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Active Campus sessions: July and August

Check out the Active Campus timetable for July and August. (You can find the timetable for the last two weeks in June here).

Don’t forget; all sessions are held at Exton Park and are free for all students, but you do need to book your place on Playwaze.

SessionDayTimeLocation
BadmintonMonday6pm-7pmSports Hall
TennisTuesday5pm-6pmTennis Courts
BadmintonTuesday6pm-7pmSports Hall
CricketTuesday7pm-9pmAstro Hockey Pitch
TennisThursday5pm-6pmTennis Courts
BadmintonThursday6pm-7pmSports Hall
anyBODY Can BasketballThursday7pm-8pmSports Hall
BadmintonSunday4pm-5pmSports Hall
CricketSunday5pm-7pmAstro Hockey Pitch
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Refugee Week

At the University of Chester, we’re proud to welcome people seeking sanctuary (asylum seekers and refugees) into our community, recognising the wealth of experience and knowledge they bring.  

We’re committed to our ongoing work in creating a welcoming culture of inclusivity and awareness and are actively working towards becoming a University of Sanctuary.   

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival which celebrates the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary and this year it takes place between Monday 17 June and Sunday 23 June.  The theme of this year’s week is Home. 

As a university community we will be marking Refugee Week through a number of activities:

Chester Students’ Union: new Student Action for Refugees (STAR) group 

What is a STAR group?  

STAR is the national network of students building a more understanding and just society where refugees are welcomed and can thrive in the UK. Student groups based in colleges and universities and a central team of experts, work together at a number of levels to bring about lasting change.  

As a group member, you’ll be able to: 

  • Volunteer locally working directly with refugees, building understanding and connections. 
  • Campaign nationally for policy change and equal access to higher education for refugees. 
  • Learn about refugee protection and the asylum journey in the UK with experts and peers. 

Click here for more information and details of how to get involved.  

Big Read

During this week, you can join the LIS Libraries team, who invite you to explore the Sanctuary Collection series and join the Big Read summer reading group.   

The Big Read for Refugee Week is Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin. You can read the book for free via the Libby app between 20 May and 21 July. Simply download the app and sign in with your university details. Share your reflections via the online discussion board or join us on Wednesday 19 June (1pm) to discuss the book in our comfy sofa area at Seaborne Library – just sign up to let us know you’re coming.  

Student Support Podcast

In the latest episode of our Student Support Podcast, Shaunagh and Jonny welcome Sandra Hughes (Student Experience Projects Manager) to discuss the University of Chester becoming a University of Sanctuary, celebrate Refugee Week and discuss the vital support we provide for sanctuary-seeking students.

Sandra explains the terminology around displaced persons and shares the importance of using inclusive, non-judgmental language. We delve into the challenges faced by sanctuary-seeking students and how universities can be of support. We find out more about our Sanctuary Scholarship, the process students go through and the benefits it has for those who receive the scholarship.

We discover what it means to become a University of Sanctuary, the role of a Student Action for Refugee group in advocating for displaced persons, and the significance of Refugee Week. Sandra shares inspiring stories and initiatives and offers actionable steps for supporting sanctuary seekers and engaging in Refugee Week activities.

Listen now: 

Targeted Support 

Our Student Wellbeing Adviser, Chloe, is the link member of staff for all our displaced students including those with refugee status, and our Sanctuary Scholars, at the University. If you have any worries or concerns that you would like to discuss during your studies, you can contact the Student Services Helpdesk by emailing studentservices@chester.ac.uk or calling 01244 511550, and they will be able to book you an appointment with Chloe. 

We have also started a Peer Support Group for any student that identifies as coming from a sanctuary seeking or refugee background.  We hope this will be a friendly and supportive space for students to meet other students who may have similar experiences to themselves. If you would like to get involved, please join our Microsoft Teams site – more information and how to join can be found on the Wellbeing Networks & Sessions Portal page here

How else can I get involved? 

We’re also asking our university community to hold an event in support of the movement and the University’s work in becoming a University of Sanctuary. Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities. Small steps to create big change!  

