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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

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