Students First Annual Review 2018
Contents Achievements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Awards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Forewords. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mission, Vision and Foundational Values. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Our campuses and sites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 #100Students100Stories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 An holistic student experience Building the student relationship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chaplaincy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Educational opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Volunteering and mentoring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student projects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Enhancing employability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Learning environment Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Research and innovation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Publications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Staff involvement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conferences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sustainability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
56 61 66 70 74 78 80 81
Community Outreach and widening participation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Educational partnerships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Engagement with enterprise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Beyond our boundaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Global connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Honorary graduates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 The alumni community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Senior staff and members of the University Council. . 120 Financial results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Factfile Founded: 1839. The University is one of the longest established English higher education institutions still in its original form, predating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham. Students: 20,700 (70% undergraduates, 30% postgraduates). Staff: 1,737. Chancellor: Dr Gyles Brandreth. Vice-Chancellor: Canon Professor Tim Wheeler DL. Campuses: Four in Chester, one in Warrington, one in Thornton, one in Shrewsbury (with Shropshire Council), in addition to NHS sites on the Wirral and in Crewe and Macclesfield. UK strategic alliance partner: University Centre Reaseheath. Associate colleges: Coleg Cambria; University College Isle of Man; Wirral Metropolitan College.
Achievements £140 million invested in the Chester, Thornton, Warrington and Shrewsbury campuses over the last 10 years
10th out of 66 institutions for overall satisfaction Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2018
22,362 Hours of voluntary work contributed by students and staff in the last year
£45,000 Raised for charity by Chester Students’ Union Sports and Societies
Approaching £500 million University’s contribution to the region, based on progress since the 2015 economic impact assessment report
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Percentage of UK domiciled taught postgraduate leavers in employment/ further study six months after completing their course and 100% achieved by nine departments Higher Education Leavers Statistics: UK, 2016â€“17
69 companies Are supported by Commercial Operations at Thornton Science Park, Riverside Innovation Centre and NoWFOOD, employing over 600 company staff and providing student placements
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Percentage of UK domiciled fulltime first degree undergraduate leavers in employment/further study six months after completing their course and 100% achieved by three departments Higher Education Leavers Statistics: UK, 2016â€“17
For facilities spend out of 132 institutions Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
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Awards Employer Engagement Award
Business School of the Year
Equality Challenge Unit for commitment to advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success
University of Chester Business School (with Liverpool Hope Business School)
University of Chester (overall) and Department of Psychology
University of Chester – Royal Caribbean International Internship Programme
Research Project of the Year
University of Chester – Social and Economic Conditions Contributing to Homelessness in Cheshire Highly Commended
Environmental Industry Award University of Chester – Greening the Libraries Highly Commended
Carbon Reduction Category University of Chester Food and Drink category
Hospitality and Residential Services Staff category HR Excellence in Research award from the European Commission
Shaunagh Smith (Administrative Assistant, Estates and Facilities)
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Rated Outstanding by Ofsted
for Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education â€“ the only provider in the North of England to achieve such recognition in the last three frameworks of inspection
Positive judgement in all areas relating to academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities for students
(Institutional audit, 2010)
Teaching Excellence Framework 2017
21st out of 154 universities in the People & Planet University League
with a First-Class Honours award for environmental and ethical performance
Participant in National Union of Students sustainability programme
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‘Students first’ is not only the theme of this Annual Review for 2017–18, but an absolute watchword for everything we are – and have always been – as a University. All of the institution’s diverse activities and its future strategies consistently have students at their heart, which is especially critical during such turbulent and uncertain times, both for the sector and globally. We strive to give our students the best possible experience in higher education, and as time passes they – as our alumni community – are increasingly making ongoing contributions to our development and progress.
Canon Professor TJ Wheeler DL Vice-Chancellor and Principal
There have been many significant milestones for our students this year. We were delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to Chester Cathedral to receive an honorary degree for her work in promoting literacy and literature and were particularly pleased that she had the opportunity to chat with current students on vocational public service programmes about life at the University. Similarly, the official opening of Storyhouse, Chester’s innovative theatre, cinema and library, by HM The Queen and HRH The Duchess of Sussex, gave two student volunteers, Lucy Murphy and Jade Hughes, the chance to share with royalty their experience of a social enterprise helping the over 50s with IT skills. The University’s close and multi-disciplinary relationship with Storyhouse continues to develop, with student, staff and community involvement in cultural activities of all kinds. Chester Students’ Union (CSU) is an integral part of the holistic student experience and three of the sports teams won their BUCS
(British Universities & Colleges Sports) Northern Conference Cup Finals, together with many other significant team and individual successes. The sports clubs and societies have also raised a tremendous £45,000 for local and national charities, and together with the 22,362 hours of volunteering hours contributed by students and staff, this shows how the importance of giving back to society is embedded into University life, not just as part of our Mission Statement. The 20-year anniversary of Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) programmes demonstrates how the University has always led the way in blending part-time education and practice in a highly flexible manner for the benefit of both students and employers. With 69 companies based across Thornton Science Park, Riverside Innovation Centre and NoWFOOD, part-time work across all campuses through the UniJob scheme, and established links with external employers, the University gives students considerable opportunities for work experience, internships and employment. Biomedical Science student, Gareth Garner, embodied the vision for Thornton Science Park, gaining a permanent position as a Microbiologist with an antimicrobial technology firm, after his collaborative dissertation work and a summer internship there. Nursing student, Lauren Cooper, worked at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust and was rewarded by the national Student Employee of the Year ‘Above and Beyond’ Award from the National Association of Student Employment Services, for students in part-time employment. We support our students to be both employable and to effect societal impact and improvement.
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More than £140 million has been invested into the Chester, Thornton, Warrington and Shrewsbury campuses over the last 10 years and Health and Social Care students can now benefit from the latest teaching facilities at Marriss House in Birkenhead. This new Wirral nursing site means that students can utilise the fully equipped skills laboratory to practise their skills, as well as the state-of-the-art virtual reality equipment to prepare them for a range of hospital placements and community-based settings, which will provide a greater focus for forward-thinking care. The graduation of the first cohort of undergraduates at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) has marked the extension of our tailored student experience into an area identified by the Government as having a lower participation rate of young people in higher education. UCS, in partnership with Shropshire Council, has increased access to a studentfocused university education and so enhanced the economic advantages for the county and the wider region. The role of staff in creating a welcoming and enthusiastic University community is integral to the student experience, and they combine this with other major achievements. For example, Dr Tim Grady was the sole UK author shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize (and was shortlisted for the acclaimed Wolfson History Prize); Professor Alan Finnegan is only the 12th UK nurse to receive fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing; and Dr Christina Stanley was one of the top 10 Higher Education Social Media Superstars identified by Jisc, the digital resource for higher education. The University also won the following
Educate North Awards: Employer Engagement for the Royal Caribbean International Internship Programme; Research Project of the Year for ‘Social and Economic Conditions Contributing to Homelessness in Cheshire’; joint Business School of the Year; and a Highly Commended in the Environmental Industry Award. This is a small sample of the manifold ways in which students and staff excel in so many fields. It is a constant source of satisfaction and inspiration for me to see our students, then graduates, making their mark upon the world, having benefited from the transformative nature of the education that we provide, formally and informally. As a result, I would like to thank every student and staff member for their outstanding efforts in making the University such a creative, stimulating, nurturing and ultimately fulfilling place to be. I hope that you will enjoy reading about the breadth of activities that took place in 2017–18 in the following pages and can see for yourself how students remain the highest priority for the institution as we embrace what the next 12 months holds.
“It is a constant source of satisfaction and inspiration for me to see our students, then graduates, making their mark upon the world.”
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The theme of this Annual Review â€“ Students first â€“ emphasises the ways in which the University of Chester ensures that students are constantly at the forefront of its activities, as they have been since its foundation in 1839. In a rapidly changing world, the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the institution have remained true to its founding principles, through the provision of education, skills, support and motivation for students to equip them for contemporary life. As the bedrock of our commitment to students, the re-named Foundational Values outline how the University recognises the dignity and worth of every individual, the vital role of education in the service of others and the inherent value of the pursuit of truth and freedom of enquiry.
The Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster Lord Bishop of Chester, Lord President of the University Council and Pro-Chancellor
These values have shaped the development of the University and served it well throughout its lifespan and will continue to guide its progress as it adapts to the evolving needs of society. The following pages show the breadth of activities that takes place across the institution, involving students, staff and the wider community, and demonstrate how the University strives to develop students into confident world citizens, who can serve and improve the global communities within which they live and work. As a result, students have always been the lifeblood of the University of Chester and remain its highest priority for the future â€“ whatever their background, course of study or interests.
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Dr Gyles Brandreth Chancellor
The theme of this year’s Annual Review is ‘Students first’ – and quite right, too. Without students there would be no University – and without giving those students a satisfying, stimulating, enjoyable and worthwhile experience there would be no future for the University. Success breeds success and, happily, the University of Chester goes from strength to strength, thanks to both the quality and commitment of the ViceChancellor and his staff and the commitment and quality of the students here. Our 20,700 students have been at the heart of University life during this past year, based at the campuses in Chester, Thornton, Warrington, Shrewsbury and beyond. In due course, as ceremonial head of the University, I will hope to meet almost all of them when I have the honour of presenting them with their degrees and qualifications. The executive head of the University is the Vice-Chancellor; the Chair of the
University’s governing body is the Pro-Chancellor. The principal role of the Chancellor is less complex, but quite as satisfying: to congratulate the students on achieving their goals and to thank them for the contribution they have made to the University. It is a special privilege to do so here at the University of Chester, which began its life as a pioneering college of education, founded in 1839 to train teachers for Church of England schools. Today, the University offers a veritable A to Z of degree courses (from Applied Computing to Zoo Management), but whether studying Science or Animal Welfare, Nursing or Education, Engineering or Business Management, Theology, Psychology, or Healthcare and Social Work, the concept of ‘education for a life of service’ remains at the core of the University’s ethos and mission and is one of the many reasons I am so proud to be Chancellor.
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Ensuring that students come first is key for Chester Students’ Union (CSU), which is run by students for students. This year saw CSU build upon its success in recent years, with continued growth in each of its three charitable objectives: support and advice; representation of students; and the provision of student-led activity on campus. In addition, it recruited a new CEO and undertook a major consultation exercise with students, which led to the adoption of a new strategic plan, focused around supporting students’ wellbeing.
Chester Students’ Union The CSU Sabbatical Team
The provision of advice and support is an increasing priority for CSU, students and the University. The advice team had over 1,100 enquiries this year, a 48% increase on 2016–17. This growth in demand was across all the areas of advice: academic representation, housing and finance. Housing alone experienced a 180% increase in enquiries and, as a result, the Union is actively working with the local authorities and landlords, to create new initiatives which promote good practice in student housing. We are particularly pleased to have established a successful partnership with Student Futures, with the Advice Team now offering support with applications for the University’s Financial Assistance Fund, resulting in over £30,000 being awarded to students experiencing hardship. We are seeking to strengthen this relationship further in the future, as students continue to face challenges with the current cost of higher education.
Our Sexual Health and Guidance week in February saw over 1,000 health packs handed out to students, and the Union’s continuing work with Body Positive has helped to make testing more accessible for our students. In terms of representation, we continue to seek new and accessible ways for student feedback to be gathered and acted upon. Over the second half of the year, we introduced The Big Idea, which allows any student to submit a suggestion and for other students to vote on whether it should go through for consideration. A total of 21 ideas were proposed, attracting 490 votes, and we hope to build upon this positive response, to highlight issues which matter to students. Similarly, our first Question of the Month generated over 700 responses to the question of ‘Keeping Wednesday Afternoons Free’. As a result of this, a paper was successfully taken to University management and we are working with colleagues to ensure that all students can be involved in Wednesday afternoon activities. A separate survey on whether students wanted to receive exam feedback received over 500 responses and so a paper was taken to the academic committees for discussion. In addition, we continue to work with the University to support and train approximately 800 Student Academic Representatives (StARs) and postgraduate representatives, to facilitate feedback between students and their academic staff and bring about positive change within departments.
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“The provision of advice and support is an increasing priority for CSU, students and the University.”
We are particularly proud of the re-brand of the Student Led Teaching Awards into the 1839 Awards, a reference to the date of the University’s foundation, which we hope reflects both its mission and traditions. By moving the awards ceremony to Storyhouse (Chester’s innovative new theatre), we wanted to create a new annual celebratory event in the heart of the local community. More than 500 nominations were submitted by students for staff and academic representatives and the event was a great success It has been a record-breaking year for the CSU Activities team. We are proud of all the achievements and targets of our sports and societies, which include raising £45,000 for national and local charities, almost double last year’s total. Sporting success has flourished this year, with six BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) League winners and three BUCS Northern Cup winners, our best performance ever. Varsity saw a double win for Chester (against the University of Salford) and Warrington (against Wrexham Glyndŵr University) both taking home the Varsity Cup, through the efforts of over 600 students. Other successes included the Dance Society winning 18 trophies at inter-university competitions and Quidditch becoming champions in one of the British Quidditch Cup competitions. We are developing our provision constantly and this year reached a total of 135 sports and societies, with a number of new academic societies and inclusive sports clubs being
established. Our societies held a variety of events throughout the year, from the Theatre Society’s performance of Dr Faustus, to the Chinese Society’s celebration of Chinese New Year. Our support for those students at other locations has strengthened over the year. At University Centre Shrewsbury, we welcomed the first two sports teams to enter the BUCS league there and a new martial arts club. A number of social events, such as the End of Year Hollywood Ball, were all great successes. Due to the growing and diverse community of students, the emphasis on broadening the appeal of SU Shrewsbury to more commuting, mature and international students has been at the forefront – a priority that will continue into the next academic year. On our Warrington Campus, the creation of seven new sports and societies and a fresh take on the inter-hall championships, have seen increased participation in SU activities, with both residential and commuting students taking part. We’re proud to say we now have a strong connection with our Campus police surgery, as well as ensuring the fund set up in honour of the late Lucy Blackburn continues to help students from the Faculty of Health and Social Care to cover placement and course costs for nursing programmes. Last year’s trend for more students abstaining from drink or drinking less is
continuing. Our response has been to organise more non-alcohol based events. The bar caters for students of all different backgrounds, with experiences such as doggy de-stress days, hosted for the Union’s wellbeing campaign week, and entertaining Monday karaoke nights. It has been a challenging year for retail, but we have consolidated the Starbucks into the main shop area to improve the facilities and reduce overheads. This provides more space for a welcoming reception, a valuable addition to our services, where students can receive initial advice and make appointments with advisors, access accommodation listings and job vacancies and see merchandise, such as clothing and other branded products, on display. All of these examples show how the CSU strives to ensure that our students always take priority and so are inspired to be happy, healthy and to gain the best possible experience during their time at the University of Chester.
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Mission, Vision and Foundational Values Mission
The University, a Church of England institution founded in 1839, continues to be guided by Christian values and is justifiably proud of the open, inclusive and supportive environment that characterises the institution. The University welcomes students and staff of all faiths or none.
At the heart of the Universityâ€™s Vision is an unwavering commitment to ensuring an outstanding student learning experience, developing the expertise of staff, providing teaching excellence, and actively growing research and scholarship.
It seeks to provide all its students and staff with the education, skills, support and motivation to enable them to develop as confident world citizens and successfully to serve and improve the global communities within which they live and work. This Mission, which has helped shape our development and diversification, continues to actively inform its future planning and enrichment as a University.
Through these actions, the University hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of students, staff, and the communities that it serves, enabling the institution to make a significant and growing contribution to the region, nationally and internationally. In valuing and celebrating its long history and traditions, the University is committed to engendering a sense of pride and shared ownership in all that it does. It is dynamic and enterprising in its approach to developing new opportunities.
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Foundational Values Mindful of the Universityâ€™s history and Christian foundation: We recognise the dignity and worth of every individual. Therefore we value every member of the University; we endeavour to help each student and member of staff to discover his or her gifts and talents and grow to full potential; and we foster wellbeing for all. We recognise the vital role of education in the service of society. Therefore we encourage the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills; and we acknowledge a responsibility to look for every opportunity to put that knowledge and those skills to good use throughout the community. We recognise the inherent value of the pursuit of truth and freedom of enquiry. Therefore we find joy in discovery; we take pleasure in invention; we celebrate human creativity; and we seek wisdom, embracing it wherever we find it and strive to apply it to every aspect of life. In humility, we aspire to honour these values and hold ourselves accountable to them.
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Parkgate Road Campus (and centre). Riverside Campus. Kingsway Campus. Queen's Park Campus.
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Thornton Science Park. Warrington Campus. University Centre Shrewsbury. University Centre Reaseheath.
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#100Students100Stories Following the success of #MyChesterStory, the distinctive social media campaign which tells the real story of the University through the narrative of students, graduates and sometimes staff, a complementary student experience campaign asked 100 of these students to expand on their Chester story, to enable prospective students to find out more. Their stories included moving away from
#100Students100Stories 099 Lindsey, BA Marketing Management
#100Students100Stories 084 Tony, BA International Business Management
home for the first time, learning new skills, participation in sports and societies, studying abroad, field trip experiences and graduation. Students had the opportunity to give a personal insight into what was important to them and what they had gained from their University experience, allowing prospective students to gain a further insight into the authentic student experience at Chester.
#MyChesterStory is a tad different. I'm an international burlesque and sideshow performer. A mama of four girls, Operations Director for a CIC company called Art and Soul Tribe and Alternative Fashion Fest. And now a student at @uochester studying Marketing Management. This pic was taken by Chester resident Neil Kendall who is just a diamond and legend. Hair and makeup is by The Vintage Beauty Parlour and the gown is from Florentyna Design. I know my Chester story is going to take me on stranger paths and stories untold, but till then I'll just enjoy the journey.
The picture is of me (Disney College Programme student) from Chester meeting one of the characters (Lilo) on my day off at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. I have gained a substantial amount of skills from this so far. I am two weeks in and I have gained skills I will take with me for life and in my future careers. I have learnt new cultures whilst trying to learn different languages like Spanish whilst out here as most guests speak Spanish.
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#100Students100Stories 077 Lucy, BSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology
#100Students100Stories 021 Roy, BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare
#100Students100Stories 012 Becca, BSc Geography
#100Students100Stories 075 Josh, Community Policing and Criminal Investigation
If I’m honest, I became the club captain of Quidditch because nobody else wanted the daunting role, and for the same reason, I did it for a second year as well. In retrospect now, I would have volunteered straight away. It’s been an amazing two years, boosted my CV more than I ever imagined, massively improved my confidence and over three years of playing with the Centurions I’ve met the most amazing bunch of nerds. I’m going to miss everything about Chester, but wherever I am, it’s not time to put my broom away yet.
I was attending a field trip as part of my experiential learning module, where we would be assessing the health of the coral reef in the Red Sea! It was an amazing experience, meeting so many people and having the opportunity to swim with Spinner Dolphins, Hawksbill Turtles and a range of fish species! An opportunity of a lifetime!
Hey, I'm Becca, and I have just finished my third and final year of University. For one of my last assignments I had to go out into the field to collect some primary data, which is when this picture was taken. It was an extremely wet day, but this did not deter me from going out and getting stuck in. I enjoyed heading out by myself to do some independent research. I have gained invaluable experience during my three years at the University of Chester and would like to thank everybody who has supported me.
Being part of the University of Chester Warrington Campus has given me some great opportunities, especially being part of the Rugby Union team. Being a part of this team has not only given me a stress relief from the academic side of being at university, but it also has given me friendships that will last throughout my time at university and hopefully for years after.
#100Students100Stories 007 Jess, BA Archaeology
Jessâ€™s story This picture is me about to submit my dissertation. After three of the most rewarding and life changing years at Chester I completed my degree in Archaeology. Following this picture were major celebrations with my fellow students who have made the experience the best I could imagine. Thank you to the University of Chester for a period of my life I'll never forget.
An holistic student experience
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Building the student relationship The journey of prospective students, from initial enquiry to enrolment, is a carefully managed process, to ensure that students who choose to study with the University are making a fully informed decision with a true understanding of what it means to be a Chester student. The advice-driven approach provides prospective students with a whole host of ways to find out more about the real student experience at the University. All prospective students are encouraged to visit before enrolling but, because this is not possible for all students, it is critical that the Universityâ€™s online presence reflects the views of current students. Content generated by students for #MyChesterStory is shared across various platforms, not only through social media but also in print and online. The Universityâ€™s blog platform, The Inside Story, also allows prospective students to delve deeper into the Chester story,
through the provision of blog posts from higher education advisors, lecturers and students. This enables prospective students to gain an insight into the student experience and read posts that provide guidance and tips to help them to prepare for university life. Regular contact with prospective students throughout the long decision-making process ensures that these students can feel a part of the University community, not just on day one of their Chester story, but throughout the whole application process.
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Student life Prioritising students’ needs in all that they do, Chester Students’ Union (CSU) and the University offer a host of experiences on campus and externally that give students enjoyment, the chance to develop their skills and knowledge, achieve personal goals and gain an holistic education. The culmination of the year's activities for Chester Students’ Union Sports and Societies was the annual awards ceremony, which recognised achievements of all kinds by the recordbreaking 128 clubs and societies involving over 3,700 students in sporting and society activities, as well as raising over £45,000 for charity. The Sport of the Year trophy went to the Dance Club, which has raised over £2,000 for charity, performed at Storyhouse and the Christmas Light Switch On and won 18 trophies in different genres at inter-university competitions. Lyndsay Young, Dance Club Captain, said: “It’s been an astonishing year for Chester Dance and to win Sport of the Year was just unbelievable – I could not be prouder of my team. I know that my University experience would not have been the same without Chester Dance and I can’t wait to see them continue to succeed next year.” The Tennis Club won the Sport in the Community Award for its volunteering work within the local community and its partnership with Hoole Tennis Club.
Basketball Men’s first team won the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Team of the Year, for winning the BUCS league and becoming reigning BUCS champions in the Northern Cup Final. Other winners included: Male Sports Personality, Kieran Higgins (Men’s Football); Female Sports Personality, Bethany Heywood (Dance); Special Recognition, Futsal; Jane Hodson Unsung Hero Award, Ben Clarke (Tennis); Sports Person of the Year, Kieran Wynne-Cattanach. The Theatre Society won Society of the Year and its outstanding fundraising efforts included a performance of Dr Faustus, raising over £1,200 for Mind. Theatre Society President, Matthew Miller, said: “I am so proud of how the Society has grown and developed and it has been such a privilege to be President of this award-winning group; working with some of the most dedicated, hardworking, and talented people I could ask for.” The Law Society won Best New Club or Society and its Law Ball was attended by over 120 students. Other winners
included: Member’s Choice Award, Swing Dance Society; Society Development of the Year, Drama; Male Society Personality, George Smith (Drama and Theatre); Female Society Personality, Ellena Mason (Swing Dance); Society Person of the Year, Ant Hughes (Marvel); and Small Society of the Year, the Rotaract Society. Significant sporting success was achieved by four sports teams competing in the BUCS Northern Conference Cup Final: Men’s Basketball First; Futsal First; Men’s Rugby Union Second; and Men’s Football Third teams. The Men’s Basketball First team were champions for the second year in a row and both the Men’s Football Third team and Men’s Futsal First team won their respective finals. Sarah Latham, CSU Student Activity Manager, said: "This is a fantastic achievement. The teams go across the North to compete against other universities and all the work they have put in throughout the cold and wet games has all been worthwhile.” The Lawn Tennis Association Unsung Hero award was the reward for Callum Atkinson (History with Politics). He volunteers as a tennis coach to teach beginners and intermediates at home, at the University and at Hoole Tennis Club, has assisted at Open Days and helped new students to settle in on campus. Sam Stokoe, Director of County Durham company The Raquet Man, said “Callum’s enthusiasm on court and love of the
Dance Club members.
Callum Atkinson and John Taylor (Tennis Club) with Cllr Bob Rudd.
Men’s Football Third team.
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game at all of the clubs he coaches has helped to see a high increase in numbers. He’s greatly missed whilst away, but it’s brilliant to see all his hard work and dedication is being recognised with such a prestigious award.” The Wild Society was commended for its contributions to the environment by the Jane Goodall Institute’s education programme for young people – Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. Chester Wild is a wildlife society which accommodates students with a passion for wildlife and a love of the outdoors. Samuel Wilde (Law), attended the event, where he received the commendation from Jane Goodall and exhibited some of the Society’s work. Samuel said: “It was an absolute pleasure to attend and it would not have been possible without support from
Samuel Wilde with Dr Jane Goodall DBE. (Photo credit: Roger Marks Photography.)
Five members of the victorious Quidditch team, Chester Centurions, were selected to play in the 2018 Quidditch Premier League (QPL). After their first national trophy win at the 2018 British Quidditch Cup, the five players were selected to represent their regions in the QPL across the country.
The sport involves up to 20 skaters moving together in routines with technical ice skating elements and dance steps. Bladerunners came second out of 63 teams at the 2018 British Championships, achieving a personal best score, and Gina was the British Adult Champion in 2017, as one of her total of 22 medals from events across Europe. Gina also skates alongside alumna, Alice Williamson in the team, helps younger skaters and has gained her Level One Coaching Certificate.
Gina Rimmer (Marketing with Business) combines studying with synchronised ice skating and was part of the Trophy d’Ecosse winning adult team, Bladerunners, who triumphed over international teams at this International Skating Union competition.
A student and alumni rugby team celebrated winning the League Trophy in its first season. The Prenton Academicals are the Raging Bull Division Four West champions and collected the league winner’s shield after a series of wins. Barry Miller said: “This season, we decided to start a
the Jane Goodall Institute UK, Chester Students’ Union and lecturers like Dr Sonya Hill, Programme Leader for Animal Behaviour and Welfare.”
Alice Williamson and Gina Rimmer.
University of Chester rugby team, in partnership with Prenton Rugby Club, to take part in the local Saturday league structure. We are so grateful to the Club for all their support. Having games on Saturdays makes it easier for alumni members to take part and fit in sport around their jobs and also means friends and family can come and watch games, which is great for the students who would usually only play on Wednesday. I am delighted with the team’s success and the fact that we have gone on to win the league.” Mick Cavanagh, Chairman of Prenton RUFC, said: “The introduction of Prenton Academicals to Prenton RUFC has seen the transformation of the rugby club. The integration of the University of Chester players has been seamless, both from a playing and social point of view – there is a great vibe within the Club.”
Rachel Hodges and Yasmin Woodward, Leighton Nursing Society.
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The Leighton Nursing Society was established by Rachel Hodges and Yasmin Woodward in 2017 and has grown to have the largest membership of any of the student societies. The Society provides talks, trips and social activities, so that Adult Nursing students at the Leighton site can socialise and increase the understanding of issues and conditions associated with caring for others. The success of the Society was rewarded with two Warrington Students’ Union Awards for Society of the Year, and for Rachel and Yasmin as Society People of the Year for all their efforts in enhancing the student experience for students based at the Leighton site. The Basketball Club was delighted that one of its BUCS and National League team members, Connor Murtagh (Physical Activity and Health),
Reace Edwards with Professor Steve Wilkinson, (Photo credit: SCI, M. Halliday.)
signed a professional contract with Italian team Sambenedettese Basket. Having completed his degree, Connor is now competing in Serie C Silver for the team. Accounting and Finance student, Daniel Reeves, won a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) award for his contribution to the CIMA-accredited programme over his three years of study. He acted as a student representative, facilitating the flow of feedback between students and lecturers, and helped at the open and applicant days. Daniel said of his experience: “I’ve loved it. Chester is a fantastic place to live and study. Every moment has been fun, with great lecturers and impressive buildings. The flow of communications between staff and students here is brilliant and you really get to
know people. I recommend the course for anyone wanting a business career because it covers all aspects of business.” Reace Edwards (Chemical Engineering) received an SCI Liverpool and North West Group student award for the best academic performance in the second year of her course. Professor Steve Wilkinson, Head of Chemical Engineering, said: “I’m delighted that Reace has been awarded this prize, which is richly deserved. She is an absolute pleasure to teach and I’m quite sure she has a great future ahead of her.” The 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards saw two student nominations. Rachael Lambe and Ellen Soutter were nominated in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs’ category. They founded the Expanding End of Life Care Project
(EEOLCP) which is aimed at improving student resilience in the provision of end of life care before they go out on their first placement. Rachael and Ellen created a complete learning resource package with end of life experts (see p. 46). Lydia Hinde was nominated in the ‘Student Midwife of the Year’ category at the Awards for her academic achievements, as well as proving to be warm, compassionate and empathetic in practice and a valued multi-disciplinary team member. Lydia has represented the student voice as a StAR (Student Academic Representative) and took part in professional and academic reviews of the programme, including a Nursing and Midwifery Council educational monitoring review. Lydia has been involved in organising student-facilitated applicant days, to showcase the Midwifery programme provision, and volunteered as a
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student representative for the revalidation of the Mental Health and Learning Disability programme. Jodie Carr (Specialist Practitioner Qualification, District Nursing) received The Philip GoodeveDocker Memorial Prize, a Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) Award, at her graduation ceremony, in recognition of her hard work and innovation in practice. Jodie developed an assessment and prompt tool during her course, to manage the blood sugars of diabetic patients. The ‘Diabetic Pocket Guide’ has proved to be useful for students, qualified staff and healthcare assistants and is being embedded into practice at East Cheshire NHS Trust, to improve patient outcomes. Jodie said: “I am overjoyed yet humbled to have been put forward for this prize, as it was not something I had ever expected. The course developed my skills in dealing with complex case management and enhanced my leadership skills.” A dream of a career in Marketing inspired Sarah Carter, who had left school without any qualifications, to return to education and gain a first-class degree. She worked part-time while studying for her BTEC in Travel and Tourism and gained triple distinctions and one GCSE. Sarah found her passion for Marketing when “inspired by the enthusiasm of her lecturer” on the Marketing Principles module, where she was given a “vision of what she really wanted to do”. She excelled at her studies and won the Dean’s Commendation Award at the annual Valedictory service. Sarah said: “It has not been easy, but thinking about my future and studying something that I’m passionate about has got me through. Being committed and not giving up is the key to success.”
The highest scoring Chemical Engineering graduate in the first cohort at Thornton Science Park has secured a top graduate job working for Powerhouse, developing pioneering gasification technology. Jordan Jones received a first-class honours degree, and said of his decision to study at Chester: “I was looking for a university which offered chemical engineering in an ideal location with excellent academic opportunities and social aspects. The facilities that were on offer at the site confirmed that this was the right university for me.” He added: “I have made some great friends, gained an abundance of engineering knowledge and it has allowed me to develop a lot of new transferable skills, which I could take into many different industries.” Jordan cited his three summer internships as ideal opportunities to gain practical knowledge and apply theoretical knowledge in real-life situations and encourages other students to take advantage of the links with industry at Thornton. David Ryan (Director, Powerhouse Energy Group) added: “We hired Jordan on his excellent academic performance and I am pleased that his practical engineering application has matched his previous excellent academic results. He has made a positive contribution to our research programme.” The University’s student radio station, based at the Warrington Campus, won the Best Student Radio Chart Show Award from the 2018 Student Radio Awards. The station also received three nominations for the I Love Student Radio Awards 2018. These recognise outstanding commitment to student radio and The Cat Radio was nominated for ‘Most Improved Radio Station’, ‘Team of the Year’ for its management team and the ‘Outstanding Contribution to a Student Radio
Station’ for student Cat Warren. Radio Production Leader, Michelle Ponting, said: “More than 100 people were entered into the Outstanding Contribution category, so I am really happy for Cat’s work to be recognised. The management team this year is made up of just six students and they have done some fantastic work.” Two mature students gave up successful careers in industry to follow a lifelong passion for Archaeology and History. Neil Bayliss and Pauline Clarke juggled domestic responsibilities and achieved exemplary attendance records and quality of work. Pauline finished full-time work as a senior buyer in the automotive industry and found the opportunity to study History alongside Archaeology too tempting after her business and management qualifications. Pauline said she was “blown away” on an open day: “The quality of the lectures and the lecturers, the range of study options and the whole atmosphere of the campus, were amazing.” Pauline received the David and Betty Evans Valedictory Award for Achievement in Archaeology, added: “The lecturers are truly inspirational and genuinely interested in their students. I have experienced so much on my course, and have been supported every step of the way. I never imagined I’d be preparing to study for an MA – how great is that?” Neil was a print finisher and said: “I’d had enough of the industry, and History and Archaeology both interested me a great deal. It wasn’t easy combining studies with family obligations. But completing my degree has opened up a path to a career I can enjoy.” He added: “As well as the amazing support I relied on from my family and my partner, Louise, it’s thanks to the University and the help from all the fantastic staff that I feel I can now reach new levels in my working life.”
Neil Bayliss, right.
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A first-class degree in Sports Development and Coaching was the reward for James Preston, who followed his sporting interests into higher education.
Education and Children’s Services, to explore the experiences of BTEC students at school and how this information could help University staff teaching these students.
Having been active in sports coaching in his teens, James said that the choice of subject “seemed logical, if I was to be motivated to study”. He continued: “I really enjoyed the academic nature of the course, so studying was fun, even though it meant extra work and lots of reading. Because I enjoyed the subject, it just came naturally and I guess that’s how I was able to achieve a high grade average and graduate with a first.”
James says that the learning environment at the University is very student-focused with “lots of avenues for students to explore and make their time at the University a success. My class sizes were relatively small and the lecturers provided plenty of opportunities for meetings and discussions, which really helped me learn. That open environment is great if, like me, students are willing to grasp all the opportunities offered to them.”
While studying at the Warrington Campus, James was the student representative for the BA Sports Development and Coaching programme, the Board of Studies representative, and a StAR (Student Academic Representative). This depth of involvement in the development and delivery of his course and his natural academic abilities, led to him receiving the University’s prestigious Dean’s Commendation Award for Performance (Sport and Community Engagement).
Although his degree has been “fantastic and opened up many career opportunities”, James has opted to study for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the Riverside Campus in order to progress his coaching abilities in a professional vocation – and then to inspire future generations through teaching.
