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With 2019 just around the corner, we thought we’d take time to reflect on the past 12 months and celebrate the achievements of our students, the success of our International Centre and look back on the exciting events which have taken place here in Chester.

2018 was a record breaking year for the University’s International Centre. We welcomed our largest ever cohort of international students in September/October, eclipsing any previous year’s intake by some margin. Of course, we are able to attract so many students thanks to our outstanding academic facilities and beautiful city. However, it is our hardworking and talented members of staff who were the driving force behind our most successful year. A special mention must go to our dependable Admissions team who have been kept busy all-year round – as have our International Officers whose travel and communication with students was key to our record-breaking year. We must also thank our English Language team who have helped prepare our students for their studies, and finally, a nod to our Marketing department who have produced some exciting and innovative content this year.

International Students

In January we learnt the true value of overseas students to the local economy. According to a national independent report, students from outside the UK bring at least £37 million a year to the city of Chester.

Zainab, one of our former students from Afghanistan delivered a specialist talk at one of America’s Ivy League universities whilst two other students were awarded for their extra-curricular activities in Chester.

The achievements and inspiring stories of our students never cease to amaze us. Congratulations to all our students who graduated in 2018 including a Canadian mother-of-three, who celebrated her 60th birthday just days before her graduation.

It would be impossible to pay tribute to all our students in one blog post. Check out our Videos page on Facebook to view some of our student success stories.

The University

The University of Chester scooped three accolades at the Educate North Awards in May. We won Business School of the Year, Research Project of the Year and the Employer Engagement Award. Our Business School was also shortlisted as one of the best in the country by the Times Higher Education.

The University hosted a Tedx talk in February which featured a fascinating array of guest speakers.

A dedicated facility to educate student nurses was opened on the Wirral with facilities including virtual reality equipment and a wide range of classrooms.

Our MEng in Chemical Engineering also received gold standard accreditation from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in November. Last year, our BEng degree in Chemical Engineering was given the same award.

Check out a full list of University news from 2018 here

City of Chester

It has been an exciting year in Chester which was marked by a visit from The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle in June. The pair arrived in Chester for their first royal engagement together to officially open the city’s Storyhouse Theatre and attend a special lunch at Chester Town Hall. Residents filled the streets and some were lucky enough to speak to the Royals in person.

The city was awarded Purple Flag status in February as a result of its flourishing night-time economy with Chester being described as a clean, welcoming and vibrant location. Chester also started its journey to become the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City thanks to a number of organisations including our very own catering team.

As always, Chester was very highly ranked in a list of top places to live in the UK. The Telegraph newspaper places Chester in the top ten whilst the Sunday Times ranks the city as second best in the North West of England.

Looking Forward

 We hope 2019 brings even more success for our students and the University as a whole. Thanks once to again to everyone who has contributed to this memorable year. Enjoy the winter break, we’ll be back in January!

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