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Friday, 28 October 2016

Graduation Ceremonies Next Week

Our graduation ceremonies take place at Chester Cathedral next week from Tuesday 1st - Friday 4th November 2016.

Congratulations to all our graduands who will be graduating next week!

It's quite a spectacle to see the students outside the Cathedral so please do come along to see them with their families and friends if you are out and about in Chester.

Thursday, 27 October 2016


Coming up next week from the Faculty Of Health And Social Care Historical Society, a talk by Alison O'Donnell.

From 1916 until 1919, Craiglockhart Hydropathic in Edinburgh was used as a War Hospital following the large increase in shell-shocked officers after the Battle of the Somme in 1916.  This presentation, which is a work in progress, will consider the men who were patients at Craiglockhart and  the nurses who cared for them.

This meeting is being supported by the Cheshire West branch of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN is proud to be celebrating its centenary this year.
2nd November 2016
Refreshments available from 3:45pm for a 4pm start
Room CRV016
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL
Open to all and free but please book by emailing
Visitors should use the main entrance on Castle Drive. Please note that parking
is very limited at Riverside, and visitors arriving by car should use the city centre/Little Roodee car parks.



Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Want to get fit?  Want a challenge in 2017?  Want to compete with family and friends?  Want to have some fun whilst raising money for charity?  Then we have the perfect event for you!  Introducing the University of Chester’s Inaugural Town and Gown 5K Fun Run

We'd like to invite the Chester community to take part in this new and exciting event in March. A great opportunity to get to know the staff and students of the University of Chester who are taking part!

Full details and how to register online can be found on our website here

Friday, 14 October 2016

Chester Student Community Guide

Have you ever wondered how we educate our students about community responsibility?

Now you can see our Chester Student Community Guide here

This publication is mainly targeted at students moving into private sector accommodation outside of the University.

A new innovation for the academic year 2016/17 was a postcard with tips for living in the community for our new students.  This was sent out to all our new Chester based undergraduates before they arrived.

The front cover of the postcard, above, was made up of words that our students used about Chester.

Also, on move in day of  Induction (or Freshers' Week) our residential students were given a Welcome to the City of Chester talk.  Over 1,000 new students attended and were given talks by the Co-Chair of the Garden Quarter Residents' and Traders' Association, Matt Baker, the police and the Chester Students' Union. 

Lots of public events happening at the University of Chester in October


Dr Simon Grennan: January 1871

17 Oct 2016 
Chester Town Hall 
This is a University at the Festival event which is part of the Chester Literature Festival organised by Storyhouse
January 1871. A stage adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel Ralph the Heir has garnered comments of indecency in the press. It is quickly followed on stage by Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old, the first operetta of Gilbert & Sullivan. Cartoonist and actress Marie Duval publishes a comic strip in Judy, or the London Serio-Comic Journal. Dr Simon Grennan of Chester University’s Centre for Narrative Drawing unfolds a fascinating series of connections that reveal the new entertainment industry of the late Victorian age.
This event is free and can be booked here

Eduard Louis and Geoffroy de Lagasnerie: New Engagements in French Literature and Politics

18 Oct 2016  
Chester Town Hall
 Arranged by the Modern Languages Department, this is a unique chance to listen (in English!) to two of the most interesting figures of intellectual life in France. Edouard Louis‘ highly acclaimed novels En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (Engl: The End of Eddy, 2017) and Histoire de la Violence have been translated into numerous languages while Geoffroy de Lagasnerie’s works are dedicated to sociological questions. In 2015, both authors signed a manifesto for the re-foundation of the French Left.
The event is free and can be booked here

Dr Graham Atkin: Staging Shakespeare

Chester Town Hall
21 Oct 2016
  This is a University at the Festival event which is part of the Chester Literature Festival organised by Storyhouse
A consideration of early modern staging of Shakespeare’s plays and how it was that Elizabethan and Jacobean acting companies created theatre.  Graham’s talk will look at three distinct areas:  the fabric of the theatres, the body on the stage, and the sensory stage (sounds, smells, touch and taste, and spectacle).  Student actors from the University will assist in illustrating some of the material.
This is a free event and can be booked here

Monday, 10 October 2016

We've got Royal Mail!

 In June of this year the Garden Quarter of Chester kindly allowed the University of Chester to take part in their Street Party.  Staff and students of the University ran an art stall for local children to make birthday cards for HM the Queen's 90th birthday.

These were then sent off to Buckingham Palace and this month we received this lovely response from the Queen.