During his studies, James completed a five-week placement in Uganda, running sports-related activity workshops for children in rural areas and helping with a community HIV testing programme. He undertook a 10-week coaching placement at Sale Sharks Rugby Union Club High Performance Centre for the Junior Academy in West Cheshire and still continues in this role. He has also been working on an ongoing research project for the Faculty of
James Preston BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching
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Student support A welcoming and encouraging environment has always been at the heart of the University community, and its extensive support network is there for students throughout the higher education journey, to empower them to reach their potential. The University has a strong reputation for welcoming students from a wide range of backgrounds and providing them with a high quality and supportive experience, characterised by an emphasis on both academic and personal achievement. This is especially evident in the opportunities offered for the development of employability skills and work-related learning. The University underpins its work in this area with a commitment to high quality learning and teaching and to the provision of strong support
services to include, retain and develop successful learners who may have diverse entry profiles. The Student Futures team provides students with practical information and advice on any non-academic aspect of the student experience, such as settling into student life, helping with any problems that may arise and offering opportunities to try new things and learn different skills. These areas include wellbeing and welfare, inclusion and disability, community
liaison and financial support, student counselling and volunteering and mentoring. A greater degree of tailored help is available for groups such as commuting students, students from care backgrounds, international students, and students with disability, in order to allow them to participate fully in student life. In addition, advice, support, counselling, and learning opportunities are available throughout each course. The University upholds the highest professional standards and is committed to meeting the needs of students with sensitivity and care. There has been a national rise in students accessing wellbeing and mental health support services and this has meant adapting services and introducing innovative ways in which to
help those affected. For example, The Active Wellbeing Programme is now a fixture in student life for students with low-level anxiety, low mood and low confidence. This scheme offers personalised support from a wellbeing co-ordinator and personal fitness instructor, plus a 12-week exercise schedule. However, the programme is an holistic approach to an individualâ€™s physical and mental wellbeing, offering advice and guidance on sleep patterns, nutrition, hydration, organisation, smoking cessation and overall lifestyle management. This scheme has gone from strength to strength and was shortlisted for â€˜Best Student Experienceâ€™ at the 2018 Educate North Awards. The Wellbeing and Mental Health team has developed a support section for the
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University of Chester app and the aim is to provide all students with information and self-help resources on how to take care of mental health and improve wellbeing. The team worked closely with Learning and Information Services to develop the app and to ensure that it is informative and interactive, to encourage continued usage. The app has a five-step challenge, based upon the five steps to wellbeing: connect; give back; take notice; keep learning; and keep active. Each step has 20 challenges to be completed over the first term, such as giving up a seat for someone or researching information on a new country, with the content refreshed each term. The app is designed to support all students, ranging from those who are struggling with their mental health, to those who are well but experience occasional emotional wellbeing issues. The team will be conducting focus groups with student users, to assist with further development. The Wellbeing and Mental Health team has been working with the Volunteering and Mentoring team to develop peer-led sessions from peer mentors, alongside the wellbeing sessions delivered by staff. The idea of the peerled sessions is for current students to provide an insight into their own experiences and offer guidance to first-year students on topics such as ‘Making the Most of University’, ‘Step Up In Workload’ and ‘Time Management’. There are around 300 trained Mental Health First Aid Champions (MHFA) at the University and a Champions network to enable staff to share experiences and good practice. A two-day
course is available for staff in key student-facing roles and the aim is to have 80% of frontline staff qualified as MH First Aiders, alongside shorter courses for MHFA Champions and awarenessraising sessions for other staff over the next three years. Other specialist staff training included a halfday workshop entitled ‘Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Professional Degree Courses and in Work Placements’ delivered by Jo Sullivan (Lecturer, Department of Public Health and Wellbeing) and Pam Moss (Academic Skills Tutor, Student Futures). This was aimed at University staff who support students in professional placements or work experience settings. A range of activities was on offer at the Warrington Campus for Mental Health Awareness Week and the guest speakers included Mark Edwards (NHS Mental Health Nurse); Dr Phil Cooper MBE (Nurse Consultant in Alcohol and Drug Misuse); James Howes (Sport and Lifestyles Manager, Warrington Wolves Foundation); Richard McManus (Specialist Practitioner, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust); Malcolm Rae (State of Mind Sport); Ian Knott (former rugby player); Russell Treasure (Mindfulness Coach); and David McCollom (DMC Media). Radio Production and Journalism student, William Dell, created ‘The mind guide’, a set of podcasts that were released daily on The Cat Radio. These included interviews with some of the guest speakers and Jake Mills (Chasing the Stigma), Colin Dolan (Mental Health Football Association), Danny Sculthorpe (ex-England
rugby player and mental health activist) and Mental Health Nursing students from the Warrington Campus. Other activities included mindfulness sessions, Tai Chi and a local walk by the Chat and Listen More group.
opportunities for education to all, the institution offers an extensive range of targeted measures to help provide financial support for around 40% of students, particularly those from less advantaged backgrounds.
Two staff members, Malcom Bate (Team Leader, Porters and Security) and Becky Lees (Sexual Consent Project Officer, Student Futures), were invited to an event at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Henig, Patron of ProtectEd, to share best practice. This is the accreditation scheme for student safety, security and wellbeing, and the event brought together university representatives and organisations from across the sector with an interest in these issues that affect students’ lives. The University has been ranked by the Complete University Guide in the top three safest places to study in the region for four consecutive years and Becky said: “Student support staff in Student Futures, Out of Hours, Residential Living and our award-winning Porters work tirelessly to ensure the safety and positive wellbeing of our students. They truly go above and beyond, to provide the most outstanding service to those who need it at any given time.”
The University is committed to a comprehensive support package for students for 2018–19, which includes the following measures:
Financial support For 2018–19, tuition fees are set at £9,250 for home and EU students studying full time for first degrees and £7,650 for foundation degrees. The estimated average fee paid by students at the University after fee waivers is £8,969. In keeping with the Mission, Vision and Foundational Values, which advocate extending
Chester Bursary: An award to the value of £1,500 is given to any new full-time undergraduate degree entrant paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who has a declared household residual income of £25,000 or less. This comprises £500 of benefits in each year of the programme. Chester Bursary for Part-time Students: This bursary has a total value of up to £1,500 in cash and is applied on a pro-rata basis, based on the credit intensity at each level of study. Eligibility is based on new part-time undergraduate degree entrants paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000 (full time equivalent), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared household residual income of £25,000 or less. Care Leavers Bursary: Available to verified care leavers on a first come, first served basis. The scheme will normally provide Care Leavers with £6,000 of benefits over the three years of their programme (or up to a maximum of £8,000 if the award is made from the Foundation Year of the programme).
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#100Students100Stories 027 Sophie, MA Theology
Young Adult Carers Bursary: In partnership with organisations such as Cheshire Young Carers (CYC) the University has developed a targeted financial support package for young carers. This is in the form of a bursary package totalling £4,500 over three years of study (or up to a maximum of £6,000 if the award is made from the foundation year of the programme). Foundation Year: All students (home and EU) on the University’s extended degree programmes including a Level 3 foundation year, receive a £1,000 fee waiver in the first, foundation year of study.
Sophie's Story The sun shining over the meadows down at the River Dee provides me with a perfect escape time from my studies. It feels so refreshing to chat to my friend about my struggles with my Master’s, but to feel loved and listened to warms my heart and reassures me. Looking out over the River and listening to all the people enjoying the sun allows me a space in which to join them in feeling rested and content.
All full-time students starting their first year at University in September 2018 were eligible for the University of Chester Aspire Books offer, which consisted of a package of essential textbooks for their undergraduate course. This scheme is run jointly between the University and John Smith’s bookshop on the Parkgate Road Campus. The government-backed Postgraduate Loan scheme allows students to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the course and living costs. If courses are longer than one year, the loan is divided equally across each year of the course. The Chester Science and Engineering Award is available for Engineering or Natural Science students at Thornton Science Park and provides £500 in Year 1, while the Thornton Prize is £500 awarded
to students who progress into Year 4 of their MEng course. The Summer Work Experience Bursary awards £1,200 to Engineering or Natural Science students at Thornton Science Park who complete their first-year placement. The Chester Alumni Fund: Supporting current students was a founding principle of the original ‘College Club’ and this ethos is continued with the Chester Alumni Fund. This provides support for students to participate in a range of memorable and meaningful activities that benefit the student experience. As part of the Chester Alumni Fund, the Cestrian Award is given annually to initiatives by students showing excellence in sports, community or academic work. This could include competing in sports at an international level, leading special projects or running academic conferences. An annual allocation of up to £1,500 is available for students requiring financial assistance for a specified activity, without which they would struggle to achieve their goal. University Foundation Awards for Excellence: Through the generosity of the Alumni Association and gifts from parents, governors, and staff past and present, the University gives three annual awards of £500. These are intended to assist outstanding students of the University in study overseas, study for a higher degree or competition in a sport at an international level.
The University Mission Committee has limited funds for University Mission Awards, which provide support for student projects and activities which are consistent with the University’s Foundational Values and Mission Statement; for local community projects and voluntary work by students in Chester, Warrington and the surrounding area; for students who are past participants of projects, activities or volunteer work, which are consistent with the University’s Foundational Values and Mission Statement, who are returning to do volunteer work or study related to their activity; and for students competing in sporting activities at national or international level. Sports scholarships are available for existing and prospective students who compete for the University in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) events and at a national or international level. These consist of a package of financial support and other benefits such as strength and conditioning sessions, access to a resident sports therapist and athlete education workshops. A Choral Scholarship is available to a student who is able to play a leading role in the musical activities of the University, particularly with the management of the University Chapel Choir. The Chester Employability Fund enables students who meet the eligibility criteria to purchase items or carry out activities to
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enhance their employability up to a maximum award of £500.
Santander Universities has increased support to the University as part of its commitment to 83 UK universities and over 1,200 worldwide, in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Italy, France, Russia, Spain, China, Portugal, USA, Germany, Mexico and Singapore. This partnership with higher education institutions, which has seen donations of more than £1.5bn since 1997, provides scholarships, mobility grants, support for special projects and academic and non-academic awards. As Chester is a participating university, its students can benefit from the range of funding options. For example, in 2018–19 students and staff received six Community Service Awards, one Community Project Fund grant, nine International Research Excellence Awards, 13 Ambassador Awards, seven Awards for Excellence in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and 11 SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) Internships.
The Men's National Basketball League team.
Since 2010, the University has supported the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s Article 26 project, to promote access to higher education for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. The University aims to make higher education a reality for one student per year who is seeking sanctuary in the UK and who does not have access to
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Santander Universities.
student finance. The bursary comprises a full tuition fee waiver and limited financial support to help meet study and travel costs. Student Futures Support can advise on a range of other external options to supplement students’ income while studying at the University including: Financial Assistance Funds; Childcare or Adult Dependants’ Grants; Parents’ Learning Allowance; Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA); NHS Learning Support Fund; and bursaries from sponsors or charitable trusts. Selected recipients of financial support from the University A University Foundational Award for Excellence was awarded to Michelle Ravenscroft, who studied for an MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. This support helped with the costs of travel and books for her course. Michelle was encouraged to progress to postgraduate study from a combined undergraduate degree at Chester, as she was “particularly impressed with the enthusiasm the tutors had for their subject, and their commitment to supporting students to get the most out of their studies”. The Men’s National Basketball League team has been supported by the University of Chester Alumni Fund through funding for new kits,
banners, live streaming technology and assistance with transport costs. Unusually, the team consists of alumni and current students and is competing in Division 3, having won back-to-back promotions from the Men’s National Founders Cup and Division 4 and been runners-up in Division 3. Alumni player, Dave Thomas, said: “It’s a chance to continue playing at a high level alongside the guys I’d met through the years, as well as helping to welcome the newer students and getting them involved. The team has only been around for a few years and we’ve already achieved so much, it is something I’m proud to be a part of as we continue to grow.” The new strand of the Cestrian Award (see page 30) funds student-led academic activities. Recipients were: Kate Roberts (MA, Creative Education) for developing workshops to engage ESOL (English as a second or foreign language) students through drama. Stephanie Matthews, Victoria Bounds and Sophie Roberts, led a group of undergraduate Archaeology students, who organised Digging into the Dark Ages: The Third University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference, held at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester.
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Sally Jones (PhD, English Literature) organised Queen of Suspense: A Patricia Highsmith Symposium, the first ever conference dedicated to the author. Sally said of the experience: “I have represented the University, the postgraduate community and the Department of English in a way in which I can feel proud.”
Kieran Wynne-Cattanach (Photo credit: Matt Grayson.)
Kieran Wynne-Cattanach (Sport and Exercise Science) was awarded a sports scholarship from the University, to allow him to progress his cycling career alongside his degree. He achieved a bronze medal in the British Universities & Colleges Sport Cycling National Hill Climb Championships and now benefits from winter gym training, help from personal trainers, the funding to travel further to races and to attend a preseason training camp.
Lorna Scamans and Gemma Smith.
Geography student, Lorna Scamans, received a University Mission Award to work with faith-based organisation Justice and Mercy in Homa Bay, Kenya. Lorna gave talks in schools on the importance of clean water, helped to renovate a youth centre with fellow Chester student, Gemma Smith, visited a prison to help with the rehabilitation of ex-prisoners and collected data on water collection points for her dissertation, meeting many community groups. She said the opportunity “was unlike anything I could experience in the UK and it was incredible to put work that I
The ‘Chester Suite’ renovated by Lorna Scamans and Gemma Smith in Kenya.
have learnt in the classroom into a reallife setting”. She described her experience as “something which will stay with me forever thanks to the help of the bursary from the University”. Another University Mission Award recipient was Connie Martin, who travelled to Grenada as part of her experiential learning module for her Conservation Biology course. Connie studied the dry forests, the habitat of the endangered Grenada Dove, with the local forestry department and also gathered data for her dissertation project on the environmental factors that impact on the growth of Randia aculeatea (the white indigo berry). She concluded that this support and experience has “given me a whole new burst of motivation for my course” and “some unforgettable memories and friends I will have for a lifetime”. Selected recipients of external grants Holly Taylor-Holbrook (BA, Social Work) was awarded a grant from the International Development Fund by the British Association of Social Workers, to enable her to attend the International Federation of Social Work Conference in Dublin. Three Interior Design students received the second Chester Fine Arts Society Bursary, with £1,000 to fund a study visit to Florence.
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Maxwell Cope (LLB, Law) was awarded the Queen Mother Scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, to complete the Bar Professional Training Course. Polly Green (LLB, Law) was awarded the prestigious Kalisher Scholarship, to undertake a Master of Laws at the University of Birmingham.
Connie Martin in Grenada, (second from right front row).
Stephanie Taylor with alumna, Paralympian and Wheelchair Basketball Coach, Anna Jackson.
Student experiences Adult Nursing student, Jemma Sharratt, is a peer mentor herself after having benefited from the scheme when she began her course at the Warrington Campus. She said “Starting university is very daunting for everyone, but for mature students, or students with children, it’s a huge step that completely changes your life.” She wanted to help others in a similar position to make their transition to university life as easy as possible: “As a peer mentor our contact details are passed to new students who have questions or want a bit of support with getting orientated. The whole process doesn’t take up much time (just a short training session and email exchanges), but it is very rewarding. If you are thinking about becoming a peer mentor, just go for it! It’s a good opportunity to pass on your knowledge and you can even gain points towards the Chester Difference Award.” As a commuting disabled student, Stephanie Taylor (Digital Photography and Radio Production) was initially apprehensive about the problems she might face studying at the Warrington Campus. However, she said: “Everyone made me feel so welcome. Having a disability and being in a wheelchair can
be difficult at times with juggling university, hospital and home life, but the support is more than I could have ever imagined, from the disability support before I started to the lecturers’ support and friendship.” Outside her lectures, Stephanie became a StAR for Photography, did work experience at Key 103 radio station, including an award-winning interview, as well as competing in wheelchair basketball at a national level. Reflecting on her first year, she said: "I don’t think I would change anything about it or would do anything differently, as I loved every single minute of it. I’m so excited to spend another two years here, creating more memories and having more fun while working hard to graduate.” Tiffany Williams (Tourism Management) found out that she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an uncommon blood cancer, three months before she was due to start her Tourism Management degree and was advised to postpone her studies. However, with the dedicated support of Kate Northcott Spall from The Pamela Northcott Fund and the University, she was able to complete her course despite undergoing chemotherapy. Tiffany said: “Throughout my time at Chester, I never excluded myself from anything and I always thought of myself as normal. The support systems that the University has in place for students are incredible and the teams of people behind these are amazing! After my three years at the University of Chester, I could not be happier that I chose to study there. The world is your oyster, anything is possible if you put your mind to it!”
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A first-class degree in Social Work was the reward for former looked-after child, Cheryl Thompson, and she is now following her dream to “make a difference by being a great social worker”. Cheryl grew up in the care of a local authority and struggled throughout her school life, being labelled as a “naughty child” and leaving without any GCSEs. She said “Growing-up as a looked-after child had its challenges. It involved multiple moves from placement to placement, often with little or no notice – it meant my whole world was packed in bin bags.” She found school life difficult and was keen to have her own independence as quickly as possible after leaving school, so she moved into a flat and worked until the age of 21.
Cheryl Thompson BA (Hons) Social Work
At this stage, she realised that she “wanted to be that amazing social worker who could really empathise with young people” in similar situations to her own. As a result, she studied for her GCSEs and an access course alongside paid work, to enable her to begin her degree at the Warrington Campus. She was diagnosed with dyslexia during her course, but the smaller class sizes, strong support network, comfortable environment, extra opportunities to improve her skills, and “amazing resources in the library” all contributed to her success.
Dr Gillian Buck, Lecturer in Social Work said: “Cheryl has been an inspiration to teach and learn from. She’s been a resilient student, obtaining high marks in her written work and excelling in her placements – a great role model for other young people.” Cheryl plans to further her education and career by studying for a Master’s degree in Criminology or Mental Health, and then go on to do a PhD. Cheryl concluded: “My qualification has enabled me to follow my dreams. Despite everything I’ve been through in life, I have gone on to finish university and gain my dream job in front line social work – and now I’m on a mission to help change the world.”
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Chaplaincy A friendly and inclusive community is available to every student and member of staff, of any faith or none, where Friendship, Learning, Worship and Mission guide the array of activities. The Chaplaincy team is a visible Christian presence, meeting with students and staff and creating opportunities for communities to form, as well as leading services in Chapel and Chaplaincy House. In addition to the programme of events and services, it supports members through significant life events, such as weddings and christenings, as well as through challenging times of stress, illness and bereavement. Chester Chaplaincy staff have continued to build relationships with staff and students across the Chester campuses and find ways in which to support departments. A weekly community lunch is held in Chaplaincy House on the Parkgate Road Campus after lunchtime prayers and the introduction of a prayer tree at Riverside for written thoughts, prayers and reflections has been welcomed. The introduction of a new blog has given the whole Chaplaincy community the opportunity to share thoughts and reflections with a wider audience, while
the team was active in the University gaining reaccreditation as a Fairtrade University. A new initiative is a Baking Group, which has developed into a weekly session for all students. This is very popular with international students, keen to bake English cakes, as well as being an ideal opportunity for students of different cultures and backgrounds to learn from each other in a relaxed environment. As the nation remembered the centenary of the end of World War One, the Alumni Association, the Development and Alumni Relations Office and Chaplaincy worked together to hold a special service in Chapel to honour the 77 members of the University who lost their lives during the conflict. A display was created by members of the Alumni Association in the Chapel, which included an individual cross and poppy created for each of the 77 men who died. Warrington Building positive relationships and community are key to the work at
Warrington, which includes giving talks on Wellbeing, Church Schools and Spirituality to PGCE students and providing pastoral support. The accessibility of the team has led to work with a range of individual students, student groups and departments providing practical and spiritual support and helping to improve the student experience. The Warrington Chapel has been redecorated to provide a more calming environment where students, staff and visitors can socialise, eat food, relax, reflect, meditate and pray. The main weekly service, ‘Monday Night in Chapel’, has taken a more informal approach to worship, with conversation about life and faith over food and drink, while the special services to mark significant events, such as the annual Service of Remembrance, have been greatly appreciated by the community. Shrewsbury The Shrewsbury Chaplaincy is still very much in its infancy and is developing the ministry of simply ‘being around’. The prayer room is often used by students as a quiet space, and more are engaging with the activities held there. The first graduation in Shrewsbury was held in St Chad’s Church and reflected the church foundation in Shrewsbury.
The 77 Fallen display.
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Educational opportunities Novel courses, internships and Study Abroad are among the diverse variety of options that enrich the education of the University’s students. New courses The portfolio of undergraduate courses offered by the University has increased to include new BSc degrees in Microbiology and Pharmacology and BA degrees in Primary Education Studies, Acting and Musical Theatre. The Business and Management degree now has the option of a single honours BA, with a choice of either Business Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources or Marketing. New postgraduate courses include the following: MSc/Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip)/Post Graduate Certificate (PG Cert) Exercise Medicine; MSc/PG Dip Physician Associate Studies; MA/PG Dip/PG Cert Autism Spectrum Condition; PG Cert Dyscalculia Research and Practice; MSc Sport Coaching and Development (Warrington); MSc Applied Psychology; MSc Policing, Law Enforcement and Security; MSc Sports Sciences (Sports Medicine); PG Cert Professional Development in Small Animal Emergency Practice (Work Based and Integrative Studies, WBIS); PG Cert Business Administration (WBIS); PG
Cert Strategic Leadership for Directors (WBIS); MD Internal Medicine; MA Journalism; and MRes Storytelling. The Institute of Policing’s MSc programme has been designed to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the complexities of policing, law enforcement and security in contemporary society. This has been designed following consultation with policing, law enforcement and security agencies, so that the content delivers the key knowledge requirements of professionals currently working in that field. The range of apprenticeships has been expanded to include the Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, which is an industry-driven opportunity for a business or organisation of any size to develop their own Senior Management Team. It has been designed by a group of leading businesses, in conjunction with the Chartered Association of Business Schools and professional bodies, to help employers to address skills gaps and grow their own workforce of the future.
Work Based Integrative Studies (WBIS) The University celebrated 20 years of providing this distinctive method of workplace learning by holding an interactive exhibition. WBIS builds on the University’s expertise in Work Based Learning by blending education and practice and hundreds of individual students have now achieved qualifications through this flexible and bespoke learning programme. The team has also helped to configure corporate programmes for organisations with particular professional development needs, and accredited vocational learning fostered by others, such as human resources departments and specialist training organisations for clients including the Cabinet Office, RAF, NHS, Airbus and Chester Zoo. The ‘blended learning’ approach of WBIS offers a wide range of learning methods, such as group workshops, experiential learning, online delivery and virtual learning environments and the opportunity to accredit prior learning. Dr David Perrin, Director of the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS), said: “The exhibition illustrated how Chester has led the way in recognising that much of the important knowledge capital in society exists in the workplace. It also showed how the University has been able to help capture, develop and reward this learning
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship students.
The CWRS team at the WBIS exhibition.
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for thousands of part-time learners seeking professional development.” The University has teamed up with IN Professional Development (INPD) to use the WBIS framework to accredit executive education leading to higher education postgraduate qualifications. The partnership has yielded its first Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration through WBIS and has a Directors’ programme in the pipeline. INPD founders, Marc Davis and Dave Hall, worked closely with business experts and staff from Chester Business School and Marc said: “I’ve known about the Centre for Work Related Studies at Chester and the WBIS framework for some time and have always been impressed by it. It has a strong reputation in the sector. When we created this new company, Chester seemed the obvious university partner to work with.” In planning its award-winning degree apprenticeships, CWRS has collaborated with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) to develop and design accredited programmes, ensuring that both learners and employers can access the optimum number of qualifications. As a result, the ILM has now commissioned a bespoke suite of multi-media footage which showcases the Centre’s innovative programme delivery,
featuring interviews with staff, students and employers. These have now been used by the ILM across a variety of UK media to illustrate the opportunities offered by degree apprenticeships for potential students and employers. Work Based Learning and internships The University has undertaken a programme of Work Based Learning (WBL) for over 25 years which fits in with current government philosophy to strengthen university and business engagement, and to help ensure that they are developing employable graduates. WBL offers a unique approach through a university-wide, centralised, credit bearing module for second-year (Level 5) students, which provides a relevant and authentic learning experience that offers guided reflection via module assessment. The overarching aims are to aid the development of transferable employability skills, support students in critical reflection, gain new personal insights, articulate the development of skills and help to shape graduates’ expectations about the world of work. A major benefit of this programme is that it helps to support local and national business through increasing the skills and experience of the workforce. Science and Engineering students have the opportunity to carry out work placements as part of their course. As
a result, 82 students were placed in companies at Thornton Science Park or further afield. Neil Burns, Director of Croft Filters Ltd and Croft Additive Manufacturing Ltd, said: “We’ve hosted four University of Chester student placement projects over the last two years and we really value this input for our business as a high technology, manufacturing company. Engineering student Christian Mamwell added: “The amount I gained from my placement was incredible.” Two students were selected to represent local social enterprise, Here and Now Digital Buddies, at the official opening of Storyhouse, which was attended by Her Majesty The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex. Jade Hughes (Psychology with Criminology) completed her Work Based Learning placement with the social enterprise, while Lucy Murphy (Economics and Geography) was a volunteer for six months and then gained a Santander internship as a Digital Trainer. Digital Buddies is an intergenerational social enterprise that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness among the over 50s in Chester, through developing their IT skills. The sessions are run by volunteers every Friday at Storyhouse and the students said: “It was an exciting and memorable day that we will never forget, and it was a great privilege to talk to Her Majesty
Christian Mamwell, (left), with Rob Watkins, Croft Additive Manufacturing Ltd.
Chester Business School placement students with staff.
Welocalize placement students.
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University of Chester Royal Caribbean International interns for 2018.
The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex about Digital Buddies.” Faculty of Business and Management students have the opportunity to take a year out from their studies to work in industry, either in the UK or overseas, to prepare them for graduate roles. Students enjoyed working with companies including BMW, Lidl, GE Aviation, Welocalize, Debenhams, Tactical Solutions and Marketing Cheshire. Ben Summers (Business Management and Entrepreneurship) experienced all aspects of the business at Lidl and hopes to apply for its graduate scheme, while Lauren Verdon (Marketing Management) was one of those working at Welocalize as part of the global marketing team. Jake Gardiner (Business) enjoyed a placement at Microsoft, was recommended by his manager
Dave Cooke and the Teams 4 U group.
for the graduate programme and is now looking forward to “a career at one of the best technology firms in the world”. Rhianna Rees and Hannah Jarrett secured permanent jobs with cruise line brand Royal Caribbean International following their internships in 2017. The students gained first-hand experience of the tourism industry through the one-month internship, as part of the University’s exclusive partnership with Royal Caribbean, which gained the Educate North Employer Engagement Award. Hannah (Events Management and Marketing) worked in marketing and customer-facing roles, while Rhianna (Tourism Management) was in revenue management. Ben Bouldin (Associate Vice-President and Managing Director, UK and Ireland), said: “Royal Caribbean is an extraordinary
brand with exceptionally talented and skilled employees, so we are beyond delighted that Rhianna and Hannah, who both showed incredible talent and potential during their internships, will join our ever-growing team.” Study Abroad and overseas study visits The opportunity to study abroad gives students a whole new perspective and the chance to experience a different culture and way of life. A range of students studied at 22 different institutions around the world, including South Africa and Mexico, as part of their courses. A further 33 students spent May and June on six of the seven continents, raising £17,000 for charities in the developing world, and the University contributed £14,000 to help students to fund these endeavours.
The Study Abroad team is determined to give all students the opportunity to study abroad, whatever their prior experience or academic ability, and provides the support to allow students to reach their potential. The team held the first Study Abroad Destination Fair, so that students thinking of studying overseas could meet those who had already benefited from the experience. This was an opportunity to learn about the range of options, from year-long exchanges to Summer Schools and Short Term Experiential placements, and to meet global learning providers. Dave Cooke, Founder of charity, Teams 4 U, said: “We encourage students and the public in general to go and improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. The work our volunteers do is hugely important to local communities,
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whether it’s helping keep young children in school, or supporting the administration of HIV tests. It is always empowering to hear how volunteers say the experience develops them personally too.” A Study Abroad trip was organised in collaboration with University of North Florida (UNF), Jacksonville for the module ‘International perspectives of early childhood’ on the BA Early Childhood Studies course. Five students spent two weeks in Jacksonville visiting early childhood settings, meeting and collaborating with UNF staff and students and attending taught sessions. This enabled the students to develop an understanding of philosophy and pedagogy behind the early childhood provision in Florida. Second-year BA (Qualified Teacher Status) students went on enrichment placements to partner institutions in Granada (Spain), Vaasa (Finland), Ballarat (Australia), and Selinsgrove (Pennsylvania). Their experiences in contrasting education systems enabled them to compare teaching and learning in primary schools in the UK and to broaden their understanding of how education can work in different contexts. The feedback from partner institutions included: “the students are fabulous. They are enthusiastic and a credit to the University.” Dr Howard Nelson (Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences) led a successful MSc Wildlife Conservation field course to Suriname, where the students learned about ecological field techniques. Second-year Biological Sciences students went to Grenada, where they monitored
dry forest vegetation plots and surveyed endemic wildlife as part of the long-term climate change research on the island. To promote knowledge transfer, Dr Nelson also presented the Chief Forestry Officer of Grenada National Parks and Forestry Department with the undergraduate and MSc student theses arising from the previous experiential learning visit. Danielle Rowe (Adult Nursing) travelled to Cyprus for her elective placement at the British Armed Forces Medical Centre. Danielle serves as a Private in the 208 Field Hospital Army Reserve and wanted to gain a greater insight into the nurse’s role in a military environment. She worked in the Medical Centre, travelled to other Army camps with the sexual health nurse, visited military families with the health visitor and observed doctor and physiotherapist clinics. She also participated in sports activities and adventure training. Danielle said of the experience: “I was really lucky to spend my placement with the military: I was able to experience a placement completely different to others.” Another Adult Nursing student journeyed to Peru for her elective placement through Work the World. Nicola Looby stayed in Arequipa, where she did a one-week intensive Spanish course before working in a hospital. She spent time in the women’s surgical bay and the operating theatres and was able to observe the differences in procedures and the reliance on the patients’ families to provide equipment and care. Nicola said: “I learnt so much from my hospital placement and it gave me a new appreciation for my own healthcare system.” She
recommends that other students: “Visit Peru and have the adventure of a lifetime like I did!” Course activities The University welcomed BBC Radio 4 and the Any Questions? team for a live broadcast of the weekly debate programme from the Parkgate Road Campus. Fifteen Events Management students from Chester Business School assisted with the evening and gained valuable experience towards their degree. Student, Emily Morgan, said: “The event was really enjoyable and has helped me massively with my course.” Arts and Music students have a range of opportunities to build their knowledge and experience during their studies: ITV’s The Voice auditioned selected BA Pop Music vocalists; Dance students participated in the Chester Christmas Light Switch On Parade with Cheshire Dance and benefited from Shadowing Work Experience Placements with dance companies; some of the music industry’s leading artists gave a series of masterclasses and workshops and public performances during Pulse Week; local dance artists, including National Dance Company Wales and Company Chameleon, participated in a programme of curriculum enhancement workshops; productions and workshops for Drama and Theatre Studies students which included a performance by Teatro Pomodoro; and MA Drama and Popular Music final performances were held at Kingsway, Chester Arts Centre, Storyhouse, Alexander’s Live and The Golden Eagle. Chester Business School welcomes many experts to impart their practical experience
and knowledge to students. Some of these included: Alan Bowen (solicitor specialising in travel) and a Chester alumnus; Dave McRague and Richard Pontefract (One Fell Swoop); Alex McKinlay (Iceland); Jonathan Maddams (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), Greg Knight (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), Chris Lofthouse (KPMG); a Merrill Lynch team provided employability sessions and workshops; and senior retail figures from organisations such as Liverpool ONE and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet acted as a panel at the first assessment centre exercise for final-year students. Students also had a walking tour of Chester’s planned Northgate development, led by Clare Huber (Cheshire West and Chester Council), and a visit to the ACC (Arena and Conference Centre) Liverpool with Tom Lechthaler. After HRH The Duchess of Cornwall had received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University (see p. 113) she met a group of students from the Faculty of Health and Social Care, Faculty of Education and Children’s Services and the Institute of Policing (Faculty of Social Science). She was able to find out how they are aspiring to make a difference through their careers by becoming the nurses, midwives, teachers and police officers of the future. An exploratory alumni mentoring project has seen first-year Marketing students linked with high profile marketing professionals, who are all alumni of the Business School. Louise Law, Global Communications Manager at Welocalize, said: “It is so important that the next generation
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of marketers gain insight into the functioning world of global business. Welocalize actively supports Marketing undergraduates at the University through the Alumni Mentoring Programme, to help guide them through their academic studies and in their career ambitions.”
invited into Fury’s training camp, where they filmed and interviewed the former world title challenger and his father and trainer, Peter Fury, at the Team Fury gym in Bolton. Student Rowan Newman said: “It was an unbelievable experience to report live from such a big fight.”
Student engagement with the University’s creative writing magazine, Pandora’s Box, has continued to grow, alongside the associated Open-Mic nights. The magazine, based in the Department of English, has welcomed many student submissions to Pandora’s Inbox online and the best poems, pieces of flash fiction and short stories are selected for the print publication. One of the student editors, Joshua Cialis (English Literature and Politics), is also General Editor of Foxtrot Uniform – an independent magazine of poetry, prose and art for 'rebellious writers'.
Student successes Business Management and Entrepreneurship student, Matthew Bates, received two job offers from international companies and the experience gained through his course helped him through the two assessment processes. He was offered a place on the Project Management Graduate Scheme at Fujitsu, but opted for the Global Management Trainee Scheme at ISS UK, a facility services company. This involved an interview in London and assessment at the company’s Copenhagen branch. Matthew’s achievements included being a North West finalist in the Young Enterprise team competition and acting as a Student Council representative for Sports. ISS UK is based in 72 countries and so Matthew will have the opportunity to travel and complete a threemonth overseas placement.
