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Friday, 29 April 2016

May 2016

In May we are distributing our new Chester Student Community Guide to students who will be moving out of University accommodation into the private sector in September, many for the first time.
The Guide contains lots of advice for students on living in their first rented home and includes advice on living independently in the Chester community.
You can see a selection of pages from the Guide, which includes advice on behaving responsibly and using sustainable methods of transport, below:


The University and Community Liaison Committee met in April and the agenda included the Chester Student Community Guide.  Members of the Committee, which includes local Councillors, Local Residents' Associations, Cheshire West and Chester Council officers, Cheshire Constabulary, University staff and student representatives were invited to provide feedback on the document before it was distributed to students.
May Public Events
More Matter For A May Morning
Wednesday 4th May – Thursday 26th May
The University of Chester’s Shakespeare@400 season, marking the quadricentennial commemoration of his death, continues with a series of talks connected with the Bard.
The institution’s Department of English is hosting the series, entitled ‘More matter for a May morning’. This will include a talk by University of Chester alumna Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, the Outreach and Primary Learning Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, and a presentation by Tiffany Stern, Professor of Early Modern Drama at the University of Oxford.
The talks, which are free, will take place throughout May, and the venue for each one will be the Vicarage Lecture Theatre, in the Old Vicarage, on the Parkgate Road Campus.
Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum opening
Wednesday 4th May 13:00-16:00
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.
The Museum, based at the University’s Riverside Campus on Castle Drive, contains a permanent collection of curiosities from the world of medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work. In addition, the First World War: Returning Home exhibition is commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the conflict and provides an insight into what a soldier invalided back from the Front would have found on his return to Cheshire. Using local examples wherever possible, the exhibition covers aspects such as medical advances, the psychological effects of war, volunteering and volunteer nurses, a doctor’s country practice, home life, food and recipes, rural life and social welfare.
All with an interest in history and health and social care are welcome to come along and find out more from our volunteers, many of whom have a healthcare background.
Admission free and 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.
Professorial Inaugural Lecture
Hannah’s Sweets; Murphy’s Biscuits – Mathematics and Uncertainty in the Work of Beckett and Sterne
Professor Derek Alsop, Department of English
Thursday, 19th May, 2016
Beswick Lecture Theatre, Parkgate Road Campus University of Chester
In the summer of 2015 a question in a Maths GCSE paper caused an online sensation. The outrage of dumbfounded and astonished students faced with the problem of Hannah’s sweets shows what can happen when the elegant solutions of mathematics seem at odds with everyday reality.
 Beckett’s Murphy experiences this when working out the mathematical possibilities of how to eat his packet of assorted biscuits: as he pauses in his calculations, a dog eats them for him.
 For Beckett and Sterne the attempt to say everything about anything important is doomed, but mathematics, geometry (and chess) seem to allow a complete exhaustion of at least some subjects. Numbers and angles, predictable sequences, calculations and probabilities offer a refuge from the chaos of lived experience. But the escape is temporary and delusional and we are left with the inexhaustible and unknowable uncertainties of the human condition. The resulting clash between perfect systems and imperfect lives is often both hilarious and tragic, as Sterne and Beckett confront the inexpressible. Beckett’s narrators find they are doomed continually to tell the story of who they are not, and Sterne’s Tristram, in trying to account for his life, finds that he is living 364 times faster than he can write. The temptations of finite patterns finally give way to an infinity of possibilities.
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

Monday, 18 April 2016

新しい言語を学びたいですか? - Want to learn a new language?


This is an ideal way of finding out if learning a language is for you!

6 week course from 9th May to 24th June 2016


Our Taster Course Programme** is as follows:-





























Spanish **

 Wednesday & Thursday





 ** Spanish will run on 2 evenings due to demand
Full details of how to enrol and prices can be found on our website here

Our Facebook Page

We now have a Facebook page which you can see here

We are hoping that the page will help us to share good news stories about University of Chester Community Liaison and details of forthcoming works and events at the University.

Please pop over and like our page!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Free public lecture 5th May on the effects of Parkinson’s disease at the University of Chester

You are invited to attend a public lecture on Thursday 5th May at 5.30pm in CBB 115, Parkgate campus.

Photo credit: University of Manchester

Dr Ellen Poliakoff, from the Body Eyes and Movement (BEAM) laboratory at the University of Manchester, will be delivering a lecture titled ‘The effect of Parkinson’s disease on covert representation of actions’

The lecture is free, and all are welcome to attend.

For the lecture abstract, and to register for this event, please go to:

Monday, 11 April 2016

Volunteers sought for sensory panel at the NoWFOOD Centre

A unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in product development within the food industry is being offered by the North West Food (NoWFOOD) Research and Development Centre at the University of Chester.
The state of the art research and development facility, which provides a centre of excellence in food science and technology for producers across the region, is looking to recruit a bank of volunteers to form a sensory tasting panel.

The panel will work with some of the region’s best-loved brands, to support key business decisions and provide critical insight into the client’s product development agenda. 

Jane Favager, Sensory Scientist at the NoWFOOD Centre explained: “A sensory panel is a group of highly trained assessors who have developed exceptional sensory capabilities and can describe products on the basis of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing.

“Panellists will receive training, so that they are able to identify and memorise flavours, describe what they taste, discriminate between different samples and score repeatedly. Data from sensory testing is a very powerful development tool and can play a vital part of quality control and shape the way that products are changed or improved.”

