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Get involved in our Career Workshops to gain and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to help you succeed.

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Induction – Welcome Week Warrington 2022

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Chester! Our Welcome Week aims to help you understand your course, get to know more...

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Start Date: 17 September 2022 9:00 am

Start End: 23 September 2022 4:00 pm

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Chester!

Our Welcome Week aims to help you understand your course, get to know more about Chester, make new friends and have some fun! University can seem daunting at first, but by the end of Welcome Week we hope that you are settled in and feeling at home. The University of Chester is a friendly community, and we are here to you help you every step of the way.

Research shows that those who get involved from the outset are more likely to succeed at University – they become more engaged students – but this involvement will be different for everyone. Not everyone socialises in the same way and you will all have different interests so our advice is look carefully at what is on offer and find something to be involved in sooner rather than later!

We have prepared this summary of events to let you know what you’ll be doing during Welcome Week. There’s also a checklist of tasks for you to complete before you arrive. You can also find out lots of information about student life at the University of Chester, as well as more detailed information on what you will be doing during Welcome Week, including a range of social and academic events designed to help ease you in to university life, on our Pre-Arrival Student Site (PASS) pass.chester.ac.uk

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Induction – Welcome Week Shrewsbury 2022

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Chester! Our Welcome Week aims to help you understand your course, get to know more...

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Start Date: 17 September 2022 12:00 am

Start End: 23 September 2022 12:00 am

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Chester!

Our Welcome Week aims to help you understand your course, get to know more about Shrewsbury, make new friends and have some fun! University can seem daunting at first, but by the end of Welcome Week we hope that you are settled in and feeling at home. The University of Chester is a friendly community, and we are here to you help you every step of the way.

Research shows that those who get involved from the outset are more likely to succeed at University – they become more engaged students – but this involvement will be different for everyone. Not everyone socialises in the same way and you will all have different interests so our advice is look carefully at what is on offer and find something to be involved in sooner rather than later!

We have prepared this summary of events to let you know what you’ll be doing during Welcome Week. There’s also a checklist of tasks for you to complete before you arrive. You can also find out lots of information about student life at the University of Chester, as well as more detailed information on what you will be doing during Welcome Week, including a range of social and academic events designed to help ease you into university life, on our Pre-Arrival Student Site (PASS) pass.chester.ac.uk

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Induction – Welcome Week Chester 2022

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Chester! Our Welcome Week aims to help you understand your course, get to know more...

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Start Date: 17 September 2022 12:00 am

Start End: 23 September 2022 12:00 am

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Chester!

Our Welcome Week aims to help you understand your course, get to know more about Chester, make new friends and have some fun! University can seem daunting at first, but by the end of Welcome Week we hope that you are settled in and feeling at home. The University of Chester is a friendly community, and we are here to you help you every step of the way.

Research shows that those who get involved from the outset are more likely to succeed at University – they become more engaged students – but this involvement will be different for everyone. Not everyone socialises in the same way and you will all have different interests so our advice is look carefully at what is on offer and find something to be involved in sooner rather than later!

We have prepared this summary of events to let you know what you’ll be doing during Welcome Week. There’s also a checklist of tasks for you to complete before you arrive. You can also find out lots of information about student life at the University of Chester, as well as more detailed information on what you will be doing during Welcome Week, including a range of social and academic events designed to help ease you in to university life, on our Pre-Arrival Student Site (PASS) pass.chester.ac.uk

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Chaplaincy Events

Chaplaincy offer a safe space where religion, beliefs and worldviews can be expressed, explored and discussed together. As well as our staff team we...

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Chaplaincy offer a safe space where religion, beliefs and worldviews can be expressed, explored and discussed together.

As well as our staff team we have a much wider team of Associate Chaplains, Faith Advisors and volunteers representing a variety of world faiths. For further information about these and further support for your religion or belief please see our dedicated Portal page.

Please do get in touch with us if you have any queries, would like to access our ‘listening space’ service or would like to know more about Chaplaincy.

Induction Week Events

Chill and Chat
Saturday 17 September
7.30pm-9pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Relax in the Community Hub with a chance to meet people, play board games and have a hot chocolate.