Digital Marketing students made an impact for local companies through social media campaigns as part of the assessment for their course. The students delivered a series of engaging campaigns using the platform of their choice. Projects included a digital overhaul for Gas-Tec Ltd, resulting in an increased volume of business and a more popular Facebook profile, while a review of Facebook marketing was conducted for local charity Family Refugee Support Project, to engage a new audience. Sports Journalism students gained exclusive access to work with British Heavyweight champion Hughie Fury, as he beat Sam Sexton at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite in Bolton. Students were
Michael Owen (Accounting and Finance) gained his graduate job at Kerry Group in Ireland on finishing his studies with a first-class degree. He went through Kerry’s application process during his studies, including a video interview and evaluation at the company’s assessment centre in Ireland and is now working in corporation tax in Tralee, County Kerry. Michael is looking forward to travelling with the company and will be taking his
professional Association of Chartered Certified Accountants exams alongside his work. Michael’s course gained him maximum exemptions from professional exams, which gave him a head start, and he found the builtin work experience valuable. He concluded: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it to be enthralling from start to finish. It is a fantastic feeling knowing that the hard work has paid off and I have landed my dream job of working within Finance for Kerry.”
Alex McKinlay (Iceland) with students and staff.
German student, Rebecca Bohn, studied for the MSc in Management with Marketing and secured a job before finishing her course. She now works as a Marketing and Audience Development Assistant at Rapid News Communications, a B2B publisher and exhibition organiser in Chester. Rebecca said: “The MSc has contributed significantly to my employability and has prepared me for my future, both professionally and personally.” A coveted job as a Digital Media Editor at FC Barcelona was the reward for Sam May on finishing his BA Sports Journalism course. He had interviews in London and Barcelona to secure the role and felt that his varied work experience and the resulting portfolio work was vital. Sam completed placements and freelance work for the Daily Mail, talkSPORT, Liverpool Echo, A S Roma and BBC Sport, as well as a week in Johannesburg with the South African Broadcast Corporation. Sam wrote for a number of websites during his studies, including AS Roma’s official site and Sportskeeda, and is now working at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with students from the Institute of Policing.
Alumni mentors with students and staff.
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Volunteering and mentoring Continuing the institution’s long-held tradition of serving others, students and staff embrace a range of fundraising, volunteering and mentoring activities, epitomised by the phenomenal £45,000 collected for charity by the Chester Students’ Union (CSU) Sports and Societies. The annual Valedictory awards included three Ede and Ravenscroft Awards for Excellence recipients for extra-curricular activities: Andrew (Andy) Dolman-Bayley (Community Policing and Criminal Investigation), Amy Mahan (Business Management and Leadership) and Holly Taylor-Holbrook (Social Work). Andy is a mature student, served in the British Army and is a reservist who established the Listening Out Loud Foundation, a charity providing support for veterans (see p. 45). Amy is an exceptional ambassador for apprenticeships having been a board member on the North-West Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and has participated in or led 90 career events, 30 assessment centres, 11 National Apprenticeship Service Events and delivered 40 presentations to over 5,000 young people. She organises community events for 3,000 students, providing young people with an insight into technology, and has placed over 300 students on work experience, raising aspirations for diverse groups. Amy also works with the charity, Age UK Cheshire East, to provide Christmas celebrations in the local community for around 130 older people without friends or family and has raised almost £10,000 for the charity. Holly
Taylor-Holbrook has volunteered with NYAS (The National Youth Advocacy Service) – a ‘rights-based’ charity which operates across England and Wales for children, young people and adults. Holly is a voluntary independent visitor in a community with high levels of unemployment and poverty, taking young people out as part of a befriending service. Other students were recognised for their volunteering work as follows: James Bullen (Geography and Natural Hazard Management), volunteered for more than 340 hours for Chester Students’ Union Sports and Societies. Hannah Cook (Geography and Natural Hazard Management), volunteered for over 778 hours with the 48th Chester Scout Group, 14th Harrogate Scout Group and 3rd Upton Brownies. She has also been involved with the Tour de Yorkshire, is a Student Academic Representative and a Geography ambassador. Laura Davies (Bioveterinary Science) has volunteered for 373 hours with Bambelela Wildlife NPC and Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation, Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and EPIC Kids Project.
William Foster (History) volunteered 456 hours for Scope and is Captain of the Anime Manga Society. Rosina Pendrous (MSc, Psychology), volunteered for more than 260 hours with Rethink Mental Illness, British Heart Foundation, PAPYRUS, and the University. Rebecca Watson (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) volunteered more than 309 hours for Cancer Research UK and with N/a’an kusê Wildlife Sanctuary, Namibia. Two CSU clubs and societies received nominations for the National Fundraising Awards. Rose King, the Charity Officer of the Swimming and Waterpolo Club, was shortlisted for Student Fundraiser of the Year as a committed Charity Officer for over two years and helping to raise over £7,000 for different charities. The Rotaract Society was shortlisted for Most Improved Student Fundraising group after raising over £3,000 in 2017–18 for various charities including the Purple Community Fund and Chester Aid for the Homeless (CATH).
Netball Club member at the sleep out.
Students have raised an impressive £45,000 for charity through the Chester Students’ Union (CSU) Sports and Societies. The activities included the following: The Netball team raised £3,190 from the Hell Runner event in aid of Giddo’s Gift and Movember; £774 from the annual sleep out for Chester Aid for the Homeless; and £1,137 from an event for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Netball Club member at the sleep out.
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The Events Society held a Winter Ball for Chester Women’s Aid and raised £1,371. The Pole Fitness Society ran a mental health awareness night in the Students’ Union and volunteered as charity street collectors for Marie Curie, raising over £458. The Swimming and Waterpolo Club raised £7,133 through events including a bag pack, skydiving and a Charity Gala for a variety of charities. The Dance Club raised over £2,200 from activities such as hosting an event with Chester Best Dance Crew and a catwalk show in Debenhams. The Tennis Club ran the Chester Half Marathon, raising over £957 for mental health charity, Mind. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts Club) organised a Charity Rowathon with the Rowing Club, which raised £372, and a charity martial arts competition, which raised £574 and attracted clubs from a wide area. The Rotaract Society raised over £3,000 for charities such as the Purple Community Fund and Chester Aid for the Homeless (CATH).
The Drama Society raised a total of £2,832, including £1,089 from its production of Sister Act the Musical, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Chester Women’s Aid, while Kingsway Players staged Chasing Angels, exploring the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and made over £260 for Help for Heroes. The activities held in aid of BBC Children in Need included: a charity rowathon, organised by the Events Society; a sponsored walk by the Mountaineering Society; a 12-hour Danceathon by the Drama Society; a film night by the Orchestra Society; and the Rotaract Society participated in a Zumbathon in Chester Cathedral. Students volunteering in the community and their positive impact were recognised at the annual Volunteer Celebration Evening. This honoured students who had completed the University of Chester Volunteering (UCV) award scheme, which recognises voluntary work, alongside workshops and presentations. The winner of the Students’ Choice Award was Healthwatch Cheshire, which helps to shape and improve local health and social care services. The winner for the Charity’s Choice Award was Hannah Cook for her 778 hours of volunteering with the 48th Chester Scout Group and other voluntary organisations. Dr Chris Haslam, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Student
Experience and Corporate Performance, said: “Volunteering is a fantastic way to get involved in the local community, whilst developing key personal skills, and this event has been a brilliant way to celebrate this with our students and our local community partners.” The student mentoring programme for school pupils aims to raise standards of performance, increase awareness of higher education opportunities, develop and improve study skills and help with self-esteem, motivation, confidence, persistence and application. The 35 student mentors who supported school pupils in the region worked either on a one-to-one basis, or in groups, to support academic and social-emotional problem solving. This is to inspire young people to reach their full potential and help with widening participation in higher education.
Tennis Club Half Marathon team.
The Running Club ‘took over’ one of the city’s parkruns at the Countess of Chester Country Park. President, Alannah Bolton, was the Run Director responsible for hosting the event and many of the Club’s students acted as volunteers. The event attracted 170 runners, one of whom was honorary graduate, journalist and TV presenter, Louise Minchin. Over 120 students participated in the Community Clean-Up, organised by Chester Students’ Union (CSU), and
Volunteers at the Community Clean-Up.
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they were joined by Garden Quarter Councillor Bob Rudd who said: “It’s fantastic to see so many students, who regularly attend community events, give back to the community.” Events Management students gained hands-on experience of hosting a range of fundraising and community events for local and national charities and raised approximately £7,500: LMPE Events raised almost £1,000 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd from a cocktail masterclass, bake sale and Spinathon. The ‘Enchanted Kingdom’ was organised by Perfect Plan Events in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Limelight Events hosted a Fruit Ninja tournament at Virtual Reality Escapes for Save the Family. ‘Menu for Murder’ was held at Ye Olde King’s Head by Enigma Events for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Opulent Events, worked with Corks Out, to host an evening of wine, cheese and prizes for Whizz-Kidz. ‘Alive with Music’ provided musicians with a platform to perform in aid of Music Alive and was organised by Music Matters.
Chester Health and Well Being Events hosted a fitness event in aid of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Studious Events held ‘Spring into Activities’ in partnership with Storyhouse, which involved around 150 children in a range of creative learning activities, including anatomy body painting, storytelling and volcano making. A group of Welly Wednesday student volunteers worked with the Volunteering team and the charity, Sustrans, to bring colour and wildlife back to the Chester Greenway by planting hundreds of wild flowers. The aim was to enhance the biodiversity of the route and to engage new volunteers. A team from the Department of Social Work joined other volunteers at the Gateway in Warrington, to ensure that 50 vulnerable families had a festive celebration. Around 15 Social Work students joined departmental staff at the annual event, organised by Warrington Youth Club. Six Pre-Registration Nursing students from the Leighton Hospital Campus volunteered to take blood pressures in Crewe, in conjunction with the Crewe Rotary Club, and tested around 200 people.
During Mental Health Awareness week, students and staff at the Warrington Campus took part in activities to raise money for local homelessness charity ‘Teardrops’, and over £350 was raised through a raffle, car wash and bake sale. Dean McShane (Lecturer, Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability) and some of the Mental Health Nursing students presented Teardrops with the money raised, and helped to paint the new St Helens premises for feeding and supporting local homeless people.Students and staff also held a gruelling 24-hour football match in aid of mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma and raised £839. Nursing students and Student Quality Ambassadors (SQAs), Anne Parsons and Bliss Jones, took part in the Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) sleep out, to raise funds and awareness for SHARE (Supporting Homeless Assisting Refugees Everywhere), and they also nominated SHARE as the chosen charity of the year for the SQA group.
Music Matters Events Team.
Chester Greenway planting.
Staff volunteering activities include: Churni Jennings (Senior Lecturer, Department of Business and Finance) completed the London Marathon to raise £2,470 for the NSPCC.
The Warrington 24-hour football match.
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Sandra Lawson (Wellbeing Information Point Advisor, Student Futures) competed in the Deva Divas Triathlon and held a bake sale to raise over £1,000 for PAPYRUS. Jim Mason (Senior Lecturer, Department of Media) walked the 22-mile round trip from home to work to raise over £600 for Children in Need. Helen Clayfield (Senior Lecturer, Department of Business and Finance) completed Moon Walk London 2018, raising over £500 for breast cancer causes. Student Futures Department staff volunteered for a day at local charity, Barrowmore, which provides supported living accommodation for disabled and vulnerable people. Staff held a charity football match and raffle in aid of a colleague, Mike Piercy, who is recovering from the rare autoimmune disorder, Guillain Barré Syndrome, and raised more than £1,000. Staff donated numerous items for the Help the Homeless Shoe Box Appeal run by two charities: The Soul Kitchen, Chester and The Peach and Movement.
An Alzheimer's Society Elf Day, hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care, raised £275. Faculty of Health and Social Care staff held a Children in Need raffle, raising £363. Jo Sullivan (Lecturer, Public Health and Wellbeing) ran the London Marathon and raised £500 for the National Autistic Society. Jo Skellern (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability) completed the Midnight Walk for St Luke’s Hospice, Winsford. University staff and business tenants at Thornton Science Park took part in a charity fundraising day to raise money for Headway, the brain injury charity. They donned hats of all varieties in memory of the husband of Jane Kiely at Byotrol plc, a company based at the site. Students, staff and visitors raised more than £1,500 from spare change at the Catering outlets in aid of Marie Curie, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Staff from the Student Futures Super Savers Green Team won a
Community Action Award at the National Union of Students Green Tie Event for supporting the charity Toilet Twinning. They raised more than £500 through a bake sale, which funded nine toilets for impoverished families overseas. Dean McShane (Lecturer, Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability), organised a series of ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions across the University. The interactive one-hour sessions, run by volunteers trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, were open to staff and students who wished to learn about dementia, how to support people with it (and their families), and how to create more ‘dementia-friendly’ communities. Dean has also jointly developed a successful Dementia Buddies Project, as part of creating a dementia friendly campus. He worked with Steve Phillips (Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club) on a project where student nurses assist those with dementia at Warrington Wolves home games. Two people from a local residential home attended the Salford game and said that they were “treated like royalty” and felt part of the rugby community again. This project was nominated for the ‘Trailblazer’ category of the National Dementia Friends Awards.
Student Futures Super Savers Green Team.
Football match for Mike Piercy.
Headway fundraising at Thornton Science Park.
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Switching career from the armed forces to a degree in Community Policing and Criminal Investigation has given Andrew DolmanBayley the opportunity to combine study at the Warrington Campus with seeing his son, serving as a reservist and supporting veterans through the Listening Out Loud Foundation. Andrew attended a military school in Germany for most of his schooling and, on finding that the Royal Navy had a waiting list, he signed up to serve in the Royal Dragoon Guards from 2000 as a tank driver, gunner and loader. He then became a chef in the Royal Logistics Corps, serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment until 2010, when he left because deployment abroad meant that he could not see his son for extended periods of time. However, he still maintains military links through serving with the Army Reserves within units such as the Royal Military Police and Field Hospital. Andrew was encouraged to consider studying for his degree as a result of speaking to the Assistant Chief Constable for Cheshire Police at an open day at Cheshire Constabulary Headquarters. He is aiming for a career in intelligence and Counter Terrorism and is “loving the course”. He has found the tutors “fantastic and very supportive”, the Warrington Campus is “the perfect size” and that the course has “opened lots of doors”. Not content with combining study with Army reserve and family commitments, Andrew has also run the Listening Out Loud Foundation for the last six years with his parents and this
supports veterans experiencing difficulties after military service. To date, they have assisted 120 veterans by providing accommodation for those who are at risk of homelessness, counselling for psychological problems and addiction, plus employment support. Andrew finds that the knowledge from his course “helps massively” in supporting offenders through liaison with the Probation Office, attending meetings and visiting veterans in custody pre-release. This reduces the risks for veterans and the wider community and decreases the likelihood of re-offending. Andrew also assists with medical, court and children’s services appointments, and these actions have helped to reunite families and avoid emotional trauma, addiction and rough sleeping. In the future, Andrew would like to expand the services of the charity, especially the adventure training branch, and perhaps extend services to US veterans. Andrew often speaks to young people considering a career in the forces while out volunteering or serving with the reserves and advises them “to study and get qualified first, as it’ll give you many options for the future”. However, Andrew’s example shows how higher education can help to transform lives at any age and how he is making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable veterans in the region alongside his studies.
Andrew Dolman-Bayley BA (Hons) Community Policing and Criminal Investigation
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Student projects Creative work, research and other course-related activities are a fundamental part of the student experience and encourage the development of valuable skills and knowledge as a foundation for future careers. A project developed by two Nursing students has been praised for its positive impact, won the Hartley Larkin Award, was highly commended at the NHS FAB Awards and was shortlisted for a Student Nursing Times award. Rachael Lambe and Ellen Soutter, who are both Student Quality Ambassadors, have already had their End of Life Care Resource Project integrated into the University’s Pre-Registration Nursing curriculum and identified that many students feel out of their depth with end of life care. As a result, they founded the Expanding End of Life Care Project, with the aim of improving student resilience in the provision of end of life care. Following the publication of this work on the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff, a platform to share health and social care ideas, services and solutions, the pair led a Twitter webinar through @WeEOLC organised by Dr Sarah Russell (Head of Research at Hospice UK), and have recruited a team of student nurses across the country to be advocates for the project. Rachael said: “We want students to be aware that
support is available to them if they are struggling to come to terms with the death of a patient, and that there is no shame in getting upset when someone dies; compassion and empathy are what make a good nurse.” A team of engineering students competed in the Formula Student Challenge, which involved the design and construction of a single-seat racing car. This was then raced against cars from 130 universities worldwide at Silverstone Circuit and the team came eighth in the Class 2 competition. The students gained real-life engineering experience, links with industry and new skills. A nomination for the Student Radio Awards was the reward for Bex Brighty (Radio and TV Production), who broadcast her Cat Radio show, The Weekend Wind Down, at the Warrington Campus. Bex’s Sunday night show was nominated for the ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ and featured interviews and a question and answer session. Bex
said: “The Weekend Wind Down was a programme I really put my heart and soul into during my last year of University and it honestly means so much to me. This nomination is the cherry on top of the cake to the end of the best three years on The Cat Radio and at the University’s Warrington Campus.” Work from students in the School of Arts and Media has been exhibited at venues around Chester, to give students the chance to show to the general public and gain valuable experience: Fine Art and Graphic Design students exhibited at the Søstrene Grene store in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, as part of its Artist of the Month scheme; second-year Art and Design students and staff exhibited their work in the Forum Shopping Centre; final-year Fine Art students installed their artwork in collaboration with Chester West and Chester Council at the Market Street and Trinity Street car parks; and the work of final-year students in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography was shown in the studio spaces at the Kingsway Campus. Artistic work by international students, including those at the University, went on display at Tate Liverpool. The event, ‘From Mittens to Barbies: International Arts-Based Education Research’, featured work by students
“Providing end of life care is a privilege that we are blessed with as nurses; we only have one chance to get it right and we hope that our project supports students in providing high quality end of life care for their patients and their loved ones.” Rachael Lambe and Ellen Soutter.
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Alannah Brown at Søstrene Grene.
from the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services. This interactive event emerged as part of ‘The Pedagogical Turn to Art as Research’ project, which aims to investigate Arts-Based Educational Research through a comparative international study of doctoral programmes. A way of helping to solve Pakistan’s energy crisis is the aim for Mubashra Latif, through her PhD research on alternative feedstocks to convert into energy. Mubashra is based in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Thornton Science Park (TSP) and supported by the University’s Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. This project is led by the University, in partnership with Lancaster University, to work with local
Marike Hoekstra's work at Tate Liverpool.
businesses in the innovation and adoption of low carbon technologies. As a result, Mubashra is also supported by the UK’s leading distributed biomass company Arensis (through Green Growth Power Ltd). Mubashra became interested in renewable energy while working at Dawood Hercules in Lahore, was encouraged to study for a PhD and received a scholarship to carry out research on the challenges faced by Biomass Gasification Technology. Mubashra said: “I feel very lucky to be somewhere where my research will be implemented into the real world to solve real world problems. And not only will I get my PhD, but this research project is also giving me hands-on experience of working for Arensis. Also, Pakistan lacks energy specialists, so I hope eventually to go home as an asset to my country.”
The Aspiration Live showcase was hosted by the Department of Media at the Warrington Campus, and featured local acts such as Jupiter Hollow Blues Band, The Gogs, OXBLOODS, and Paige McKenzie, closing with a live set from EDM duo Hard T!me. Media student, Alex Melling, said: “I think Aspiration Live 2018 was a fantastic event and it was a wonderful feeling to see the efforts of everyone involved in the project come to fruition.” Each Aspiration Live coincides with the release of a single and Dan Johnson (Commercial Music Production and Marketing and Public Relations), fellow students and staff, released 'Trombone' by Hard T!me (Feat. Rosalie), which reached 15 in the Music Week Commercial Pop Club chart. A semi-final place at the Redress Design Award was achieved by Lili Sipeki (Fashion Design). The
The Gogs at Aspiration Live.
world’s largest sustainable fashion competition, which aims to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry, recognised Lili’s upcycled collection of denim. This raised awareness of the damage that dyeing denim causes to the environment and limited water resources. Lili said: "With this collection, I want to encourage people to start thinking about others and the future of our planet. Even small changes will make a difference.” Cindy Lim, a physiotherapist based at the Singapore Heart Foundation and one of University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS)’s first international Master’s students studying Exercise Medicine, shared her work at EuroPrevent 2018, the European Congress on Preventive Cardiology in Slovenia. Experts
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heard from Cindy on the beneficial effects that a circulation therapy known as External Counter Pulsation (ECP) has on lung function. The UCS research funding and ECP devices are provided through a partnership project sponsored by Renew® Health, an awardwinning, connected health medtech company. Professor John Buckley (Chester Medical School) said: “I’m extremely proud of Cindy’s work thus far, and in my 30 years of academic work, she’s certainly one of the brightest and most dedicated postgraduate students with whom I have ever worked. The results she has reported have helped us greatly in attracting further interest from clinical and medical scientists, both nationally and internationally.” Four History undergraduates and postgraduates from UCS are volunteering to support the National Lottery-funded restoration of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings. Their research will help to ensure that the public’s thoughts and ideas are at the forefront of its multimillion pound redevelopment. Student, Caitlin Osborne, said: “It’s great to talk to visitors to gain their views on the Flaxmill. The redevelopment work is bringing such an important building back to life – and by getting involved in such research we can bring our studies to life.” Alastair Godfrey (Historic England) said: “It’s fantastic that University Centre Shrewsbury and its students are supporting the project to restore the Flaxmill.” A team of six Games Development students were chosen to take part in a national games development competition. Tranzfuser is a
competition devised by UK Games Talent and Finance, a Community Interest Company (CIC), which works with a host of regional contributors and is funded by the UK government. Nebula Games was awarded £5,000 through the competition to produce a game prototype, ‘The Clockwork Rogues’, for a national showcase event. Ryan Lewis said: “Tranzfuser was an amazing opportunity for us to show off our skills and push ourselves to create something new and unique to put our own mark on the games industry!” The first TEDxUoChester talks were organised by a team of students and filmed in front of a live student audience at the Kingsway Campus. TEDx is a global programme of local, self-organised community-based events under a brand licence from TED and the speakers included Hems de Winter, Lou Walker and Dr Christina Dunn. The films were published on YouTube and the Fallen Angels Dance Theatre film has received over 7,000 views. Event Licensee, Adam Crane (Employer Engagement Co-ordinator) said: “TEDx was a fantastic, student-led event, which brought together many different topics to inspire and share ideas with our students.” MSc research carried out at the University shows that secondary school pupils are more likely to intervene in instances of cyberbullying than traditional bullying. Peter Macaulay studied for a degree in Psychology and then received a sports scholarship to study for an MSc in Family and Child Psychology. This enabled him to complete his studies at the same time as coaching the University’s Rowing Club to national level. His research was produced in
Nebula Games Team.
Staff and student helpers at TEDxUoChester.
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conjunction with Professor Michael Boulton and found that female participants suggested higher levels of positive bystander behaviour than males, an effect that was consistent across both traditional and cyberbullying instances. Those with previous involvement in instances of cyberbullying were also more likely to exhibit negative bystander responses, such as ignoring the incident or supporting the bully, and this was more pronounced in male pupils than females. Peter presented his research at the British Psychological Society’s Social Psychology Section Annual Conference. Photography students have worked on art and documentary projects with social engagement impact in different community-based and public contexts as follows: Suzanne Bowen worked with Wirral Health and Social Care and vulnerable young women on The GIRLS Project: an alternative informal education programme for girls aged 11–19, who have been identified as being at risk, vulnerable, hard to reach and with multiple complex needs. Tony Hayes worked with patients at Heathside Mews Residential Care Home in Warrington, as part of Warrington Community Living, to portray the residents in a positive light and promote the values of the home. Mary Wyn Lloyd documented her family and the farming community in her local area in North Wales.
Emma Barnes worked on a personal project related to ageing and dementia. A Nigerian PhD student based at TSP won a research prize for his team’s work on the development of sustainable renewable and nuclear energy. Austin Benni (Chemical Engineering) attended a Nuclear Knowledge Management School organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy. Twelve groups were given different tasks and each one delivered a presentation. Austin’s group task was the development of a nuclear knowledge management plan for a nuclear newcomer country and his team was the joint winner. Austin’s research is on sustainable development in the energy sector and how the use of sustainable energy sources, such as renewables and nuclear, will help to provide a more sustainable sector with associated improvement in environmental, social and financial sustainability. Art and Design students on their Work Based Learning and Experiential Learning placements worked with the following partners: COSAC: Runcorn Smart Street Project: a mixed group of students from Fine Art, Graphic Design, Product Design and Interior Design developed concepts for the smart street of the future. Zest 4 Leisure: This national outdoor furniture designer and manufacturer worked with students from Fine Art, Graphic Design and Product Design, to develop concepts for new
outdoor furniture products. Zest 4 Leisure identified two designs for possible manufacture. Leighton Hospital: Students from Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography collaborated to develop materials for the teaching department within the Hospital, received a £50 prize for their work and the project came top in the Quality Improvement Award at the 2018 Library & Information Health Network North West (LIHNN) Quality Awards. Passsoul Studios CIC, St Helens: A Fine Art and English Literature student working on a Fine Art and Photography Experiential Learning placement was instrumental in developing a successful Arts Council bid for the studios to continue their work, which resulted in funding of £9,000. Master’s student, Hoimonty Mazumder (Public Health), has had two papers published on Bangladesh: one in The Lancet on sexually transmitted infections among Rohingya refugees and one in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma on sexual violence on public transportation. English Literature graduate, Jonathan Hay, is now studying for his MRes in English, which was offered by the Department of English for the first time in 2017–18. Jonathan has had two of his papers published in postgraduate journals and presented a paper ‘Science Fiction and the Quotidian’ at the 10th Conference of the Beyond Humanism Conference Series: Cultures of the Posthuman in Poland.
The University’s second Cybersecurity conference was led by third-year student Richard Bloxam-Rose, following the success of his inaugural event. Richard used the Department of Computer Science’s close links with industry, policing, and government to attract speakers such as Damian Walton (Director, IntaForensics), who gave his keynote speech on ‘Cyber Attack – a Clear and Present Danger and Demonstration’. Other speakers included the National Crime Agency, James Kettle (Head, Research, PortSwigger Web Security) and Darren Kewley (Network and Cyber Security Specialist, Protos Networks). PhD Student Sophie Cowell has continued to grow in her role with the Kick It Out Youth Group (ASPIRE) and has secured her place as a leading advocate and campaigner in relation to football and equality. In addition to working on her PhD, Sophie has presented widely at UK conferences on positive action, race and football and given keynote speeches and presentations to leading organisations and individuals on her work. Notably, she has presented to the FA’s Chair, Greg Clarke, on the work of ASPIRE, on equality and diversity at an Everton in the Community event and also at Telford College of Arts and Technology. Sophie has been a tutor on the 2017 Kick It Out Equality and Diversity Awareness in Football Award and has been accepted into the Football Collective, which is a network for researchers in football. She has also been appointed to Wigan Athletic Equality and Diversity Advisory Group, following a competitive process.
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Enhancing employability Throughout their time at the University, students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to take them on the next stage of their professional journey. From embedded employability activities and Work Based Learning in the curriculum, to extra-curricular training and events, students have a variety of learning and development opportunities to give them a head start in the graduate job market. Student Futures â€“ Careers and Employability offers a broad range of services and consultancy to students, employers, academics and other University colleagues, working to ensure that the skills, aptitudes and behaviours which graduate employers seek are reflected in the learning environment. Careers and Employability advises academic staff on developing and
Student Futures â€“ Careers and Employability.
embedding employability in the curriculum and works collaboratively to progress career management learning. These arrangements are documented in Annual Partnership Agreements with Careers and Employability Link Tutors (CELTs) or Programme Leaders and often involve participating in the planning and delivery of tailored events for programmes.
A good example of collaboration with academic departments was the new ASK initiative. ASK (Ask questions, Shape ideas, Kick-start careers) is a series of industry-led, subject specific sessions for students which take the form of a modern, chat show style Q&A panel. In its inaugural year, the target of ASK was to inspire and enable students to learn about specific roles and industries and to help them make informed decisions. ASK engaged 347 students in subject-specific sessions and involved 26 external employers, ranging from start-ups to SMEs, through to public sector organisations. A total of 20 sessions were held, with 50% being embedded into scheduled teaching sessions. This year also saw the introduction of Careers Registration, which is a short questionnaire
that students complete at registration and re-enrolment. This involves career-focused questions that provide an insight into the careerreadiness of students, track the development of student employability during their time in higher education, predict employment outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of employability strategies and interventions. By analysing the data at departmental level, Careers and Employability and academic departments can work together to develop employability support and activities tailored to their studentsâ€™ needs. An example of this tailored approach was the Mathematics Careers Event held at Thornton Science Park, to help undergraduate and postgraduate students improve their employability through workshops and
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presentations. Employer representatives included: HMRC; Institute for Mathematics and its Applications; Immunosys Ltd; and the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust. Two new initiatives took place this year, adding to the diverse opportunities on offer to students. CareersFest 2017 proved to be very successful, attracting 48 employers and organisations, and was attended by over 1,000 students. TEDxUoChester, was held as an engagement activity, with the aim to inspire and broaden students’ horizons. The event, held at the Kingsway Campus, comprised 11 inspirational speakers talking about inter-disciplinary collaboration. UniJob continues to be popular with both students and University departments. The scheme aims to place students into part-time jobs on campus and enables departments to recruit quickly and easily through the service, which is delivered by the Careers and Employability team. Student workers have continued to demonstrate their impact in the workplace and two of these students were recognised in the 2018 Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards. Final year Nursing student Lauren Cooper was recognised at the National
Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) SEOTY Awards for her work as a Healthcare Assistant/Student Nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Lauren won the national award in the ‘Above and Beyond’ category and the North West regional award. The awards recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work part-time and study. Lauren was nominated by Amanda Woodard (Manager, Gynaecology Outpatient Department), who said: “Lauren’s dedication to the job and eagerness to learn has definitely enabled me and my team to continue to provide the highest possible quality of service. I believe that Lauren is an exceptional person who fully deserves the Award.” Another SEOTY North West regional winner in the ‘Step up to Leadership’ category, was Elizabeth Pittaway (Events Management) for her work on TEDxUoChester. Elizabeth worked in the Careers and Employability Department through the UniJob scheme and was nominated because of her “enthusiasm, quality of work and willingness to step up” by Adam Crane (Employer Engagement Co-ordinator). Elizabeth said: “This experience has given me the confidence to go the extra mile and perform well in my next role. Being a regional winner will definitely benefit me in the future and will look great on my CV.”
Careers and Employability delivers Enhance Your Employability (EYE) training throughout the year, giving students a complete toolkit of skills and knowledge to help them plan their next steps, apply for jobs effectively and manage their career. Sessions include interview techniques, commercial awareness, effective CV writing, developing a LinkedIn profile and insights into graduate careers. The Graduate Head Start programme, aimed at final-year students and recent graduates, combines many elements of EYE Training with online learning and careers guidance and is aimed at those who feel they need extra support in progressing their career ambitions.
As well as developing employability skills through core, co- and extracurricular activities, students and graduates can visit the Careers and Employability Centre for advice. In 2017–18, a total of 5,123 students and graduates called in, 1,219 one-to-one advice and guidance appointments took place in person and there were a further 3,017 email or online guidance interactions. The team also manages The Chester Difference Award, which continues to go from strength to strength and again demonstrates the many extra-curricular achievements of students. Points towards the Award are gained from volunteering, work experience, responsibilities in student
Adam Crane and Elizabeth Pittaway.
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societies, skills development and part-time work, among many other activities. Employers place a high value on the experience gained through such skills awards and the following example of James Bullen (Geography and Natural Hazard Management) demonstrates how beneficial The CDA was in his job applications.
Chester Difference Awards 2018.
James Bullen with Cherelle Mitchell.
James secured a role as Graduate Consultant in Intelligent Mobility at Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management consultancy. He underwent an intensive application process, culminating in a presentation and interview, and received very positive feedback. James’s overall performance resulted in his role working on self-driving vehicles, smart cities and cloud storage. James said: “Obtaining The Chester Difference Excellence Award, Volunteering Awards and Sports Personality of the Year were key talking points in my interview. I was able to provide examples of where I had gone the extra mile, been involved in projects and had overcome difficult situations. My degree has been a key enabler in obtaining this graduate role too, especially my Work Based Learning placement, at Ambiental Technical Solutions, where I attended GeoBusiness2017 (a global innovation in the geospatial industry event).” His advice for other students is “to get
involved and really immerse yourself in University life, as my involvement in volunteering and sports and societies were key talking points at the interview. While it is important to stay focused on your degree, you also need to look at the bigger picture. There is tough competition out there for graduate roles, so you need something that sets you apart from other graduates.” Employers are increasingly looking to recruit students who have already had a period of work experience from their time at university. The Chester Internship Programme (CIP) provides opportunities for current students and recent graduates to undertake a paid internship, working for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Fulltime internships are offered for five or 10 weeks, with part-time options also available. Financial support is provided by Santander Universities UK, which enables the employer to benefit from the skills and knowledge of the intern, while providing the intern with invaluable experience for their future career. The University supported around 1,450 students (around 75% of the second-year cohort) in successfully completing a work placement, with over 97% passing the rigorous academic aspects of the module. This
provides the opportunity for students to apply and develop knowledge, integrate theory with practice and explore possible future career areas. The programme evaluation reports that a significant number of students claim to have developed greater selfconfidence, personal and professional growth through meaningful engagement with the placement experience. Additionally, placement providers feel the programme helps to prepare students for employment and they highlight the positive experience of hosting a student and the benefits it can have on their business. Being assessed, with grades counting towards the degree mark, not only validates Work Based Learning but also helps to provide an authentic learning experience that challenges comfort zones, with mutual and multiple benefits for all those involved. The Venture Programme shapes, supports and develops students and graduates to start up their business, to enter self-employment or start freelancing. Venture provides students with entrepreneurial skills to innovate within an organisation, a skill sought by employers. Sessions are delivered by entrepreneurs, industry experts, business consultants and coaches, through a mix of interactive workshops, practical sessions and talks. Students and graduates were successful in
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#100Students100Stories 031 Charlotte, BA International Business Management and Marketing
Venture Accelerate winners.
