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Thursday, 17 November 2016

All are welcome at the Kingsway Solstice.

A Celebration of the Winter Solstice with performances from our B.A. and M.A. students at the Department of Performing Arts, University of Chester.
 
 
Wednesday 14th December at our Kingsway Campus.  Further details can be found  here

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sign language choir Reach for the Stars are giving a unique University-hosted performance this month!


Have you ever considered how popular music uses lyrics which describe emotions very visually?
 
 

 

Songs by Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Pink, and S Club 7, which seek to demonstrate this, will all feature in a unique performance by a Chester-based sign language choir taking place later this month.

 

The use of metaphors will be explored by the Dee-Sign Choir in a one-off performance, supported by the University of Chester, on Monday November 21. The Choir is a local charity that helps to raise deaf awareness and funds through its many performances. The event is taking place as part of Being Human 2016, a Festival of the Humanities, and a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The Festival is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

 

This year’s special theme is ‘Hope and Fear’ and marks the first time the University of Chester has been part of Being Human. The institution’s involvement has been led by Dr Libby Damjanovic, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, whose expertise includes face recognition and emotion perception.

 

On Monday November 21, at the Chester Deaf Centre, Dee-Sign Choir will perform a series of songs chosen alongside Dr Damjanovic, to convey how complex emotional themes can be unlocked through the power of music, gesture, metaphor and facial movement. The songs will be accompanied by British Sign Language.

 

The set list includes Reach by S Club 7; Hero by Mariah Carey; Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis; plus songs by Pink, Mary Mary, Sam Bailey; and music from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (You'll Never Walk Alone). Four of the songs are new to the choir, and are currently being practised at the Chester Deaf Centre in readiness for the event. The songs have to be translated from English word order into British Sign Language word order, filmed, and then DVDs are produced in order for the choir members to practise at home as well as at the Deaf Centre.

 

Dr Damjanovic said: “We often speak in metaphors, but how well can the human mind pick up on non-verbal cues of our deepest hopes and fears? For example, are things looking up or are you still feeling down? The repertoire we have chosen will explore these emotions and I’m sure it will be an entertaining, and educational, evening for all.”

Anne Hesketh, Dee-Sign Director, assisted by Sallie Fletcher and Lorraine Fletcher, Assistant Directors, said: “Dee-Sign Choir is delighted to be invited to be part of this unique opportunity, and hopes it will lead to more joint projects with the University of Chester in the future. The Choir members have enjoyed working with Dr Damjanovic, choosing suitable songs relating to the human emotions of hope and fear. It has given them a better insight into how their performances, and the song lyrics and metaphors contained within them, translate into British Sign Language.”


The event falls during National Learn to FingerSpell Week (November 20-26,) which aims to encourage as many people as possible to learn the British Sign Language alphabet.

The performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at:

 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Pop-up restaurants at the The University - Book early to avoid disappointment!

Fancy a delicious gourmet meal in one of our character locations? 

The University of Chester is holding two more of it's hugely popular pop-up restaurant events. 

Open to all, just book early to avoid disappointment :-)






Monday, 7 November 2016

November 2016

Congratulations to all our students who graduated last week!


Besides graduating some of our students helpfully agreed to help publicise the inaugural Chester Town & Gown 5K taking place on  Sunday 19th March 2017.

 'Town and gown' is defined as:

'in a University town, the relations between “town and gown” are those between the residents of the town and the students, who in the past wore academic gowns.'

It is hoped that this event will:

            Encourage positive engagement between, the University and its' students and the community and businesses.

            Raise money for charity.

            Create an event for students, communities and businesses to take part in.

            Be fun.
 
Registration for this event is now open online and you can also find more information on our website here

November Public Events

The Dead Sea Copper Scroll: From Ancient Treasure to Modern Fixation
 
A Public Event in Honour of the Appointment of
Professor George J. Brooke
as Visiting Professor in Biblical Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies
To include an abridged educational screening of Ancient Mysteries: The Dead Sea Treasure Map, panel discussion, and wine reception.
Sponsored by Brill Academic Publishers.
 
