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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Education Debate @ University of Chester Friday 23rd June 2017

We are delighted to invite you to the Education Debate being organised by Dr Steve Lambert (HMI & Programme Leader for Educational Leadership). The debate involves a number of high profile speakers from across Cheshire and beyond who have been raising the case for Education both locally and nationally. These include the re-elected MP Chris Matheson, who has been championing Cheshire schools at parliament in light of the funding cuts to our schools as well as organising the Education Cuts Rally in Chester earlier this year. Victoria Carr, Primary School Head teacher, Cllr Nicole Meardon. Cheshire West and Chester councillor and cabinet member for Children's and Families. We are also delighted to be joined by Stephen Morales, Executive Director of the National Association of School Business Managers who has been working with minister and civil servants on the new funding formula for schools.
The debate will take place on Friday 23rd June 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm in CRV119 at Riverside Campus and will be an opportunity for you to listen to or participate in discussion on education policy, funding, current issues with education in England.
If you would like to attend please email Jo Cowan  Details of how to find Riverside Campus can be found here

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The work of University of Chester Photography students is being showcased in an intergenerational exhibition at Storyhouse in Chester.


The exhibition, called ‘Keys to My Memory’, captures intimate dialogues between strangers of different generations. It features images of older people, alongside everyday objects with particular significance to their lives, and was produced for the Big Lottery funded project, Brightlife*.
In association with Storyhouse, Brightlife has organise...d a full day of taster activities for the over-50s between 10am and 6pm on Saturday, June 17. During the day, the students’ exhibition will feature in the Storyhouse lobby.

Full details of all the events can be found at:

Dr Tracy Piper-Wright, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Chester said:
"This has been a great way for the students to engage with the wider community in Chester and to use their creative skills in the real world.”

Please pop along and have a look!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Fashion Forward First Cohort @ the University of Chester

A special catwalk event, to showcase student collections and seasonal styles is coming to Chester as part of CH1ChesterBID’s Style in the City campaign.

 CH1ChesterBID, in partnership with the University of Chester, is set to host an evening of glamour as The Grosvenor Hotel is transformed into a runway.
Students with their collections
 The city’s Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with the University of Chester as well as a selection of high street and boutique retailers to host an exclusive ticket-only catwalk event, which takes place on Wednesday, June 14.

 The style spectacular will feature fashion design graduates from the University who will showcase their glamorous collections on a specially created runway in the Grosvenor Hotel’s prestigious Westminster Suite. Professional models will also showcase a range of seasonal garments and inspirational style trends that are available in the city centre.

 “We really want to showcase what’s on offer for fashion and beauty lovers in Chester city centre,” said Julie Charlton, Marketing Manager at CH1ChesterBID.

 “We have such a huge range of boutique and high street brands and our Style in the City campaign will really put them into the spotlight. I look forward to seeing our models strut their stuff and show off the latest fashion favourites available in Chester.
“The catwalk event will be a real show-stopper as part of our month-long Style in the City campaign, so be sure to head into the city centre to feast your eyes on the latest styles and trends.”
The show will feature collections by the first ever cohort of Fashion students from the University. It is the culmination of three years of hard work by the students who are also the first year to graduate from this programme.
Student Kathryn Crank said: “Following the completion of the course I hope to set up my own label, which will consist of both menswear and children’s wear. I also plan to continue to design knitwear, a skill that I have learnt whilst studying at Chester.
 “My current collection, which was developed during my third year for Autumn/Winter 2017, is functionally led with strong sports luxe elements and a military concept which translates to include knitted pieces.”
Delphine Wilson, Programme Leader for Fashion Design at University of Chester added: “We’re thrilled to be working alongside CH1ChesterBID to celebrate a new fashion and lifestyle event in Chester. The catwalk show is a fantastic opportunity for our latest fashion design graduates to showcase their design creativity in context, alongside major fashion brands.
 “Our fashion course requires students to demonstrate a real passion and dedication to the industry and the group have worked incredibly hard to design and produce their own individual collections. This event is a great chance for them display their work to the public, so we hope people will come along on June 14 and support our graduate designers.”
The event will be held at the Grosvenor Hotel on Eastgate Street, with shows taking place at 5pm and 8pm. Tickets cost £10 for standard entry and £15 for
VIP with guaranteed front row and a goody bag with over £20. Tickets can be purchased at
Brands showcasing their collections include; Jigsaw; Laundry B; Tessuti and Hugo Boss on Bridge Street; Marks and Spencer on Foregate Street and Jack Wills on Eastgate Street. Accessories for the models will be provided by Accessorize on Eastgate Street.


Monday, 5 June 2017

June 2017

This month our students are busy with exams and work based learning placements. The majority of our second year students undertake a work based learning placement towards the end of the academic year and many undertake placements in local organisations and businesses.  You can read about Lucy Esfandiarinia's placement at Cherry Grove Primary School in Boughton here

Could your organisation benefit from a five week unpaid placement?  Would you like to get involved with a scheme that helps nurture the next generation of employees? More details for organisations are available here

 In Community Liaison our thoughts are already turning to plans for the next academic year.

We are reviewing our publications for our students on living in the Chester community and our Chester Student Community Guide has been updated and the latest version can be seen on our website.  This link will take you straight to it Chester Student Community Guide

We are currently updating our I love Chester postcard which is sent out to all new Chester based students after 'A' Level results day.   The postcard details the very positive views our students have of the City of Chester and some tips on how to help keep Chester special.

Our Community Liaison Manager, Louise Collins, is taking part in the Garden Quarter Residents' and Traders' Association Events Committee.  The Committee are busy planning events for the summer and a number of welcome events in October aimed at introducing student residents to the community.

Public Events in June 

Chester Research Unit for the Psychology of Health: Public Lecture

Join Speaker, Dr Lee Hulbert-Williams of the University of Chester, for a lecture entitled 'The stressed ape: Why human beings are so prone to stress, and what to do about it'.

Date: 8 Jun 2017
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
CBB115, Best Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4B

The basic stress response evolved many millions of years ago. The way humans get stressed is therefore similar, in many respects, to the ways cats, mice, and fleas get stressed. Since the evolution of the basic stress response, however, humans have evolved complex new ways of learning. These uniquely human abilities allow us to do mathematics and understand Shakespeare, but they also make it more likely that we will experience chronic stress. We human beings are inclined to get raised blood pressure and even perhaps stomach ulcers, just thinking about how we might pay the gas bill. Cats tend not to do this. Nor do the chimpanzees — our closest non-human relatives.

In this lecture, we will discuss the initial development of a new framework for understanding the human experience of stress, based on Contextual Behavioural Science. First, we will examine those features of the stress response that are common across the apes (including humans), then we will see how this response might be altered and co-opted through learning processes unique to human beings. Finally, we will ask what we can do to reduce stress. We will examine a range of techniques, both simple and more involved, which have been shown to reduce stress levels in human beings.

Tickets for the lecture are free but booking is necessary.  You can book online here