Charlotte’s story securing start-up funding and other support to set up in business, courtesy of Santander Universities UK, after taking part in a Venture Programme’s Accelerate event. One of the successful projects chosen was the idea of Stephen Noon and Jordan Oddie (Business Studies) who received £250 to progress the research and development of NextGym, which aims to be the first self-sustaining eco-gym in the North West. Beth Henwood (Geography and International Development Studies) received £500 for her social enterprise Love Every Day, which aims to address the taboo around menstruation in Uganda, tackle period poverty and educate and empower women in Uganda to create and sell re-
useable sanitary products. Other initiatives receiving start-up funding were Yam Kovatch Photography, Sarah The Dog Carer and Amazing Performing Arts, while The Diet Maze, BossGal and Rentspeg gained other awards. While there are a huge number of activities for students, many find it difficult to participate in work experience or other employability enhancing events because of financial barriers. The Chester Employability Fund was established to help those students. If they receive a specific bursary or scholarship, or they are a young carer or have a disability, they could apply for up to £500 towards travel expenses, smart clothes for interviews,
short courses or accommodation costs for work experience. Funding was awarded to 131 students in 2017–18. Students who are proactive in engaging with career planning, develop a portfolio of skills and can articulate their achievements to employers, are in a great position to seize the career opportunities presented to them as graduates. This is shown by the fact that a total of 95.6% of 2016–17 University of Chester graduates are in employment or further study. However this only represents the beginning of their career journey and the opportunities they have experienced at the University will equip students to fulfil their potential as they progress through their careers in a changing job market.
This photo was taken at the first round of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch racetrack in Kent. As part of my placement year at BMW UK in CRM Marketing, I’ve had opportunities to manage national direct marketing campaigns by myself, work at various large scale events including the BMW PGA Championship and Goodwood Festival of Speed and assist my team with the introduction of the GDPR. I’ve had the most amazing year and would recommend a placement year to anyone! As I finish the last few weeks of my placement, I’m now looking forward to returning to Chester to complete the final year of my International Business and Marketing degree.
#100Students100Stories 024 Steveen, BA International Relations and Sociology
Steveenâ€™s story The past three years have been so amazing, I have enjoyed them so much. Studying International Relations and Sociology has showed me so much, and taught me so much about the world. I could not have chosen a better place for my undergrad. The city is very welcoming, and lecturers have been there throughout it all. I will miss the University, the city, and everything it has to offer. This is not the end of #mychesterstory, just the beginning of another story.
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outcomes and the teaching profession. They are the first parent and child to receive the accolade.
Students are fortunate to draw on the extensive knowledge and skills of staff members who receive external recognition for excellence in many different spheres. The Academic Development Team in the Learning and Teaching Institute supports all colleagues involved in teaching or supporting learning to develop their teaching practices, placing the needs of students first and helping staff to gain recognition for their work. The new and refreshed schemes have assisted staff in different roles and at different career stages to achieve a level of Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship. In 2017–18, these schemes included a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education for newly appointed academic staff (with a similar PG Cert in Professional Education run from within the Faculty of Health and Social Care for new staff); an in-house recognition process for more experienced staff; and a new scheme, Teaching and Learning Essentials for New Teachers (TALENT), to support PhD students, visiting lecturers and support staff with teaching responsibilities. The scheme proved to be successful, with 45 attendees starting work towards a teaching qualification over the year. A total of 22 staff members gained Associate Fellowship of the HEA, 28 achieved Fellowship status, and six were
awarded a Senior Fellowship. Over 100 staff from across the University remain engaged in developmental programmes leading towards initial or enhanced higher education teaching qualifications. Phil Smith (Visiting Research Fellow, Business Research Institute) was recognised as one of the top 100 global influencers in retail by Vend in its worldwide list. In addition to his key management roles in companies including Asda, B&Q and Makro, he gave his time to Chester Cathedral to develop the retail strategy which resulted in the redevelopment of the gift shop. He also led a team of retail mentors on the Welsh Government’s ‘Thriving High Street Campaign’ and has mentored business owners and managers in Liverpool and Ellesmere Port. Academic history was made by Dr Ruth Healey (Department of Geography and International Development) when she became the fifth member of University staff to receive an HEA National Teaching Fellowship, joining her father, Professor Mick Healey, in being recognised for her outstanding impact on student
The 2018 Learning and Teaching Conference saw the inaugural staff teaching awards, which provided recognition for outstanding teaching teams, innovative and research-informed teaching, leadership in learning and teaching, and making positive changes to support student achievements. Awards were also presented for outstanding contributions to teaching from postgraduate students, visiting lecturers and support services. Dr Christina Stanley (Lecturer, Animal Behaviour and Welfare) was named as one of the top 10 Higher Education social media superstars for 2017. The competition was run by Jisc, the UK higher education, further education and skill sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. The award aims to celebrate the excellent social media work by sector professionals and the most innovative ways of using social media to enhance their practice. The work of Dr Michelle Mattison (Lecturer, Psychology) and Professor Penny Cooper (Barrister; Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London) was shortlisted for both the 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards and the 2018 Educate
Dr Ruth Healey.
Dr Andy Williams.
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Dr Lisa Peters.
North Awards. The pair worked in collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Justice and the Police Force of New South Wales on a project working to implement the use of intermediaries in child abuse cases in Australia and gave evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In the final report, the Royal Commission put forward a recommendation that the provision of intermediaries be rolled out across all states in Australia. Their achievements in conducting research and delivering training to over 400 justice system practitioners, in order to implement the first pilot intermediary scheme in Australia for child victims of sexual abuse, were recognised in the International Collaboration of the Year category at the THE Awards and the International Partnership category at the Educate North Awards.
Hospitality and Residential Services staff were successful at the TUCO awards for in-house caterers in the higher and further education sector. Tom Maxwell (Bar Manager) gained a bronze in the Bar Skills competition. Artisan Baker, Dave Quinn, won silver and best in class for his Cookie Challenge in the Salon Culinaire category, bronze and best in class for his Bread Display and bronze for his Coffee Shop Style Sponge Cake.
Dr Andy Williams (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering) has been appointed as an ad hoc member of the Air Quality Expert Group. This is a high profile, independent scientific committee that informs Government on air quality and Dr Williams is contributing expertise on transport technology, transport emissions and exhaust emission reduction technologies for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Four full-length albums of solo and orchestral contemporary harpsichord music have been recorded by Dr Christopher Lewis (Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts) for Naxos Records. He performs internationally and has toured widely in Europe, North America and the South Pacific.
Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of Thornton Energy Research Institute, has recently been appointed as a NonExecutive member of the Engineering Construction Industries Training Board (ECITB), the statutory skills body for the British engineering construction industry. Professor Howe has also been participating in an ECITB task force considering the future skills requirements for this important sector for the North West, especially in Cheshire.
Professor Vimal Sharma (Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education) was awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his contribution
The Roman history of Chester came under the spotlight for a Channel 4 primetime documentary. Dr Caroline Pudney (Lecturer, Department of History
Dr Lisa Peters (Policy Implementation Officer, Academic Quality Support Services) represented Wales as an umpire for the ladies’ final between Canada and Sweden at the World Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen. This follows on from her achievement as the first Welsh umpire at a World Curling Federation event, when she umpired over 60 games at the European Championships C Group in Andorra.
to research, development and innovation at the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Recognition Awards. A social media project about a key event in German history was run by Dr Richard Millington (Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages). To mark the 65th anniversary of the first uprising in the Eastern Bloc, Dr Millington brought it to life through a German and English Twitter project, which saw seven fictional East Germans tweeting ‘live’ from the uprising, using material based on oral histories recorded during his research. This achieved recognition through the country’s Ministry for Culture, Ministry of the Interior and TV channels.
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and Archaeology) was interviewed by Professor Alice Roberts for the programme, Britain’s Most Historic Towns. The interview took place at the Racecourse, where Caroline explained how Chester was a key strategic location for the Roman army. Department of Theology and Religious Studies staff have gained external recognition through the appointment of Professor Elaine Graham to the Theology and Religious Studies sub-panel for the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Professor Paul Middleton has also won a place at the US-based Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, to join eight other international scholars for an intensive period of collaborative study around the theme of ‘Religion and Violence’.
Professor Lynne Kennedy.
Dr Maziar Ashrafian Bonab (Senior Lecturer, Chester Medical School) was interviewed for Iranian television as part of a series profiling Iranian expatriates and their jobs overseas. Dr Bonab is a medical doctor, a biomolecular archaeologist and a human molecular/medical geneticist, having worked in Iran as a forensic pathologist, forensic anthropologist and then founder and head of the Iranian National Museum of Medical Sciences. A fellowship from BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) was awarded to Professor Craig Twist, Department of Sport and Exercise Science for his professional achievement, skills, knowledge and service to the Association and the sport and exercise science community. He also received the Sportesse Sport and Exercise Science Free Communication Presentation
Professor Alice Roberts with Dr Caroline Pudney.
Award at the BASES Conference for MSc research conducted by alumnus, Joshua Lee, on muscle damage and changes in resting metabolic rate after exercise. This was supervised by Professor Twist and Dr Jamie Highton and feeds into their research group’s broader interests in the responses to training and match activities in rugby players. Professor Twist said: “The students gain a great deal from the process of being involved in a project, both in terms of research training and experience that makes them stand out when applying for jobs or postgraduate studentships.” A fellowship with the American Academy of Nursing was awarded to Professor Alan Finnegan, who is only the 12th UK nurse to be selected to join the Academy. This award recognises nursing leaders in education, management,
Professor Paul Middleton and Professor Elaine Graham.
practice and research. Professor Finnegan was also awarded one of 10 Travelling Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Churchill Fellows investigate overseas approaches that have had a positive impact on a range of healthcare issues, returning with any new solutions that benefit their working practice and communities in the UK. This funding is being used to study approaches in preparing nurses to care for military personnel in the USA. Professor Paul Kingston (Centre for Ageing Studies) was invited to chair the National Health Service England’s Safeguarding Adults Network. This is the national voice of adult safeguarding leads working for, or on behalf of, English Clinical Commissioning Groups, and its role is to support NHS England in the strategic delivery of adult safeguarding services.
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Peter Shelston (Career Consultant, Careers and Employability Department) was recognised by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) for being the best student on the AGCAS/Warwick Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education postgraduate qualification, and was awarded the John Roberts Memorial Prize. An invitation to appear on BBC One’s Countryfile was forthcoming for Dr Krista McLennan (Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences). She has developed a scale for estimating pain levels in sheep, based on facial expressions and was invited to assess the flock of presenter, Adam Henson, to identify when pain relief should be administered. BBC One’s The One Show visited the Kingsway Campus to learn more about the Spirograph toy, which is 50 years old. Presenter, Marty Jopson, made a short film and Lesley Halliwell (Visiting Lecturer, Department of Fine Art), Neil Grant (Head), Dr Alan Summers (Senior Lecturer), Tom Hignett and Chris Millward (Technicians/ Demonstrators, Department of Art and Design) made a two-metre wooden Spirograph for the programme. Staff from the Department of Clinical Sciences have participated in a range of national and community projects.
Professor Lynne Kennedy (Head) served as a member of the Active Workplace Physical Activity Task Force sub-group for key stakeholders for Active Cheshire with Dr Lizzy Deery (Lecturer); was an invited judge on the UK Active Awards, which were presented at a Parliamentary event on Physical Activity and Public Health; is on the National Strategic Group on Promoting Public Health to Allied Health Care Professionals for Public Health England; attended the National Stakeholder Forum to work on a new national policy framework for healthy and sustainable diets; and attended the UK Chief Medical Officer 2011 Physical Activity Guidelines Update Scientific Consensus Meeting with Dr Deery. Dr Orla Flannery (Senior Lecturer) was appointed as an expert advisor on obesity and weight management for NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) for its Centre for Guidelines, while Professor Weili Li has acted as an international advisor on a High Value Nutrition Project at the Cawthron Food Research Institute in New Zealand. Lindsey Nicholls (Lecturer, Public Health and Wellbeing) was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute. This prestigious title is awarded to nurses ‘who are committed to learning, leadership, and high standards of practice and patient care’ in community nursing, and is held by only 100 nurses across the UK.
An invitation to chair the Scientists for Cycling Network for the European Cyclists’ Federation was accepted by Professor Peter Cox (Department of Social and Political Science). This body co-ordinates and brings together contributions for academics of all disciplines supporting the advocacy work of the Federation, and produces strategic advice on socially and environmentally sustainable transport. As part of the role, Dr Cox has been involved in discussions in Brussels, advising on the European Cyclists’ Federation Vision 2030 strategic plan, which is identifying long-term planning for sustainable urban mobility across Europe.
Dr Krista McLennan (left).
Dr Maeve Marmion (Senior Lecturer, Chester Business School) received international recognition as one of the 51 Most Awesome Scholars in Tourism. Women Academics in Tourism (WAiT) set up the awards to celebrate exceptional scholars who have inspired others by their contribution, encouragement and virtues. The list was created from over 200 nominations worldwide and chosen by an international panel of 16 judges. Academics from the University of Chester Law School have participated in the following activities: Professor Chantal Davies gave evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group on
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Women in Work on the use of positive action to address gender segregation and has provided keynote speeches and training on positive action and human rights at three universities. She has also sat on the board of the Equality Challenge Unit and been on the committee to merge the ECU into AdvanceHE. Dr Emma Roberts (Senior Lecturer) has been invited to participate in a Young EU Private International Lawyers project on Recognition of Status and is the only UK representative on this international project. Eghosa Ekhator (Lecturer) is a member of the Global Network of Human Rights and the Environment for policy-makers and activists working on human rights and the environment. Dr Shelley Piasecka (Senior Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts) was invited to a conference on Race, Racism and Xenophobia, hosted by MEP Cecile Kyenge and New York University at the European Parliament in Brussels. The North West Cross Institutional Action Learning Project was runner up for the Developing Excellent Practice Award from the Staff Development Forum for Higher Education. Gemma Edwards (Human Resources Business Partner) was one of the contributors from North West universities who developed this
online resource to assist with running institutional or cross-institutional action learning programmes. It was funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The University commenced implementation of a 180 degree feedback scheme for managers. The first year of a three-year implementation plan involved 63 managers across the institution being provided with developmental feedback to enable them to enhance their management skills. Professor Emma Rees, (Department of English/Institute of Gender Studies) appeared on the panel for BBC One’s The Big Questions, to discuss issues around gender and equality. The topical debate TV programme, hosted by Nicky Campbell, asked the panel to discuss if women are holding themselves back in the workplace and beyond. Lisa Rowe (Deputy Head, Centre for Work Related Studies/Business Engagement Partnerships) was chosen to join a new national working group on degree apprenticeships. She is one of only a small number of people selected to become a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Apprenticeships Working
Group to focus on apprenticeship development and delivery. Lisa attended the Association’s 2017 annual conference as an invited speaker on degree apprenticeships and took two apprentices, Jack de Wynter-Smith (Airbus) and Emilia Hoyle (HeatTrace) to share their experiences of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme. Lisa said: “The feedback was excellent – the apprentices were the stars of the show.” Chester Students’ Union held the 1839 Awards at Storyhouse to reward both teaching excellence, and those who also make a difference by supporting in a pastoral capacity. The winners, as voted by students, were: Rebecca Collins (Geography and International Development); Neil Pickles (Biological Sciences); Connie Hancock (Business and Finance); David Acquaye (Business and Finance); Denise Meakin (Centre for Work Related Studies); Jasmine Stanley-Ahmed (Chester Medical School); Sam Moss-McCleave (Student Futures); Reece Cushing (Geography Student Academic Representative); Jake Edwards (Sport and Active Lifestyle); and the Porters. Cherelle Mitchell, CSU President, said: “We want to demonstrate that there are those at the University that constantly engage, challenge and inspire students to learn and develop.”
Nicky Campbell and Professor Emma Rees.
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Research and innovation The University fosters a rich environment for research and innovation, which brings local, regional and international recognition for staff and students and has a positive impact on society. Funding for research at the University included a £1.39 million recurrent grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England/Office for Students (HEFCE/OfS) and more than £900,000 for knowledge transfer activities. The value of grant and contract applications processed amounted to £24 million and successful applications to £5.5 million, with a success rate of 51%. The Research Councils UK grants accounted for over £500,000, while five Quality-Related Global Challenges Research
Fund Awards were granted for the following projects: Health in Ghana; Sustainable Transport in Brazil; Literacy and Equality in Francophone Africa; Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean; and Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa. The following examples show the scope of the research from across the institution. A successful joint bid of £112,000 was secured from the HEFCE/OfS Catalyst Fund
for the development of a series of higher education and professional development courses addressing skills shortages in flood management, modelling and engineering. The Department of Geography and International Development and Reaseheath College, together with industry stakeholders, are exploring the development of work-focused modules which can be standalone, build up to a Foundation Degree in River and Coastal Flood Engineering and Management, or a Master’s degree/Continuing Professional Development provision in ‘Flood Risk Assessment, Modelling and Engineering’ (FRAME). The courses are being developed with the Government’s Industrial Strategy in mind, recognising that upgrading water and flood defences is an urgent priority.
An intervention workshop, CHANGES (Challenging Hazing and Negative Group Events in Sport), developed and led by Professor Moira Lafferty (Department of Psychology), has informed and developed from research relating to the student athlete experience of initiation activities and welcome events. This has been delivered to over 200 student sport officers/officials and involved working closely with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) through presentations at the BUCS Advisory Board, BUCS Regional Committees, the BUCS Annual Conference and the BUCS/Rugby Football Union student event at Twickenham. More than 15 universities have requested the delivery of the intervention workshop and discussions are ongoing with Student Sport Scotland to roll out the ‘Train the Facilitator’
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programme, so that others can be trained to deliver the workshop.
Professor Moira Lafferty.
Dr Yu Jia and Dr Yu Shi with Ilika staff.
The PMW Research Team.
Dr Yu Shi and Dr Yu Jia (Senior Lecturers, Department of Mechanical Engineering) at the Thornton Science Park (TSP) are working with partners Titan Wind Energy and Nanjing University of Aeronautics in China and Ilika Technologies in the UK, to find a more innovative, and cost effective way to maintain off shore wind turbines. The objective is to develop an integrated smart composite, which will be incorporated on to the wind turbine blades, and powered by a combination of an energy vibration harvester and a solid state battery. The composite will be able to perform autonomous structural health monitoring of the blades, to detect the early signs of damage, help to predict maintenance scheduling, prevent the icing of the blades and sustain the power supply. Alongside staff involvement, this project will also give students the chance to work on short-term research. Building on the University’s energy expertise at TSP, carbon capture experts within the Department of Chemical Engineering are working closely with start-up energy company PMW Research Ltd, which is based on site in the High Growth Centre. PMW Research’s Director, Paul Willson, is collaborating with Dr Carolina
Font Palma to lead the Research and Development of a new technology for carbon capture, continuous cryogenic separation, patented by sister company PMW Technology Ltd. PMW Research Director Paul Willson said: “I am delighted to be working with the University team at TSP who contribute outstanding technical skills, ambition and commitment to an exciting but demanding project.” A collaborative research project on decarbonising gas in the North West is taking place at the TSP in partnership with Costain, the smart infrastructure solutions company. The Departments of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Natural Sciences are working alongside the Thornton Energy Research Institute and Costain’s energy teams. Gerard Shore, Oil and Gas Sector Director for Costain said: “We will be working alongside the University to develop the new technologies and people needed, not only to keep pace with the energy transformation, but to lead it.“ The social and economic conditions which contribute to homelessness have been explored in a research project, which resulted in a win for the researchers at the Educate North Awards in the research category. Dr Mzwandile Mabhala (Reader) and
Mariska Griffith (Research Assistant, Department of Public Health) carried out 26 semi-structured interviews at three Cheshire centres for the homeless and collaborated with Asmait Yohannes (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York) on the project. They found that homeless people expressed the view that behavioural lifestyle factors, such as substance abuse and engaging in criminal activities, are the causes of becoming homeless. However, further discussions uncovered life events that seem to have weakened their capacity to engage in relationships, to connect with social institutions and deal with the demands of society. The published research will encourage policy-makers and service providers to devote the same attention to tackling the fundamental determinants of homelessness as to that of the behavioural causes. Professor Chantal Davies completed a one-year funded research project on the use of positive action in gender segregated apprenticeships in England with the Young Women’s Trust. Her report, ‘The Use of Positive Action in Apprenticeships Across the UK’, will inform the development of new national guidance on positive action by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and was launched in Parliament. Chantal is also part of a consortium which gained Marie
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Professor Chantal Davies.
Sklodowska-Curie Actions EU funding for the doctoral training network, INNOVATEDIGNITY, has given evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in Work, and has provided keynote speeches and training on positive action and human rights at three other universities. As a board member of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), she has been involved in the merger of the ECU into the newly created higher education organisation, Advance HE. The University, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and terminal illness charity Marie Curie, has been awarded £34,000 by Macmillan Cancer Support for a new research study. This is to develop a psychological support intervention for cancer patients who have been referred into palliative care services. The funding will
The BEACHeS Study Steering Group.
enable Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)-based psychological therapy sessions to be delivered to people with cancer who are transitioning into specialist palliative care services. Professor Nick Hulbert Williams (Department of Psychology), who is leading the BEACHeS Research Study said: “This will be one of the first studies that begins to explore the benefits of ACT empirically for this group of patients and we are very excited to be working with both Marie Curie Hospices and Macmillan Cancer Support on this project.“ Professor Nick Hulbert-Williams is part of a team awarded a research grant by the Cancer Council South Australia. The project is being led by Dr Lisa Beatty at Flinders University, Adelaide, and will undertake a pilot trial of
VR collaborative project.
a web-based psychological intervention to improve wellbeing and reduce healthcare use in women with advanced breast cancer. A collaborative project, using Virtual Reality (VR) to help manage lower respiratory tract infections in children and reduce avoidable hospital admissions, was a finalist in the Journal of Health Visiting awards in the ‘Contribution to Health Visiting Education Award’ category. Academics from the Faculty of Health and Social Care and health professionals from the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group developed the workshop after it was found locally that there was a gap in education and continuing professional development in this area among
VR collaborative project.
the wider children’s workforce. Dr Charlotte Rowland, West Cheshire’s GP Clinical Lead for paediatrics, said: “We are thrilled to have been nominated for the award and it has been a true partnership approach.” The Enhancing Fieldwork Learning project is led by the Department of Geography and International Development, in collaboration with the Universities of Reading and Sheffield. It focuses on fieldwork and ‘out-of-classroom’ activities for undergraduates, promoting the effective use of mobile technologies and social media to enhance students’ learning, skills and employability. The project has won a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence from Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy, HEA), which recognises
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and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Professor Derek France, said: “This was originally meant to be a three-year cross-disciplinary project, which was funded by the HEA, but such has been its success that, eight years on, it continues to run with new collaboration and support from the British Ecological Society.”
Professor Derek France and Dr Katharine Welsh.
The team working with HCD Economics.
The Social Work team at the Warrington Campus, along with partners from three other higher education institutions and local employers, were awarded a £1 million teaching partnership grant, enabling knowledge transfer and practice development across the region for a minimum of two years. One of the core aims is to create the right environments for excellent practice and innovation to flourish, leading to better outcomes for vulnerable individuals and families. This accredited collaboration is hosted by Liverpool City Council and the funding will be used to support change and improvements in social work education, as part of the move towards the establishment of a new regulator for the social work profession. Studies into the societal burden of illness are being undertaken within the Faculty of Health and Social Care, in
alliance with HCD Economics. The work is founded on six successful research bids over the past year, with an aggregate funding of over £3 million, and offers a unique insight and perspective into what matters to patients as well as decisionmakers, informed by academic rigour, independence and credibility. The research is characterised from a societal perspective, using a range of relevant measures of burden, including patient-reported outcomes, healthcare resource use, and personal medical and non-medical costs. The alliance between the University and HCD Economics provides a mechanism to meet the health demand for economic analysis within healthcare and speciﬁcally the need for health economics and business intelligence within the public and third sectors. The University is one of four institutions to take part in a new international multi-site study on students and their physical activity. The research is an inter-university collaboration between the Universities of Chester, South Wales, Wales Trinity Saint David, and Australian Catholic, exploring how first-year students experience physical activity. Professor Lynne Kennedy and Dr Katherine Markwell, (Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition), are leading the study and
will explore why physical activity levels drop off dramatically during adolescence and how university environments may facilitate positive physical activity behaviour. As part of the ongoing evaluation of the Brightlife project, which aims to reduce social isolation among over 50s in Cheshire West and Chester, the Centre for Ageing Studies has secured increased funding from The Big Lottery for a Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation. SROI is a framework for measuring, identifying and accounting for a broader concept of value and improved wellbeing, by incorporating social, environmental and economic costs and benefits. On the Brightlife project, data is being collected from beneficiaries of social prescribing and a broad range of stakeholders, giving a rich data set that considers all aspects of social value to supplement the other qualitative and quantitative data on the project. Visiting Professors Susan Benbow and Sharmi Bhattacharyya have been working with Professor Paul Kingston on a project analysing Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) reports from reviews that involved older adults (60+) as victims and/ or perpetrators. These reviews are carried out when an individual aged 16+ appears to have died
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from violence, abuse or neglect by a person who is a relative, a partner or a member of the same household. This project involved a secondary qualitative analysis of existing public documents for 30 reviews, to identify learning and improve service responses to domestic abuse. Areas of complexity included the personal use of terminology, the different focus of risk assessment in older adults and the myths about older adults and violence. The study also highlighted the stressful nature of the roles of caring, and being cared for, and family experience of mental illness, alcohol and/or drug abuse. The Department of Clinical Sciences secured two Innovate UK grants: Professors Saphwan Al-Assaf and Weili Li are working on a twoyear £150,000 project, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, to reduce fat and salt in soups, sauces and ready meals by utilisation of novel processing to create novel microstructures. Professor Al-Assaf gained another grant of £57,000 for the development of food expiry labelling with Mimica Lab Ltd, plus a further £6,000 from the company. A number of researchers have benefited from Santander International Research Excellence Awards: Professor Roy Alexander (Department of Geography and Development Studies) – £5,000 for ‘International Fieldwork Experience, Physical (GE6021)’; Stephanie Burgess-Arteaga (MA student, European Languages and Global Cultures) – £500 for ‘A Critical Discourse Analysis of Social and Political Issues in a Collection of Spanish Fanzines and Punk Music
from 1995 to the Present Day’; Angharad Harrop (Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts) – £1,000 for ‘Perguntas and Antebion – Creating Intercultural Performance for Children in Brazil’; Dr Nikos Kavallaris (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics) – £2,340 for ‘Computation Modelling and Stochastic Analysis of DNA Dynamics’; Dr Martin McNally (Lecturer, Department of Geography and Development Studies) – £3,510 for ‘International Fieldwork Experience, Human Geography (GE6019)’; Ryan Michael Nolan (MRes student, Department of Biological Sciences) – £500 for ‘Conservation of Critically Endangered Primates in Ghana’s Rainforests’; Dr Geraldine O’Connor (Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences) – £650 for ‘Next Generation Sequencing of Immune Receptors in Autoimmune Conditions’; Dr Simon Oliver (Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences) – £1,000 for ‘Enhancing the Detection Rates of Acoustically Tagged Sharks for Basin-wide Telemetry Studies’; and Adam Welsh (MRes student, Department of Biological Sciences) – £500 for ‘Conservation of Endangered Primates in Ghana’s Rainforests’. The Practice Assessment Record and Evaluation (PARE) project was originally developed to make learning in practice easier and more effective for student nurses, while also helping clinical educators and lecturers to support students and colleagues. It has been adopted by another 10 universities for 17 healthcare professional programmes. PARE takes paper based practice assessment documentation used by healthcare professional educators to assess students in training, and provides a more efficient and
easier digital version that can be accessed on a range of devices. Students can rate the quality of their practice learning experience, which is instantly collated and presented to placement area and University staff in an accessible report. PARE also provides a closed instant messenger function, to allow the student, the practice educator and the lecturer to communicate and bridge geographical barriers and the often maligned ‘theory/practice gap’. This has been a successful collaborative project involving academics, students and stakeholders combining to improve the student experience and has received funding from Health Education England (North). The Faculty of Education and Children's Services has published insights from a three-year EU Funded project ‘Inside Out – Outside In: Building Bridges in Teacher Education Through Encounters with Diversity’, which explores one of the biggest challenges for teachers in schools across Europe. The project has strengthened the teaching profession through sharing practice developed in response to the increasing student diversity in classrooms across Europe. Dr Bethan Hulse and Professor Allan Owens were members of the team of teacher educators from Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Austria, Spain, Estonia and Germany. In addition to academic publications, this practice-based research project produced a series of three evocative video reports for other professionals, including headteachers and senior teachers responsible for intercultural and multicultural education, education policymakers and others who are responding to these issues and helping to shape teacher education.
Primates in Ghana’s rainforests.
Inside Out Workshop.
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Publications The following selection of original research and creative work demonstrates the breadth of publications generated from within the University, some emerging from its own publishing outlets, the University of Chester Press and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press.
Dr Tim Grady. Shortlisting for two leading literary prizes has been the significant achievement for Dr Tim Gradyâ€™s book, A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War. Dr Grady was the only UK author of eight to be shortlisted for the 2018 Cundill History Prize, which recognises historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal. The book explores the experience of German Jews during the First World War and how the aftermath of the conflict affected their lives. The publication also made the final shortlist of six titles for the 2018 Wolfson History Prize, which is the UKâ€™s foremost award for historical publishing.
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David Atkinson (Visiting Lecturer, Department of Media) wrote Inside Fatherhood.
Dr Simon Grennan (Leading Research Fellow, Department of Art and Design) edited Marie Duval with Roger Sabin and Julian Waite; and Parables of Care. Creative Responses to Dementia Care, As Told by Carers with Ernesto Priego, Christopher Sperandio and Peter Wilkins.
Valerie Ebrahimi (Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education) and Hazel Chapman (Senior Lecturer, Department of Acute Adult Care) edited Reablement Services in Health and Social Care: A Guide to Practice for Students and Support Workers.
Professor Tim Jenkins (University Centre Shrewsbury) and Dr Rachael Abbiss (Visiting Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology) edited Fortress Salopia: Exploring Shropshire’s Military History from the Prehistoric Period to the Twentieth Century.
In conclusion, Fortress Salopia is a unique miscellany of Shropshire’s military heritage and a fascinating insight into the antiquity of one of England’s most rural shires.
Exploring Shropshire's Military History from the Prehistoric Period to the 20th Century
between literature and artificial illumination, demonstrating that developments of lighting technology during the nineteenth century definitively altered the treatment of light as symbol, metaphor and textual motif. Correspondingly, the book also engages with the changing nature of darkness, and how the influence of artificial light altered both public perceptions of, and behaviour within, darkness, as well as examining literary chiaroscuros. Within each of four main chapters dedicated to the analysis of a single dominant light source within the long nineteenthcentury – firelight, candlelight, gaslight, and electric light – the author considers the phenomenological properties of the light sources, and where their
LITERARY ILLUMINATION The Evolution of Artificial Light in Nineteenth-Century Literature
presence would be felt most strongly in the nineteenth century, before collating a corpus of texts for each light source and environment.
RICHARD LEAHY is
Lecturer in English at the University of Chester, whose research interests include the nineteenth century, technology and literature, and techniques of illumination.
Cover image: John Atkinson Grimshaw, Blackman Street, London (1885). By permission, The History Collection / Alamy Stock Photo. Cover: Olwen Fowler
Edited by TIM JENKINS and RACHAEL ABBISS
Intersections in literature and science
Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru University of Wales Press
Dr Richard Leahy (Lecturer, Department of English) wrote Literary Illumination: The Evolution of Artificial Light in Nineteenth-Century Literature.
Literary Illumination examines the relationship
The Evolution of Artificial Light in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Comprising seven chapters Fortress Salopia explores a range of phenomenon throughout the past two thousand years. Andy Wigley contextualises the origins of hillforts and their social context within the evolution of the wider landscapes around them. Roger White focuses on the inter-relationship between the Roman Army and the native peoples in Shropshire and on the legacy of urbanisation and Romanisation in Wroxeter. Paul Belford examines the significance of Offa’s Dyke, the western boundary of the Kingdom of Mercia, large parts of which survive in Shropshire. Rachael Abbiss considers the changing military landscape during the Georgian period including preparations for war, socio-economic developments and the creation of new military structures. Tim Jenkins reflects on the contribution of the county to the training and supply demands imposed during the two world wars and later 20th century conflict. This includes the development of military installations and their significance as archaeological remains in the 21st century. Ruth R. Brown and Kay Smith highlight the significance of the arms and armour collections in Shropshire museums focusing on two rare shields known as Wrexham bucklers. James Pardoe deliberates upon the interpretation of our military heritage through the medium of regimental museums and considers their sustainability in an increasingly changing socio-economic climate.
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Dr Valerie Gant (Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work) wrote Working with Family Carers.
Dr Nikos Kavallaris (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics) wrote Non-Local Partial Differential Equations for Engineering and Biology: Mathematical Modelling and Analysis with Takashi Suzuki.
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Dr Hannah Ewence and Dr Tim Grady (Senior Lecturers, Department of History and Archaeology), wrote Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace.
Fortress Salopia is the culmination of contributions from heritage and historic professionals, practising archaeologists and academic historians that explores the unique military past of the county of Shropshire from the prehistoric period to the 20th century. Shropshire is one of the most characteristic counties of the Welsh Marches and occupied a strategic position between England and Wales. Consequently, the county boasts the highest numbers of Iron Age hillforts in England and the greatest density of Motte & Bailey castles. The archaeological remains that adorn the landscape are a prescient reminder that Shropshire was once a frontier battleground, although such reminders are often lost amongst the picturesque rural landscape that prevails today. However, Shropshire’s military significance is not just confined to the prehistoric and medieval periods. Throughout the last 400 years the county has maintained military associations and became a major centre of training and supply during both World Wars.
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Dr Donna Jackson (Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology) wrote US Foreign Policy in the Horn of Africa.
