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It’s no secret that it now takes a lot more than a degree to get you noticed by employers.

Whilst a degree is an impressive achievement, the experience and skills that you accumulate whilst at University are also vital, and they can help you stand out during interviews. In fact, research shows that 70% of businesses believe extra-curricular activities make job-seeking graduates stand out from the crowd. That’s why at Chester we encourage our students to not only work hard in their academic studies, but to also take part in extracurricular activities; whether that be through the Students’ Union, volunteering, or through our excellent support departments, including the Student Skills Development and Careers and Employability services.

But how do you balance this alongside your course? Thanks to Development Week - it’s easy!


What is Development Week?

Taking place twice in the academic year, Development Week is a week-long break from lectures, designed to enhance your learning and employability. It focuses on the skills you need as a student, as well as in the future, and helping you prepare for assessments.

Support departments from across the University will be involved, including: Learning and Information Services; Careers and Employability; Student Skills Development; Student Welfare; Disability Support; academic departments, and the Students’ Union.

What can I expect from Development Week?

  • Build on academic skills, such as referencing and essay planning

  • Enhance your IT skills by gaining the internationally-recognised ECDL qualification

  • Attend workshops about career planning and preparation; how to write the perfect CV or LinkedIn profile; develop your interview and assessment centre skills

  • Prepare for assignments, exams and dissertations

In addition to what's listed above, you will also have the opportunity to take part in activities and events hosted by the Students’ Union. Why not try out a new sport, or join a society that interests you? With over 100 sports and societies to pick from, you're bound to find something you enjoy.

Another great way to gain new skills and meet new people is through participating in our range of exciting volunteering activities. Through the broad range of opportunities on offer during Development Week, whatever you decided to get involved with, we hope to enhance your learning and employability for the future ahead.


Want to know more?

If you want to find out more about Development Week, or any of the other extracurricular opportunities available at Chester and Warrington, feel free to speak to our friendly Student Support and Guidance team.  

E: T: Chester: 01244 511548 / Warrington: 01925 534282


Contact us

If you have any questions about living and studying at the University of Chester, please feel free to contact us, we would be more than happy to help.

E: T: 01244 511000   


Visit us

If you’ve already received an offer, you can come and visit us by booking onto one of our upcoming Applicant Days. For more information on Applicant Days, take a look at the FAQs on our website.

Or, if you haven’t made your decision yet, or want to visit us again, then why not book onto a Campus Tour.

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