Chill and Chat
Sunday 18 December
7.30pm-9pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Relax in the Community Hub with a chance to meet people, play board games and have a hot chocolate

Soul Space: Pause for Prayer
Monday 19 September
8.30am-9.15am
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Start your week well with a short time of stillness & prayer, followed by breakfast.

Soul Space: Pause for Prayer
Wednesday 21 September
5.30pm-6pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Join us for a short time of reflection and prayer at the end of the day, followed by light refreshments.

Community Crafts
Thursday 22 September
2-4pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
A relaxing afternoon to be creative, chat & enjoy cakes!

Faith Matters
Thursday 22 September
6-7.30pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Join us for some food together while we discuss important topics on life, faith, beliefs & values.

Soul Space: Night Peace
Thursday 22 September
8-8.30pm
University Chapel, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Night peace is in our beautiful chapel – candlelit with music. Come and rest for your soul.

Afternoon Cream Tea
Friday 23 September
2-4.30pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Take a break in your day and enjoy a cream tea and a chat in the Community Hub
Tags: Chaplaincy, community

Recurring Events

Soul Space: Pause for Prayer
Every Monday
8.30am-9.15am
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Start your week well with a short time of stillness & prayer, followed by breakfast.

Catholic Mass
Every Monday
1.05pm
University Chapel, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Join Fr Paul and others for this short service – all welcome.

One World Café
Every Tuesday
12.30pm-1.30pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Drop in for a shared lunch, get to know new people from around the world

Faith Matters
Every Tuesday
5.30pm-6.30pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Join us for some food together while we discuss important topics on life, faith, beliefs & values.

Community Gardeners
Every Wednesday
2pm-4pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Come and help us develop our new garden and meet up with others. No experience needed – lots of chat and snacks – all welcome!

Soul Space: Pause for Prayer
Every Wednesday
5.30pm-6.30pm
University Chapel, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
Join us for a short time of reflection and prayer at the end of the day, followed by light refreshments.

Community Crafts
Every Thursday
2pm-4pm
Community Hub, Exton Park
Team: Chaplaincy
A relaxing afternoon to be creative, chat & enjoy cakes!

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Chester Difference Award Induction

CDA Induction Wednesday 21st September 2022, 2pm-2:45pm Join this induction to find out about the Chester Difference Award (CDA), the process and how you...

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Start Date: 21 September 2022 2:00 pm

Start End: 15 February 2023 12:45 pm

CDA Induction

Wednesday 21st September 2022, 2pm-2:45pm

Join this induction to find out about the Chester Difference Award (CDA), the process and how you can start your own CDA journey.

CDA Induction

Wednesday 5th October 2022, 12pm-12:45pm

Join an induction to find out about the Chester Difference Award (CDA), the process and how you can start your own CDA journey.

CDA Induction

Wednesday 2nd November 2022, 2:00pm-2:45pm

Join this induction to find out about the Chester Difference Award (CDA), the process and how you can start your own CDA journey.

CDA Induction

Thursday 24th November 2022, 2:00pm-2:45pm

Join this induction to find out about the Chester Difference Award (CDA), the process and how you can start your own CDA journey.

CDA Induction

Tuesday 17th January 2023, 12:00pm-12:45pm

Join this induction to find out about the Chester Difference Award (CDA), the process and how you can start your own CDA journey.

CDA Induction

Wednesday 15th February 2023, 12:00pm-12:45pm

Join an induction to find out about the Chester Difference Award (CDA), the process and how you can start your own CDA journey.

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Welly Wednesday Wildflower Planting at Countess of Chester Country Park

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Start Date: 28 September 2022 10:00 am

Start End: 28 September 2022 3:00 pm

Location: Countess of Chester Country Park

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All students

Join us for our first Welly Wednesday session of the academic year! Welly Wednesdays is a Student-Led Volunteering Project, led by students for students! On Wednesday 28th September, from 10am – 3pm, we will be joining The Conservation Trust at the Countess of Chester Country Park to plant some wildflower seeds in the upper meadows and near the wetland. No experience is needed as everyone will be shown what to do on the day! This is a chance to get outdoors, meet other students and learn a bit about seed sewing. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, head over to our Volunteer Hub to find out more and apply https://volunteering.chester.ac.uk/details/756/ Welly Wednesdays run different conservation sessions throughout the academic year, so make sure to follow them on social media (@wellywednesday_uoc – Instagram) and keep an eye out on their profile on our Volunteer Hub for upcoming sessions.