Dr Mark Duffett (Reader, Department of Media) wrote Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs.
Dr Lucy Andrew (Lecturer, Department of English) wrote The Boy Detective in Early British Children’s Literature: Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood.
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Professor Paul Middleton (Department of Theology and Religious Studies) wrote The Violence of the Lamb: Martyrs as Agents of Divine Judgement in the Book of Revelation.
Dr Alessandro Pratesi (Senior Lecturer, Department of Social and Political Science) wrote Doing Care, Doing Citizenship: Towards a Micro-Situated and Emotion-Based Model of Social Inclusion. Professor Emma Rees (Institute of Gender Studies and Department of English) edited Talking Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Embodiment, Gender and Identity. Dr Ian Seed (Senior Lecturer, Department of English) wrote New York Hotel. Dr Alex Tankard (Lecturer, Department of English) wrote Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Invalid Lives. Professor Alan Wall (Department of English) wrote Walter Benjamin: An Arcade of Reflections.
Includes an h interview wit
‘The underpinning argument is rigorously theoretical, but the writing is anything but dry. Indeed, the writing brings both the subject and research subjects to life. The resulting embodied social theory of care which Pratesi crafts is accomplished, engaging and insightful.’ —Jacqui Gabb, The Open University, UK ‘This book makes a vital contribution to our understandings of the emotional dimensions of inequality and citizenship. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the contemporary dynamics of care and citizenship.’ —Brian Heaphy, University of Manchester, UK ‘An essential reading to develop new ways of thinking how the dynamics of care intersect citizenship, social inclusion and social change in the context of our rapidly changing societies—through emotions.’ —Carolyn Kagan, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK ‘Doing Care, Doing Citizenship is an exceptional piece of scholarship.’ —Jason Powell, University of Chester, UK
Grounded in empirical research that involves different types of care and family contexts, this book situates care within more inclusive and critical approaches while shedding light on its multiple and often overlooked meanings and implications. Doing Care, Doing Citizenship is essential reading for students and academics interested the relationship between care, emotions, social inclusion and citizenship. Alessandro Pratesi is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Chester, UK. He is a member of the Sociology of Emotions Research Network of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and has published widely in the areas of care, emotions and relationships.
Dr Eileen Pollard (Senior Lecturer, Department of English) edited Hilary Mantel: Contemporary Critical Perspectives with Ginette Carpenter.
‘This enlightening book challenges many of the tired assumptions surrounding research on care by questioning binary and heteronormative accounts and makes a welcome contribution to the sociology of emotion as well as to scholarship on care.’ —Mary Holmes, University of Edinburgh, UK
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Dr Giulia Miller (Visiting Lecturer, Department of English) wrote Studying Waltz with Bashir.
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‘If parenthood is the epitome of social citizenship today, the normalisation of non-heterosexual parenting is a crucial step. Pratesi shows how this barrier has been broken in the interactions of everyday life, where the emotions surrounding doing care smooth the way. A deeply empowering and optimistic book.’ —Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Edited by Eileen Pollard and Ginette Carpenter
Foreword by Mark Lawson
DOING CARE, DOING CITIZENSHIP TOWARDS A MICRO-SITUATED AND EMOTION-BASED MODEL OF SOCIAL INCLUSION Alessandro Pratesi
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Professor Howard Williams (Department of History and Archaeology) edited Cremation and the Archaeology of Death with Jessica I Cerezo-RomĂĄn and Anna Wessman. Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press Drs Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (Senior Lecturers, Department of English) edited Nothing to Worry About: Flash Fictions by Vanessa Gebbie. Drs Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (Senior Lecturers, Department of English) edited Travelling Solo: Flash Fictions by David Steward. Short on Sugar, High on Honey: Micro Love Stories, edited by Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka. University of Chester Press Drs Katherine Harrison and Cassie Ogden (formerly Department of Social and Political Science) edited Pornographies: Critical Positions. Dr Jonathon Louth (formerly Department of Social and Political Science) edited Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities with Martin Potter. Simon Poole (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Childrenâ€™s Services/Senior Lead for Cultural Education and Research at Storyhouse) edited Opening Words: Stories and Poems for Children from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2017.
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Influences on Adolescent Body Image: Friends or Foes? A Multi-Method Study’.
The extensive knowledge of staff is shared with the public at a wide range of public lectures, conference presentations, workshops and seminars, which means that their expertise reaches across the University community and beyond. This selection demonstrates the breadth of the activities undertaken by staff from across the institution. Chester Literature Festival Dr Peter Blair (Senior Lecturer, Department of English) – ‘Flash Fiction Now (and Then …)’.
Dr Hannah Heath (Lecturer) – ‘The Friend Carer: Constructing a Supportive Identity in the Context of Self-Harm’.
Professor Timo Obergöker (Department of Modern Languages) introduced François Cusset – ‘France, Europe and the Left after the French Elections of 2017’.
Dr Annie Scudds (Senior Lecturer) – ‘Fit(Bit) for Work: An Overview of the Value of the Physical Activity for Wellbeing Initiatives in the Workplace’.
Simon Poole (Senior Lecturer, Initial Teacher Education) – ‘Bumblebees like jazz’.
Chester Theological Society Professor Philip Alexander (Department of Theology and Religious Studies) – ‘Frederic Shields and Evangelical Iconography: The Chapel at Eaton Hall, Cheshire’.
Dr Katherine Wilson (Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology) – ‘Europe’s Rich Fabric: The Growth of Luxury Textiles (1300–1500)’. Chester Research Unit for the Psychology of Health Lecture Series Professor Ros Bramwell (Head) and Dr Liane Hayes (Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology) – Pregnancy, Childbirth and New Parenthood: Perspectives from Health Psychology’.
Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition Research Seminar Series Dr Tom Butler (Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition) – ‘Diet and Heart Disease’. Dr Sohail Mushtaq (Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition) – ‘Vitamin D Deficiency and Heart Disease’. Dr Ursula Kenny (Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition) – ‘Peer
Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society Professor Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead (Chester Medical School/Faculty of Health and Social Care) – ‘Leprosy: The Long Journey to Overcome the World of Its Most Stigmatised Disease’. Professor Emma Rees (Department of English/ Institute of Gender Studies) – ‘Hard Sell and Hard Cell: The Suffragettes’. Professor Angela Simpson (Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Care) – ‘A Celebration of Health Education at the University and Reflections on How Health Education is Changing to Meet Future Health Priorities’ (for the NHS 70th anniversary). Professor Terry Wardle (Dean, Chester Medical School) – ‘From Barracks to Bevan and Beyond’ (for the NHS 70th anniversary). Faculty of Health and Social Care seminar series Professor Paul Cosford CB, (Visiting Lecturer/ Director, Public Health England) – ‘Leading the International Response to Communicable Disease Outbreak, e.g. Ebola, SARS, Zika’. Ian Jacobs (Honorary Lecturer/HCD Economics) ‘Health Economics in 90 Minutes’.
Professor Andy Lovell (Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability) – ‘Re-Thinking De-Escalation: Engaging with People with a Learning Disability and a Propensity for Violence’. Professor Nick Phin (Visiting Professor/Public Health England) – ‘International Agencies Responsible for the Prevention, Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases and Emerging Diseases’. Professor Alex Scott-Samuel (Visiting Professor) – ‘International Policy Perspective of Health Impact Assessment’. Professor Mary Steen (Visiting Professor/ University of South Australia) – ‘Being a Resilient and Resourceful International Researcher’. Dr Julie Sutton (Lecturer, Department of Acute Adult Care) – ‘Sleep Hygiene Education and Children with Developmental Disabilities: Findings from a Co-Design Study’. Grosvenor Museum Lunchtime Lectures Dr Clare Hickman (Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology) – ‘They Work and Breathe the Fresh Air Amidst Surroundings They Themselves Largely Help to Shape: The Open-Air School, its Gardens and Child Health in Early TwentiethCentury Britain’.
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Dr Michael Huggins (Senior Lecturer) – ‘Irish Presbyterians and the Union: A Pre-History, 1791–1829’.
A University of Chester academic panel reviewed the film I Am Not a Witch.
Dr Donna Jackson (Senior Lecturer) – ‘A Better Future for the World: Ethiopia, Somalia and the Establishment of the United Nations’.
Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Conference, Cambridge Dr Jon Talbot (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Work Related Studies) – ‘The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Scheme at the University of Chester: Some Early Experiences from Employers, Students and Tutors’.
Inaugural Professorial Lectures Professor Peter Cox (Department of Social and Political Science) – ‘A Sociology of Cycling: Connecting Academia and Community’. Professor Stephen Fallows (Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition) – ‘Britain’s Nutrition Transition – A (Personal) Social History of Food, Nutrition and Health’. The Rev Professor Peter Madsen Gubi (Department of Social and Political Science) – ‘Let’s Dance: The Integration of Psychotherapeutic and Theological Paradigms and Resources in the Service of Another’s Wellbeing’. Professor Timo Obergöker (Department of Modern Languages) – ‘Remembrance of Things Past: Cultures of Nostalgia and Nostalgia of Culture in Contemporary France’. Storyhouse Summer Lectures, Christmas Lecture and International Film Festival Dr Graham Atkin (Senior Lecturer, Department of English) – ‘The Tempest’. Dr Sarah Heaton (Head) – ‘The Crucible’. Professor Darren Sproston (Deputy Dean, Director, School of Arts and Media) – ‘O Magnum Mysterium or … What Makes Christmas Music Christmassy?’.
Debbie Scott (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Work Related Studies), Wendy Miller (Faculty Administrator, Arts and Humanities), Lee Bennett (AV Technician, Learning and Information Systems) and Jamie Toner (Assistant Subject Librarian, Chester Business School) – ‘Empowering Employees to Become Lifelong Learners in a Changing World’. University Centre Shrewsbury Dr Lucy Andrew (Lecturer, Department of English) with Sam Saunders – ‘A Study in: Sidekicks: The Detective’s Assistant in Crime Fiction’; ‘The Secret of the Sidelined Sleuth: Tracing Nancy Drew in the 21st Century’; ‘J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Twenty Years Later’.
Dr Lucy Andrew.
Professor Tim Wheeler, Professor Timo Obergőker and Dr Brendan O’Sullivan.
Dr Jane Ford (Visiting Lecturer, University Centre Shrewsbury) – ‘The History of Sir Richard Calmady by Lucas Malet’. Professor Claire Griffiths (Department of Modern Languages) – ‘Revolutions in Art: Reality and Subterfuge in Painting French History’. Dr Bill Hughes (Department of English) – ‘Poetry – A Private Art or a Public One?’.
The Rev Professor Peter Gubi.
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Paul Kirkbright (Deputy Provost) – ‘What Does Good Inclusive Growth Look Like?’. Dr Giulia Miller (Visiting Lecturer, Department of English), – ‘A Sci-Fi Extravaganza: 50 Years of Adapting Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner and Beyond’; ‘Bob Dylan – Nobel Prize Winner’; ‘Nobel Prize Roundtable: Kazuo Ishiguro’. Professor Chris Walsh (Department of English) – ‘Tolkien and his Work’.
Dr Dimitra Antonopoulou (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics) – ‘On the Sharp Interface Limit of the Stochastic Cahn-Hilliard Equation’, 40th Conference on Stochastic Processes and Their Applications, Gothenburg; invited speaker at the First Congress of Greek Mathematicians, Athens. Professor John Buckley (Centre for Active Living, University Centre Shrewsbury) – invited speaker, Singapore Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium: Advances in Cardiac Rehabilitation for Improved Health, Singapore. Dr Tom Butler (Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition) – ‘One Lump or Two? The Importance of Sugar in Cardiovascular Health and Disease: An Expert Seminar’. Caroline Chappell (Senior Lecturer, Law School) – ‘The Utility of Criminal Prosecution in the Context of Female Genital Mutilation’, The FGM Conference: Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation’, Salford. Professor Peter Cox (Department of Social and Political Science) – ‘Social Movements, Bike Cultures
and Bike Activism: Understanding and Making Connections’, Velo City, Rio de Janeiro; ‘Moments of Rebellion: Connecting Cycle Activism with Other Actions’, Bicicultura 2017, Recife, Brazil; ‘Why Not Now? Proximate Utopias, Mobility and Anchoring’, International Mobilities Conference, Lancaster; ‘Social Practices and the Importance of Context’ with Heike Bunte, International Cycling Conference, Mannheim. Dr Chandrika Devarakonda (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Children’s Services) – keynote speech and two workshops, Celebrating Cultural Diversity in the Early Years Conference, Belfast; inclusive education lecture to postgraduate students and staff, Pondicherry University, India. Dr Mark Duffett (Reader, Department of Media) – ‘Gate People: Fan History before Elvis Heritage at Graceland’, New Perspectives on Elvis Conference, Memphis and co-organiser with Dr Amanda Nell Edgar.
Dr Mark Duffett.
Dr Eghosa Ekhator (Lecturer, Law School) – ‘Sustainable Development and the African Union: An Appraisal’, African Union Law Research Network Workshop, London; ‘Regulation of Multinational Corporations in Africa: Overview of the African Union’s Regulatory Framework’, International Law in Context Conference, Canterbury; ‘African Solutions to African Problems’: The Malabo Protocol and Regulation of Multinational Corporations in Africa’, Socio-Legal Studies Association, Bristol. Dr Sarah Rose Evans (Deputy Head, Department of Performing Arts) – ‘Working “In Between the Waves”: An Analysis of Haylo Theatre’s Approaches to Theatre in Health Education’, Drama Spa, Cambridge. Dr Chandrika Devarakonda.
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Simon Grennan (Leading Research Fellow, Department of Art and Design) with Ernesto Priego – ‘Parables of Care: Using Comics to Enhance the Impact of Dementia Care Practice and Research’, Creating Comics, Creative Comics, Cardiff. Lottie Hosie (Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences) – ‘Methods for Welfare Assessment in Amphibians – From Husbandry to Conservation’, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research/Zoological Society of London Workshop on Amphibian Welfare, London.
Katherine Markwell (Senior Lecturer) and Professor Lynne Kennedy (Head, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition) – ‘Making the Transition into Adulthood – How are University Students Experiencing the Physical Literacy Journey (The PLJUS Collaboration)?’. Association Internationale des Écoles Supérieures d’Éducation Physique World Congress, Edinburgh. Dr Servel Miller (Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and International Development), organised the Building a Hazard Resilient Society Conference, Kingston, Jamaica.
Dr Fotini Karakatsani (Lecturer, Department of Mathematics) – invited speaker, First Congress of Greek Mathematicians, Athens.
Simon Morrison (Senior Lecturer, Department of Media) – part of organising team and chaired two panels ‘Bank Notes for Musical Notes: How to Make Money from Music Writing’ and ‘Discotext’, Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester.
Dr Nikos Kavallaris (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics) – ‘A Non-Local Parabolic Equation Associated with Gierer-Meinhardt System on an Evolving Domain’, Modern Mathematical Methods in Science and Technology Conference, Kalamata, Greece; ‘Data Driven Model Selection and Parameter Estimation for DNA Methylation’, 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, Lisbon.
Dr John Morrow (Lecturer, Law School) – ‘Not My Employee Not My Problem? Employers’ Liability for Sexual Harassment Committed by a Third Party’, keynote presentation, ACAS North West Annual Conference, Key Trends and Challenges for HR in 2018 and Beyond.
Professor Louis Levy (Visiting Professor/Head, Nutrition Science, Public Health England) – ‘Obesity and Health’. Professor Andy Lovell – (Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability) – ‘De-escalation of Violence in the Context of Intellectual Disability: Working with Complexity’, European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, Dublin; workshops on the complexity of deescalation in different populations for Merseycare and the Restraint Reduction Conference, Birmingham. Paul McKie (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Work Related Studies) – Applied Lateral Thinking – How to Help People Think Outside the Box Within an Organisation’.
Drs Sohail Mushtaq and Tom Butler (Senior Lecturers), and Lizzy Deery (Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition) – ‘Keep your Heart Pumping’, Storyhouse, Chester; Dr Sohail Mushtaq – ‘Vitamin D Deficiency and Heart Disease: Is There a Link?’. Dr Howard Nelson (Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences) – ‘Conserving Biodiversity Beyond Protected Areas – Valuing Indigenous Landscape Solutions’, plenary talk, Society for Conservation Biology’s inaugural Latin America and Caribbean Congress for Conservation Biology, Trinidad.
Dr Shelley Piasecka (Senior Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts) – ‘The Role of Theatre in Education in Countering Radicalisation and Extremism with Young People in Schools’. TEDx talk and ‘Celebration of Women’s Research’; and directed ‘Ada Nield Chew, Radical Suffragist: Pop-up Protest’, Manchester. Professor Emma Rees (Department of English/Institute of Gender Studies) – ‘Who Broke Feminism? The Obligation of Privilege’, keynote speech, International Women’s Conference, Edinburgh. Dr Emma Roberts (Senior Lecturer, Law School), – ‘Crossing Intranational Borders: Devolution and Conflict of Laws’; Kate McCarthy (Department of Law) with Tola Amodu, ‘Confining that Sole and Despotic Dominion? Private Landlords as Proxies for Government Actors and Implications for Tenants under the “Right to Rent” Legislation’, Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference: Devolved Nations and International Law, Bangor. Dr Jason Roberts (Head, Department of Mathematics) – ‘Mathematical Modelling of DNA Methylation’, 2018 Welsh Mathematics Colloquium, Newtown; Mathematical Modelling in the Biosciences: A Case Study‘, Immundnz BioHub Symposium, Alderley Park. Sarah Spies (Senior Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts) – co-curated the Autumn Programme for Independent Dance with Amy Voris; panel member at ‘Dance and Art Forum: Why Dance in Museums?’, London. Dr Yubin Yan (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics) – ‘Detailed Error Analysis for a Fractional Adams Method with Graded Meshes’, Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics, Minsk, Belarus.
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Conferences Events hosted at the University, such as those listed below, bring students, staff and visitors together to benefit from the latest ideas in specialist fields of study and mix with leading academics on the global stage. Renowned equality campaigners shared their views with students, staff and the general public at the annual Diversity Festival, which was entitled ‘No Limits’. Kellie Maloney (retired boxing manager and promoter) opened the Festival and other speakers included Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn (awardwinning mental health campaigners); Peter Purton (formerly Equal Rights Policy Officer, TUC); Jen Yockney MBE (bisexual community activist); Nona McDuff OBE (Director,
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University); Wanda Wyporska (Executive Director, The Equality Trust; Professor Abigail Locke (University of Bradford); Sean Russell (founder, Get Out Stay Out); John Dobai (Holocaust survivor); Dr Gillian Proctor (Clinical Psychologist/Lecturer, University of Leeds); and Hannah Jepson (Co-founder, LGBTed). As part of the Diversity Festival, and to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Institute
of Gender Studies hosted a special event with author, feminist and journalist, Naomi Wolf in conversation with Professor Emma Rees (Director, Institute of Gender Studies/ Department of English); Alison Johns (Chief Executive, Advance HE); and Raj Holness (founder of Breaking the Silence Ltd). Deepening Impact was the focus of a research conference hosted by Chester Business School. The conference showcased the research carried out across the Faculty and it was an opportunity to celebrate multiple awards, which were supported by international professional bodies, including the Global Centre for Work Applied Learning in Australia, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and Lapidus International. The award recipients were Vicky
Evans, (Lecturer, Department of Business and Finance); Pip Weston (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Work Related Studies, CWRS); Matt Parkyn (Doctor of Business Administration student); Nerise Johnson (Head of International Operations, Director of Postgraduate Programmes); Debbie Scott (Senior Lecturer, CWRS); two for Lisa Rossetti (Senior Researcher); and seven contributors to the: ‘A Unifying, Boundary Crossing Approach to Climate Literacy: Work-based Learning as a Catalyst’ project. The Institute of Policing held a conference promoting a multi-agency approach to managing honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation at the Warrington Campus. The event brought together public sector multi-agencies and NGOs
Dementia Friends session at the Diversity Festival.
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to raise awareness about the complexities of managing and safeguarding girls and women from FGM, and about the cultural barriers faced in managing FGM, honour-based violence and forced marriage. Speakers included the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Sareda Dirir, who highlighted the importance of policing these issues and support for survivors. The Narratives and Alternative Stories Conference, hosted by the Department of Performing Arts, explored how stories and storytelling can have an immense impact on how we construct knowledge, understanding and memories of the world we inhabit. The Department of English held a study day on Writing the Midlands: A Sense of Place in the Work of Mary Webb and Arnold Bennett at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS). This was in association with the Mary Webb Society and the Arnold Bennett Society and was led by Professor Deborah Wynne (Department of English) and Naomi Walker (PhD student/Visiting Lecturer). External speakers included Dr Gladys Mary Coles (President of the Mary Webb Society) and Dr Lisa Blower (novelist/short story writer). The sixth textile study day was held at UCS, in conjunction with the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury, and the theme was Working Textiles: Textile Workers. Professor Deborah Wynne led the event which explored textiles in relation to work, working people and working practices. The speakers included Maralyn Hepworth and Penny Ward (Friends of Flaxmill Maltings); Jane Thomas (needlework
researcher), Professor Wynne and research students Elaine Rowland and Brenda Rewhorn. The Rural Places, Rural Challenges seminar was organised by the Rural Services Network at UCS and speakers included: Martin Collett, Operations Director, English Rural Housing Association; James Saunby, Independent Networks Cooperative Association and GreySky Consulting; Sheila Dee, Rail Officer at ChesterShrewsbury Rail Partnership and Deb Watson from Public Health England. An event was held at UCS to build on work to support older people to become involved in and benefit their communities. The event showcased the Senior Social Entrepreneuring (SSE) project, a European Union initiative in which UCS is a participant, alongside organisations across five other European countries. The project establishes a network of â€˜Senior Social Change Brokersâ€™ to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences, to support them to be active in their communities, and to create activities and projects which make a difference. Staff from the Centre for Ageing Studies conducted a symposium: New Vulnerabilities for an Aging Society in the 21st Century. This was held at the 3rd European Network in Aging Studies Conference on Cultural Narratives, Processes and Strategies in Representations of Age and Aging on Cultural Gerontology in Graz, Austria. Research on the effectiveness of an anti-scams initiative, the analysis of data about scams and the evolution of adult safeguarding
Institute of Policing Conference.
Institute of Policing Conference.
Institute of Policing Conference.
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was presented and speakers at the main conference included Professors Susan Benbow, Sharmi Bhattacharyya and Dr Vicky Ridgway (Director, Pre-Registration Nursing).
commercial imperative. Guest speaker, Professor John Corner (University of Leeds), spoke about everyday food, culture and the media.
The Centre for Ageing Studies, in partnership with Brightlife, hosted a conference entitled ‘Myths and Misconceptions of Ageing’, which aimed to raise awareness about ageing and challenge both professional and lay perceptions and stereotypes about later life. Speakers included Professor Paul Kingston, Dr Charlotte EostTelling and Dr Lou Taylor. Haylo, a two-woman theatre company established by former students, was used to explore some of the stereotypes around ageing through the bespoke play The Spice of Life.
A seminar exploring all aspects of rural life in England was hosted by the Department of Geography and International Development, organised by the Rural Services Network and welcomed members of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS with IBG). The event, exploring the definition of ‘rural’, and how it is a spectrum of places (from coast to countryside), featured speakers such as Professor John Shepherd (Birkbeck, University of London); Ian Baker (Small Woods Association); Jeremy Pickles (East Riding of Yorkshire Council); and Lois Mansfield (University of Cumbria).
The relationship beween food and culture was the focus of an international, interdisciplinary symposium organised by the Department of Media in association with the NoWFOOD Centre and the Institute of Gender Studies. Communicating Food: An Interdisciplinary Symposium explored food’s complex connections with issues of identity, social class, race, gender, religion, and globalisation and its depiction in the media (in terms of lifestyle and celebrity) which has an increasingly important
The Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society joined with the Social Work History Network for ‘Shaping a Profession: The Historical Development of Social Work Education and Training’. Chaired by Dr Michael Burt (Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care), the event featured talks by Ann Davis, (Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham); Malcolm Jordan (voluntary worker); and Karen Lyons, (Emeritus Professor, London Metropolitan University), together with a visit to the University’s Riverside Museum.
The Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing held a Military Veterans and their Families Wellbeing Symposium entitled ‘Supporting the Armed Forces Community’. The keynote speaker was Sir Simon Wessely (Regius Professor of Psychiatry, King’s College London) and other presenters included: the Rt Hon Chris Matheson MP; Dr Jonathan Leach (Chair, NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group); Professor Hilary Meredith (Chair, Royal British Legion Legal Group); and Professor Malcolm Rae OBE, FRCN (Chair, State of Mind Charity). The event also featured a panel discussion chaired by Dr Peter Carter OBE; with Colonel Phil Harrison (Regional Commander, North West England); Brigadier Robin Simpson OStJ (Dean of the Defence Medical Services); and Major Bev Sapre (General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust). The 21st Annual United Kingdom Association for the History of Nursing Research Colloquium was led by Visiting Professor Claire Chatterton (Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Society/Open University) and hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society. The topics covered a range of national and international nursing history and delegates also visited, the University’s Riverside Museum.
Military Veterans and their Families Symposium.
Professor Paul Kingston.
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The British Association for the Study of Religion Conference: Narratives in Religion was hosted by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The keynote speaker was Professor Ronald Hutton, who spoke on ‘Narratives of Pagan Religion’, and papers from the conference were published as an issue of Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions. The annual World Social Work Day acknowledged the work of social workers globally. Staff, students and local practice partners at the Warrington Campus participated in specialist workshops and seminars, heard about cutting edge research and had an introduction to the international context of social work. The keynote speaker was Siobhan Maclean (registered social worker, trainer and consultant). The Faculty of Health and Social Care’s 7th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference was entitled Health and Social Care: Whose Business is it? Staff and research students presented their work and a discussion was led by Professor Paul Cosford CB, (Visiting Lecturer/ Director, Public Health England) and Professor Paul Lincoln (Chief Executive, UK Health Forum) on ‘Who Should Take Responsibility for the Nation’s Health: The State or the Individual?’.
Social justice has become a growing focus for many educators and practitioners in the visual arts, and the idea of art and design having agency in the process of social change has gained traction. The International Journal of Art & Design Education (iJADE) conference addressed this in the context of art, design and education. Keynote presentations on relational encounters and social action were given by Professor Sharon Todd (Head, Department of Education, Maynooth University), and Dr Gregory Sholette (Co-Director, Social Practice Queens, Queens College, City University of New York). The Journal is published under the auspices of the National Society for Education in Art and Design and run by Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice in the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services. The Centre for Work Related Studies and the International Centre for Thriving at Work hosted the European Mentoring and Coaching Council’s International Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision Research Conference. This was themed ‘Research and Practice Working in Partnership’ and the keynote speaker was Linbert Spencer OBE (founder director of The Centre for Inclusive Leadership), who spoke on how to create inclusive environments. Professor Tony Wall (Department of Business
and Management) was one of five panellists at another keynote session debating difficult research challenges. The Department of Performing Arts hosted the national symposium, Inquiring Bodies 5, with Cheshire Dance. This was run by dance artists for dance artists to provide a mutually supportive environment for dance exploration and open dialogue through workshops, discussions and sharing. An international conference on Cyberworlds was held at TSP in cooperation with the Eurographics Association and the International Federation for Information Processing. Keynote speakers were Professor Min Chen (University of Oxford) and Dr Rafal Mantiuk (University of Cambridge). The annual Warrington Works research festival featured presentations and workshops from staff and students, including: Dr Mark Duffett (Reader, Department of Media); Dr Frances Atherton; Dr Chandrika Devarakonda and Paul Moran (Senior Lecturers, Faculty of Education and Children’s Services); Dr Valerie Gant (Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work); Ross Frisby (Senior Lecturer, Department of Sport and Community Engagement); and Dr Chris Hart (Senior Lecturer, Department of Media).
Ross Frisby at Warrrington Works.
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Guests The chance to hear eminent speakers from across the world is integral to academic life and this sample of public lectures hosted by the University illustrates the opportunities for the public and the University community to benefit from their knowledge. Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition Research Seminar Series Dr Abdulmannan Fadel (University of Leeds) – ‘Dietary Fibre and Inflammation: A New Perspective’. Professor Louis Levy (Head of Nutrition Science, Public Health England) – ‘Obesity, Health and Government Policy’. Dr Verner Wheelock (Verner Wheelock Associates) – ‘Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake’. Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society Professor Christine Hallett (Director, UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Manchester) – ‘Nurses of Passchendaele’. Martin Johnson (Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of Salford) – ‘A Short History of Health Care Ethics’ (joint event with the Royal College of Nursing History of Nursing Society). Colin Jones (ECT Nurse, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) – ‘The History of Electroconvulsive Therapy’. Brigadier Robin Simpson QHS, Dean, UK Defence Medical Services – ‘The Veteran and the GP’ (joint event with the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing, WCRVW). Dr Peter Carter OBE (former Chief Executive, Royal College of Nursing), ‘The NHS and the Military: Standing Together’ (joint event with the WCRVW).
Haygarth Lecture Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport CBE (Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing) and Alex Coulter (Secretary) – ‘Dancing to a Different Tune: The Contribution of Arts to Health’. Institute of Gender Studies Research Seminar Series Jay Hayes-Light (Director, UK Intersex Association) – ‘You Can’t Create a Woman with a Scalpel and a Tablet: Britain’s Intersex Adults’. Libora Oates-Indruchova, Professor (Sociology of Gender, University of Graz) –‘The Tractor Driver’s Nemeses: Helpmates, Feminine Superwomen, and The Void of Masculinity’.
David Pickering (writer, storyteller and creator of the #ManSurvey) – ‘What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity’. Nikki van der Gaag (Oxfam Director of Gender Justice and Women’s Rights) – ‘Building Strength from Diversity: Feminism in the World Today’. Hibo Wardere (anti-FGM campaigner) – ‘Cut: One Woman’s Fight Against FGM in Britain Today’. Thornton Science Park Christmas Lecture Marty Jopson (The One Show), ‘Dangerous Equations’.
Philip Cox (centre).
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University Centre Shrewsbury Mike Bradbury (Royal Observer Corps Association) – ‘The Eyes and Ears of the Royal Air Force – A History of the Royal Observer Corps and the Part Played by Shropshire’. Mark Hignett (Oswestry Town Museum) – ‘Soldiers in Love – Park Hall Camp, Oswestry in World War Two‘. Professor Martin Rudwick (University of California, San Diego/University of Cambridge) – ‘The Darwin Memorial Lecture 2018: “I, The Geologist”: Charles Darwin’s First Career’. Mark Schneider ‘Trends in the Medical/Healthcare Sector in China: The Business Opportunities Being Created and How To Take Advantage of Them’. Peter Scott-Presland (actor/author) and Andrew Lumsden (journalist/co-founder of Gay News), ‘The Trial of Lord Alfred Douglas’.
Dr Simon Dowell.
Jane Traies (author) – ‘“How Arena 3 Saved My Life”: Lesbian Networking before the Internet’. Professor Gary Warnaby (Manchester Metropolitan University) – ‘The Evolution of Place Branding: A Darwinian Perspective’. Warrington Campus Sarah Blackie (Head of Operations, PAPYRUS UK) – ‘Prevention of Young Suicide’.
Sir Andrew Carter OBE.
Dr Miranda Kaufmann.
Matthew Burton (Head, National Crime Agency UK) – ‘The National Crime Agency’s International Reach and Tools’.
Philip Cox (Chief Executive, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership) – ‘Growing the Cheshire Economy after the Referendum’. Karl Fitzpatrick (Vice Chairman), Professor Steven Broomhead (Chief Executive), Steve Price (Coach) – ‘Warrington Wolves – A New Era’. Dave Thompson MBE (Chief Executive, Warrington Disability Partnership) – ‘Disability in the 21st Century’.
Sir Andrew Carter OBE (Chair, Independent Review of Initial Teacher Training, CEO, South Farnham Teaching School) – discussed the Independent Review of Initial Teacher Training. Dr Simon Dowell (Science Director, Chester Zoo) – ‘Chester Zoo in the Wild: How the Zoo is Working in the Field to Prevent Extinction of Species Around the World’. Dame Sue Ion, FREng FRS (President, National Skills Academy for Nuclear and honorary graduate) – keynote speaker at the University’s Research Festival. Dr Miranda Kaufmann (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies) Black Tudors: The Untold Story. Baroness Nuala O’Loan (Northern Ireland’s first Police Ombudsman) – keynote speech for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Knowledge Sharing event for International Women’s Day.
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Facilities The latest Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide ranks the University in the UK’s top 20 for the investment in facilities. The flagship new nursing site at Birkenhead and other improvements are testament to how the University seeks ways in which to enhance the student experience and bring higher education to a wider geographical area. An impressive new education facility for student nurses has been opened in Birkenhead. Marriss House (named after Professor Dorothy Marriss, the University’s first Dean of Health and Social Care) replaced existing provision at Clatterbridge Hospital. The purchase and refitting of the Old Market House on Hamilton Street represents a multimillion pound investment in nurse education and contains a fully equipped skills laboratory. This includes virtual reality equipment and offers the space and technology to equip student nurses with clinical skills before undertaking a range of hospital- and community-based practice experiences. The building also contains classrooms of various sizes, smaller rooms for group work and a fully stocked library. The Institute of Policing has added to its array of facilities by providing a purpose-built custody unit at the Warrington Campus. This provides a realistic and safe environment to teach students about the process and legalities of detaining individuals and the safety issues involved. It also complements the use of a crime scene house and Courtroom at the Warrington Campus, and an indoor road traffic collision unit at the Thornton Science Park, for the benefit of Policing students.
