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Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) – Deadline extension

What is EDP?

The Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) is a fully funded opportunity for you to join 10-15 students and graduates in the bustling city of Edinburgh to develop your business idea and gain specialist knowledge to take your idea to the next level.

This incredible trip is open to all students and graduates (of two years) of the University of Chester at all levels of study.

Why should I apply for the Enterprise Development Programme?

  • Develop your business idea
  • Attend specialist business development workshops and activities
  • Experience networking opportunities
  • Attend market research and analysis workshops and activities
  • Visit organisations whose sole purpose is to support entrepreneurs with new ideas
  • Visit the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

You can find the full schedule here

How much will it cost?

Travel costs from Chester to Edinburgh will be covered as well as your accommodation and activities. You will only need to fund you own meals, predominantly in the evenings.

Key Details:

đź“… Application Deadline Extension: 12pm, Thursday 7 March
🗓️ Dates: 29 May – 1 June
đź“Ť Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

To apply:

Don’t have any Venture hours yet?

You can watch all of our recordings from this academic year here. Make sure you fill out the video evaluation form after each video to count them towards your hours.

If you have any questions or would like to support with your application, please email

Don’t have enough Venture hours?

Don’t panic! You can use the Venture Programme videos from this academic year to build up your hours. Please just make sure that you fill out the video evaluation form after each video to track your hours.

Access the videos here

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Financial wellbeing: How to talk about money

How would you feel if someone started talking to you about money? Awkward? Nervous? Like you want to change the subject?

The truth is, you’re not alone. A recent survey carried out by the Money and Pensions Service found 55% of adults in the UK feel uncomfortable opening up about their finances. 33% of UK adults feel too uncomfortable to talk about money at all, even with loved ones.

But research shows that people who talk about money feel less stressed and anxious about their finances, and they feel more in control. They also make better financial decisions and have stronger personal relationships.

Let’s look at five positive impacts talking about money can have.

Financial Empowerment:

Do you know a person who is great at saving money? Ask them how they do it.

By discussing money openly, you can gain a better understanding of budgeting, saving, and managing debt. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions about your financial future, and lead to better financial independence and security.

Breaking the Stigma:

By starting conversations about money, you can break down barriers and create a culture of openness and support. Normalising discussions about money helps to remove the stigma associated with financial struggles and encourages people to seek help when needed.

It doesn’t need to be a deep conversation about your finances; it could just be about whether own branded Jaffa cakes are better than the branded ones (spoiler – they are!), or just a passing comment about how you’re struggling with rising costs. Any conversation about money is valuable, so start one and see where it leads.

Building Support Networks:

Money matters can be complex and overwhelming, especially when you’re tackling university life for the first time. By talking about and sharing your financial challenges and successes, you can learn from each other’s experiences and provide valuable support and advice. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone, and you can work together to figure out some potential solutions.

Setting Goals and Priorities:

Research shows you’re more likely to achieve your financial goals if you tell someone about them. Whether it’s saving for a post-graduation trip, paying off your overdraft, or even just buying those headphones you’ve wanted for a while, vocalising these goals makes them feel more achievable.

Cultivating Financial Wellness:

Just as physical and mental health are essential components of your overall well-being, so too is financial wellness. By talking about money, you can proactively deal with financial stressors and develop healthy financial habits.

So whether it’s discussing the price of beans, ways to budget more effectively, or how to save money in other areas of life, talking about money isn’t something to be feared or avoided.

Talking about money can bring a huge amount of benefit to both you and your friends, so today, try to start a conversation about money and help remove the stigma.

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Five ways to boost your financial fitness

Financial fitness is about feeling comfortable and in control of your financial position. It means having the knowledge and confidence to make the most of your money – both every day and in the future.

It’s easier said than done, and we know things are tough right now, but here are five ways you can improve your financial fitness.

Plan your spending

Just like a balanced diet can positively impact your physical health, a budget can spark an improvement in your financial health. It helps you take control of your money, and lets you know if you need to do a bit more to make things balance, like getting a job or considering slightly cheaper accommodation for the next academic year.

A budget should include all your income, and all your regular spending, like your rent, gym membership, and subscriptions.