This year, groups across Chester and beyond are organising events and activities throughout the week, you can find more information below:

Please let us know of any activities you have organised, and ways in which you have been involved (however small!) by sending in details and/or photos to studentexperience@chester.ac.uk  

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Summer water safety

When the weather is warm, it can be tempting to take a dip in a local body of water to cool down – but rivers and lakes can be extremely hazardous, even for people who class themselves as strong swimmers. Check out these top summer water safety tips from the Royal Lifesaving Society.  

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Give-It-A-Go: Wildlife Recording

Key Event Information

Start Date: 26 June 2024 2:00 pm

End Date: 26 June 2024 4:00 pm

Location: Exton Park - Meet us by the Amazon lockers outside Grosvenor House

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Join the Volunteering & Mentoring team as they explore and document the diverse wildlife that can be found on Exton Park campus using the iNaturalist app!

They’ll be searching for all things wild and wonderful, offering a chance to discover our local ecosystem—from birds and insects to flowers and mammals!

How to Get Involved:

How? Sign up on Volunteer Hub to express your interest. While registration isn’t mandatory, it helps us keep you updated with reminders and bonus tips on recording wildlife at home.

When? Wednesday 26 June at 2pm. Meet us by the Amazon lockers outside Grosvenor House, Exton Park. Stay for as long as you like!

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Active Campus sessions

From 17 June, the timetable for our Active Campus sessions will be slightly different. Please see the table below for details.

Don’t forget; all sessions take place at Exton Park and are free but you do need to book your place on Playwaze.

WC 17 June

SessionDayTimeLocation
TennisTuesday 18 June5pm-6pmTennis Courts
Cricket (outdoor)Tuesday 18 June7pm-9pmAstro Hockey Pitch
BadmintonWednesday 19 June5pm-6pmSports Hall
TennisThursday 20 June5pm-6pmTennis Courts
BadmintonSunday 23 June4pm-5pmSports Hall
Cricket (outdoor)Sunday 23 June5pm-7pmAstro Hockey Pitch

WC 24 June

SessionDayTimeLocation
BadmintonMonday 24 June4pm-6pmSports Hall
TennisTuesday 25 June5pm-6pmTennis Courts
Cricket (outdoor)Tuesday 25 June7pm-9pmAstro Hockey Pitch
BadmintonWednesday 26 June5pm-6pmSports Hall
TennisThursday 27 June5pm-6pmTennis Courts
BadmintonSunday 30 June4pm-5pmSports Hall
Cricket (outdoor)Sunday 30 June5pm-7pmAstro Hockey Pitch

Following these dates, a brand-new timetable for July and August will be in place. Please look out for more info in future issues of Student Shout Out.

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Pride Month

June is Pride Month – a month that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, their history, achievements, and ongoing struggle for equality. 

At the University of Chester we’re committed to creating a safe, friendly LGBT+ inclusive environment for both students and staff.  

With that in mind, we just wanted to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on some great initiatives we’re part of, our inclusive networks and societies, and some great upcoming events:  

🏳️‍🌈 Did you know the University holds the Navajo Charter mark? This charter is given to institutions who are working to create an LGBTQ+ inclusive environment.  

🏳️‍🌈 We’re a proud supporter of Chester Pride and always take part in the annual event every summer.  This year’s event is on Saturday 17 August.

🏳️‍🌈 The University has an LGBTQ+ Student Support Network. This network welcomes all University of Chester students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. Join them for their next social – Monday 10 June.

🏳️‍🌈 Chester Students’ Union LGBTQ+ Society is a safe space for people to connect with others like themselves, and to have fun with those who understand their individual experiences. They can also signpost people to further support or resources, and raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ+ charities. Find out more.

🏳️‍🌈 Warrington Pride takes place this Saturday (8 June) We’re putting on a great programme of activities at our Time Square building so come along and get involved!  

There’ll be a chance to visit the Rainbow Fire Engine of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, make a banner for the parade, hear a range of great speakers including the lead trustee of Liverpool Pride reflect on her experience of transition.  