Other improvements include the creation of a student-centric Information Point for Learning and Information Systems and Student Futures, refurbishment of the Students’ Union building and seminar spaces and the creation of a new postgraduate space at Chester’s Parkgate Road Campus; new common room spaces at Kingsway, Thornton Science Park and Chester; the upgrade and refurbishment of halls of residence at Chester and Warrington; a new car park at Warrington; and the continued replacement of light fittings with LED bulbs. The solar panels, which were installed on 10 buildings on the Parkgate Road and Queen’s Park campuses in 2015, have generated 852.71 MWh of electricity. This power, combined with the implementation of a number of energy efficiency measures including the replacement of lights, optimisation of heating settings and a cleaner mix of electricity generation nationally, has resulted in a saving of 39% of the University’s total CO2 emissions (from energy use and travel) compared to the baseline in 2015. With a target of 43% savings from this baseline by 2020, the University is on track to achieve this and reduce its carbon footprint back to the level recorded in 2008, despite the subsequent addition of the Thornton Science Park and Queen’s Park sites.
The opening of Marriss House.
Student nurses at Marriss House.
Institute of Policing Courtroom.
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Sustainability The ongoing commitment to reduce the University’s impact on the environment through the efforts of students, staff and the institution’s management team is demonstrated through many significant achievements. Six years after launching the Sustainability Strategy and the Green Chester initiative, the University achieved one of its key aims in achieving a 1st Class award in the People and Planet University League. This is the UK’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities and the University is ranked 21st out of 154 universities. The University scored 100% in the Education for Sustainable Development section for creating opportunities to link sustainability into the formal and informal curriculum, and continues to drive this forward through the Responsible Futures Initiative. The University also achieved high scores in the Environmental Policy category (90%) for covering the broad spectrum of sustainability themes from energy, water, waste, travel and transport, to procurement, community involvement, food, biodiversity and construction and refurbishment. The University’s environmental performance was recognised at the higher education sector’s 2017 Green Gown Awards, where it was shortlisted in three categories and Highly Commended in each. These were the Sustainability Unit in the Carbon Reduction category for its Carbon and Energy Innovation Lab, which was created
to implement a co-ordinated approach to energy and carbon reduction across the institution. The University’s work in putting sustainability at the heart of everything it does, and its holistic approach to encouraging and advocating the environmental and health benefits of vegetarianism and veganism, was recognised in the Food and Drink category. In the Sustainability Champion (staff) category, Shaunagh Smith (Administrative Assistant, Estates and Facilities Department) was Highly Commended for her volunteering work for the Sustainability Unit, including many out of hours activities.
Green Chester 2017/18 highlights “87% of students say that sustainable development is something that universities should actively incorporate and promote” (NUS, 2018). Here’s what Green Chester initiatives have achieved for sustainability at the University of Chester in 2017/18.
We achieved a
First Class award
3 Awards Highly Commended at the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Green Gown Awards. (Carbon Reduction, Food & Drink and Environmental Hero).
in the People and Planet League ranked 21/154 universities in the UK.
Energy Saving Case Study disseminated throughout the National Fit for the Future Network.
The Sustainability Unit has worked with Estates and Facilities to drive down energy use and identify and implement additional measures to reduce energy usage, including replacing LEDs and fitting motion sensors. Water fountains have been installed across the sites and have saved in excess of 250,000 single use water bottles. The feedback from staff and students has been extremely positive and first-year students have now been given free, reusable, recycled water bottles, to encourage use of the refill stations across the University.
16 events over 130 people attended.
bottles so far.
kilowatt hours since August. Total since installation
The Big PawPrint attracted
Over 250 people visited VeggieFest 2018.
10 bikes sold to
18 bikes donated to Bren Bikes from Cheshire Police and students.
bags donated to the British Heart Foundation raising £12,054.
pledges made on DoNation.
students and staff at Bren Bike events.
Generated 104, 589 Installed over
Spring into Sustainability
17 water fountains installed saving over
The University has been a Fairtrade University for 10 years!
new bird boxes created.
at the Educate North Awards for the Environmental Industry category for the Green Impact Community.
Over 100 trees obtained
from the Woodland Trust to plant across sites including the Memorial Woodland.
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• RSPB Chester • Plastic Free Chester • Fairtrade Farmer
Green Impact Teams
suppliers signed up to NetPositives, to improve the supply chain.
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The Big Stitch.
The Green Impact initiative continues to go from strength to strength and 18 staff teams celebrated their environmental achievements at the annual Green Tie Awards, hosted by the Sustainability Unit, after audits were completed by 11 student auditors. Nine teams achieved the Gold award and these teams demonstrated some innovative campaigns and initiatives, including: collaboration between six teams to collect and recycle coffee cups, which resulted in over 10,000 being collected over a six-month period; toilet twinning; and the inaugural ‘Big PawPrint’ event, which explored how to reduce the carbon footprint of pets. The ‘Spring into Sustainability’ events incorporated many aspects of the
Chester Zoo's Sustainable Palm Oil City Champion status.
Sustainability Strategy, such as Fairtrade, Biodiversity, Food and Community, and attracted around 130 students and staff. These included film screenings, bird box building workshops and a guest speaker, Marcial Quintero (a banana producer from Panama), who spoke about his experience and the impacts of Fairtrade. Sessions within the Diversity Festival included a presentation by Dr Alex Lockwood (University of Sunderland), who explored the social and environmental benefits of vegan diets, while the Catering team hosted a vegan taster session. In addition, there were three Sustainable Palm Oil workshops, organised as part of the Green Impact submission by the Riverside Library team and delivered by Chester Zoo’s Educational team.
The Green Tie Awards.
Chester Zoo’s ‘Sustainable Palm Oil City’ project encourages catering and retail outlets to work with their supply chain, to ensure that where palm oil is used, it is derived from sustainable sources. The Catering team worked closely with its suppliers, to ensure that every product sold across the institution’s catering outlets and containing palm oil comes from a sustainable source, to avoid habitat loss in islands, such as Borneo and Sumatra, where species are at risk and to protect biodiversity. Chester Zoo is working with a number of conservation organisations and international stakeholders to find solutions to this conservation problem through influencing sectors in the palm oil supply chain and promoting the use of sustainable palm oil. Thanks to the hard work of staff, the University has now achieved
Sustainable Palm Oil City Champion status, as part of Chester Zoo’s campaign to make Chester the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City. The Fairtrade Foundation commended the University for its commitment to Fairtrade, as it retained its status for the 10th successive year. Activities range from regular events to promote Fairtrade to the encouragement of student research on Fairtrade issues. The University’s aim is to reduce its environmental impact on the local community and to seek to create a positive impact through actions and decisions. The institution plays a key role within the local community and an integral part of the strategy is the development of partnerships, such as with
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The Green Gown awards.
Bren Bikes and Cheshire Police. Bren Bikes refurbishes and repairs unwanted/unused bikes to sell at affordable prices. A number of Dr Bike sessions were held by Bren Bikes throughout the year to fix student and staff bikes on campus and it hosted a number of pop-up stalls to sell bikes as part of the objective to encourage students and staff to travel more sustainably. Together with Cheshire Police, the University has donated over 20 bikes to Bren Bikes for repair and re-sale. VeggieFest aimed to raise the profile of the nutritional benefits of plant-based diets and natural plant-based products in a fun and engaging way and it featured stalls with free samples, products for sale, displays, games and talks. As well as the opportunity to sample
The Educate North Highly Commended award.
food, there were also companies selling zeroplastic fruit and vegetables and beauty brands. Working closely with Chester Students’ Union, Hospitality and Residential Services and the British Heart Foundation, 1,039 bags of donations were collected from students leaving accommodation at the end of the academic year and the money raised from the sale of donations went back into the local community. This has contributed to 29 Heart Start Schemes, 239 defibrillators and the provision of CPR training to all University Residential Assistants. Embedding sustainability within the curriculum is one of the key aims of the Sustainability Strategy, and there have been many opportunities for student involvement.
Monthly Sustainability Forums took place with guest speakers from the RSPB and the leader of the Plastic Free Chester campaign. These encouraged students to reduce their consumption of single use plastic and make positive contributions in the local community. Chester Students’ Union removed plastic straws from the bar and members of the Chester Wild Society worked with the Grounds and Gardens team to create 10 new bird boxes for the University campuses. The Sustainability Unit hosted a number of student work placements, ranging from secondary school students visiting weekly, to a second-year Work Based Learning student, who analysed travel data to calculate the University’s carbon footprint from business travel. The
Sustainability team has delivered sessions as part of the Enhance Your Employability scheme run by Careers and Employability, to explore the sustainability skills that employers and organisations seek and how sustainability relates to students’ subject areas. The Unit continues to work with academic departments, to develop research projects and dissertation topics for students to experience sustainability at first hand and to contribute actively towards the implementation and development of the University’s Sustainability Strategy. All of these activities show the commitment of the University to reducing its carbon footprint and for its students and staff to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives.
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Patriciaâ€™s story After receiving a Bachelor's degree in the Netherlands, I wanted to go abroad for a Master's course in Sports Sciences. I chose the University of Chester, because I thought the course sounded really interesting and the city looked so nice. And it was true! The University and the city were amazing and everyone was so nice. And to top it off, the graduation ceremony was truly magical.
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Outreach and widening participation The University’s investment in widening participation is evident from its extensive engagement with groups of people who are under-represented in higher education, ranging from primary school pupils who may not otherwise consider university, to mature college students. The University seeks to work with all local schools and colleges to support them in assisting their pupils to make informed decisions about the next steps. The institution’s Outreach Team works specifically with students, teachers and careers advisers to extend the participation of all students, especially those from under-represented groups in higher education. This is through activities designed to raise the aspirations of students, and increase their awareness of the benefits of a university education. Throughout the year, the Outreach Team offers engaging and informative events, tailored to the needs of schools, colleges and their prospective students. More than 5,500 prospective students were hosted as part of almost a hundred events on various campuses. In addition, over 230 events were delivered in schools and colleges, providing talks and workshops to over 9,000 prospective students.
As part of the four-year Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) National Collaborative Outreach Programme, the University is a member of two networks; Higher Horizons+, and Shaping Futures. Through the Higher Horizons+ network (including higher education partners across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire), the University continues to host a hub of staff, who are striving to meet the objectives of the project within target wards in the local area. The project aims to provide additional outreach activity to these wards, in order to complement existing activity delivered by institutions as part of their individual Office for Fair Access agreements, and to boost the numbers of students progressing into higher education from these targeted, under-represented groups. The University is also a member of the ‘Shaping Futures’ Merseyside Collaborative Outreach Programme, which works with higher education partners across Merseyside.
The following examples show the range of outreach and widening participation activities run across the University. The Outreach team hosted the Winsford Primary Pathways event, which involved over 200 school children from the Winsford area visiting the Parkgate Road Campus. This gave the children the opportunity to explore a working university campus, and meet staff and current students. Annette Williams (Executive Headteacher, Grange Community Primary School), said: “It was a fabulous opportunity to inspire our children and engender a belief in them that they can achieve all they aspire to.” Feedback from one of the children stated: “I thought the Uni was inspiring and there are lots of subjects to study – I definitely want to go there!” Chester Business School hosted a Dragons’ Den style contest for Young Enterprise competitors from five Cheshire schools and colleges. The teams, who were all competing in the Young Enterprise Company programme, were from Christleton High School; Cheshire College South & West; Wilmslow High School and Alderley Edge School for Girls. A panel of judges observed presentations and interviewed participants in the impressive boardroom of the Business School. Students also received support from Swimwear Mansion, a company
Winsford Primary Pathways event.
Queen’s Park High School pupils.
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that was established through the University, in conjunction with the Young Enterprise Start-Up programme. Joey Staerkle and Sarah Armstrong qualified for the Young Enterprise North West finals with their innovative range of swimwear and Joey said: “Young Enterprise and the University have inspired Sarah and I so much, it seems completely appropriate to be able to pay that back.” A group of 25 Year 8 and 9 pupils from Queen’s Park High School attended a marketing taster session at Chester Business School at the nearby Queen’s Park Campus, to give them an experience of a University environment. They were tasked with promoting Chester Business School and Matt Yeoman (Queen’s Park High School) said: “We are incredibly proud of the way our students engaged with this opportunity and their engagement on the day was testament to their drive and ambition to become entrepreneurs in their own right in the future. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the University again, to further support the development of the potential, aspirations and ambitions of our students.” Other school visits to the Queen’s Park Campus included Year 9 and 10 students from across the Wirral and Cheshire, who enjoyed a Dragons’ Den style challenge, looked at brand image and sustainable tourism and played a production line game to find what factors influence efficiency. Sixth form students from Flintshire also visited to experience business courses before completing their applications for university places.
The Warrington Campus hosted a new initiative for local Year 6 primary school children and their teachers called ‘Crucial Crew’, which is based around online safety, first aid and road safety. It taught them about personal safety online and in real life. Workshops were presented by Nursing students; Catch 22; Cheshire Constabulary; Bridgewater Community Healthcare; Stagecoach; Tours Housing; and Warrington Council Road Safety. Patrick O’Malley, Child Safety Media Director, said: “The Warrington event was the first multi-agency child safety programme to happen in the area for a number of years, providing important health and safety education for over 600 children.” Staff from regional colleges and sixth forms joined the Warrington Campus for an event entitled Working Together for Student Success. The aim of the event was to promote the Campus by facilitating an opportunity for partnership building and to showcase the facilities. The event included the Faculties of Health and Social Care and Education and Children’s Services, Departments of Media, Business and Management, Sport Management and the Institute of Policing. The Department of English has undertaken a range of engagement events with local schools, such as the visits of 180 Year 8 students from the ESSA Academy in Bolton, in order to experience taster lectures. Two interactive lectures were given to 100 Year 12 students from Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port by Senior Lecturers, Dr Graham Atkin on Romeo and Juliet and Dr Urszula Skrzypik on English word classes.
Visiting Lecturer, Dr Jen Davis gave a talk to sixth-formers at Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen on: ‘Moving Up: Thinking About University’ and Visiting Lecturer, Dr Sarah Martin gave talks at several Flintshire high schools. The Department also hosted visits for Year 11 Winsford Academy and St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School pupils from Runcorn. The National Flash Fiction Youth competition gave A Level and Scottish Higher students the opportunity to submit their short-short stories (of no more than 360 words, including the title). The three winning stories were published in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and on the competition website. The competition is run by the Department of English and the International Flash Fiction Association and the author David Swann and Drs Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler chose to award first prize to ‘The Mermaid’s Purse’ by Lucie Stanfield (Winstanley College, Wigan).
Student nurses at the Crucial Crew event.
To mark and celebrate the awarding of an honorary degree to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy and celebrating literature, children in Year 6 at the University Church Free School in Chester each created a piece of flash fiction. The children met the Duchess after the graduation ceremony in Chester Cathedral, where they presented her with a framed version of the winning flash, ‘A Little Treasure’ written by Lily Wehbeh, and a bound copy of all the entries. The Department of Performing Arts continued with its programme of school and community
The Crucial Crew event.
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outreach work as Drama students and staff delivered bespoke workshops, including those for The Marches School, Holy Cross School, and Pinetum Care Home. Whitby High School pupils visited the Kingsway Campus for a taster lecture, a workshop with students and a talk about studying in higher education. Two workshops in Active Drawing and Photography were held for the HE:Arts event, organised by Higher Horizons+. The interviews for the Young Artists in Tuscany places were hosted at the Kingsway Campus. Richard Molony (Deputy Head, Department of Performing Arts) and Alan Summers (Senior Lecturer, Department of Art and Design), together with support from Caroline Ford (Deputy Head, Department of Media), helped to organise and run the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy at Chester’s Storyhouse. The event was the first to focus on Virtual Reality (VR) filmmaking and was a partnership between BFI, the University, Storyhouse and Reel Solutions. Fifteen young people aged 16–19 years attended for six days from across the north of England and pitched their ideas, wrote screenplays, learnt new skills and produced three very different short films. The BFI Film Academy VR Premiere of the films was held at Storyhouse so that the public could experience their work. The Faculty of Science and Engineering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) team, led by Angela Lupton, Higher Education STEM Co-ordinator, welcomed 884 students from 62 schools to Thornton Science Park (TSP) for workshops, laboratory sessions,
lectures and careers events. Many of these activities were held in partnership with the RAF, Engineering UK, STEM Cheshire, Cyber Girls and MCS Projects. In addition, there were 18 visits to schools by TSP staff to inform pupils about opportunities for studying STEM subjects in higher education and possible career paths to follow; a one-week work experience programme for school students at TSP, including project work in the labs and two days at an on-site company; and the award of STEM trophies and vouchers for the ‘most improved student’ in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Upton High School. The collaboration between the University and Starchaser Industries on the Skybolt 2 rocket resulted in a successful launch in Northumberland for this £8.3 million safe, reusable launch vehicle and it is now inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists and space explorers through an extensive Educational Outreach Programme. The launch was the next stage in paving the way for crewed tests of the company’s Space Tourism rocket. Professor Nick Avis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) and Provost (Thornton Science Park) said: “The University is delighted to support Starchaser and to collaborate on this research project – which is already sparking inspiration for the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s undergraduate projects at Thornton. Steve and his team already work with us in engaging young people and encouraging them to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas.” An example of this was the visit of Year 9 and 10 children from Christleton
Steve Bennett (Starchaser Industries) with students at the Rocket Day.
Students at the Rocket Day at Thornton Science Park.
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International Studio, Chester; The Grange School, Runcorn; Sandymoor School, Runcorn; and Whitby High School, Ellesmere Port to TSP, where they had the chance to design, build and launch their own model rocket. Year 10 pupils from the University Church of England Academy (UCEA) began a series of monthly visits to TSP, to begin work on a two-year STEM project to design, build and race a green powered car for a competition hosted by the Greenpower Education Trust. This collaboration has been established with Bobby Manesh (Senior Lecturer, Department of
RAF STEM Day at Thornton Science Park.
Mechanical Engineering) with Angela Lupton, and David Bolam and Ian Dykes from UCEA, and its aim is to encourage and inspire boys, in particular, to study STEM subjects. The dedication of the Green-Power Car Challenge Team resulted in a win in the Class/Team of the Year at the 2018 Cheshire Schools Awards. David Bolam said: “I am proud of the team, who have come together over the many months and worked so hard to be the best.” To celebrate International Women’s Day, Year 8 and 9 girls from schools across Cheshire, Wales and Shropshire, were inspired to consider
RAF STEM Day at Thornton Science Park.
careers in cyber coding and computer activities during a recent ‘Cyber Girls First’ day at TSP. The Faculty of Science and Engineering, in partnership with the RAF and Cyber Girls, organised the day, to support and encourage girls who enjoy STEM subjects to consider a career in science. One of 25 regional heats of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, which saw school children involved in ‘aviation missions’, took place at TSP. A total of 80 pupils in eight teams competed for a place at the UK finals, which took place at The Big Bang UK Young
Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham. The students then demonstrated the skills they had learnt at the event at Thornton and a team from Mosslands School in Wallasey qualified for the finals. The annual Faculty of Science and Engineering Christmas lecture at TSP was given by Marty Jopson on ‘Dangerous Equations’. This interactive lecture attracted an audience of 280, including school children from Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and Shropshire, students, staff and the general public to hear The One Show’s ‘science bloke’ exploring the laws of physics.
Mosslands School pupils at Thornton Science Park.
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Educational partnerships The University has forged close links with institutions across the region, especially University Centre Reaseheath and University Centre Shrewsbury, to increase access to an individualised higher education experience for a broader crosssection of the population. A first-class degree was the reward for Rebecca Ashcroft, who came to the University for her final year after completing an HND in Tourism Management at Wirral Metropolitan College. Having been told that she was not ‘university material’, Rebecca graduated with a BA in the subject and gained valuable practical experience in marketing and events during an internship at Chester CH1 Business Improvement District. She said: “Studying for my BA in Tourism Management at the University has been an amazing experience for me. I’ve had loads of support and encouragement from everyone here, especially the lecturers.” Kirree Quayle (Events Management and Marketing) studied at the University College Isle of Man (UCM), a partner institution, and was awarded a year’s internship with the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association, leading up to the 2018 games in Australia. The internship was open to Manx students studying at both UCM and the University, and allowed Kirree to develop marketing plans, raise funds and build links in the community, to give the Manx team the best possible preparation for this major sporting event.
A mother and daughter from Jersey have both graduated from the University, having provided mutual support during their studies. Honor Blain is the first student to have completed a Master’s degree through its Jersey MSc programme, while working as the Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Jersey Hospice Care. She studied for her MSc in Professional Studies locally through the State of Jersey's Health and Social Services Department, to avoid travelling off the island. Her daughter, Alexandra, graduated with a BN in Adult Nursing and hopes to do more study to specialise further in her nursing career. Honor said: “I feel privileged to have been in the position that I was able to work alongside my team as a colleague, as well as a student. Attending Alexandra’s graduation in Chester Cathedral really helped to spur me on as it was such a memorable event.” Julie Bailey-McHale (Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Care), said: “The Faculty is delighted at the success of Honor and Alexandra and it is an excellent example of the requirements for lifelong learning in Health and Social Care. We have a close relationship with Health and Social Care colleagues in Jersey, who deliver a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and we wish Honor and Alexandra well in their careers.”
University Centre Reaseheath This leading specialist and technical land-based campus, located near Nantwich, is the home of the University’s Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, which means that higher education students can take advantage of an impressive range of industry-level facilities in a rural setting. The undergraduate degrees on offer for students at Reaseheath range across agriculture, horticulture, equine science, food science, countryside conservation, business management and animal science. There is a strong tradition of designing the courses in collaboration with industry partners, so that employers can benefit directly from the academic knowledge and practical skills that students gain. All Reaseheath undergraduates complete relevant work placements, often with ‘live’ research, to help employers expand their businesses, and can engage with the many industry partners and visiting lecturers who use Reaseheath’s facilities for research and development. Many students participate in study tours abroad and these combine practical experience and learning in a different environment and culture. The technical training resources at the Reaseheath Campus have benefited from an investment of over £80 million in the past 10 years and these specialist facilities include an
industry standard food centre, a horticultural centre for plant production and research, an equestrian centre, a commercial farm and a zoo. A new extension to the Higher Education Centre has opened to meet the increasing demand for Reaseheath degrees and to provide a dedicated centre for nearly 1,000 undergraduates. The College also has a new engineering and agri-technology centre and a new sports centre, to complement the existing high-tech gym, sports science laboratory and 3G rugby pitch. Some of the 2017–18 highlights for higher education students include: Agriculture Agriculture undergraduates discussed the impact of Brexit on the food and farming industry when Reaseheath hosted BBC Radio 5 Live’s flagship financial series Wake up to Money. This was broadcast from the lambing sheds and featured BSc Agricultural Business Management undergraduates George Browne and Rachel Armour and course managers James Bickerton and Helen Machin (herself a Reaseheath graduate). They were joined by Terry Jones, (NFU Director General), and Sam Watson-Jones, (Co-founder of the Small Robot Company). The speakers were commended for their balanced and informed views and the undergraduates earned particular praise for the way in which they represented the next generation of farmers. Animal Science Animal Science undergraduates enjoyed a study tour to South Africa at Care for Wild
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Animal Behaviour students at Balule Game Reserve.
Canine Behaviour and Training students.
The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park show garden.
Rhino Sanctuary NPC, the world’s largest rhino orphanage and Sanctuary, and Balule, a remote reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Duties at the Sanctuary included hand-feeding rhino calves, behavioural observations and enclosure maintenance. In Balule they improved their wildlife identification skills and surveying techniques, helped to control invasive plants and painted the nursery at a local crèche. Martin Bornman from African Conservation Experience wrote: “Our teams always look forward to the arrival of Reaseheath’s undergraduates. They have a reputation for being extremely polite, genuinely hard working and interested in all elements of the natural world. We hope they left South Africa with experiences that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.” Another group of animal science undergraduates enjoyed a similarly successful trip studying ecology and conservation in Costa Rica. Others focused on animal husbandry, enclosure design and the conservation role of modern zoos during a trip to the Netherlands. Students on the Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training were able to give nine puppies, rescued by charity Animal Lifeline, their first training lessons at Reaseheath’s Animal Centre, in preparation for finding homes. The undergraduates gained practical experience of puppy training and socialisation, which supplemented their learning, and they appreciated the consequences of irresponsible dog breeding. Equine Science A Reaseheath Academic Excellence Award was the reward for Jodie Patterson, who graduated
with a first-class degree in Equine Science. Jodie chose to specialise in microbiology and immunology and won a prestigious placement with the equine influenza team at the Animal Health Trust. Horticulture Landscape Architecture students designed and built a show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park to win a silver medal. The garden featured a greenhouse, equipped with growing and propagation technology, including LED lighting. The cottage-style planting showcased new varieties and the garden was sponsored by Pochin’s Ltd, a construction specialist, which built the latest technical teaching facilities at Reaseheath. Some Landscape Architecture undergraduates also joined Alan Titchmarsh to create a new garden at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for ITV’s Love Your Garden. Collaborations The Innovation, Research and Development Showcase invited small and medium-sized businesses to see the advanced level and scope of academic research and trials being carried out at University Centre Reaseheath. The event was aimed at encouraging mutually beneficial collaborations, which would allow undergraduates to carry out high quality research projects and problem solving for companies and, in return, gain essential industry experience. As a result, undergraduates and staff are already carrying out scientific research within the food supply chain and for natural flood management.
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University Centre Shrewsbury This pioneering partnership between the University and Shropshire Council has been developed to provide students with a personalised student experience and introduce the first higher education institution to this historic and picturesque town and county. A day of civic celebration took place for the first cohort of undergraduate students to graduate from University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS). Dr Gyles Brandreth, Chancellor of the University of Chester, which established UCS with Shropshire Council, led a ceremonial procession through the town centre before the ceremony at St Chad’s Church, where he presented the students with their degree certificates. More than 50 students attended the ceremony, along with three honorary graduates, who were recognised for excellence in their respective fields and their support for UCS: The Rt Rev Mark Rylands, Professor Lalage Bown OBE, FRSE, FAcSS and Sir Neil Cossons OBE, FSA, FMA (see p. 113). Provost of UCS and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Anna Sutton, said the inaugural graduation was a significant milestone for the institution: “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of a committed group of people, not least, of course, the students themselves, that we have reached this landmark in
The graduation ceremony at St Chad’s Church.
Armed Forces parachutist.
The graduation procession.
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our history. UCS is going from strength to strength. As our first students celebrate their success, we have just welcomed our biggest cohort of new undergraduates, who are starting their journey with us. Congratulations to all of our graduates and we wish them well in their future careers, many of which lie in Shrewsbury or Shropshire and demonstrate further how UCS is making a significant economic contribution to the town and county.” Dr Gyles Brandreth said: “These graduates are pioneers and it was fitting to see them celebrating the culmination of three years’ hard work in front of their families, friends, University staff and the wider Shrewsbury community. My heartfelt congratulations go to all of our graduates, and I wish them happy and successful futures.” The continued development of UCS has been evident in all aspects of its operations. The physical footprint is growing, with the Shropshire Councilled construction of further, purposebuilt accommodation at the Tannery site. This construction is a key element of the redevelopment of the west end of Shrewsbury town centre and the new accommodation facility is due to open early in 2019. UCS signed the Armed Forces Covenant with the Ministry of
Defence, formalising its support towards the Armed Forces community, which has an extensive presence across Shropshire. In recognition of its support and commitment, UCS received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, which was presented by Colonel Rosie Stone at the institution’s first graduation ceremony. UCS played a major role in the first DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival by hosting a range of events to celebrate the birthday of Shrewsbury’s famous son. The Festival began with the finals of the first Shropshire Young Thinkers’ Competition, run by UCS and Morris & Company, which attracted more than 350 entries. Children spanning a 10-year age range were reduced to a shortlist of 20 and the finalists brought their ‘One Great Idea to Change the World’ to life in front of an audience. The winners were Rose Farquharson’s I-Smile Watch, to suggest happy activities when stress levels are rising, and Katie McPartland’s Social Media Moratorium. Robin Morris, Chairman of Morris & Company, said: “We could never have guessed how hard it would be to judge this first Young Thinkers" Final. We were bowled over by the imagination and scope of the ideas presented. How great that Shropshire has such a wealth of young talent and it has been such a privilege to give
these youngsters a stage, on which to tell the world their ideas.” Other Festival events at the Guildhall included the Evolution of Education Conference, which welcomed Professor A C Grayling (philosopher, author, Master and founder of the New College of the Humanities) and Professor Tim Wheeler (ViceChancellor, University of Chester) as the keynote speakers. They explored what skills, knowledge and understanding educators need to prepare students for 21st-century life and it was also an opportunity for a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between UCS and the New College of the Humanities. There was also an extensive programme of other public events hosted by UCS throughout the year and further details can be found in other sections of this publication. In recognition of the role that UCS has played in the local community, a Silver Award was presented to UCS in the Community category of the 2017 Shrewsbury Mayor’s Awards. An example of its contribution to many key local events was a show garden at the Shrewsbury Flower Show, which gained a third consecutive gold medal. ‘The Roots of Darwin’s Discoveries’ was designed by Sarah Hopkinson (Curriculum Area Manager/Lecturer at University Centre Reaseheath), with the
Professor Anna Sutton and Robin Morris.
Rose Farquharson (centre), a Shropshire Young Thinkers’ Competition winner.
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support of a dedicated team of Grounds and Garden staff from the University of Chester. The garden has now been installed in the courtyard of the Guildhall. The Shropshire business community is receiving a £1.6 million boost, thanks to a successful bid for European Union funding by UCS. A new centre has been created at the institution, in partnership with University Centre Reaseheath, to develop and increase the productivity of environmental science and technology businesses. The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) is bringing together a range of experts to help Small and Mediumsized Enterprises (SMEs) in the county, including Telford and Wrekin, to grow and succeed. Support will be provided through research and specialist advice, and helping SMEs to develop innovative ideas and products before bringing them to market. Activities include workshops to learn about new technologies and opportunities, and researcher placements. The £1.6 million project has been made possible by a European Regional Development Fund grant of almost £1 million awarded to UCS, via the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), as well as a contribution of c. £630,000 from the University of Chester. Some of the ways in which CREST has been engaging with the local community include free business events, such as the business breakfast preceding the TECH Severn Conference with Shropshire Council,
an event to explore natural ways to manage flooding in Shropshire, and the sponsorship of a new Environmental Innovation Award at the 2018 Shropshire Business Awards. This funding is helping UCS to act as a catalyst for economic growth, linking into key industrial, environmental and commercial sectors and, alongside this, attracting and retaining talent in the area for the benefit of the county’s business economy. Paul Kirkbright, UCS Deputy Provost, said: “We are thrilled to have secured this funding to contribute to strengthening the county’s business economy and creating new jobs.” Further ERDF funding has been secured for a Digital Solutions Project, to build upon the existing expertise and resources to deliver targeted support to SMEs. This aligns with the Marches LEP’s growth plans for its digital and related sectors, especially how digital developments can be used to unlock growth in the health sector. This is a £1.6 million project which includes £970,000 from the ERDF, together with £646,000 match funding from the University. It will involve working with SMEs across the Marches, to develop new digital innovations, and providing assistance with the exploration of digital innovations for SMEs working in the digital sector and beyond. There will be a particular focus on support for SMEs wishing to enter the public health sector market and the project team will engage with relevant stakeholders in the area, such as Shropshire Council, the Digital Health Group, West Midlands Academic Health Science
Network, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire Partners in Care, together with SMEs who can innovate and contribute to addressing health issues. The progress made in the development of UCS and its plans for further initiatives to benefit Shropshire were brought to the attention of the Government’s Universities Minister. UCS leaders and Shropshire Members of Parliament visited the House of Commons to discuss the institution’s development and next steps with the former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah. Professor Sutton said: “The meeting provided a valuable opportunity to showcase, at Government level, current happenings at UCS. We are increasing higher education prospects, offering a personalised and engaging student experience, and creating research centres which can have a significant positive impact, locally and further afield." A new fund has been established by UCS and the Furrows Group, to encourage individuals and organisations with ideas that offer longterm benefits to the Shropshire community. The fund will foster local partnerships by helping to turn proposals into projects, providing start-up funding, offering the time and input of UCS students and staff and helping networks and neighbourhoods to develop. The aim of the UCS Community Innovation Fund is to become the first point of contact for Shropshire innovators, with new ideas that will benefit the county. The development of these new opportunities
Shrewsbury Flower Show garden.
Shrewsbury Flower Show garden.
Launch of the Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST).
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will enrich Shropshire’s economic, social, cultural and intellectual life and give students the chance to put their learning into practice. Nic Coward, Chairman, Furrows Group, said: “Furrows is delighted to be supporting the Community Innovation Fund. The Fund is a great opportunity for us to help create new and exciting partnerships, harnessing the expertise and enthusiasm of UCS, for the benefit of communities across the county.” The growing research profile of UCS, with benefits for the local and wider community, is illustrated by the collaboration with global company Renew Health. It is funding a project led by Professor John Buckley (Chester Medical School) at the UCS Centre for Active Living. The investment is part of the company’s Global Billions in Change movement, which is tackling pressing problems around the world in the areas of water purification, accessible energy and preventative healthcare. The Renew© External Counter Pulsation (ECP) device enhances the pumping of blood around the body and the project aims to evaluate whether enhanced circulation can benefit people with breathing problems, such as asthma and emphysema. The expertise from the UCS research on this device has been passed on to Shrewsbury Town FC, to help its players to benefit from improved circulation, particularly before their play-off final for a place in the Championship. The technology had only been available to a number of leading Premier League clubs and Shrewsbury Town FC Physiotherapist, Chris Skitt, said: “We are pleased to be working with UCS to support their research and our players to recover after matches, training or injury.”