Wednesday, 9th November, 2016
19:30 - 22:00
Binks Building (Room CBK011), Chester Campus, University of Chester
 
Full details can be found on our website here
 
Chinese Language and Culture Evening


The University of Chester China Centre proudly presents a new series of Chinese Language and Culture Evenings every second Thursday of the month
 
Join us in an informal setting to learn Chinese phrases, exchange culture and meet new friends! 
Specific evenings will cover topics or activities on Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Film, Tang Poems, Taichi and Chinese traditional music.
 
Full details can be found on our website here
 
From the Lab to Langtree and Beyond: Translating Sports Science to Real-World Practice


Professor Craig Twist, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Professorial Inaugural Lecture
Sport scientists are meant to contribute to the body of knowledge that influences the practice and performance of athletes and coaches. However, reality dictates that several challenges and external factors must be overcome to ensure sport science research actually influences the practices and behaviours of those at the sporting coalface. Sport scientists must think carefully about the relevance of their work to the end-user and, more importantly, how findings should be interpreted and then communicated to best inform practice.
 
Thursday, 10th November, 2016
18:30
Beswick 017, Parkgate Road Campus
 
Full details can be found on our website here
 
Assessing the hazard of low frequency, high magnitude landslide events; the role of the engineering geologist
 Lecture by Steve Parry, Consulting Engineering Geologist, in association with the Geological Society (North West Regional Group), the North Wales Geology Association, and the Department of Geography and International Development at the University of Chester.
 
Thursday, 10th November, 2016
19:00
CBB115 Best Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester
 
Full details on our website here
 
Military Veterans and their Families Wellbeing Symposium


'Supporting the Armed Forces Community', presented by the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing
 
 
 
Thursday, 17th November, 2016
09:00 - 16:30
Riverside Innovation Centre, Riverside Campus, Chester, CH1 1SL
 
Please note there is a charge for this symposium.
 
Full details on our website here
 
 
How change happens: Book launch and lecture by Duncan Green
 
Pic: OUP
 
This new book explores how political and social change takes place, and the role of individuals in influencing that change, including the way campaigns, companies and governments try to influence the world.
Thursday 17th November 2016
7.30pm, CBB115 BEST BUILDING, Parkgate Road Campus
 
 
Facing Fear, Finding Hope


The use of metaphors will be explored in a unique performance of the Dee-Sign Choir next month, which is taking place as part of Being Human 2016. This year’s special theme is ‘Hope and Fear’.

Dee-Sign Choir
Monday, 21st November, 2016
19:30
Chester Deaf Centre, South View Road, Chester, CH1 4JG
                                      
This year is the first time the University of Chester has been part of Being Human, a Festival of the Humanities, and a national forum for public engagement with humanities research, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
The University’s involvement has been led by Dr Libby Damjanovic, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, whose expertise includes face recognition and emotion perception.
On Monday November 21, at the Chester Deaf Centre, Dee-Sign Choir, a local charity that helps to raise deaf awareness, will perform a series of songs chosen alongside Dr Damjanovic, to convey how complex emotional themes can be unlocked through the power of music, gesture, metaphor and facial movement. The songs will be accompanied by British Sign Language.
Dr Damjanovic said: “We often speak in metaphors, but how well can the human mind pick up on non-verbal cues of our deepest hopes and fears? For example, are things ‘looking up’ or are you still ‘feeling down’? The repertoire we have chosen will explore these emotions and I’m sure it will be an entertaining, and educational, evening for all.”
The performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance here

Cheshire Prize for Literature Awards Evening


Ian McMillan will be guest speaker at the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature awards evening and will read extracts from his poems as well as take questions from the audience. The announcement of this year’s winner of the Prize for poetry will follow and Ian will read the winning entry to the audience.

 
Tuesday, 22nd November, 2016
19:00
Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester, CH1 1SL
 
Please note there is a small charge for this event.
 
Further details and booking available on our website here  
 
 
Non Communicable Diseases - a preventable catastrophe


Professor Paul Lincoln OBE will be the speaker at this year's annual Haygarth Lecture     
Wednesday, 30th November, 2016
18:30
Binks 011, Parkgate Road Campus

Further details are available on our website here
 
Community Liaison Webpage 
 
 
We now have a page on the University of Chester website.  You can find information on how the University works on liaison with the wider Chester community.  You can visit our web page here