Use an online budget calculator, such as this one from Money Helper, or just grab a piece of paper and a calculator and follow the instructions on our Portal page. It doesn’t take long, and the results will give you invaluable knowledge of where you are, and what you need to do next.

Keep track of your spending

Creating a budget is relatively easy but sticking to one can be more difficult, so monitoring your spending is important. Most banking apps have budgeting tools which automatically categorise your spending and tell you how much you’ve spent at specific retailers.

The most important thing here is knowing where your money is going. When you’re worried about your finances, it’s easy to ignore your spending, so make sure you get in to the habit of checking your bank statements regularly.

Being aware of what’s coming in and going out of your account means you can pick up on overspending and deal with it before it becomes a bigger problem.

Avoid borrowing

Many people borrow money so they can afford larger purchases like houses and cars, so borrowing money isn’t always a bad thing.

When it’s planned well, used appropriately, and paid off on time, it can be beneficial. However, it can also quickly spiral if not managed correctly, or your circumstances change suddenly.

Credit cards and Buy Now Pay Later and popular options for student borrowing, but remember. when you use these payment methods, you’re committing to paying for those purchases over a long period of time, so if something changes, you might struggle to make your repayments.

Buy Now Pay Later encourages you to overspend or buy things you might not be able to afford. A ÂŁ240 tablet doesn’t seem as expensive when you only have to pay ÂŁ80 per month.

Think carefully before buying anything in this way. It’s usually better to save a little more and buy it a bit later on when you can pay in full.

Don’t get caught up in discounts

As a student, you can find a discount on pretty much everything, so you need to be careful not to get in to a mindset of buying things just because you get a discount.

Try to think of it in terms of how much you’re paying, rather than how much you’re saving. If an item you want to buy is £40 with 20% off, you’re saving £8 but you still have to pay £32.

One of the best ways to not be tempted by discounts is to unsubscribe from email lists. On a daily basis, we get bombarded by emails trying to get us to spend money, so hit that unsubscribe link at the bottom of those emails and take back control.

Plan for the future

We never know what the future holds. Your car could break down, your rent could go up for the next academic year, or you could have to pay a deposit you weren’t expecting.

Whatever the circumstance, it’s a good idea to try to build an emergency fund, however small. Saving just £5 a week means you’d have £260 at the end of your first year. Even having a small amount saved can have a big impact if something changes or something unexpected crops up.

So there you have it; five ways to boost your financial fitness. These are a great starting point, but there’s so many more ways to put the focus on your financial health.

Head over to our Portal page to find out lots of ways you can save money, or if you’re on the move, listen to the Student Support Podcast to get money tips on the go, as well as lots of other useful information from Student Services.

Even a small change can have a hugely positive impact on your finances, so give it a go and see what impact it can have for you.

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Student Money Adviser: Virtual Drop-in

Key Event Information

Start Date: 7 March 2024 2:00 pm

End Date: 7 March 2024 4:00 pm

Location: Online

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Want some one-to-one support with your finances?

The focus of National Student Money Week 2024 is on maintaining your financial wellbeing at university. One of the best ways to do this is by talking and seeking help if you’re struggling.

Our Student Money Adviser, Carl, is putting on a special virtual drop-in session live on Teams, where he’ll be able to answer your questions and offer tips and tricks on managing your finances.

Whether you’re looking to make your budget stretch further, have a question about your student loan, or you’re just a bit worried about money and need some guidance, drop in and get some support.

Here’s some quick instructions on how to get involved:

  • We would never expect you to talk about your finances in front of others, so we’re operating a lobby system so you can be sure you’ll be receiving one-to-one support.

  • When you join the call, you’ll join the lobby, and when it’s your turn you’ll be admitted.

  • Once you’re in, let us know what’s going on and we’ll offer you guidance on steps you can take to improve your situation.

  • Finances can be complex, and we expect this event to be busy, so if your query or situation needs a bit more exploration, we might ask you to book a longer appointment on another day so we can make sure you’re receiving the support you need.
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National Student Money Week: We Fight Fraud: An Interview with Tony Sales, formerly Britain’s Greatest Fraudster

Key Event Information

Start Date: 6 March 2024 11:15 am

End Date: 6 March 2024 12:00 pm

Location: Online

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Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to delve into the world of organised crime with Tony Sales.

