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Taste and Talk

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Start Date: 28 November 2023 12:30 pm

End Date: 28 November 2023 1:30 pm

Location: Binks Touchdown space, Exton Park

Join our Get Talking project to try sweet treats from different cultures. Pop into the social space in Binks to try some free treats and connect with new students. This is a great opportunity to meet new students across the university and connect through food.

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Creative Futures

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Start Date: 4 December 2023 9:00 am

End Date: 6 December 2023 4:00 pm

Location: Creative Campus, Kingsway

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The University’s Department of Music, Media and Performance is delighted to host the Creative Futures event from Monday 4 December 2023 to Wednesday 6 December 2023. 

Creative Futures Professionals will share their knowledge, insight, and experiences from the creative industries across three days of inspiring free talks, workshops, and performances. 

Creative Futures celebrates the creative industries, offers fascinating insights, and provides the chance to broaden skills, spark ideas and encourage networking. 

Create your Future! ​

Places are free but need to be booked in advance. For further information on the sessions and to book places, please visit:  

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The Race Equality and Cultural Heritage (REACH) Network Presents: Authentic Leadership

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Start Date: 6 December 2023 1:00 pm

End Date: 6 December 2023 4:00 pm

Location: Bridge House, Queen's Park

Diversifying Leadership (DL) is a programme designed to support early career academics, professional services staff, Lecturers and Senior Lecturers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role.

It exists to enable participants to enhance their visibility and authentic leadership within Higher Education and to address the under-representation of leaders from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in HEIs in the UK at all levels, but particularly at senior levels.

This event is a celebration of REACH staff at the University of Chester who have undertaken Advance HE’s Diversifying Leadership programme, to share some of the key learning and benefits of the programme with others.

Open to all colleagues and students at L7 and above, this event is for anyone who wants to celebrate their authenticity and develop as a leader.

To book your place, email

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University Carol Service

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Start Date: 6 December 2023 5:15 pm

End Date: 6 December 2023 6:15 pm

Location: University Chapel, Exton Park

Join our Chaplaincy team and University Choir for our University Carol Service.

We’ll sing congregational carols, and seasonal refreshments will be served following the service.

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National Grief Awareness Week

National Grief Awareness Week runs from 2 to 8 December.

The week is an annual campaign brought by The Good Grief Trust, aiming to create a safe space for people to openly talk about their experiences of grief and loss.

The below guide provides information and guidance and covers the following topics;

  • what is grief
  • the impact of grief
  • seven stages of grief
  • coping with grief
  • further helpful reading resources around the different topics of grief
  • links for support (local, national, and specific support for students).
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Cheshire Prize for Literature – now open for applications!

We’re pleased to announce that the Cheshire Prize for Literature is now open for applications.

The 2023/24 Prize has no theme which means you can write about anything that inspires you.

There are four categories, short stories, poetry, children’s literature and scriptwriting, and there are three age groups: primary, secondary and over 18s. One entry can be submitted in two different categories where it is appropriate.

To enter you must live or have lived, work or have worked, studied or have studied in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton.

The judges will choose one winner from each category and a prize will be awarded to each category as well as the opportunity to be selected to appear in the Anthology, published by University of Chester Press.

Winners will be announced at our awards evening in the summer. All entrants will be invited to attend. 

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Any queries about the competition should be emailed to or phone 01244 511344.

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Bike security: Top tips

We know lots of you choose to cycle to our sites so we just wanted to share some quick tips from Cheshire Police to help you keep your bike safe and secure when not in use, and some things you can do to make it easier to get your bike back safely if it gets targeted by thieves.

  1. Always attach your bike to a solid object using a solid bike lock – don’t attach your bike to a plastic drainpipe which a thief could shatter or a signpost which the thief could lift your bike over.
  2. Lock your wheels and the frame together using steel wire loops.
  3. Try and keep the gap between the bike and the lock small so it’s harder to insert tools which can break the lock.
  4. Where possible keep the locking barrel facing the ground to make it harder to access.
  5. Consider using two different types of locks to deter thieves.
  6. Most bikes have a frame number stamped on the frame – register your bike for free on Immobilise and enter this number as an identifiable mark.
  7. If your bike gets stolen, you can also use Immobilise to notify the Police and second-hand dealers – if someone tries to sell your bike after it’s been stolen, this system can help to prove the bike belongs to you.
  8. At home, where possible, try and keep your bike in a secure location out of sight.
  9. Check out the guide from Cheshire Police below regarding the best types of locks for your sheds/outbuildings (page 2).

Have additional questions/concerns? Contact our local PC Dan Pheasey –

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Carols at Queen’s Park

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Start Date: 7 December 2023 5:00 pm

End Date: 7 December 2023 6:00 pm

Location: Queen's Park

Join Chester Business School for carol singing with a brass band.

We’ll be serving warm spiced apple punch, mulled wine and mince pies.

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Wellbeing walk: Chester Meadows and river side

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Start Date: 29 November 2023 1:00 pm

End Date: 29 November 2023 3:00 pm

Location: Chester Meadows and river side

Join our Sport and Active Lifestyle team for a wellbeing walk to explore Chester Meadows and river side.

There’s no need to book – just meet the team outside the CSU building at Exton Park at 1pm.

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Pandora’s Box: Open-mic Night

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Start Date: 29 November 2023 6:00 pm

End Date: 29 November 2023 7:00 pm

Location: Vicarage Lecture Theatre CVC008, Exton Park

Always a fantastic evening, the open-mic nights are a chance to get together and hear some great poetry and prose in a supportive, informal environment. You can bring some poetry or short fiction to read – either your own writing or by a favourite author. Or you might just want to come along, have a drink, and enjoy listening to an exciting range of creative writing.

There’ll also be information about how you can submit your work to Pandora’s Inbox, the University’s creative writing magazine and website, run by students from the English Department. The deadline for submissions is 15 March.

Bring a drink and a friend (the nights are for current students in any department), and come along to the Vicarage Lecture Theatre CVC008 at 6pm. We hope to see you there!

Run by the student editors of Pandora’s Box, English Department.

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