Any questions email volunteering@chester.ac.uk

Apply on Volunteer Hub https://volunteering.chester.ac.uk/details/756/

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Wellbeing & Mental Health at University of Chester

We want all students to know that the Wellbeing and Mental Health team is here for you. No matter what level you’re studying at...

We want all students to know that the Wellbeing and Mental Health team is here for you. No matter what level you’re studying at or what may be going on in your personal or academic life, you can come to us for support. Our dedicated team sits within Student Services and consists of Wellbeing Advisers, Mental Health Advisers and Counsellors. Whichever site or university centre you are studying at – the team is here for you.

What do we do?

Let’s start with Student Wellbeing Advisers – this team of advisers has a broad knowledge of university processes and the support options available to students.

You can book a 30-minute appointment with one of our advisers which may take place over telephone, video call or in person at some sites.

During this appointment you can talk about anything that may be affecting your wellbeing or studies; whether you are feeling lonely or homesick, struggling to cope, feeling stressed and anxious about deadlines or placements, or having problems at home – whatever it is, you can talk about it. The adviser will listen, give advice and support options, and will create a personalised action plan to support you in your next steps. The advice will vary and will be tailored to your needs. Actions that an adviser may suggest include:

  • Practical strategies (something you can go away and try)
  • Online support groups, courses and resources
  • Wellbeing sessions
  • Encouraging engagement with Study Skills or talking about extensions and deferrals
  • Suggestions to engage with other teams such as Counselling, Disability and Inclusion, Volunteering and Mentoring or Chester Students’ Union
  • Linking you to support outside of the University

To make an appointment with a Wellbeing Adviser, you can call or email our central InfoPoint team on 01244 511550 infopoint@chester.ac.uk.

If you would like to ask the team a question, email wellbeing@chester.ac.uk and a member of the team will aim to respond within 48 hours (Mon-Fri).

Our Counsellors provide a short-term counselling service which students can refer themselves to. They can help with all sorts of concerns. Some of the common themes seen by our counsellors include:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depressed mood
  • low self-esteem
  • interpersonal problems.

Counsellors provide a dedicated, safe space to work with you in achieving your counselling goals. Click here to find out more.

To refer yourself for counselling, please email student.counselling@chester.ac.uk.

Students who are suffering from emotional or psychological distress, may also be referred to our Mental Health Advisers who can provide guided self-help and support, links with local mental health services and education around managing mental health. This referral would usually come from a Wellbeing Adviser or Counsellor.

Additional support

As a complement to our one-to-one support, the Wellbeing and Mental Health team deliver regular group sessions throughout the academic year. Some examples of sessions that took place last academic year include:

  • A four-part relaxation programme to promote calm and help with anxiety and stress.
  • Online self-help sessions on topics including motivation and mood, sleep, social anxiety and unhelpful thinking.
  • A male mental health group aimed at providing a safe space for men to talk about their mental health.
  • Our recently launched peer support networks – our Student Parent Support Network and Student Menopause Support Networks are aimed at providing supportive spaces for students with similar challenges to connect.
  • Calm and supportive in-person events for students experiencing social anxiety and shyness wishing to connect with others.
  • Click here for the latest information on our current sessions and how you can join
  • If you have any questions or have a great idea for a session, group or network, please get in touch by emailing wellbeing@chester.ac.uk.

24/7 Support

Our teams work Monday-Friday during office hours and mostly offer scheduled appointments, however we understand that life’s problems, mental health issues and other concerns don’t always fit neatly into those boxes and that sometimes, you just need to talk to someone there and then. We know some students are parents, have placements, are working or have caring commitments and want to access support in the evenings or early mornings..

To support with these needs, we have a 24/7 Student Assistance Programme delivered by Health Assured which you can access 365 days of the year. You can call the dedicated helpline on 0800 028 3766 at any time to access emotional support and practical guidance.

Through this service you can also speak with legal advisors and you can access up to six telephone-based counselling sessions per issue, per term with a qualified therapist from a diverse team. You can read more about the Student Assistance Programme here.

