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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:
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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
18:30
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
 
 
 

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