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Monday, 29 February 2016

March 2016

We are looking forward to Easter after a busy term. 
Term Dates for your Diary
We break up for Easter on Friday 18th March and our students will be returning for the start of the Summer Term on 11th April.  We would like to wish our neighbours a happy Easter.

University and Community Liaison Committee
The University and Community Liaison Committee met in February. 
The Committee is made up of the following members:
Dean of Students                                                 Chief Financial Officer/Bursar
University Proctor                                                Director of Corporate Communications
Community Liaison Manager                              Residential Support Manager
Proctor’s Secretary                                               Students’ Union President
Students’ Union General Manager                    Representatives of Local Resident Associations
Councillors from the various Chester wards    Cheshire West and Chester Officers
Cheshire Constabulary Officers

The Committee agenda included input from a resident of Homedee House, a retirement apartment complex on Canal Street, and Garden Lane, an update from the Proctor’s Office and reports from both the Residential Support Manager and the Community Liaison Manager.
Student Community Engagement
In February the University of Chester held its first Contact the Elderly Tea Party.
Contact the Elderly is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people, through regular face-to-face contact.  You can read more about the charity here
We welcomed local guests for a tea party of cucumber sandwiches, scones, brownies and even trifle with lashings of tea and coffee.  The party was held at  our accommodation on the Fountains Roundabout, Sumner House.
Student volunteers chatted with the guests for two hours and the feedback from both party guests and volunteers was very positive.  We are looking forward to our next Contact the Elderly Tea Party.


Forthcoming Events
Diversity Festival Monday 29th February – 11th March 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"  Members of the public are welcome to all the events and you can see the full programme, with details of how to book onto events here

Chester City Community Forum
On 10th March at 18:30 for a 19:00 start the Chester City Community Forum will be held at the Parkgate Road Campus.  The Forum will take place in our Westminster Building in Room CWE019.
Refreshments will be available and all are welcome. 
Full details of the Forum and the agenda will available on the Cheshire West and Chester site at

Chinese Activity Day

Saturday 5th March 2016  12:30 to 16:30

 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 Confucius Headquarters, the Ministry of Education, China.   

Full details and booking at                                                                              


Women In Science - Anne-Marie Imafidon  
Wednesday 16th March
18:00 - 20:00
Thornton Science Park

Anne-Marie Imafidon is a woman on a mission campaigning to get more women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Full details and booking can be found on our web site at       Are you a fan of the Scottish play?

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Charity Cake Sale

Today our Riverside students are raising money for a parent led support group for families that have children with additional needs.  We hope that there is some left...........

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

More February Events at the University of Chester

Also happening this month:

Lunch time talk: My Mongolian Trip by Amy Jenkins
Amy Jenkins is 19 years old and a BA Chinese Studies and Politics student at the University of Chester. Amy applied for her course because of her love of languages, her previous experience of the Chinese language and her desire to understand the culture.
In the summer of 2015 Amy was lucky to have an opportunity to go to China to be part of an expedition from Beijing to Hohhot in Inner Mongolia. The expedition allowed Amy to be immersed in Chinese culture and she learnt a lot about Chinese food (中国菜), how to use chopsticks (筷子) and about relationships between people. (关系).  Amy would love to share her experiences and have the opportunity to explain the intricacies of the many aspects of Chinese culture she experienced.

Thursday, 11th February, 2016
12:30 - 13:30
The University of Chester China Centre, 3rd Floor, Gateway House, 86 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT, Entrance opposite Renew Theatre
No booking necessary
McCarthyism Paintings by David Gledhill - Opening Event Feb 4th 5-7pm All welcome

Contemporary Art Space Chester, the University of Chester, Kingsway Campus.

The exhibition runs from February 5th –26th 2016 10am - 4pm

‘McCarthyism’ is an exhibition of paintings based on Chicago and Detroit newspaper photographs of trials held by the ‘House Un-American Activities Committee’ and associated bodies between its inception in 1938 and its dissolution in 1975. In addition to the trial paintings there are paintings of demonstrations, two of an American communist party member being arrested and one of an anticommunist march. The source photographs are all black and white and have inscriptions on the
reverse side, from which the titles have been selected.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Here we are in February already and there is lots of exciting stuff going on at the University of Chester.

Time flies

On January 13th and 14th I attended the Accommodation Fair organised for students by Chester Students’ Union.  I handed out over 350 postcards to students looking for private rented accommodation.  The post card has top tips for living in the community for our students.  It was a really nice opportunity to engage with our students about being responsible residents in Chester.

On 21st January I accompanied a colleague who was giving a talk to the Here and Now group for older residents of Chester.


