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Highlights from the 2020/21 academic year include some great examples of our Citizen Students leading the way – making their own connections, influencing their future employers and defining the discussions they want to have.  As a result, ‘success’ is a much more meaningful picture than academic achievement alone. 

In this video, meet our Students’ Union President, Jack Rankin, as he discusses some of the year’s highlights with our Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Student Experience, Dr Helen Galbraith.

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Some of our best bits

August 2020

Graphic Design and Photography graduate Michael Holden achieved a Bronze in the World Sports Photography Awards.

Race car in repair


Our Master’s-level Coaching Scholars launched this year’s COVID-safe ‘Chester Rules’ sports and activities programme, with more than 300 attendees during Induction Week.

Students playing table tennis


Our students and graduates were recognised at the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) Student Employee of the Year Awards.



PGCE Primary student Megan Potter set up Education Elves, to encourage people to donate to help families struggling at Christmas.

Education Elves logo


We hosted our first ever virtual Careers Fest, with students and graduates visiting employers in the online ‘Employer Gallery’.

Speaker at event

January 2021

Interior Design student Sophie Downes was chosen as a winner of a national Interior Educators Progressing Student Award.

Sophie's winning design


Students from the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition encouraged visitors stay healthy at their virtual Nutrition Fair.

Nutrition Fair 2021


Fashion Marketing and Communication graduate, Jennifer Hodgson, featured in The Power Issue of Women of the City (WOTC) magazine, as one of 120 female powerhouses and pioneers.

Jennifer photo


Our Venture Programme hit the milestone of 1,000 students and graduates supported to start a business or set up a freelance career.

Photo with dog


Postgraduate research student David Cann’s experimental carbon reduction pilot with PMW Research Ltd was part of the project that won us Research Project of the Year at the Educate North Awards



A student panel chose us to win an influential national award rewarding the best in higher education.

Person working at a table

Students who went above and beyond their studies to help further their careers were celebrated at the Chester Difference Awards.

Chester Difference Award