UCS students have excelled in many fields during their student experience and made the most of the opportunities on offer. For example, Holly-Elizabeth Smith (History) won the Shining Star Adult accolade at the 2017 Dyslexia Awards. Holly shared her experiences as part of a ‘Dyslexia, It’s Not What You Think’ campaign at UCS, to highlight different ways it can affect people’s lives, and break down misconceptions. She was among the first UCS undergraduates, was a Student Ambassador at Open Days and events, received the Best Student-Led Campaign award at the 2016 End of Year Ball for her awareness-raising activities during International Women's Day, and the Fundraiser of the Year Award at the 2017 End of Year Ball, having raised more than £1,000 for various charities. Holly's fundraising activities included organising ‘The Magnificent Severn’ sponsored row, to buy adapted equipment for Pengwern Boat Club. She was also invited to give readings in Westminster Abbey for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. Comments from Holly’s Dyslexia Award nominations included: “Holly is such an inspiration” and “Holly wants to go into teaching to help with children that have dyslexia and support them, a differently wired brain can be wonderful”. Other student fundraising efforts over the year included Carrie Lanceley (Geography), who took on Ben Nevis to raise £3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society with family members. Connor Parry (Sports Management) raised £1,500 for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) by climbing three peaks in three days and cycling 450 miles between each. Hayley Townsend (Genetics and Evolution) and a group of friends raised £465
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Macmillan Coffee Morning.
for Movember by walking 827km, and she organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning with Charlotte Utting (Medical Genetics). Hayley said: “It’s important for us to run charity events and raise awareness of topics and issues close to our hearts, as well as giving something back to the local community, who we are extremely grateful to, for the welcome and ongoing support they have given us.” Shropshire student, Lauren Richards, gained a first-class degree in Health and Exercise Science and has now secured a key job as an Active Lifestyles Officer with Salford City Council. The role involves leading health promotion and physical activity programmes for people with chronic health conditions. Lauren cited four reasons for her success: recognised exercise qualifications as part of her degree; hundreds of hours of clinical experience; tutors able to adapt learning to her needs and ambitions; and gaining personal confidence and self-belief. She transferred from another, larger University in her first year where she felt she was “just another number” and feels that the tailored and personal student experience “has certainly built my confidence to a level where now I’m not afraid of the challenges of work and the demands of other people”.
A team of Events and Festival Management students helped with the visit of the Anglo-Belgian performance company, Reckless Sleepers, when they performed The Last Supper at St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. Ninety7 Events gained valuable experience in working on a community event with an international touring company. Medical Genetics student, Max Yates, received the Michael Davie Research Foundation Award for best overall accomplishment in Life Sciences in his first year and aims to qualify as a doctor in the future. The Foundation is a Shropshire biomedical charity that supports research into bone-related conditions. Professor Davie said: “Many disciplines now apply to the bone field and the trustees were impressed by the courses now being held at UCS, many of which have applications to bone disease. They were attracted by the quality of the teaching and of the students, and wished to support such an excellent local initiative.” New Zealand student, Christian Heenan, has found his dream job at Nuffield Health Medical Centre in Canary Wharf as a Health and Wellbeing Physiologist after finishing his Health and Exercise Science degree. Christian wanted to work in chronic disease rehabilitation in the health and fitness industry, after his brother died of cancer. He opted to
study at UCS because of the amount of practical experience, the recognised exercise qualifications mandatory for the health industry and the opportunity to work with real patients/clients. His new job is as part of a multi-disciplinary team to help patients achieve their health and wellness goals through exercise, nutrition, behaviour change, stress management and sleep. He will also be able to gain additional ECG accreditation, phlebotomy/ILS (Immediate Life Support) training, cancer rehabilitation training and a Master’s degree in Physiology. He concluded: “If you are looking to study somewhere with awesome staff who genuinely care about you … UCS is the place!” Professor Anna Sutton, UCS Provost said: “On behalf of everyone at UCS I would like to thank the local community, our partners and peers for continuing to welcome and support our students, staff, and the institution. This year has been significant in many ways and we’re looking ahead to the coming years with great enthusiasm – whether it’s seeing our new students settle into University and community life, welcoming the public to more events, the development of new student accommodation, contributing to local schemes and partnerships that can enhance the county’s prospects, expanding the courses we offer, or sharing our research.”
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Engagement with enterprise The University collaborates closely with businesses in the community, through student placements, business support activities, research and a range of initiatives to foster entrepreneurial success. The Commercial Operations team is now supporting 69 companies at Thornton Science Park (TSP), Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) and the NoWFOOD Centre, which employ more than 600 staff at the sites. In terms of student engagement, the companies based at TSP have had 16 students on placements, with a further 20 based at the Riverside Innovation Centre. The number of entrepreneurs and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) receiving support from the University through the ERDF-funded Cheshire & Warrington Business Growth Programme, and the Innovation to Commercialisation project (I2C), has now reached 340. The NoWFOOD Centre is fully occupied and was featured on BBC’s Inside the Factory series. The following examples show the many ways in which the University engages with businesses and organisations across the region. Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington (EICW) is a project led by the University of Chester, in partnership with Lancaster University, to link SMEs
to the research capabilities of the universities for facilitating research and development (R&D) for new low carbon products and services. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and there are short and long-term R&D programmes of support for eligible SMEs in Cheshire and Warrington. Managing Director, Lee O’Nions, said: “It’s fantastic for Core Additive Technologies Limited to undertake research with the University’s Eco-Innovation project. As an SME, getting access to the knowhow, knowledge and facilities offered by a Science and Engineering Faculty is a unique opportunity. It helps me to commercialise a new process for the remediation of acid tar pits, providing benefit to the environment and people’s lives.” Two RIC tenants have established the Cheshire Digital Skills Academy – a new company which aims to address digital skills shortages in Cheshire and beyond. Bev Cowperthwaite and Jayne Muspratt are using their extensive teaching
experience to educate and train people in a wide variety of digital skills. To celebrate their new business, Bev and Jayne hosted a launch event at the Riverside Innovation Centre, which was attended by Chester MP Chris Matheson. He said: “I am supporting Cheshire Digital Skills Academy because of the importance of ensuring local people in Chester are up to speed with their digital skills.” The company also hosted two students on Work Based Learning placements, Sydney Cox and Mattia Carr, who developed the social media sites and increased the audience. Branding and creative communications agency, Row-A, received a highly commended award for the category of ‘Best Internal Communications during a Brand Development Project’ at the Transform Awards Europe 2018. The RIC-based company received the recognition for its work with business travel agency Clarity Travel, which involved internal communications and a rebrand, as two travel management companies, Portman Travel and Clarity Travel Management, merged to become the UK’s sixth largest. The project included research, strategy, positioning, identity, film, events, and a new website. This is the third Transform award Row-A has received for its work with Clarity Travel, as it won a gold and silver at the 2016 Awards.
Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington.
The Cheshire Digital Skills Academy launch.
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New company, Jeffrey’s Tonic, has been founded by Mike Robinson to produce soft drinks and is based at the NoWFOOD Centre. As a result, the company has been able to access support from the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme. Mike said of his experience: “A significant part of this operation has been the support I have received from NoWFOOD. I realised that I needed the equipment and resources to help take the business from a kitchen scale to the next level and the Centre Manager, Jeff George, and the team have been great. With its production kitchens, NoWFOOD has helped me refine the food production process, as well as managing the flow of the product during its production. It’s not always been an easy process, so to have that support has been extremely helpful.” A low energy process has been developed by ESL Fuels in laboratory space at TSP. The new and innovative Molexis technology will complement large volume production of diesel, heating oil and marine fuels from sites across the UK. The first production unit is currently being built and it is expected to process up to 50 tonnes per hour and to build up to running at full capacity. Stephen Whittaker, Managing Director for ESL Fuels said: “I am extremely excited by the potential for our new
Molexis process, something which we’ve been working on at Thornton Science Park for the past 12 months. The breakthrough comes 18 years after ESL Fuels became the first commercial biodiesel producer in the UK and 12 years after developing Ultra 35 heating oil, which has sold over a billion litres nationwide. Our location at Thornton Science Park, with its focus on energy and support of innovation, makes the University an ideal partner for us.” TSP tenant, Jonathan Quinn, spoke at the University’s TEDx talk about opportunistic inventions, solutions and everyday problems that can be rectified by making some small changes – often leading to big results. He has pursued a career in chemical recovery and established two successful companies, Hygienic Innovations Ltd and Blockwalls. In addition to higher education student engagement, he also works with local schools and colleges to inspire young people to think about inventions and entrepreneurship. TSP-based company, Autichem Ltd, supported the University’s first Hackathon for Computer Science students, which took place across a weekend. Autichem Ltd is a UK-based engineering company, specialising in the design and manufacture of chemical reactors, and
its Autichem Innovation Challenge was based around engineering and programming. Director, David Morris acted as a judge and advisor. He said: “I enjoyed being involved with the Hackathon and was very impressed by all the teams. The wide range of projects undertaken demonstrates what a comprehensive subject Computer Science is, and based on my experience of the event, I would certainly encourage other companies to participate.” Motrac Race Engineering Ltd has given students valuable experience on a range of work placements at TSP. Two carried out a feasibility study of re-commissioning a rolling road test cell, while another designed a fully working dilution tunnel, used for engine emission testing, which is now in regular use. A further two students completed the design and construction of a flow-bench for the development of race engines. Steve Hammond, Motrac’s Managing Director said: “This is Thornton at its best, where students get first-hand experience of working in industry, problem-solving, designing and learning, while genuinely adding value to the companies that engage. It’s what we came here to do.” The University of Chester Business Advisory Council has been created by
University of Chester Business Advisory Council event.
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the Chester Business School to bring together a group of like-minded business people in the city to share a vision of making Chester the number one place to set up and run businesses in the North West and North Wales. A series of bimonthly networking events has been held across the city where business community, staff and students were invited to hear from high profile speakers on business growth, leadership, marketing, social media and finance. Nick Hodson, Chair, said: “The University plays a key role in the economic health and vibrancy of the city, and the Business Advisory Council is making sure that businesses in Chester are aware of how the Business School and the Faculty of Business and Management can help them to succeed.” The annual High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards was hosted by the High Sheriff of
Cheshire, Sarah Callander Beckett, and the ViceChancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler. The guest speaker was Dr Sandeep Ranote, Medical Director for North West Boroughs Health NHS Foundation Trust, who developed the award-winning medical skin camouflage service for promoting recovery in self-harm with the Changing Faces charity. A total of £2,655 was raised at the event for the Cheshire Community Foundation and the High Sheriff commended the Cheshire Business community for their generosity.
The High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice (sponsored by Warrington Borough Council) – The Land Trust, Warrington. Laser Quantum Ltd from Stockport was Highly Commended. The Roberts Bakery Family Award of Excellence – shared between Car Transplants UK, Winsford and Overwater Marina, Nantwich. C&C Catering Equipment Ltd, Chester was Highly Commended.
The winners were: High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise (sponsored by LDF) – Urban Landscape Design, Great Barrow. The Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation – Perfectus Biomed Ltd, Daresbury.
High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise winners.
The Micro Enterprise Award – Chestnut Meats, Tarporley. The Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Click Consult and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce) – Heat Trace Ltd, Frodsham.
The Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader – Dave Maisey, Managing Director at ICC Solutions Ltd, Warrington. The Best Apprentice Award – shared between Business Administration apprentice, Charlotte Thompson, at Rock Chemicals Ltd in Warrington, and Brickwork apprentice, Jordan Ireland, at Harry Fairclough Construction in Warrington. Sarah Callander Beckett, the High Sheriff of Cheshire, added “One of the highlights of my year as High Sheriff has been promoting the wonderful businesses across the county and in particular introducing the new Micro Business Award. Celebrating the wealth of opportunity and variety of enterprises from the more rural south, to the enterprise and science corridors of the north of the county is so important.”
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Beyond our boundaries In addition to the diverse range of community activities supported by both students and staff, the economic value contributed by the University is approaching £500 million. Rod Hunt MBE and Alex Brychta MBE, the team behind the Biff, Chip and Kipper Oxford Reading Tree series books, were the special guests at the 2017 High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature awards evening. They gave the audience an insight into how they created their much-loved stories at the event, which celebrated the best children’s short stories and poems from writers with a Cheshire connection. The High Sheriff of Cheshire, Sarah Callander Beckett presented the prizes and the first prize of £2,000 was won by Laura Bridge for her story, ‘The Crate’. Laura said: “As a primary school teacher, I was excited to hear how Rod and Alex create their stories. I was overwhelmed to win and it was such an honour to have an extract of my story read out by Rod!” There were two Highly Commended prizes for Eric Twist’s ‘The Exploding Artichoke’ and Elizabeth Iddon’s ‘The Fall of the Sycamore’. Two further entries were Commended: Sharon Forsdyke with ‘Saved by the Elephant’ and Elizabeth Harris with ‘The Spy Left Out in the Cold’. The best entries from the Cheshire Prize for Literature were included in the
anthology, Opening Words: Stories and Poems for Children from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2017, which was launched at the Queen’s Park Campus. The new High Sheriff of Cheshire, Alexis Redmond MBE, presented the authors with their copy of the anthology, which contained a foreword written by Rod Hunt MBE and a cover designed by Alex Brychta MBE. The volume was edited by Chief Judge, Simon Poole (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Children’s Services/ Senior Lead for Cultural Education and Research at Storyhouse) who said: “The stories and poems for children featured in this anthology are nothing short of marvellous. There are so many different genres and styles too: remarkable examples containing adventure, heartbreaking loss, and even some with more than just a touch of magic about them.” A University team of performing arts and education specialists invited practitioners and researchers from all disciplines to attend an open workshop at Storyhouse. The Beyond Text team is part of the University’s Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice (RECAP) Centre, which
specialises in practice-based research into creativity, learning and the arts, in professional educational contexts through international collaborations. Attendees were able to meet colleagues from across Europe and Palestine, who are shaping arts-based tools and methodologies in their diverse professional contexts and disciplines, and share practice-based experiences. Workshops were also held in Estonia and Palestine. Simon Poole said: “Enabling and sharing the best of learning and research in arts-based practices brokers precisely the kind of close relationship that Storyhouse hopes to engage with between culture and learning. Especially if it enhances public benefit and develops international networks of the kind in this project.” From Mittens to Barbies: International Arts-Based Education Research was a week of international artist residencies at the Tate Exchange in Liverpool, to explore and investigate education through arts-based concepts, techniques and practice. Programmed in association with RECAP, this involved artists from five partner institutions: Chester, the University of British Columbia and Concordia University (Canada), the University of Granada (Spain) and the University of Lapland (Finland), as part of ‘The Pedagogical Turn to Art as Research’ project, which aims to investigate
Cheshire Prize for Literature Awards winners.
Beyond Text event at Storyhouse.
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Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) through a comparative international study of doctoral programmes. The project was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as part of a Partnership Development Grant. The Department of English offered a new experiential learning module in partnership with Storyhouse, to take storytelling out into the community. ‘Chester Retold: Unspoken Stories, Put into Words’ encouraged students to engage with the local community through narrative and a flash mob dance. The aim is to allow the untold stories of Chester people to be put into words and heard, so that the story of the city can be retold. The module is structured around a formal talk, or lecture, followed by a practical
The Tate Exchange exhibitions.
workshop to teach students about the different techniques required in the art of storytelling. Two University archaeologists are among the team who have discovered evidence for the use of pigments by prehistoric hunter-gatherers. New scientific analysis, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, showed how the hunter-gatherers who inhabited Britain during the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) used ochre, a mineral rich in iron oxide, to create a red pigment. The ochre pebble, discovered during excavations directed by Dr Amy Gray Jones (Deputy Head) and Dr Barry Taylor (Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology), was probably used to stain furs or textiles, create art, or applied directly to the body. This, and a crayon-shaped piece, were
discovered at sites around Lake Flixton, an extinct lake in North Yorkshire, as part of a study led by the University of York, in collaboration with the Universities of Chester and Manchester. Following the success of their first performance at the Kingsway Campus, Gary Lloyd and Bettina Carpi (a former student) performed their live contemporary dance theatre production of Alan Moore’s The Mirror of Love. Gary said of the students’ response: “Many of them have kept in touch with Bettina and me. They are so wonderfully enthusiastic, energetic, and really interested in what we're trying to achieve and this new version of the show grew from the opportunity to research and develop the work with the University’s Performing Arts, Dance and Music students.”
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Apprenticeships Day.
The University and its Faculty of Health and Social Care was invited to become an academic partner with the National Centre for Rural Health and Care. This invitation, through Professor Paul Kingston (Centre for Ageing Studies), was recognition of the key role in the development of University Centre Shrewsbury as a higher education presence in Shropshire. The University hosted its first Apprenticeships Day in collaboration with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP). Thirty apprentices attended, representing a wide variety of job roles and studying for a number of different qualifications. Lisa Rowe, Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships, said: “The CWP Apprenticeship Day showcases the organisation's outstanding commitment to the development
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and learning of its staff, through the provision of workplace mentors, opportunities to learn and time allocated for study.”
educate students about issues such as sexual violence, drugs and their expected behaviour in the community.”
Chester city centre has been awarded the coveted ‘Purple Flag’ status, in recognition of its flourishing night-time economy. Chester was described as a “clean, welcoming and vibrant city with an abundance of evidence of its historic past”, while also recognising the “diverse range of options for families, young people and adults available during the day and night time economy”. The campaign for Purple Flag status was driven by CH1ChesterBID (Chester’s Business Improvement District, BID), in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and other organisations, including Cheshire Police, Chester Pubwatch, the University and several third sector groups.
As part of Chester’s Heritage Open Days events, four University sites were opened to the public: the British Army’s former ‘Western Command’ building, now Churchill House at the Queen’s Park Campus; the Vicarage and Chapel on Parkgate Road; and the University’s Riverside Museum at the Riverside Campus. Tours were given of both Churchill House and the Vicarage, and the Museum and Chapel were open to visitors at specific times.
A joint initiative between the University and Cheshire Constabulary enabled new students to settle into their new home as quickly and as smoothly as possible and resulted in a positive impact on community relations. As part of the ongoing working relationship, Special Constables patrolled the Garden Quarter area during Freshers’ Week, with regular police providing reassurance to both longer-term residents and students, as part of the joint Operation Cherokee. This also involved delivering educational messages, advice and guidance to the student population. Jack Bostock, Police Constable and Garden Quarter Beat Manager, said: “We worked with the University to
The latest cycle of the Chester Mystery Plays took place in 2018 and there was involvement from a range of alumni, staff and students for the performances in the Cathedral, which take place every five years. Jo Sykes BEM, former University Registrar and Chairman of the Chester Mystery Plays Board, said: “I am eternally grateful to the Vice-Chancellor for his continued support of the Mystery Plays.” The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning operates across the University, to explore the role of creativity, arts and culture throughout life. The Centre operates in collaboration with the cultural sector, to deliver innovative approaches, develop practice, disseminate evidence and be an advocate for change. Conference presentations were co-delivered at the NHS R&D North West Conference, the Mayo Clinic’s TRANSFORM Conference in the USA and Nesta’s The Future of People Powered Health. The Centre collaborated with
The Bluecoat in Liverpool; Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service; NHS R&D North West; RECAP; Well Now, Diabetes and You; AmaSing, Made by Mortals; Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; University of Liverpool; Faculty of Education and Children’s Services; Delia Derbyshire Day; IAAC (Information Assurance Advisory Council); Youth Federation; and Cathedral Group Arts, Health and Wellbeing Network. Projects include: evaluation approaches to creativity, singing and creative music technology in primary schools; alternative approaches to post diagnostic dementia support and diabetes education; as well as initiatives around Cyber Safety and Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Chester’s Purple Flag status.
The Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans Wellbeing received positive feedback for work on a video looking at the health and social care issues impacting the veterans’ community. The Centre conducted two focus groups and co-ordinated a strategy meeting with four local authorities, third sector charities and representatives from the Ministry of Defence, before commissioning Chester-based Frozen Moon to make the video. Colonel (Retd) Alan Finnegan, Professor of Nursing and Military Mental Health, said: “These focus groups were held to develop a clearer understanding of the local armed forces' community needs, resulting in a video to help and inform those involved in their care.” Angharad Harrop (Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts) was commissioned by
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Pontio Arts Centre in Bangor to create a new dance film that explores the building's architecture. Supported by a Dance Buddy grant from Creu Cymru, the film was shown alongside a programme of work from the National Dance Company Wales. Students and staff from Leighton Hospital celebrated the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July by recreating a 1950s ward in the skills lab in their spare time. Volunteers transformed the area with a pop-up museum which displayed donated artefacts, a 10-minute looped video chronicled the history of the NHS and there were posters created by a local Brownie group. Hospital staff dressed Leighton Nursing Society students in 50s-style uniforms and they welcomed school pupils from Crewe and Chester to showcase the profession and mark the occasion. Other visitors included Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff and retired lecturers, while the provision of refreshments resulted in a donation to a dementia charity. The Warrington Campus also joined in the national celebrations with its own NHS talk and other special activities. The Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society is now in its 10th anniversary year, having been founded to coincide with the 60-year anniversary of the foundation of the
NHS. The Society marked the 70th anniversary by holding talks relating to the organisation as part of its programme of public talks by guest speakers (see pp. 70, 76, 78), and its University of Chester Riverside Museum loaned artefacts to the NHS Cheshire Career and Engagement Hub and Leighton Hospital for their activities around this landmark date. The Museum, which is run by volunteers and is situated at the Riverside Campus, has two exhibition rooms containing curiosities from medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work and the ‘First World War: Returning Home’ exhibition. It attracts visitors from the community and tourists visiting Chester during its regular opening times and hosts a variety of external pre-booked groups, including local history societies, WI groups, women’s groups, U3A groups and Italian nurses. The Museum opens for local community events, such as the British Legion Poppy Walk, Chester Heritage Festival and Heritage Open Days, and is used for teaching purposes by departments from across the University. Thousands of visitors to Chester’s Grosvenor Museum saw ‘Home from the Front’, a popup exhibition of Riverside Museum artefacts, which was facilitated by Big Heritage. Volunteers from the FHSC Historical Society also give talks in the community, such as to meetings of the Aldford Gold Club and Chester
Family History Group. As a result, the Society has continued to strengthen its community links through collaborative work and looks forward to welcoming more visitors to the Museum and its related programme of talks. Department of Art and Design staff have created the following exhibitions: Dr Cian Quayle (Programme Leader, Photography) – ‘Detours and Dislocations’ and Tom Wood (Visiting Lecturer) 'Cammell Laird 1993–1996’ at the Williamson Art Gallery as part of the Independents Biennial, in conjunction with the Liverpool Biennial; Technical Demonstrators Greg Fuller (Printmaking and Drawing), Thomas Hignett (Digital), Chris Millward (Sculpture), Christopher Bebbington (Photography) and Tabitha Jussa (Photography) – ‘Techne: Creating Art’ at the Grosvenor Museum; Tom Wood, Tabitha Jussa and Ken Grant – ‘Common Ground’ at The Colonnades, Albert Dock, Liverpool; and Dr Tim Daly (Senior Lecturer) – ‘No Sign of Canals on Mars: The Illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke’ at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Art and Design staff have included works in the following exhibitions: Dr Jeremy Turner (Deputy Head) exhibited sculptural work as part of ‘Inspired by Nature’ by the Royal Society of Sculptors, the Forestry Commission and Forest Artworks at Grizedale
NHS 70th Anniversary event at the Warrington Campus.
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Forest, Ambleside; Dr Alan Summers (Senior Lecturer) and Chris Meigh-Andrews displayed the augmented reality sculpture ‘In Darwin’s Garden’ at Carbon meets Silicon, Oriel Sycarth Gallery, Wrexham; Tabitha Jussa contributed to the group show 'Bathroom Darkroom Project' at The Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University; and Lynne Connolly (Senior Lecturer) exhibited work in ‘Borders’, a Shutterhub exhibition at the Bridewell Theatre, London. Other public engagement activities by Art and Design staff included the following: Dr Quayle hosted ‘Michael Sandle RA in Conversation with Cian Quayle’ at the Grosvenor Museum, to coincide with the major exhibition and gave local radio interviews; Dr Turner ran an aluminium casting workshop for the public at the Kingsway
University of Chester Riverside Museum.
Campus, as part of the Ark exhibition at Chester Cathedral; Dr Tim Daly ran a workshop at Kingsway for members of the Royal Photographic Society on Exhibition Printing for Photographers; and Professor John Renshaw was invited by Baroness Floella Benjamin to participate and submit a design for a playing card for the Transplant Links Community Deck of Cards auction.
not only is this an incredible facility but it also has some fantastic people, who we work very closely with. In recent years, our Chairman, Head Coach and myself have attended a number of successful public talks at the University, attended by 200 people, staff, students and members of the local community. We hope to continue this strong relationship for many years to come.”
The Warrington Campus continues to enhance its links with the local community through partnership work with other organisations. Warrington Wolves Chief Executive Officer, Karl Fitzpatrick, said: “In addition to the University being a valued partner, it also provides our primary training base at the Padgate Campus. This facility has become one of the leading training complexes within Super League, and
Alumnus, Phil McNicholl, who is National Citizen Service (NCS) Delivery Manager at Warrington Youth Club, has continued to engage with the Warrington Campus, to maximise the opportunities for its 4,000 members and for University students to gain valuable experience. The Club offers placements for students on Youth and Community Work, Social Work and Sports Development courses and some
have continued in volunteering roles and employment after their placements. The NCS course is a personal development programme for teenagers that provides opportunities for young people to try new experiences, such as living on the Warrington Campus for a week, which can encourage them to consider higher education as an option. The charity received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017 and is currently working in partnership with the private sector, Onside and Warrington Borough Council to develop a Youth Zone in Warrington. This would enable the membership to double and revolutionise the work that the Club does for young people. Phil concluded: “As Warrington Youth Club and the University both continue to develop and grow, it gives more opportunities to young people and to students.”
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A first-class degree has enabled Elizabeth Beecher to land a role in a government department, despite her dyslexia. Elizabeth originally wanted to study engineering at another university, but did better at her enrichment topics of Geography and Economics. As a result, she abandoned her original plans and sought alternatives. She said: “An internet search highlighted the fact that at Chester, I could combine studying for a BSc in Economics and Geography – a quick visit and I was hooked. Coming from a rural county, I particularly liked that it was a compact university in a beautiful and historic city. It had a really friendly atmosphere and all the facilities I needed, and even better, it has a women’s rugby team!” She had always found study challenging: “But the support available to me at the University was superb. I had a tailored dyslexia assessment, and the correct support in lectures and exams. The lecturers made me believe in my ability and from the start, made me believe that a First was achievable. I’m pleased I lived up to my own, and their, expectations of me.” Elizabeth was also a high achiever outside lectures. She was a StAR (Student Academic Representative) for all three years and a peer mentor in her second. She loved being involved with the University’s women’s rugby team and was President of the club for two years. She said: “It was a fantastic way to keep fit and make friends, and to be able to change people’s ideas of how a typical female rugby player looks and behaves.”
After applying to several civil service graduate schemes, Elizabeth was offered a job within the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, working in a team on Company Law and the changes that are required for the EU exit as an aspect of the EU exit plan. She said: “I’m finding my job very interesting after I’d adjusted to the steep learning curve on what Company Law entailed. My aim is to work towards future promotion, and then possibly work in the private sector. I’ve learned that in planning your future, you have to be flexible.” Elizabeth says her time at the University really broadened her horizons. “It would be easy to go to university and keep yourself to yourself. But a large part of the university experience is mixing with people from all walks of life that you wouldn’t necessarily meet in your home town. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and making the most of the opportunities, facilities and friendships available to you – improving and growing yourself and your skills.”
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Global connections The University welcomed 1,100 students from 130 countries in 2017-18, forged key collaborations with overseas institutions and academics, gave students the opportunity to study overseas and hosted multiple international visitors. International students from the EU and beyond brought at least £37 million a year to the economy in the city of Chester, £19.4 million in Ellesmere Port and Neston and £31.8 million across Warrington, according to a 2018 report by the Higher Education Policy Institute, London Economics and Kaplan International Pathways on the 2015–16 cohort. The report found that across the North West region, all international students were shown to generate £1.91 billion. Unlike earlier analysis, the costs and benefits of international students by parliamentary constituency were balanced to arrive at a net sum, which indicated the students’ overall economic worth. Public costs of hosting students include education, health and social security. However, the survey demonstrates that the benefits outweigh the costs 10 times over and equated nationally to an additional £310 per UK resident. Jonathan Pritchard (Head of the International Centre), said: “International students as individuals enrich both the areas where they live and the student body, bringing cultural diversity and a greater
understanding of the wider world. Their involvement with UK universities can enhance overseas investment, business and trade links and even indirectly aid diplomatic relationships.” A Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Port Harcourt became the first midwife in Nigeria to be awarded a doctorate in her subject. Dr Faith Diorgu is helping pregnant women in her country through her research and this achievement has been recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. She originally completed a Master’s and PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Port Harcourt and then a second Master’s in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham. This was followed by her PhD at the University of Chester, which was partially funded by the Faculty of Health and Social Care. Faith hopes that her research on birthing positions and perineal trauma during childbirth will bring about change in midwifery practice in Nigeria, based on the evidence that it would offer women a better childbirth experience. She said:
“Becoming a Doctor of Midwifery is a dream come true, and l am particularly thankful to the University of Chester for giving me this opportunity.” Chester Business School has further developed its summer schools programme, following a successful pilot and funding, to create a global network for the University. The School is aimed at private sector educational institutions from outside the UK, who are interested in International Business or International Tourism. US students from the Palumbo Donahoe School of Business, Duquesne University and Pittsburgh enjoyed two weeks of experiential learning at North West venues, together with master classes, to showcase the cultural and business-related aspects of the UK and the North West. Students at Chester Business School benefited from a visit from an Italian academic, whose teaching on how to be both innovative and considerate is informed by her experience of working in the financial sector. Dr Barbara Della-Bruna, from Avellino, shared her expertise with Business School students and said: “I thoroughly enjoyed presenting to the students and I was very impressed with their engagement and their hunger for knowledge of sustainable commitments. I can see that it's likely that many of the students will pursue
The Chinese Society's Spring Festival.
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careers that will involve a contribution to 'green' issues within the business arena, along with the concept of sustainable development.” Almost 50 visitors from five key Chinese universities spent two weeks in Chester, experiencing the diversity of cultural and business life in the UK. Undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff from the South China University for Nationalities and Dalian Minzu, Guangxi Normal, Huzhou and Wuhan universities enjoyed summer school programmes, organised by the Business Research Institute (BRI) and its China Centre, based at the Riverside Campus. The students engaged with five different faculties and postgraduate students had the opportunity to attend the ninth annual Chester Forum, hosted by the BRI and the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce. Qihong Wang, of Dalian Minzu University, commented: “I experienced a lot during the summer school programme and was able to immerse myself fully in UK life and culture. The lectures were quite different from those we have in China, which provided space for critical thinking and opportunities to practise my English language skills.” Dr Brendan O'Sullivan (Deputy Provost, Warrington Campus), Dr Mark Gant
(Head) and Ge Min (Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages) visited Shanxi University in Taiyuan city to build the relationship as the new host institution in China for students studying Chinese for their Year Abroad programme. There are now six Chester students studying at Shanxi University and the visit also furthered collaborations in Arts and Humanities subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students gave a glimpse into Chinese culture and tradition with a Spring Festival, hosted by the University’s Chinese Society. The event was supported by visiting students and staff and those interested in Chinese culture. The aim was to provide an opportunity for students to perform and strengthen the cohesion and friendship between Chinese students and the University. Indonesian student, Phoebe Sudiro, is studying Early Years Primary Education and said of her experience at the University: “I love my course because it has provided me with a number of professional work placement opportunities. The Work Based Learning module is great. Instead of learning in a classroom, you are learning at a professional organisation and developing new skills, as well as implementing the ones you already have.” She added: “To sum up the University in three words, I would say fun, supportive and inclusive.”
Dr Mike Hancock (Visiting Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering) was invited to speak at the University of Cape Town (UCT) while visiting the city. He visited its Chemical Engineering Department and held a seminar for members of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers. Dr Hancock was keen to encourage UCT and other Chemical Engineering Departments in South Africa to work with the University of Chester through international visits and exchange programmes and to build strategic partnerships.
Dr Faith Diorgu with Faruk Umar Abunakar.
Johaina Idriss received her PhD at a ceremony at Chester Cathedral at the age of 60, after four years of study. Johaina was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, married at 16 and emigrated to Germany with her husband. After a few years, she went to live in Jordan, where she studied for her high school diploma, which allowed her to enrol at the University of Jordan. She was the top student at the College of Food and Agriculture on her degree course and completed a Master’s degree. She qualified and worked as a dietitian in Canada, before becoming a lecturer at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). Johaina worked part-time as a dietitian during her PhD and returned to UAEU as a visiting lecturer. Her research was on ‘Hygiene Compliance in the Small Independent Restaurant Sector in Abu Dhabi’ and arose after
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volunteer work on a project to develop a simplified food safety control management system for small independent restaurants. Johaina said that her University of Chester experience was “wonderful” and that she wants to progress her career at an academic institution where she can “stand in a classroom and shape young minds”. However, she added: “I’ve always loved learning and I live by a quote by Socrates, who said: ‘The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.” Teacher educators from eight countries gathered at the University, to take part in a full day workshop sharing understandings of the challenges and opportunities that increased cultural diversity is presenting in educational settings across Europe. The event was hosted by Professor Allan Owens and Dr Bethan Hulse from the RECAP (Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice) Centre in the Faculty of Education and Children’s
Johaina Idriss (fourth right).