In this live 45-minute Teams session, taking place especially for students during National Student Money Week 2024, Tony will reveal the tactics fraudsters often use to scam students.

Joining Tony is We Fight Fraud Criminologist Dr. Nicola Harding, and together they’ll equip you with invaluable knowledge on how to spot and avoid these scams.

Understand how criminals might approach you, get practical tips on staying safe, and learn what you should do if you think you’ve been the victim of fraud. This session is packed with essential knowledge which could prevent you being scammed in the future.

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Money mule scam warning

HM Revenue & Customs is urging all students to be on the look out for ‘money mule’ scams – this is when you let other people use your bank account to transfer money and in return receive a quick cash payment.

This process is illegal and is a way for criminals to launder money which has been generated by criminal activity. Acting as a money mule is a serious crime and if caught, you could be sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Check out this guide from HMRC which outlines how can you spot this scam, and what to do if you think you’ve been targeted.

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University Mental Health Day

Key Event Information

Start Date: 14 March 2024 12:00 pm

End Date: 14 March 2024 2:00 pm

Location: Seaborne Library, Exton Park

Join Student Services this University Mental Health Day for a Global Café event with activities including mindful colouring, CBT self-help, relaxation exercises and more!

We will also be joined by our Active Wellbeing team and local support services.

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Health and Wellbeing RKEI public talk: Stay in the game: the science behind reducing the risk of lower limb injuries in team sports

Key Event Information

Start Date: 23 July 2024 6:00 pm

End Date: 23 July 2024 7:30 pm

Location: Garrett Bar, Storyhouse, CH12AR

Join us for the latest talk in the Health and Wellbeing Research Knowledge and Exchange Institute’s (RKEI) “Cafe Scientifique/Humanitaire” public talk series which will be presented by Doctor Chelsea Oxendale.

Synopsis: While many recognise the advantages of engaging in sport, injuries can pose significant challenges. The pivotal question arises: Can we proactively reduce these injuries? The short answer is yes, and Dr. Oxendale will discuss the scientific principles and strategies, that can help athletes at all levels stay in the game. Join us as we uncover the secrets to a safer, injury-resistant, sporting experience.

This event is open to all and there’s no need to book.

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Health and Wellbeing RKEI public talk: The science of rugby

Key Event Information

Start Date: 23 April 2024 6:00 pm

End Date: 23 April 2024 7:30 pm

Location: Garrett Bar, Storyhouse, CH12AR

Join us for the latest talk in the Health and Wellbeing Research Knowledge and Exchange Institute’s (RKEI) “Cafe Scientifique/Humanitaire” public talk series which will be presented by Professor Jamie Highton.

Synopsis: Based on over a decade of his research from the Applied Sports Science Research Group at Chester, Jamie will discuss the ways sports science has (and hasn’t) helped our understanding of elite sporting performance in rugby league, with a particular focus on the physiological demands of the sport.

This event is open to all and there’s no need to book.

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Health and Wellbeing RKEI public talk: Generative AI – just the same old story?

Key Event Information

Start Date: 25 June 2024 6:00 pm

End Date: 25 June 2024 7:30 pm

Location: Garrett Bar, Storyhouse, CH12AR

Join us for the latest talk in the Health and Wellbeing Research Knowledge and Exchange Institute’s (RKEI) “Cafe Scientifique/Humanitaire” public talk series which will be presented by Professor Simon Grennan.

Synopsis: What new opportunities are created and potential threats posed by technical developments in texts and images generated by artificial intelligence (AI)? Very recent testing of new generative AI against complex tasks, such as essay writing, examinations demanding high levels of expert knowledge and the appearance of bespoke images, appear to question the central status of the human mind, enmeshed in but far exceeding debates about skills, work and labour. In this brief talk, Professor Grennan will point out an underlying constraint upon AI-generated content and provide you with the tools to recognise it and, if you wish, to act upon it.

This event is open to all and there’s no need to book.

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