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Beware of scams this holiday season 

The holidays are a busy time for students and chances are you’ve got lots going on. You might have assignments due, tickets and presents to buy, or packing to do. 

Because of this, holidays are also a peak time for scams. Check out the top tips from the Your Money team on how you can avoid getting scammed during the festive period: 

Banking 

Someone might call saying there has been suspicious activity on your account, and they advise moving your money to keep it safe.  

Remember, a bank would never ask you for your full password or pin, or to move money to another account. If you have suspicions about a call, hang up and call the bank using an official number. 

Online Shopping Fraud 

A website says they have high-demand products, but they have no intention of sending them. 

Protect yourself by sticking with websites you trust. If you use a new website, do lots of research to give yourself peace of mind that it’s genuine. 

Deliveries 

You might get a text or email saying you have missed a delivery and that you need to pay a fee for redelivery. 

Protect yourself by tracking parcels using the original number you got when it was sent, and never click on links in texts or emails unless you’re sure they’re genuine. 

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Warrington Youth Zone – free for University Centre Warrington students! 

We’re pleased to announce that University Centre Warrington students now have free access to the Warrington Youth Zone (WYZ). 

A five-minute walk from our sites, WYZ is an exciting world-class facility which is available to students: 

  • between 9am and 3.30pm every weekday (plus 8pm-10pm every Tuesday and Thursday)  
  • between 8am and 11am on a Saturday.  

Facilities include: 

  • Sports – four court sports hall, rooftop 3G kick pitch, climbing wall, boxing gym and fitness suite 
  • Arts and media – arts room, performing arts studio, music room, sound studio 
  • Recreation area – a large central area with pool, table tennis, games consoles and sofas 

Students are asked to sessions at least a day before. Click here for more info and to sign up. 

From January, our Sport and Active Lifestyle team will also start to start to offer drop-in taster sessions to showcase the facilities on offer. All sessions will be advertised via the Playwaze app. Sign up here. 

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Consent and Healthy Relationships workshop

Key Event Information

Start Date: 7 December 2022 10:00 am

Start End: 7 December 2022 12:00 pm

Location: University Centre Warrington

A small, in-person workshop that will cover:

  • What we mean when discussing consent
  • What constitutes a healthy relationship
  • What is sexual violence?
  • The impacts of trauma
  • What support is available?

Email report@chester.ac.uk to book your place.

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Hedgehog Friendly Campus Bake Sale

Key Event Information

Start Date: 7 December 2022 11:00 am

Start End: 7 December 2022 1:00 pm

Location: Seaborne Library

The Hedgehog Friendly Campus group will be holding a bake sale in Seaborne Library to raise money for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Pop by to show your support and pick up a tasty treat! Follow them on Instagram to keep up to date with future projects @uochedgehogs

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Pandora’s Inbox and Box – get involved!

Passionate about creative writing? Why not submit an article to our creative writing magazines – Pandora’s Inbox (online) and Pandora’s Box (print)?

Students from any course (not just English!) can submit their poems, flashes and short stories of up to 500 words to be considered for inclusion in Pandora’s Inbox. The best of the work from Pandora’s Inbox will then be selected by our student editors for the print magazine Pandora’s Box, which is launched at an open-mic night in May.

The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2023. Check out the submission guidelines below.

The original Pandora’s Box magazine (print) was founded in 2002 and its sister magazine Pandora’s Inbox was created in 2010.

The magazine is edited by level 6 Creative Writing students and the General Editor this year is Dr Ashley Chantler, Senior Lecturer in English and the Programme Leader for MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submission is only open to current students and staff of the University of Chester.
  • Submissions of poems, flashes and short stories are welcome from 1 October to 15 March.
  • Poems must be no more than 50 lines; flashes and short stories no more than 500 words.
  • Your piece(s) must be original, and previously unpublished. Poems, flashes and short stories that have been written for seminars or assignments (past or forthcoming) are welcome. In a nutshell, if they are well written, send them in for consideration.
  • You may submit up to 4 pieces each academic year. Do not submit work that is currently being considered by another magazine.
  • Each piece should be titled and your name (in the form you wish it to be printed) should appear below the title. Below each piece should be your Chester University email address.
  • Text should be single-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Each piece should be saved as an individual Word document (‘doc’, ‘docx’ or ‘rtf’, not ‘odt’) and sent as an attachment from your Chester University email account to the General Editor, Dr Ashley Chantler: a.chantler@chester.ac.uk 
  • The editors reserve the right to make minor changes to grammar, spelling or punctuation. If more substantive revisions are required, you will be consulted.
  • The editors will contact you by email to inform you of their decision. Please note that there may be a delay during busy or holiday periods.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication in Pandora’s Box.
  • If your work appears in Pandora’s Box, you will receive a complimentary copy.

Click here for an example of how to present your work.

Click here for more information about the magazines – or click here to read the latest poems and flashes on Pandora’s Inbox.

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Employer in the Foyer: NHS Cheshire and Wirral Partnership First Response Team

Key Event Information

Start Date: 8 December 2022 10:00 am

Start End: 8 December 2022 2:00 pm

Location: Grosvenor, Exton Park

Pop along to Grosvenor foyer to chat to the NHS Cheshire and Wirral Partnership First Response Team about career opportunities.

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Employer in the Foyer: Alcedo Care

Key Event Information

Start Date: 7 December 2022 10:00 am

Start End: 7 December 2022 3:00 pm

Location: Grosvenor, Exton Park

Pop along to Grosvenor foyer to chat to Alcedo Care about career opportunities.

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Employer in the Foyer: Disability Positive

Key Event Information

Start Date: 6 December 2022 11:00 am

Start End: 6 December 2022 1:00 pm

Location: Binks, Exton Park

Pop along to Binks foyer to chat to Disability Positive about career opportunities.

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Employer in the Foyer: Camp America

Key Event Information

Start Date: 5 December 2022 10:00 am

Start End: 5 December 2022 3:00 pm

Location: Binks, Exton Park

Pop along to Binks foyer to chat to Camp America about career opportunities.

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Student Visa Compliance and Q&A

Key Event Information

Start Date: 14 February 2023 3:00 pm

Start End: 14 February 2023 4:00 pm

Location: Online

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New international students studying on a Student Visa must attend one of these sessions. You will also have the opportunity to ask to ask any questions you have on your Student Visa/Biometric Residence Permit card (BRP).

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