Did you know that the China Centre offers free weekly language classes for the general public? Learn your first Chinese phrases at our taster session. Find out more details about the classes here:
2:00pm - 3.00pm: Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Calligraphy, or the art of writing, was the visual art form prized above all others in traditional China. Learn how to capture energy in motion in this introduction, suitable for absolute beginners. All materials provided.
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Writing Chinese Characters
Unlike written words formed from alphabets, Chinese characters convey more than phonetic sound or semantic meaning. Learn how to write Chinese Characters in this exciting workshop.

Wednesday 9th March 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Riverside 139

An International Perspective on Midwifery: Birth in the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands

Of Belgian origin, Jef Mennens runs a highly successful independent Midwife Practice in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. In a society where male midwives are still outnumbered by their female colleagues, Jef brings a unique and entertaining story of birth in the Netherlands. Each country has its unique approach to childbirth: for some, home birth is standard practice, for others an exception. How is your experience as a parent or midwifery practitioner going to differ, depending on where you happen to live? Join Jef in this unique opportunity to find out more about the realities of midwifery abroad.

Thursday 10th March 2016, 11.00am - 2.00pm, Small Hall

Wellbeing Fair in partnership with Chester Voluntary Action

This Charity, Voluntary and Community Group Marketplace event will provide an opportunity for community groups and local voluntary organisations to showcase their services and volunteering opportunities relating to wellbeing and equality. Come along and find out what’s going on in your community and how you can volunteer with local groups.

Booking Details

All Diversity Festival events are open to all members of the public, staff and students (unless otherwise stated). Booking is now open and details on how to book for each event are in the programme which you can find at Festival Programme  If you have any queries, please contact the Festival Organisers on 01244 512135 or email

Thursday, 21 January 2016

BBC Radio 4's The 3rd Degree is coming to Chester this Friday!!

FREE places going fast to see students v staff quiz on campus

Who will you be cheering for this Friday?

Students will take on the lecturers that teach them when BBC Radio 4's battle of wits, The 3rd Degree is recorded on the Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, with quiz master Steve Punt (from TV's Mock the Week and Horrible Histories and one half of comedy duo Punt and Dennis).

Professor Howard Williams from History and Archaeology, Dr Eileen Pollard from English and Dr Helen Southall from Computer Science will be taking part opposite students Rebecca Thornton, Bjorn Ephgrave and Clayton Jones from those departments.

Alongside quick-fire general knowledge questions and some witty repartee, Steve will be putting specialist knowledge to the test and demonstrating what he knows about the University of Chester. Here is a link to previous episodes: 

May the best team win! 

Doors open at 5.45pm for a 6pm start. Tickets are FREE, but numbers are limited, so they must be booked by emailing


Monday, 4 January 2016


Happy New Year to all our Neighbours!

The Chester Business School held Carol’s at Queen’s Park on Tuesday 15th December and many local residents accepted the invitation to come along and join in the carols and enjoy the festive refreshments. 

I enjoyed the chance to chat to local residents and many of them commented how much they had enjoyed the opportunity to come along to see the Business School.  Many of our guests took the opportunity to have impromptu tours of the Charles de Gaulle suite and to see the magnificent table.

On 21st December the University held a Christmas lunch for older residents of Chester who attend the Here and Now group in Blacon.  International students from India, Palestine and China came along to join in and to chat to our lunch guests.
This was a lovely festive event and started the Christmas week on a high note.

Students, University staff  and local residents enjoying Christmas lunch


Chester Students' Union are holding their Accommodation Fair for students on 13th and 14th January and we will be promoting responsible behaviour while living in the Chester community during the Fair.  We will be giving out this handy post card guide to living in the community to students.

PC Tom Philpotts and PCSO Kirsty Lawrence will also be at the Fair promoting Student Safety and also providing some education on being good neighbours.

Events Happening This Month

Faculty of Health and Social Care Museum
Opening Wednesday, 6th January, 2016
13:00 - 16:00

University of Chester Riverside
Castle Drive






This is another opportunity to see the new First World War: Returning Home exhibition and the permanent collection of curiosities from the world of medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work.

Admission is free and there is no need to book.  Further details are available at or contact Roger Whiteley (, 01244 511619).

Please note that there is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus and city centre car parks or public transport should be used.

Community-based Learning in the Wake of Disaster
Geography and International Development Research Seminar
Professor Eric Pawson, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

 Thursday, 7th January, 2016
Best Building Room CBB012, Parkgate Road Campus


This is a free event, all are welcome and no booking is necessary.

Fancy Learning Mandarin for Free?


The University of Chester China Centre is running FREE day AND evening classes EVERY WEDNESDAY for beginners from the 18th of January 2016 until the 6th of June 2016.

 These classes are open to members of the Chester community and full details of times, locations and how to book on can be found on our web site by clicking here

Dates for your Diary

Our new term starts on 11th January and so we expect our students to start returning over this next week.
Please feel free to share any comments or suggestions about what you would like to see included in this blog with us by emailing