She added: “We are looking to recruit a panel of volunteers who can spare a couple of hours, preferably on the same day each week, to be part of the panel. It’s not a problem if they don’t like certain foods, but it is necessary that each panellist must be free from allergies, not use any medication that might affect their ability to taste, and not be prone to minor infections of the nose and throat.

"Applicants will be required to pass stage one of the recruitment process by participating in some simple smell and taste tests. If successful, candidates will then receive full training and have the opportunity to become a professional sensory panellist for the NoWFOOD Centre and help influence product development for some fantastic food and beverage manufacturers in the region."

Volunteers would need to spare a couple of hours per week. The opportunity would suit someone who has a couple of hours to spare each week- maybe a part-time staff member, stay at home mum/ dad or retiree.

The positions are unpaid, but all panellists will receive a certificate of attendance once their training is complete.

If you would be interested in applying to be a sensory panellist for the Centre, please contact or telephone: 01244 511421

Monday, 4 April 2016

Queen's Park Campus Car Park Closure Friday 8th April

The Chester Business School car park will be closed for line repainting from 4pm on Thursday 7th and will re-open on Saturday 9th April .

Our staff are being advised to park at our Riverside campus on Friday 8th April.

We apologize in advance for any disruption. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

April 2016

April is 'springing' up all over Parkgate Road Campus. 

Term dates

Our students will be returning for the Summer Term on Monday 11th April. 

Chester City Community Forum

This meeting was held at the University of Chester on 10th March 2016.

The meeting was well attended and it was a useful opportunity for me to chat to local residents about any concerns or interests that they have.
The President of the Chester Students’ Union, Jonno Harper, gave a  very well received presentation on the community strategy of the Union and highlighted the volunteering  that our students take part in in the City.

I gave a briefing on the work that I have been doing, since my appointment in October.  Highlighting the work being done on the education of our students on behaving responsibly in the community and on working on new ways of liaising with the local community.
For example, I am currently working on at Chester Student Community Guide, which will be sent out to our current First Years in May as they move out of University accommodation and into the private sector.
Copies of the University’s Annual Review 2015 and our new Economic Impact Assessment were available for members of the public to take away. You can see on line copies by clicking the links below:
Click here
Click here

The Localities Officer from Cheshire West and Chester Council let me know afterwards that the feedback had been very positive. 
Forthcoming Events
Grosvenor Museum Lunchtime Lectures
The Power of Medieval Tombs
Spring Series 2016
Wednesdays, 1.00 - 2.00 pm at the Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester.  No booking necessary.
Three lectures by Professor Howard Williams, Department of History and Archaeology, exploring the power of medieval tombs to capture the imagination, inspire stories and construct social memories over the centuries from the Middle Ages to the present.
Wednesday 13 April 2016
Tombs in Beowulf
Why was the hero Beowulf cremated? Why was a mound raised over his ashes? The talk introduces the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, its funerals and its tombs, before exploring archaeological evidence that sheds light on the material world in which the poem was composed and performed. The talk includes a new interpretation of what the dragon's barrow and Beowulf's own tomb meant for the poem's early medieval audience.
Wednesday 20 April 2016
Tombs of Terror: The Hunt for Weland

What do we know about the legendary smith Weland? The 13th-century Icelandic poem, the Lay of Völundr records one version of a far-older story of the magical smith, his imprisonment and subsequent violent revenge on his captors. This talk introduces the literary and archaeological evidence for early medieval smiths and the specific significance of the story of Völundr or Weland in the Early Middle Ages. This evidence sheds new light on why a Neolithic chambered tomb on the Berkshire Downs became known as ‘Wayland’s Smithy’.

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Powerful Tombs: The Medieval ‘Living’ Dead
This talk explores the power of medieval tombs to allow the dead to reach down the centuries, acquire new narratives and identities, through the Middle Ages to the present day. This talk will explore the power of tombs in the medieval world, their destruction, translation and restoration in the modern era, and how antiquaries and archaeologists make and re-make the medieval dead as powerful components of popular culture from the 19th to the 21st centuries.
Warrington Campus Public Lecture
 The Magic Weaving Business
Sir John Jones, of JFJ Training Ltd, will be speaking at this free event which will be hosted by Dr Jo Bacon, from the Faculty of Education & Children’s Services.
Monday, 18th April, 2016
Lance Dobson Hall
Sir John is one of a small, select band of educational professionals who have not only had their achievements recognised in the New Year’s Honours List (2003), but have been able to help and inspire others with their knowledge and passion. One of the most entertaining, inspiring and sought-after speakers on the global educational stage, his achievements and reputation for straight-talking, leadership and creativity have led him to be invited on to a number of panels and think tanks.
When Head Teacher of three secondary schools over a period of 17 years, he was asked to join the Government’s Policy Action Team for Neighbourhood Renewal at the Social Exclusion Unit. He was also a member of the Head Teachers’ National Focus Group on Truancy and Exclusion and the Excellence in Cities Project at the DfES. Sir John was part of the National Remodelling Team and the Leadership and Development Unit sponsored by the National College for School Leadership. Working part-time at the Centre for Educational Leadership at Manchester University, he presented on a range of programmes as well as designing and delivering a Master’s Course at Liverpool University focused on the leadership of change. A Non-Executive Director on the board of Aintree Hospitals Trust, he was also a Governor of two schools on Merseyside.
Sir John has written two books; ‘Truancy and exclusion: a teacher’s guide’ and the best-selling ‘The Magic-Weaving Business’ and has co-authored ‘Winning the H Factor: the secrets of happy schools’.

You can find out more about Sir John via his website click here
Booking is required and you can book here online booking