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Student volunteers from the University’s Events Society were presented with a certificate by the Sheriff of Chester, Councillor Stuart Parker, for their contributions when supporting a number of Christmas events with the Cheshire West and Chester Council Events Team.

The events included the Chester Christmas Lights Switch On and Parade, Chester Lantern Parade, the Frodsham Christmas Festival, the Winter Watch Parades and the Roman Saturnalia.

This is the seventh year of the unique partnership between the University and the Council, where students are provided with opportunities to gain invaluable experience by delivering live public events. This year, 64 students participated in five events, led and managed by the University’s Events Society.

Patsy Cliffe, aged 24, from Wrexham, is President of the Events Society. She said: “Being able to plan and deliver these vents is hugely important, as it provides a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into managing live events. The Chester Christmas Light Switch On, in particular, is a phenomenal event, due to the meticulous level of planning and co-ordination needed to ensure a successful and safe event for over 15,000 spectators who attend. The events team at the Council are really supportive and provide fantastic guidance and mentoring to all the students who participate.”   

Professor Chris Jones, Dean of the Chester Business School, said: “It is brilliant to see so many of our students actively engaging in exciting event projects such as these. Not only do they benefit the community, but these experiences also aid in developing the students’ skills, knowledge, understanding and their employability. We place great value in developing partnerships that provide additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom.”

Councillor Stuart Parker, Sheriff of Chester, said: “The assistance these students have provided was invaluable, and they are great ambassadors for the University. This events partnership has developed and grown over the last seven years and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the University of Chester on future events and projects.”



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