You can also download the ‘My Healthy Advantage App’ from Health Assured and register using the unique code: MHA146072. The app gives you access to a range of great wellbeing and mental health content, including:

  • In-app breathing techniques to help achieve a sense of calm and relaxation.
  • Bright TV – a series of short videos featuring well-known personalities sharing their experiences of mental health.
  • Four-week health plans to help you to cope better, achieve your goals and reflect on your progress.
  • Mini health checks including mental health, fatigue and physical health.
  • Podcasts, articles and videos on a range of topics from health, lifestyle and relationships to financial, legal and housing.
  • Health Assured x Spotify playlists to help boost mood, sleep easy and relieve anxiety.
  • Confidential live chat and email support as well as a call back request option.

We understand that there are lots of support options and resources available to students; if you are unsure which is the right type of support for you, we would suggest booking a wellbeing appointment, or talking to our InfoPoint team on 01244 511550.

We hope you have a wonderful time at University of Chester, but please remember, if it gets hard or you are struggling, get in touch with the Wellbeing and Mental Health team – we’re here to help.

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Volunteering

Are you looking to make a difference? Want to make a positive impact in our society? If so, then the Volunteering and Mentoring team...

Are you looking to make a difference? Want to make a positive impact in our society? If so, then the Volunteering and Mentoring team are here to help you!

Volunteering and Mentoring is a team within the Careers and Employability service who can help you to browse and apply for volunteering opportunities, log your volunteer hours, track your progress for the University of Chester Volunteering (UCV) awards and sign up to be, or be matched with, a Peer Mentor.

Who are we?

Our team forms part of the Student Success team within Careers and Employability and consists of:

  • Jo (Volunteering and Mentoring Manager).
  • Amy (Mentoring Admin Assistant).
  • Louise (Volunteering Coordinator).
  • Abbie (Volunteer Administrator).

We aim to provide students with access to volunteer opportunities in the community and the University, and support students throughout their volunteer journey.

Through our Peer Mentoring scheme, we aim to support new students as they join the University with a match to one of our Peer Mentors, helping them with the transition into Higher Education and increasing their sense of belonging at the University.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is an amazing opportunity for all students. Volunteering can help you to meet new people, get involved in your community, improve your confidence, develop your skills, and help you to stand out from the crowd. Volunteering provides you with a brilliant opportunity to develop your employability whilst giving back to the local community through social action, such as one-off conservation trips, or more long-term opportunities such as being a Peer Mentor. Volunteering is also linked to a greater sense of wellbeing – doing good feels good!

Rifa volunteers with Chester Sports Association with the Disabled and shared their experience:

“I was bored in lockdown and felt I needed to engage in activities to improve my skills in that time. Volunteering is the best opportunity to spend my time fruitfully. I learnt to interact with different people – the trainer at the club was very supportive – and when we played basketball and handball I managed to perform very well with the team.

People with a disability may find difficulty communicating and interacting with me as I come from a completely different background, but eventually they began to mingle with me and now they have become my best friends! Playing team sports has been a fantastic experience for me. The way we communicate, encourage one another, appreciate each other and work as a team were very good experiences of my volunteering. I built confidence in managing and organising individuals despite limitations and improved my teamwork skills.”

Rifa Parottil

What type of support is available?

There is plenty of support available for those wishing to volunteer. Whether you’re volunteering in a student-led project, for the Students in Schools scheme, or as part of the Peer Mentoring initiative, the team are here to support students at any stage of their volunteer journey.

Students can access our services via our Volunteer Hub. Here you can set up your online volunteer profile, which you can use to browse for volunteer opportunities, log your volunteer hours, and apply for our UCV award scheme. You can also choose to receive regular emails with the latest opportunities, based on your preferences.

The team also delivers regular events throughout the year to showcase volunteer opportunities and celebrate our student volunteers. Students can visit our Volunteer and Skills Fair, held annually in October, to meet some of our local charities and discover opportunities. You can also get involved in our campaigns, including Give Back month in December and Student Volunteering Week in February.

We can also offer 30-minute Volunteer appointments to help you explore the available opportunities, talk through how to get involved, and provide information on our volunteer schemes.

Any student that volunteers on one of our projects will also receive further support from the team. We provide full training, resources, and ongoing support for Peer Mentors, Project Coordinators, Students in Schools participants and any other project volunteers.

