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The presenters of the third TEDx talks at the University of Chester.

Under the theme ‘Dimensions of Diversity’, the University’s third TEDx* event took place at its Creative Campus, Kingsway, in Chester, before lockdown. The event is held under licence at the University and was filmed in front of a live studio audience. The University’s Vice-Chancellor gave an opening address via video link, demonstrating the institution’s effective use of digital technology before restrictions due to COVID-19 had even come into force.

Always varied, broad, insightful and thought provoking, this year’s topics include teaching English using compassion; the power that language can have on life’s direction; the complexities of a late Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis; how gaming companies make their money; and how to move forward intentionally in your life – and to accept failure as feedback to find success.

Speakers at TEDxUoChester Dimensions of Diversity included:

Barbara Bray, MBE, food safety consultant and registered nutritionist driving and delivering food safety in food supply chains and developing nutrition strategy for businesses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF3a_CII050

Dr Eileen Pollard, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Chester and Programme Leader, MRes in Storytelling: https://www.ted.com/talks/eileen_pollard_teaching_english_using_compassion

Phillip J De Perez, Human Performance Psychologist:

https://www.ted.com/talks/phillip_j_de_perez_challenge_as_a_motivation_in_business_sport_and_education_the_team_model

Gillian Seale, Master’s student at the University of Chester, and creator of Tailored Yarn:

https://www.ted.com/talks/gillian_seale_bespoke_books_and_the_healing_of_a_shattered_mind

Dr Victoria Carr, Educational Leader and Headteacher at Woodlands Primary School, Whitby, Ellesmere Port: https://www.ted.com/talks/victoria_carr_the_power_of_language_everyday_heroes

Chester Community Law Project: Chloe Convery, Megan Crowley, Julie Grifo, Stephanie Eid - University of Chester Law School students:

https://www.ted.com/talks/chloe_convery_megan_crowley_julie_grifo_stephanie_eid_your_rights

Shadow Poet, University of Chester student: https://www.ted.com/talks/shadow_poet_change_is_coming

James Cobb, Sales and Marketing Director:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KyGAgScxqc&t=28s

Samia Talbi, Maths Consultant: https://www.ted.com/talks/samia_talbi_the_real_reason_you_should_study_math

Ralph Ferneyhough, Programme Leader, Games Development BSc:

https://www.ted.com/talks/ralph_ferneyhough_hunting_whales_with_an_iphone

Imran Savas, Entrepreneur and CEO of Tape:

https://www.ted.com/talks/imran_savas_leaders_of_tomorrow

Marlo Clarke, problem solver, and public speaker: https://www.ted.com/talks/marlo_clarke_what_now_what_next

Helen Webster, Diversity Storyteller, and Information Point Co-ordinator, Careers and Employability, at the University of Chester: https://www.ted.com/talks/helen_webster_living_life_across_a_hidden_spectrum

Dr Henry Sidsaph, University of Chester graduate and Head of Research at Hybrid Search: https://www.ted.com/talks/the_environmental_challenge_before_us_being_the_key_actor_in_your_social_network

Rachel Symons, Mental Health Advocate:

https://www.ted.com/talks/rachel_symmons_adverse_childhood_experiences_what_s_it_got_to_do_with_me

TEDxUoChester is hosted and sponsored by Student Futures, Careers and Employability at the University of Chester. It is also supported by the University’s Estates and Facilities; the Creative Campus, Kingsway and the Performing Arts Technicians, who housed the event and provided the extensive sound and lighting support. The Learning and Information Services’ Audio-Visual team provided the video production and photography of the event. The event was also supported by Student Event Assistant, Shai Vure.

Adam Crane, TEDx Licensee for TEDxUoChester and Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at the University of Chester, said: “We were delighted to once again be able to bring this event to the University. The TEDx platform is an amazing way to broaden students’ horizons and get them thinking about the things that really impact on our society. Our brilliant speakers, who included students and staff from the University, provoked thought and encouraged scepticism and analysis. The event showcased the best thinkers and do’ers in our community. It was sponsored by Sykes Holiday Cottages, one of our close careers partners.”

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