For more information and to book your FREE place, visit the event website. If you have any queries, please contact Hannah Bacon – h.bacon@chester.ac.uk. 

🏳️‍🌈 Our LIS team has collated a collection of literature to mark Pride Month – why not take a look next time you’re in one of our libraries?

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International Citizen Student Show: Episode 5

Key Event Information

Start Date: 18 June 2024 4:00 pm

End Date: 18 June 2024 5:00 pm

Location: International Centre Facebook page

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In episode 5, co-hosts Asha Sandhia Singaram, Dr. Trevor Omoruyi & Dr. Alex Fenton discuss the important topic of International University education and its future.

We also welcome special guest award-winning futurist, entrepreneur & pioneering story teller Nova Lorraine.

The episode will explore teaching styles and information exchange in different countries, as well as discuss the growth of technologies and how these are and will impact on education from immersive learning, Artificial Intelligence and technology enhanced learning.

Additionally, the episode will consider the role of humans, equality and social capital in the future of education and how to ensure students are future-proofed and prepared for jobs that do not yet exist.

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International Citizen Student Show Live at the Festival of Ideas: Episode 6 (live)

Key Event Information

Start Date: 4 July 2024 11:00 am

End Date: 4 July 2024 1:00 pm

Location: Queen's Park

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Part 1:

  • Thursday 4 July
  • 11am-12pm
  • Churchill Brasserie, Queen’s Park

Co-hosts Elohor Udubrae, Dr. Alex Fenton and Dr. Trevor Omoruyi explore the connection between international students and the commonwealth. At the University, we are particularly blessed with many students from the Commonwealth, in particular Nigeria, Pakistan and India, but also Malaysia, Ghana, Bangladesh and many more. We invite guests to tell their stories and songs of travelling from their home country in the commonwealth to Chester and we explore the commonalities and special bond that we have between commonwealth countries and also the bridge between cultures at University of Chester. We explore culture, music, food and poetry from the Commonwealth. 

Part 2: International picnic

  • Thursday 4 July
  • 12pm-1pm
  • Queen’s Park

No matter if you are from the UK, the commonwealth or any country, students, staff and other guests are welcome to join us in the beautiful grounds of Queen’s Park. Meet outside the Churchill building at 10.50. Traditional dress from your home country is encouraged. Bring a picnic blanket and some food and drinks from your home country to share with others to try. Bring music, laughter and fun to join our picnic.

Please confirm your attendance by booking here.

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Reassessments and deferrals – Academic Skills Drop-in sessions

Whether you have an assessment, reassessment or deferral coming up in the new few weeks, the Academic Skills team can help you prepare. They are available online and in-person at our sites throughout the reassessment period, and offer flexible support to suit you.

The ASk Guide to reassessment focuses on some of the academic skills that you may need to refresh or refine to enhance the work you are resubmitting.  

Take some time to have a look at the resources available on the guide or come along to one of our drop-in sessions for in-person support:

DateTimeLocation
Tuesday 18 June11am-1pmLibrary, Marriss House, University Centre Birkenhead
Wednesday 19 June11am-1pmLibrary, Churchill House, Queen’s Park
Wednesday 19 June11am-1pmLibrary, Creative Campus Kingsway
Thursday 20 June11am-1pmOnline
Monday 24 June11am-1pmSeaborne Library, Exton Park
Tuesday 25 June11am-1pmStudy Area, Time Square, University Centre Warrington
Thursday 27 June11am-1pmLibrary, Wheeler
Thursday 27 June11am-1pmLibrary, Guildhall, University Centre Shrewsbury
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Academic Skills Drop-in – Online

Key Event Information

Start Date: 20 June 2024 11:00 am

End Date: 20 June 2024 1:00 pm

Location: Online

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Whether you have an assessment, reassessment or deferral coming up in the new few weeks, the Academic Skills team can help you prepare.

Join us for this drop-in to receive online support for your reassessment or deferral. Join the drop-in here.

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