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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June 2016

Important Dates

The exam period will end in the week beginning 6th June and our Summer Term will end on 8th July as we say goodbye to another academic year.

Community Liaison Activities

In May the Site Manager for our Queen’s Park Campus and our Community Liaison Manager met with the Locality Officer for the Queen’s Park and Handbridge area and Cllr Razia Daniels at the Queen’s Park Bridge over the River Dee to discuss possibilities for a joint clear up of the area of river bank immediately in front of the Chester Business School.

It was a very positive meeting and it is hoped that we will be able to work together to organise a community and University litter pick event during the next academic year.  It is hoped that this will be a good opportunity for local residents to meet students and staff of the University and work together to improve the local environment.

On 18th May the Handbridge Medical Centre held its Patient Participation Group meeting at our Queen’s Park Campus with the kind agreement of the Vice-Chancellor.  We received many positive comments on the facilities provided.

Also during May, the Community Liaison Manager and a student from the University attended the DIAL House Access Action Group Meeting.  This was a really useful experience and has prompted the University to improve the pre-arrival information that it provides to students with disabilities about accessibility in the City of Chester.  It is hoped that this will be extended to a Guide to Chester for new students with disabilities by current students in the run up to the 2017/18 academic year.

On 11th June the Garden Quarter Residents’ and Traders’ Association will be holding a Street Party to celebrate HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The University will be running a craft stall for local residents and their children to make a birthday card for the Queen.


De Gaulle Brasserie, Chester Business School Pop Up Restaurant Friday 24th June

For one night only enjoy quality food, created by award-winning chefs, and spectacular views over the Dee in our roof top Brasserie.

Book early to avoid disappointment!   To book and for further information please email or call 01244 513 011.

What Was Cheshire Really Like During World War I? 

Curated by the University of Chester History and Archaeology Department and researched by local community members come along to the pop up exhibition in Chester this week!

Public Events in June

The Art of Survival in Far East Captivity, 1942-1945: An Oral History Study

Meg Parkes, Honorary Research Fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Wednesday, 1st June, 2016

16:00 - 17:30

University of Chester Riverside Campus, room tbc

This talk is based on the history of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's unique medical and scientific collaboration with a group of veterans which has lasted nearly 70 years. It is the longest running project in the School's 118-year history.

Meg Parkes is an historian specialising in the experience and conditions of Far East captivity during WWII. Her father survived captivity in Java and Japan and kept diaries of the experience. Inheriting these notebooks after his death in 1997 she published them four years later. Meg attained her MPhil in 2013, her dissertation based on the 66 oral history interviews she recorded with former British Far East POW.


The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.

Admission 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.


Measuring Perceived Exertion in Children: Over Two Decades of Progress?

Professor Kevin Lamb, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Thursday, 30th June, 2016


Beswick Lecture Theatre, University of Chester

Kevin is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and has been in the Department since 1992. Prior to that, he was a Research Assistant and a Lecturer in the Department of Movement Science at the University of Liverpool. Kevin has taught across all levels at Chester, primarily in Exercise Physiology and Research Methods. He has 60 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised countless undergraduate and Master's Dissertations, and 14 successful MPhil/PhD students.

Research addressing children's perceptions of exercise effort (their ‘perceived exertion’) has appeared steadily in the scientific literature over the last 30 years. Numerous studies have examined the validity and reliability of child-specific effort rating scales amongst children aged 5 to 16, across different modes of exercise (cycling, running, stepping, resistance exercise) and protocols (intermittent vs. continuous, incremental vs. non-incremental) Such laboratory-based research has enabled the general conclusion that children can, especially with practice, use effort perception scales to differentiate between exercise intensity levels, and to self-regulate their exercise output to match various levels indicated on them. However, inconsistencies in the methodological approaches adopted have diminish the certainty of some of the interpretations made by researchers. In addition, though often mentioned, the would-be application of effort perception in physical education and activity/health promotion contexts has been relatively ignored. In the United Kingdom, it has not emerged as a priority worthy of consideration in the National Curriculum for Physical Education, possibly owing to the inertia borne out of traditional teaching, or an insufficient lobby from professionals for its worth.

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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