Finally, student volunteers can receive recognition through our UCV (University of Chester Volunteer) awards. These awards are based on the number of hours you log and encourage you to reflect on your skills and experiences. These awards will be recognised on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record) and you are provided with certificates and invites to our Celebration Event.

Who can access the service?

Students of all backgrounds and years of study can access the service – have a look at what our student volunteers had to say about their experiences:

What types of projects can students volunteer for?

Students can access a huge range of community volunteering opportunities through our Volunteer Hub, where we have over 100 charities registered and looking for volunteers.

We also provide opportunities to volunteer through our own projects:

  • Student-Led Projects are volunteering projects run by students, for students.
  • Students in Schools is an opportunity for students to offer one-to-one mentoring, tutoring, classroom support, and much more to primary and secondary school pupils in Cheshire and the Wirral.
  • Peer Mentoring is where we match current students with similar new students to acclimatise them to the University.

There are a range of student-led projects that a student can sign up for including; dog walking, environmental conservation, creating cooking videos that share tips on healthy eating on a budget, and joining a virtual book club for primary schools.

Keep in touch

You can keep up to date with Volunteering and Mentoring news by:

We also send out regular newsletters to our Mentors and Mentees which you can access if you sign up to be a Peer Mentor or a Mentee. For information and about this scheme, please email peermentoring@chester.ac.uk.

We look forward to supporting you on your volunteer journey!

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What is the Venture Programme?

Thinking of starting your own business or pursuing a freelance career? The Venture Programme consists of a series of events, support and guidance to...

Thinking of starting your own business or pursuing a freelance career? The Venture Programme consists of a series of events, support and guidance to help you do just that. It can help you develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections to be your own boss.

Venture events will challenge your thinking, expose you to the business world and give you the opportunity to make something happen for yourself. Venture is here to inspire you and to support you to be enterprising. Take a look at some start-up stories from students and graduates who have been through the programme and successfully launched a business.

You may not have a business idea just yet and be looking to explore the different aspects of starting up- or you may already be running a business and wish to hone and develop some key skills – it doesn’t matter what stage of your business you’re at, you can still get involved.

What type of support can I access?

We offer a range of support, including one-to-one surgeries and online workshops in the following areas:

  • Setting up
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Finance and Funding
  • Enterprise Skills
  • Business Planning
  • Legal Matters
  • Online Marketing

All sessions are delivered by entrepreneurs, industry experts and business consultants and coaches. Find out more here.

What business have started from the Venture Programme?

Whatever your business idea, you can use the Venture Programme. In the past 10 years, we’ve had businesses use the programme in a range of areas and sectors including:

  • Photography
  • Animal care
  • Food manufacture
  • Wheelchair design
  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • PR
  • Custom clothing

You can check out a selection of the businesses we’ve helped to support through the Venture Programme here.

How many sessions do I have to attend?

It’s completely up to you how many sessions you attend. Some students choose to attend all sessions because they feel need help with all of the topics listed above, but some only choose to attend certain sessions depending on how far along they are with their business.

You can drop in at any stage of the Venture Programme and create a bespoke package of the support you need.

How do I get involved?

  • For events and sessions, you can book on CareerHub here.
  • If you want to have a chat about the programme or your business idea, you can book an appointment here.
  • If you have missed one of our sessions, you can view all of our recorded sessions here.

What else do I need to know?

  • Venture is open to students and graduates of the University of Chester
  • Venture is for any student, studying any course – it’s not just for Business students
  • You can gain recognition for taking part in Venture events through The Chester Difference Award’s Enterprise Pathway
  • Your attendance at Venture sessions will be noted on your Higher Education Achievement Record

What’s The Venture Pitch?

At the end of the year, we hold a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch event. So, if you’ve attended 12 hours’ worth of Venture, have a valid business idea and want to pitch it, you can apply to do so. Ten selected businesses then have a chance to pitch to a panel of judges for their share of £5,000 of start-up funding and over £7,000 worth of business prizes including a website, business grants, iPads, office space, and business coaching to help you launch your business. Over the past ten years, we have awarded over £60,000 to student start-ups and freelancers.

Click here to check out highlights of this year’s event, including a full list of all the winners.

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