Services. The workshop included a screening of the In-Out Evocative Report; discussion of the theory that has informed the project; context-based pedagogical methods and a collective reflection on the project. The next stage of the project saw four Chester students from the Faculty working alongside 28 others from across Europe for 10 days in Vienna. Professor Owens said: “This project provides access to innovative, contemporary theory and practice for Chester students and adds to the international reputation the Faculty has in creative pedagogy.” Finland and Lyon were the destinations for Kirstie Simpson (Head, Department of Sport and Community Engagement and Warrington School of Management) to work on an EUfunded project, Strategy to Action (S2A) Sport. This focused on enhancing the skills and competences of sport administrators across Europe, through the use of occupational
Dr Mike Hancock (second right) in South Africa.
mapping and standards, as well as the production of training courses. Kirstie was Course Director for the pilot programme held at Vierumaki, home of the Sport Institute for Finland, and, in this role, developed, coordinated, and delivered five one-day courses for 40 aspiring sport administrators from across Europe. In Lyon, Kirstie presented the development of the pilot study and the learning points, as well as results from an independent evaluation. Kirstie also travelled to Dubai to engage with members of the United Arab Emirates National Olympic Committee (NOC) and sports federations on the subject of strategic planning. The trip, which was funded by NOC, involved the delivery of a four-hour workshop on strategy basics such as the use of analysis tools, as well as implementation and evaluation ideas. She embedded good practice from national agencies into the workshop, which was gained
during observation of previous European work, and participants took away written plans to develop or enhance their own strategy. Italian student, Roberta Mancini, is studying Criminology and values the opportunity to study Mental Health as part of her course. She said: “When I first visited Chester and the University on an Open Day, I knew this was the right place for me to study. During my first week as a student, I made so many new friends from across the world and I settled in almost instantly. Coming to the UK as an international student can be daunting, but I have found the support network here to be first class. Chester feels like one big family and I would recommend the University to all students.” The Department of Mathematics has made a number of connections with overseas institutions: Dr Nikos Kavallaris (Senior Lecturer) hosted an Erasmus visit by Dr Christos
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Nikolopoulos (Associate Professor, University of the Aegean). Dr Kavallaris, Dr Jason Roberts (Head) and Dr Mark McAuley (Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering) hosted Dr Anastasios Matzavinos (Assistant Professor, Brown University, USA) and Dr Kavallaris visited Brown University as an IBM Fellow, supported by a Santander International Research Excellence Award, to strengthen links between the institutions. Dr Dimitra Antonopoulou (Senior Lecturer) and Dr Roberts hosted a visit by Dr Marina Bitsaki from the University of Crete, to discuss the role mathematics can play in optimising healthcare choices for patients and their families. Dr Joe Gildea (Senior Lecturer) hosted a research visit by Dr Abidin Kaya (Kharisma Bangsa School of Global Education, Indonesia), to discuss computational methods in Coding Theory. Dr Yubin Yan (Senior Lecturer) also visited the Beijing Computational Science Research Centre, to give an invited talk and discuss new research ideas. Lorena Barbeito Barciela from the External Relations Office at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, visited Chester as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility programme. This allows staff members to visit another university to exchange best practice, strengthen links and learn about each other’s processes. Lorena was hosted by the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office and shared best practice around Erasmus+ projects, such as staff mobility programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Erasmus Mundus projects. She also met with staff across the University, to gain an insight into different aspects of the University in relation to international students and Erasmus projects.
Chemical Engineering was the degree chosen by Qatari student, Emair Hamad EM Al-Naemi, to study at the University “because the course is accredited by IChemE and this was a big selling point”. He said: “I like the course because it’s practical and the lecturers are very supportive. Staff have an extensive knowledge of the industry which is passed on to me and my classmates. The facilities at my campus (Thornton Science Park) are very professional, using them has helped me prepare for work after I graduate.” An updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) resulted from the visit of Dr Dianne Morison-Beedy from Ohio State University College of Nursing. The three-year MOU with the Faculty of Health and Social Care will mean that the institutions can work together on learning and teaching initiatives, research projects, and student and staff exchanges.
Kirstie Simpson in Finland.
Dr Daniel Satge and Sarah Habib-Hadef from ONCODEFI visited Debbie Wyatt (Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education), following a 2013 study carried out with Pat Talbot on caring for people with learning disabilities who have cancer. ONCODEFI is a French organisation “dedicated to the best cancer care in people with an intellectual disability” and discussions took place about replicating the original research in France. The ONCODEFI staff also visited Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, where Debbie works part-time as a Macmillan Nurse and cancer care specialist. Sarah Spies (Senior Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts) received Arts Council, British
Erasmus+ visitor, Lorena Barbeito Barciela.
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Council (ConnectZA) and Artists’ International Development Funding to lead on international artistic exchange programmes. She was also invited to Mezzanine's artistic practice and research project in Porto. Angharad Harrop (Lecturer) was commissioned by Body Cinema in 2016, to create a work inspired by the music of Danse Macabre. She worked with current students (now graduates) and this film was screened at the State Theater of Freiburg, Germany, in a Totentanz program for a new Screendance series: TanzKino. Angharad's collaborative film piece with Wren Ball was also screened at the event. Dr Amanda McStay, Principal at Global College Malta.
Young Architects competition entry.
A work-based learning programme allowed mature Nigerian student Dorathy Ezeoke to complete a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management with the University’s Centre of Work Related Studies, despite working in Lagos and having her fourth child. Dorathy works for a large banking institution and decided to study for an MA in Human Resource Management at Chester because the course allowed her to use her workplace as a learning environment, both for her own benefit and to help innovate change within her organisation. Dorathy said: “Through my project research, I discovered that my team members were competing rather than collaborating, because our appraisal system encouraged
individual achievement rather than team performance. Six months after team-based KPIs were introduced, my colleagues were collaborating and there were also financial improvements.” Dorathy said of her achievement: “Dreams and aspirations don’t just happen. It takes an awful lot of determination, perseverance, selfdiscipline and effort – but the rewards are worthwhile.” Students at Global College Malta were presented with certificates on completion of their University of Chester Business degrees by the President of the Republic of Malta. Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, attended the ceremony to present the students with their certificates and congratulated them on all their hard work. The students were also invited to attend the University of Chester graduation ceremony in Chester Cathedral. Global College Malta is currently catering for over 200 students, many of whom study on the businessrelated courses. Two third-year students, Yi Lin Lawson and Asia Arutiunian, who both studied Interior Design as part of the BA in Design at Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI), gained honourable mentions for their entry in the Young Architects Competition 2018, and were praised for their efforts.
The competition was for a redesign of part of Bologna’s fashion district, Centregross. Only 10 entries received honourable mentions, putting Yi Lin and Asia in the top 14 out of hundreds of entries. Their entry transformed the one kilometre long rooftop of Centregross into a sustainable community, with a ‘green rooftop’, including cafés, an outdoor exhibition area and shops. Marc DiDomenico, Director at FIDI, said: “We find it quite extraordinary that students of Interior Design would be confident enough to attempt to enter a competition of this scale. The project area under study consisted of a fashion office complex of one million square metres. The brief was aimed at young architects under the age of 35, thus most of the other teams were composed of architects, some with years of experience. To have been ranked in the top 14 finalists far exceeded anyone’s expectations.” American student, Ed Crocker, is studying Biomedical Science at the University and said: “Stepping out of my comfort zone and moving to Chester has been the best decision of my life. The academic experience at Chester is truly unique; the lecturers are incredibly enthusiastic which makes for some really engaging classes.” He concluded: “If you’re thinking about coming here, do it! This is an amazing university and the city is truly beautiful.”
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The first MPhil student to graduate from the Faculty of Science and Engineering was Chi-Ho Ng, a Hong Kong student, who conducted research on laser materials processing and gained a whole host of achievements in the process. Chi-Ho was inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s quotation: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” to study in the UK at the Thornton Science Park – “a major research and innovation hub for the North West with high quality cutting edge research”. His passion and enthusiasm for engineering research inspired Chi-Ho to overcome the initial language barrier and he credits the support from his tutors and the warm welcome and advice from Chaplaincy in helping him to assimilate into University life. He became a regular attendee at worship and met a wide circle of friends through the social activities. Chi-Ho also volunteered for the Institute of Mechanical Engineering in the Merseyside and North Wales region, for the Institute of Physics (IOP) and as a demonstrator for the Big Bang Fair North Wales for school students, all of which enriched his experience. Chi-Ho’s research focused on how applying laser technology could improve the friction, lubrication and wear of biomaterials in total joint replacement surgery, particularly in the femoral head of a hip implant. His achievements included presenting at the International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics, for which he received support from the IOP C R Barber Trust Fund towards his conference expenses, and had his work
published. He received another travel bursary, as the only UK candidate to present at the ‘Journey through Science Day’, hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo. He also gained a year’s visiting research associateship at Queen’s University Belfast and was involved in a collaboration between both universities, the Technical University of Denmark and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which resulted in a publication. More success came when he was selected to present his research at the IOP Tribology Group – Winter Tribology Fair and won his first Best Poster Presentation Prize. Chi-Ho hopes to use all the skills and knowledge he has gained to make a contribution in the laser industry and to society back in Hong Kong and hopes that his example will encourage other Chinese students. He concluded: “Chester and the University are now my second home and family, as they have given me unlimited warmth and continuous support to encourage me to achieve my goals in the UK. The University has also provided a platform for me to showcase my research ability and potential in a competitive research environment, and to achieve a unique experience which I wouldn’t have had in Hong Kong.”
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In the magnificent setting of Chester Cathedral and, this year for the first time, St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury, the graduation ceremonies celebrate the achievements of students, together with the award of honorary degrees to people with a local connection. These awards recognise significant contributions to society at a regional and national level.
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The Rt Rev Michael Baughen Doctor of Divinity The Rt Rev Michael Baughen worked in banking and served in the Forces before he was called to ordained ministry at the age of 21. He gained a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at the University of London and was ordained in 1956. He was the Bishop of Chester from 1982 to 1996 and followed this with roles as Assistant Bishop in London and Assistant Bishop in Guildford. He served on the General Synod of the Church of England and was an Area Dean, a Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral; a member of the House of Lords and chaired the Central Readers’ Council and the Committee for State Aid to Churches in Use. He was a trustee for Jubilate Hymns and has been involved with various Evangelical bodies and Conferences and the Langham Trust/ Foundation. He has authored many songs and hymns and composed music for many more. He was Chairman of Chester College Governors and oversaw its progress towards becoming a University College, before it became the University of Chester.
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Professor Lalage Bown OBE, FRSE, FAcSS Doctor of Letters (University Centre Shrewsbury)
Vicki Bulgin Master of Music
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall GCVO, CSM, PC Doctor of Letters
Sir Neil Cossons OBE, FSA, FMA Doctor of Letters (University Centre Shrewsbury)
Professor Lalage Bown grew up in Shropshire and studied Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford. After graduation, she trained in adult education and during her career from 1949 to 1992 she built or expanded university adult education, much of it in six new universities in Africa. In 2009 she was inducted into the ‘International Hall of Fame in Adult and Continuing Education’ and three years later she gained the title of Distinguished Africanist from the African Studies Association. In 1981 she became Director/Titular Professor in the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Glasgow and then Emeritus Professor on retirement. Since then, she has been an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick and the University of London's Institute of Education. She has published extensively and carried out consultancies in 15 countries. Lalage received an OBE for services to Adult Education in Nigeria in 1997 and, since the advent of University Centre Shrewsbury, has been a supporter for its development.
Vicki Bulgin gained a BMus and MMus from Cardiff University and then a PGCE at the University of Cambridge. She taught at the Cambridgeshire High School for Girls and then two Cambridge sixth form colleges, while singing with the Cambridge University Music Society. Vicki moved to a Head of Music position in Bishops Stortford, and then to a Head of the Creative Arts Faculty position in Rhyl in 1990, until retirement in 2008. During this time she had also become the Director of Music at the then Chester College and took the choir to represent Chester to the annual Choirs Festivals nationwide. She conducted the massed choirs of over 200 singers, with orchestra, in Chester Cathedral in 2005, 2012 and then in 2015 as part of the celebrations of Chester’s 175th anniversary. Vicki retired from this position in 2015 after 15 years, but still thoroughly enjoys conducting the Chester Deo Gratias Choir, which she formed in 2009.
Her Royal Highness, who also has the title Countess of Chester, is a champion of literacy in the UK and overseas. She visits schools, where she often reads to children, and has supported literacy projects to improve adult reading skills and to encourage fathers to read to their children. The Countess has a number of key patronages involving literacy, including The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Prize, the National Literacy Trust and the BookTrust. As an honorary judge, she has promoted BBC Radio 2’s ‘500 Words’, to encourage creative writing for children. The Countess is Patron or President of over 90 charities and undertakes public engagements on their behalf, such as offering support to patients, researchers and health professionals engaged in the management of osteoporosis as President of the National Osteoporosis Society. Her Royal Highness has visited centres for victims of rape and sexual assault and developed a growing interest in financial inclusion. The Countess is passionate about good food for the young, promoting food education in schools and supporting local food producers.
Sir Neil Cossons studied Historical Geography at the University of Liverpool and was the Deputy Director of Liverpool Museum for three years. He then moved to Shropshire to become the first Director of the lronbridge Gorge Museum Trust in 1971, developing the Museum to gain the 1978 European Museum of the Year Award. In 1983 he became Director of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for three years and then Director of the Science Museum. His 14 years there culminated in the opening of the new Wellcome Wing, which was a landmark in the development of hands-on interactive learning. He was awarded an OBE in 1982 and knighted in 1994. Sir Neil was the Chair of English Heritage until 2007, is a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and President of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society. He is a broadcaster, writer, public speaker and advisor for governments, museums and heritage agencies worldwide. He has been a long-term supporter of the restoration of Shrewsbury’s Flaxmill and is a member of the Advisory Board for University Centre Shrewsbury.
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John Evans Doctor of Science
Sir Peter Fahy Doctor of Laws
John Greaves Master of Business Administration
Sir Algernon Heber-Percy Doctor of Letters
John Evans was born in Cheshire and studied at Charterhouse School College of Estate Management. He began his career as a Management Trainee with J & N Phillips Textile Wholesalers, before joining Beresford Adams and Sons in Chester in 1964. He was made a Partner in 1969, after qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, became Regional Director after the acquisition by the Nationwide Building Society and was Senior Partner and Consultant at Beresford Adams Commercial from 1994 to 2015. Other appointments have included: Chairman of Chester Association of Estate Agents Surveyors and Valuers; Chairman of Merseyside and Isle of Man Branch of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and President General Practice Division; Governor, Deputy Chairman and Hon Life President, Nuffield Hospitals; Governor at the University of Chester; Governor, Moreton Hall School; President of Chester City Club and Chairman of Chester City Club. He was awarded the degree for his contribution to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as past President and to the University of Chester as a member of the University Council.
Sir Peter Fahy has a French and Spanish degree from the University of Hull and a Masterâ€™s in Human Resource Strategy from the University of East Anglia. He was Chief Constable of Cheshire from 2002 to 2008, overseeing the move of the headquarters and establishing neighbourhood policing terms, and then Chief Constable of Greater Manchester (GM) from 2008 to 2015. He held national leadership positions for workforce development, race and diversity and the Prevent counter terrorism programme. Sir Peter was elected Vice President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, was the Director of the Strategic Command Course at the Police Staff College and was knighted for services to policing in 2012. His charitable positions include Chief Executive of Retrak, founder and Chair of We Stand Together, and working with Hope for Justice. He has been a school governor, held positions in the scout movement, is Chair of Plus Dane Housing Association, is an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester and a member of the Commission for the Future of Policing in the Republic of Ireland.
John Greaves joined HomeServe UK as Director of Public Relations and then became Brand Director. He reports to the UK Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for internal and external communication, Corporate Social Responsibility and community engagement, content marketing, social media, public affairs and the global HomeServe brand. At HomeServe, John has created and led a number of award-winning communications campaigns and has helped the company to become a Glassdoor top-three place to work in the UK. Before joining HomeServe, John worked in Chester at MBNA/Bank of America for 13 years as UK Communications Director and, before that, at Bank of Scotland in a senior corporate affairs role. John's jobs at both MBNA and Bank of Scotland involved supporting the Chester community through a range of activities and investments, and he was also a board member for Marketing Cheshire.
Sir Algernon Heber-Percy has been the Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire since 1996. During his army career, he was Lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, Hon Colonel in the 5 Battalion of the Shropshire and Herefordshire Light Infantry and Hon Colonel of the West Midlands Regiment. Since leaving the Army, his career has focused on the agricultural, horticultural and estate activities at Hodnet Hall. His positions include: Executive Member for the Council of the National Trust, Chairman of the Mercia region and Trustee of the National Garden Scheme. He is interested in raising awareness and opportunities for those with disabilities and was Chairman of The Lyneal Trust. He is President of the Severn Hospice and has been a Fellow of Woodward Schools and a Governor of Shrewsbury School. His official appointments have included High Sheriff of Shropshire, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire and, from 1996 until 2018, Her Majestyâ€™s Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire. This role included the promotion of the county in many forms, especially voluntary service, the Armed Forces, the appointment of magistrates and the encouragement and attraction of new businesses.
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Dame Sue Ion FREng, FRS Doctor of Engineering
The Rt Rev Libby Lane Doctor of Divinity
Dame Sue Ion is Honorary President of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. She was Chairman of the UK Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) and represents the UK on a number of international review and oversight committees for the nuclear sector, including chairing the Euratom Science and Technology Committee. She is the only non US member of the US Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, on which she has served since 2005, and was a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Laboratory of the UK Health and Safety Executive from 2006–2014. She has been a member of the Office for Nuclear Regulation Technical Advisory Panel since 2014 and spent 27 years with British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, rising to the position of Chief Technology Officer in 1992, until the company was wound up in 2006. Dame Sue served on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology from 2006–2012. She has been a Member of the Board of the University of Manchester since 2004 and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London.
The Rt Rev Libby Lane became the Church of England’s first woman bishop in 2015 and serves as the Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester. In the Diocese, Bishop Libby currently serves as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and as Chair of Foxhill House and Woodlands. She is Vice-Chair of The Children’s Society and the Chair of Cranmer Hall Theological College, Durham. She is an elected Suffragan Bishop in the House of Bishops and General Synod and serves on the national oversight committees for Vocations and Senior Leadership. Before being made Bishop, Libby served as a parish priest in diverse communities. She has also worked in the Church as Social Responsibility Officer, as Director of Ordinands, as hospital and college Chaplain and was Dean of Women in Ministry. Bishop Libby’s interests have included being a school governor, encouraging social action initiatives, sport and the arts.
The Very Rev Gordon McPhate BA, MB, ChB, MA, MTh, MSc, MD, FRCP Doctor of Divinty The Very Rev Gordon McPhate is a Visiting Professor of Theology and Medicine and served as Dean of Chester from 2002 to 2017. He qualified in Medicine at Aberdeen, with a prize for research in the pharmacology of asthma. Appointed Lecturer in Physiology at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, he began research which led to a Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry from Surrey, and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Cambridge. At the Guildford hospitals, Gordon was Registrar, trained as a pathologist and in 1999 was appointed to the General Medical Council. His preparation for ordination in the Church of England was at Westcott House and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in Biblical Languages and Theology and Patristics. On appointment to St Andrews, he also became Anglican Chaplain and stayed for 16 years, taking a Master’s degree in Ethics at New College, Edinburgh. In 2002 he was appointed Dean of Chester by the Crown. As a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists for many years, Gordon sought to promote high quality science/religion dialogue and debate at all levels, particularly in sixth forms and universities.
Professor David Major Doctor of Business Administration David Major joined Chester College of Higher Education in 1981, teaching Theology and Religious Studies, having gained his qualifications while working. His involvement with Work Based Learning (WBL) began in a project with the Learning from Experience Trust and he worked on what is now the Level 5 WBL placement module. He focused on the idea of learning through work and reflective practice for a Master’s degree and then a Doctorate of Professional Studies with Middlesex University London. This work fed into the Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) framework, which was validated in 1998, and the establishment of the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS), of which he became Director. David led a period of growth in engaging with business through WBIS, such as the Foundation Degree in Government for the Cabinet Office and work with the RAF. A Faculty of Lifelong Learning was created with David as its Dean and he led on the creation of the DProf and DBA as Doctoral level extensions to the WBIS framework. This gave CWRS the ability to enhance and reward practitioner learning across the higher education levels.
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The Rt Rev Mark Rylands Doctor of Divinity (University Centre Shrewsbury)
Jonathan Slater Master of Business Administration
David Suchet CBE Doctor of Letters
Richard Thomas Master of Business Administration
The Rt Rev Mark Rylands was brought up in Malpas, boarded at Shrewsbury School for a time and studied Anthropology and English at Durham University. He worked in the UK and overseas, before training for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. Mark was ordained as a curate in Stockport, served as a Vicar in a multi-parish benefice in south Cheshire and then as Team Rector in Bath and Wells Diocese. He became Diocesan Missioner at Exeter Cathedral and gained an MA in Mission and Evangelism from the University of Sheffield. He served as Bishop of Shrewsbury from 2009 until 2018, encouraging the growth of 'Messy Churches' to bring everyone together to promote good ways of growing as a family. As Bishop, he focused particularly on supporting small, rural churches, was closely involved with the creation of Shrewsbury's Street Pastors, worked as a governor in schools and colleges and was Chair of Churches Together in Shropshire. He was also a member on the Advisory Board for the University Centre Shrewsbury, is a trustee of the Farm Community Network and Chair of the Melanesian Mission. He is now Assistant Bishop in the Exeter Diocese.
Jonathan Slater was appointed The Chester Grosvenor’s Managing Director by the age of 30, and with the support of the Westminster family, spent the next 30 years building the legacy of this independent five-star hotel. Jonathan retired from The Chester Grosvenor in 2015 and has created Oddfellows Management Company, to provide a new addition to the region’s boutique establishments in the form of Oddfellows Hotels. Jonathan has been involved in the global marketing consortium, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, as International Board Director for 21 years, nine of which as Chairman. He is an ambassador for the North West and Chester, visiting Asia and America, often in conjunction with Marketing Cheshire, of which he is a Director, and is a Director of the Chester BID company. He has created strong human resources initiatives that have strengthened the standard of the North West hospitality scene through his personal mentoring and training. He created the Simon Radley Kitchen Academy in 2013, to attract young chefs with talent to the North West and continues this at Oddfellows, where he has launched the Oddfellows Academy for apprentices.
David Suchet left Wellington Public School, Somerset, having played Macbeth in a school production, and joined the National Youth Theatre. He was a prize-winning student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and his first acting job was at Chester’s Gateway Theatre. He spent four years around the English repertory theatres, followed by 13 years playing leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and London. In 1989, David took the title role in the television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society for this in 2014. David’s career also includes roles in theatre, film, and radio plays, plus audiobooks and voice-over narrations. His many awards include: an Olivier Award for the Best Revival of Long Day’s Journey into Night, a What’sOnStage award for his role as Joe Keller in All My Sons, and an International EMMY Award for Best Actor as Robert Maxwell. David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 and a CBE in 2011 for Services to Drama.
Richard Thomas joined the Royal Marines straight from school and after five years as a military man, began his career in the racing industry. Following short stints at Aintree and Huntingdon Racecourses, he became Managing Director of Haydock Racecourse, where he improved profitability from £200,000 to £1.2 million in seven years. He has been Chief Executive of Chester Race Company since 2000. Richard has encouraged and pioneered new and exciting events and leisure attractions, such as the mini music festival, Chester Rocks, and two annual polo tournaments. Richard has more than doubled the number of race meetings held each season, while maintaining and developing facilities which keep Chester and Bangor Racecourses at the forefront of leisure offerings. The Racecourse was recognised as a Showcase Champion at the industry’s annual awards in 2013, where excellence and innovation across British Racing is celebrated. More recently, Chester was recognised for its Owners’ and Trainers’ Experience, having been awarded the top prize by both the Racecourse Association and Racehorse Owners Association in 2016.
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Canon Jeffrey Turnbull Doctor of Education Following 18 years in teaching, culminating in a headship and a short period in a local education authority office, Jeff had the privilege of serving as Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester for over 26 years. During this time of considerable educational change, the support of the 110 primary schools and six secondary schools in the Diocese has been vital to providing appropriate educational opportunities to the children and young people within them and the communities they serve. For most of this time, Jeff also headed the team responsible for supporting youth and children’s work in the churches of the Diocese. He serves as a Reader in the Church and is a Lay Canon of Chester Cathedral. Jeff served on the Board of the National Society and the Church of England’s Board of Education and was the first Chair of the Association of Anglican Directors of Education. He continues to serve on 10 local educational charities and has the honour of being Vice-President of the University Council, a body on which he has served (with its predecessor) since 1991.
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The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts PC, FRS, HonFRSC, FAcSS Doctor of Letters The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992–2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010–2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the Number 10 Policy Unit. He is the former Minister for Universities and Science, Chair of the British Science Association, and Chair of the Eight Great Technologies Fund, which is a specialist technology venture capital fund focusing on the eight technologies identified by the UK government for support and development in areas where Britain has scientific strength and there are global market opportunities. Other positions include: Visiting Professor at King’s College London; Governor of the Ditchley Foundation; board member of UK Research and Innovation; Chair of the Genome Research Campus; and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Lord Willetts is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation.
Freia’s Story This photo was taken on my first graduation ... There’s nothing better than throwing your cap in the air in celebration of not only three years of hard work but three years at the University of Chester and two more to come with my Master’s degree around the corner! I may not be a student forever but the values I have learnt of independence, strength and honesty will stay with me and guide my path of success.
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The alumni community The University provides a valuable lifetime focal point for alumni through the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). Former students and staff from any era are encouraged to maintain their connection to the institution via a programme of events, initiatives and opportunities. The Alumni and Development Office was retitled the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) and this has signalled more than just a change in name. At the core of what the DARO wishes to achieve is philanthropy by alumni with a ‘students first’ ethos. The vision is to have a growing global community of alumni, who are proud, aware and committed to the University through participation and philanthropy, which can include giving time, talent or treasure. The DARO has already begun building a network of DARO champions across the academic and professional departments; understanding how it can support and fund research within the University and transforming communication channels, to ensure that a broad range of alumni and supporters is reached. The DARO has secured just over 200 regular donors to the University of Chester Alumni Fund, after alumni were asked to convert their historical subscriptions to donations. These donations have funded the Academic Strand of The Cestrian Award, which gives students the opportunity to run academic conferences, seminars or workshops to showcase their research and invite others to do the same at the University.
Funding was awarded to the following students: Kate Roberts (MA, Creative Education), who created a drama workshop to engage English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students; Stephanie Matthews, Victoria Bounds and Sophie Roberts, who led a group of undergraduate Archaeology students and organised the Digging into the Dark Ages conference and Sally Jones (PhD, English Literature), who organised the first conference dedicated to the author, Patricia Highsmith, attracting scholars from around the world.
The DARO’s sponsorship of the University’s National League basketball team (which consists of both current students and alumni) contributed to a highly successful season and team member, Connor Murtagh, was professionally signed to an Italian team. The sponsorship attracted engagement from the founder of the University basketball team, Malcolm Wragg (1959 Leaver). Malcolm donated a match ball to the team and presented awards to the team at their end of year social event. The DARO was delighted to collaborate with the Department of Marketing, Tourism and Events Management at Chester Business School (CBS) to pilot an Alumni Mentoring Project.
Joe Etherington, pictured with the match ball.
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This involved three undergraduate Marketing students and three Marketing graduates from CBS. The students received support and guidance from alumni who have careers in areas, in which they are interested. Creating opportunities for students to enhance their employability skills and enrich their experience while at the University remains an important aim for the DARO. Each year, the Annual Alumni Reunion brings hundreds of alumni back to Campus, and a record number of over 250 alumni returned
Frederick Bullough’s picture and locket.
to relive their College memories this year. The DARO was also thrilled to welcome back a group of 1958 Mid-Year Starters for their special 60year reunion. The group enjoyed drinks in the Students’ Union bar and a campus tour, before reading extracts from an 1844 College report in the Chapel. To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, the University of Chester Alumni Association chose to research the '77 Fallen' alumni named on the memorial plaque in the University Chapel. The alumni
volunteers spent hundreds of hours researching the men’s early lives and military careers and tracing their families. Individual poppies were made by alumni, students, staff, and the wider community and a commemorative wreath of 77 of these poppies is now displayed in a hand-crafted decorative cabinet. A variety of trees supplied by the Woodland Trust were also planted across the campuses as memorials to the 77 Fallen. As a result of all the volunteers’ hard work, relationship building and commitment to the
The 77 Fallen poppy wreath in its cabinet.
77 Fallen project, Audrey Bullough (a family member of the alumnus, Frederick Bullough) entrusted the DARO with the solid gold locket Frederick gave to his wife Ada when he left for Service. The DARO also worked with the Land Trust and the Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park to plot a walking route from Upton through the Park to Chester Cathedral. This includes points of significance for those fallen during World War One and the 77 Fallen wreath was displayed in the Chapel for visitors throughout the series of commemorative events, held to mark the end of the conflict.
The 1958 Mid-Year Starters reunion.
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Senior staff Senior Management
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Community Liaison) and Provost (Warrington)
Executive Academic Deans
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott
Arts and Humanities
Canon Professor Timothy Wheeler DL
BSc, PhD (Edinburgh Napier), Dip CNE (Queen Margaret,
Dr Brendan O’Sullivan
BA, PhD (Wales), FE Teachers’ Cert, CPsychol, CSci, AFPBsS,
Edinburgh), Cert Ed (Jordanhill College, Glasgow), RN,
GMus (Huddersfield), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan),
Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences
FSS, FRSA, MCIPR, MIOSH, MIIRSM, CCMI
SCM, RCNT, RNT, FHEA
MA (Liverpool), PhD (Chester), FHEA
Dr Chris Haslam (Acting)
Professor Angela Simpson – from 12-2-2018 BA, MA, (Nuffield Institute, Leeds) PhD (Newcastle), PGCE (Huddersfield), RMN (York School of Nursing)
BSc (Newcastle), PhD (Southampton), DMS (Open)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Public Benefit and Cultural Engagement) and Provost (University Centre Shrewsbury)
Professor Anna Sutton Cert Ed, BEd, MEd (Wales), FRSA
Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University Secretary and Director of Legal Services
Adrian Lee MA (Oxon), LLM (Staffordshire)
Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Recruitment, Quality and Student Experience)
Dr Chris Haslam BSc (Newcastle), PhD (Southampton), DMS (Open)
Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Principal of Reaseheath College
Meredydd David OBE – from 1-12-2017 HND (Welsh Agricultural College), MPhil (Aberystwyth)
Professor Neville Ford MA (Oxon), MSc (Manchester), PhD (Liverpool), FIMA, FHEA
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Professional Services and Operations) and Chief Information Officer
Brian Fitzpatrick – from 1-9-2017
Business and Management
Professor Clare Schofield
Science and Engineering
BA, PhD (Manchester Metropolitan University), FHEA
Garfield Southall MSc (Liverpool), CITP, FBCS
Education and Children’s Services
Professor Anna Sutton – until 31-8-2017
Cert Ed, BEd, MEd (Wales), FRSA
Professor David Balsamo BA (Middlesex), MSc (London), MSc (Oxon), DSocSci
BSc, MBA (Open)
David Cumberland – from 1-9-2018 Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) and Provost (Thornton)
BA (Liverpool), MA (Chester), PGCE (Liverpool), PG Dip (Manchester Metropolitan), NPQH (Manchester)
Health and Social Care
Agriculture and Veterinary Science
Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott – until 11-2-2018
Rachel Ellis-Jones – to 21-5-2018
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer and Bursar
BSc, PhD (Edinburgh Napier), Dip CNE (Queen Margaret,
BA (Northumbria), PGCE (Huddersfield), MA (Lincoln)
Mr Richard Waddington
SCM, RCNT, RNT, FHEA
Professor Nick Avis BSc (Reading), PhD (Sheffield)
BA (Newcastle), MBA (Chester), ACMA
Edinburgh), Cert Ed (Jordanhill College, Glasgow), RN,
Chester Medical School
Professor Terry Wardle BMedSci, BM BS, DM (Nottingham); FRCP (London), FIMLS
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Professional Services Deans
(Executive) Business Research Institute
Professor Phil Harris
Academic Quality and Enhancement
BA (York), PhD (Manchester Metropolitan), CertEd,
BSc (Imperial), MSc (Dundee), ARCS
Dr Karen Willis
Chartered Marketer, FAMS, FCIM, FIPR, FRSA, HFAMS
Research and Knowledge Transfer
BA (Dunelm), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan), MA (Open), EdD (Bristol)
Domestic Bursar and (Executive) Hospitality and Residential Services
The Rev Canon Dr Peter Jenner
BSc (Dunelm), BSc (Open), PhD (Dunelm), MRSC
Dr Sean Dunkin
MA, PhD (Cantab), Dip Theo (Nottingham), DPS (St John’s College, Nottingham)
Dr Elizabeth A Christopher
BSc (Sheffield), PhD (Wales), PGCE [HE] (Bolton), FHEA
Directors of Services (Senior Executive) Commercial Operations and Chief Executive Officer, Thornton Research Properties Ltd
Paul Vernon BSc (Manchester)
Estates and Facilities
Gary Hughes BSc (Salford)
Jonathan Pritchard LLB (Keele), LPC (University of Law)
(Senior Executive) Human Resources
Learning and Information Services
BA, MA (Liverpool John Moores), FCIPD
Henry Blackman BSc, MSc (Chester)
(Senior Executive) Strategic Economic Development Office
Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions
BA, BSc (Lancaster), PGCE (Keele)
BA (Lancaster); MA (Liverpool John Moores)
Members of the University Council 2017−18 President – The Rt Rev the Lord Bishop of
Chester, Dr Peter Forster Deputy President – Canon Dr Jeff Turnbull Secretary to the University Council – Adrian Lee
Christine Allen BEM Francis Ball Professor Lawrence Bellamy – from 6-10-2017 to 31-1-2018 Dr Colin Daniels Meredydd David Ian Davies – from 1-9-2017 Dr Martin Degg Dr John Evans – to 31-8-2017 Professor John Fisher – to 31-8-2017
Professor Charles Forsdick – from 1-9-2017 Ben France – Chester Students’ Union President – from 1-07-2018 Jeannie France-Hayhurst Dr Ian Graham – from 1-9-2017 to 9-4-2018 Karen Howell Cherelle Mitchell – Chester Students’ Union President – to 30-06-2018 Nick Jenkins The Very Rev Professor Gordon McPhate – to 30-9-2017 Dr Anna Mackenzie Cathy Maddaford David Munt Sandra Rudd Dr Liane Smith Garfield Southall – from 1-5-2018 Margaret Steward – to 31-8-2017 Professor Anna Sutton Sandra Verity Canon Professor Tim Wheeler DL, Vice-Chancellor
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Trade Union facilities time
Year ended 31 July 2018
April 2017 â€“ March 2018
Total number of union officials
Full time equivalent employee number 10.27
Percentage of time spent on facility time
0% 4 1-50% 8 51-99% 0 100% 0
Tuition fees and education contracts
Funding body grants
Other operating expenses
Research grants and contracts Other income Investment income Total income before endowments and donations Donations and endowments Total income
Interest and other finance costs
Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time
Total cost of facility time Total pay bill % of the total pay bill spent on facility time
36,360 66,597,350 0.05
414,000 Paid trade union activities
Total expenditure Surplus for the year
% of total paid facility time hours
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