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Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Season’s Greetings to All Our Neighbours

We’ve been busy in the run up to Christmas.

Garden Quarter Christmas Lights Switch On

Rain couldn’t dampen our festive spirits when our Belly Dancing Society performed Jingle Bell Rock at the Garden Quarter’s Christmas Lights Switch on.  University Staff and students mingled with Garden Quarter residents and we all enjoyed this start to the festive season.
Photo credit: Neil Kendall

 
 
 
Solar Panel Community Information Meeting

On 8th December we held an information session for residents of Handbridge on the proposed planning submission to install solar panels at the Chester Business School, Queen’s Park Campus and this was well attended.  Our Head of Sustainability, Alice Elliott, outlined the proposals for the scheme for residents and we asked the attendees to provide some feedback on the session.  Comments from residents included:

‘Very helpful presentation.  A sensitive design’

‘I have no objection to the proposed installation.  Good luck with the Planning Application’.
 
 Christmas Cakes
 
This week the University donated this beautiful, homemade Yule Log, made by our Catering Services, to the Garden Quarter Residents and Traders Association Christmas Raffle.

 
 
 
 
Events Coming Up

On 15th December Chester Business School will be holding Carols at our Queen’s Park Campus at 4pm and residents are invited to join us for carols and mulled wine, mulled apple juice and mince pies. The School are very keen to make this a new Christmas tradition. 

Until 17th December the University is holding a free art exhibition, Faces of Culture three approaches to figurative painting, at The University of Chester China Centre, Gateway House, 3rd Floor, the entrance is opposite Renew Theatre, 86 Northgate Street.  Full details can be found on our website at http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/33819  All are welcome. 

On 21st December at Parkgate Road Campus we are holding a Christmas lunch for residents from Here and Now in Blacon.  Some of our international students will be joining our guests to learn more about a British Christmas.  I visited Here and Now and chatted to the members of the group on 3rd December and really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this lovely group and take part in one of their craft activities.

Dates for your Diary

Our term finishes on Friday 18th December 2015 and the new term starts on Monday 11th January 2016 and so we expect a lot of our students will be returning to Chester for the new term during the weekend beginning 9th January 2016.

I would like to thank Gwyn Cooper for displaying our alcohol awareness posters for students on the Cheyney Road Community Noticeboard this month and Ruth Davidson in Queen’s Park for displaying the invitation to our Solar Panel presentation on the Handbridge Community Noticeboard.

Finally, I’d like to wish all our neighbours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Monday, 23 November 2015


Hello and welcome to the new University of Chester Community Liaison blog.

My name is Louise Collins and, in October 2015, I was appointed Community Liaison Manager for the University of Chester.  This is a new role and it is intended to facilitate positive engagement between the University, its students and the long term residents of Chester.

In the past five weeks  I have worked hard to learn about the challenges that face our community from both the short term and long term resident’s point of view.  I’ve learnt a lot already but I would never assume that I know everything and am always happy to meet with members of the community to help me understand any challenges that they face.

One of my current priorities is helping the University to communicate with its neighbours and I would like to use this blog to keep members of the Chester community updated on University community events and the work that I am doing.  So please follow the blog for up to date information.  Also, if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see covered in my blog please do let me know on the email address below. 

I am keen to set up a termly newsletter to update long term residents on events happening at the University and work being done around our sites.  If you would like to join an email list to receive the newsletter and timely updates on events at the University please let me have details of your name and email address via community@chester.ac.uk