Dominic Langmead from the Faculty of Science and Engineering gave a lovely talk to the members of the group about the Air Cadets, as he is an officer in the Air Cadets.  Several of the members of the group had been in the forces during World War II and really enjoyed the talk.  Dominic also chatted to the residents about his work at Thornton Science Park and about the outreach work that the Faculty does.
Many thanks Dominic!

Our University and Community Liaison Committee will be meeting in February and the meeting will be treated to a report on my activities since I took up the post of Community Liaison Manager in October. 

The  Committee meets once a term and is made up of various stakeholders, including: Resident Association representatives, Chester and Cheshire West Council Officers, Cheshire Constabulary, Chester Students’ Union representatives and various University staff. 

Last year a member of University staff decided to form a local branch of The Women's Institute, Chester Devas WI.  Chester Devas WI is the local Women's Institute within the Chester area and members of the community are welcome to join.  A member of the WI from the University has very kindly agreed to send through this short blog about the group.

 Chester Devas WI
From a tentative post on the University electronic notice board just over a year ago and an initial meeting of just six, Chester Devas WI has grown to a fully-fledged branch with over 30 attendees at every meeting.

As our motto says, our goal is to ‘Make Friends, Make Stuff, Make Change’. This has been the focus of our monthly meetings where we have formed friendships and learnt a variety of skills from self-defence to paper craft as well as discussing how the branch can make a difference to the lives of others. Rebecca Collins, a Lecturer in Human Geography at Chester and President of Chester Devas WI, and our ever-enthusiastic committee of eight (a mixture of women from inside and outside the University) have, with the invaluable assistance of our WI mentors, established a vibrant, welcoming and active group in a very short time.

2016 looks set to be another busy year with a packed calendar of meetings and social events. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th February between 7pm and 9pm at the Quaker Meeting House, just off Frodsham Street in the centre of Chester. We will be making t-shirts and banners and flags for our one year anniversary ‘Walk Along the Wall’ event on Sunday 21st February and enjoying the usual tempting selection of refreshments provided by our extremely talented members.

You can find out all about Cheshire Devas WI including information on all of our events and meetings on our facebook page and twitter feed. If you are interested in becoming a member, you are very welcome to join us as a guest up to three times at a cost of just £3 per meeting. For information on becoming a fully paid up WI member, visit the Cheshire Federation website or send an email to  

Did You Know That You Can Use Our Library? 

Members of the public are welcome to come into the Library at Parkgate Road Campus or the Faculty of Health and Social Care Library at our Riverside Campus and refer to the collections for reference

We ask that members of the public report to the Helpdesk where they will be asked to sign the Visitors' Book. Library staff will be pleased to advise and direct them.

Normal library regulations will apply. Journals are not available for loan to any borrower. Photocopying facilities are available from the Helpdesk.

Access to eResources

The University of Chester supports widening access to electronic resources where licensing agreements and University regulations on the use of IT facilities permit.

We provide access for visitors and external users to: the Internet; those electronic information resources we subscribe to which allow walk-in access for visitors; access to standard desktop software and printing facilities charged at the current rate. Use of these facilities must be within the library premises and for educational purposes.

If you have any questions about using the Library as a member of the public please feel free to get in touch on:

Telephone: 01244 511 234


Free Public Events at the University

This month I will be visiting the Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum on one of their open days to meet with the volunteers who help staff the Museum, many are local residents, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to talk to local residents about their engagement with the University. 

The Museum is open to all on:

Date:  3 Feb 2016

 Time:  13:00 - 16:00

 and there will also be a public lecture on that date at the Museum:

Scottish Women’s Hospitals: The Nurses of Royaumont in France 1914-1919  

Dr Alison O’Donnell, Honorary Lecturer, University of Dundee, and member of the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Society’s Steering Committee. 

Date:  3 Feb 2016

Time:  16:00 - 17:30 

Admission is 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.
Workshop - Chinese Kun Opera

The University of Chester China Centre is hosting a workshop on the aesthetics of Chinese opera through the story of The Peony Pavilion.  This is open to members of the public.

Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

14:00 - 17:00

The University of Chester China Centre, 3rd Floor, Gateway House, 86 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT, Entrance opposite Renew theatre. The workshop is to be led by Kathy Hall, founder of the London Kun and Beijing Opera Association. It will introduce Chinese aesthetics, theatre, dance and music.

Attendants will also learn the gestures of Chinese opera and how to put together some key movements to make a short story of your own.

The workshop is FREE.

Booking is essential by emailing 

‘The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.’
G.K. Chesterton

Are you a poet based in Cheshire?  Would you like to win £2,000? Perhaps you could be the first prize winning Cheshire cheese poet?

This month the University of Chester launches The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature and for 2016 the prize will be for poetry. 


Important Dates

Our Student Development Week takes place in the week beginning 15th February.  We provide our students with careers advice, academic skills help and support with preparation for exams. 

Some of our students also take this opportunity to catch up with academic work at home.