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Stan with Students' Union President Ben France in 2018.
We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Stan – retired lecturer, ambassador and friend of the University. Stan had a profound impact on the building of our alumni community, and was a dedicated colleague and volunteer for the cause of building alumni relations around the world, for Chester. Stan was a great supporter of the Development and Alumni Relations Office, both to us as a team and as individuals. We will all miss him terribly. The following is adapted from an Enconium given by Dr Bill Hughes in 2015, seen above on the left of the photograph, on the awarding of Stan's Honorary Doctorate:

Stanley France was born in 1929 in Ellesmere Port and left school there in 1943 to work for Shell.   He was a keen footballer and played for Liverpool before – as Stan put it - they were famous!  He also notes that he didn’t get beyond the second 11. Stan Cullis, the former England Captain, was Stan’s uncle and therefore in a position to offer sage and professional advice at the highest level. Stan did play semi-professionally for the North Wales teams of Conwy Borough and Penmaenmawr although this was interrupted by a spell in the army.  Stan was a (pre-national service) Sergeant in the RASC from 1946 to 1949. The Royal Army Service Corps, now part of the Royal Logistic Corps, were responsible for land, coastal and lake transport, air despatch, the Army Fire Service, and the supply of food, water, fuel, technical and military equipment.  

After a spell back with Shell, Stan undertook Teacher Training at York St John from 1952–54 and later gained an Advanced Diploma in Education and a Diploma in Mathematics from Liverpool University as well as a Masters in Education from the University of Manchester.  Stan taught maths at Ellesmere Port Grammar and established the School Scout Troop which he ran until age 65.  Indeed, he was always involved with scouting and ran a scout camp for ‘old boys’ with his friend and former Lord Mayor of Chester, Graham Proctor. 

Stan joined the Education Department of Chester College in 1967.  Stan was  passionate about work with international students and in the 1960s and 70s he spent as much time as possible in Hong Kong, Sweden, Taiwan, Tokyo and the USA including a one year tutor exchange at California State University at Chico – an outstanding civic university and former teacher training college. Stan sustained relationships with Japan and Sweden and organised a 10 day student study visit from a Japanese University in 2019, celebrating his 90th birthday at the same time.

Stan said he had never had a day when he didn’t want to go to work, which is perhaps why he continued to volunteer long after official retirement.

Stan volunteered as a DARO Champion, and alumni ambassador, until August 2020, during lockdown, aged 91.


By request of Stan's family, and in lieu of flowers for Stan's funeral, donations can be to made to the Achieve Fund. 

Chester can change lives. We know this, because so many of you, our alumni, tell us that this is true for you, still, years after your time as a student.

Today’s students are facing challenges that nobody has experienced before, be it personally, professionally or globally. Our new strategy as an institution focusses on the ‘Citizen Student’ – which in turn, means graduates who can take their rightful place in society as part of the solution to the challenges they, and we, will continue to face. The Covid-19 pandemic situation this year means that more than ever before, we want to play a part in making our student’s experience enriching, successful and distinctively Chester – this could be excelling in sport, realising an academic ambition, or responding to a need in the communities that surround us – all life-changing, and all made possible by you, our alumni donors.


Single Donation

Single Donations are welcomed, and these can be made online (we use the Charities Aid Foundation to do this):

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You can also post a cheque to us, to the following address:

Development and Alumni Relations Office
University of Chester
Parkgate Road

Please make cheques payable to 'University of Chester'.

Regular Donation

Giving to us regularly, be it every month, quarter or annually, means we can plan our support into the future, ensuring the students of today and tomorrow benefit from your generosity. This can be done via our Charities Aid Foundation page:

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If you would prefer to donate or set up a direct debit via telephone, you can do so by calling 01244 511005.

100% of the donations made in memory of Stan, will be used for the above purpose. We do not use these funds for any other costs. Thank you.