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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

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