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We are proud to support the Armed Forces community.

The University has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which sets out our pledge to support both staff and students who are associated with the Armed Forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Universty is supporting Armed Forces Day again this year, which is on the 27th June. Despite the usual events of Armed Forces Week not having taken place, the nation will still come together to show support for our Armed Forces through virtual and online activity.

We encourage you to look at the following link to see how YOU can support this year’s event, through sharing your salute:

https://participatenow.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/shareyoursalute

 

Bronze MOD Employer Recognition Scheme Award

The University has received the Bronze Award in the MoD’s Employer Recognition Scheme and was presented with a certificate at the Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Symposium in September 2019.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The Scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Bronze Award holders pledge to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community; promote being armed forces-friendly and are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners; and must have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

Colonel (Retd) Alan Finnegan, Professor of Nursing and Military Mental Health at the University of Chester, who leads on veterans research, said: “The University employs many members of the Armed Forces community including veterans and their families, and within the Westminster Research Centre we are delighted to be making a positive contribution. We have a real passion for our work, and are now actively operating in conjunction with the MoD to obtain the Armed Forces Covenant employer recognition scheme Silver Award. ​“

 

Internal Armed Forces Network

As part of the Covenant, the University has created an internal Armed Forces Network and appointed Colonel (Retd) Alan Finnegan, as our first Armed Forces Champion.

The University is part of the Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, which is a commitment by civilian organisations in collaboration with the MoD to support the Armed Forces community. It is an opportunity to recognise the value of serving personnel, both regulars and reservists, veterans and military families and their contribution to the UK. This is built on recognition that Armed Forces personnel sacrifice some significant civilian freedoms, face dangers and are much more likely to sustain injury or death. Families also play a pivotal role in supporting the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces and are embedded in the commitment.

The Covenant defines that those who serve in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved. This commitment includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. 

The Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership comprises Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington Councils, the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups, charities, the Department of Work and Pensions, the emergency services and the University of Chester. Being part of this group enables the University access to networks and information sharing which in turn gives the ability to provide members of our own internal Armed Forces Network with the relevant advice, guidance and practical support that may be needed by this community.

The skills and experiences that service leavers can bring to the University are highly valued.

We are also members of Universities in Support of Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel (UNSWIS) network.

 

Armed Forces Champion

Alongside his day job as Director of the Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans, as Armed Forces Champion Alan helps develop and support the University of Chester’s Armed Forces Network. He acts as a designated point of contact within the institution, represents the University on matters relating to the Armed Forces Community and is happy to provide informal advice to staff and students connected with the military. Alan has developed a new teaching programme to enhance the knowledge of student nurses with regards to veterans. This programme is now being made into an online learning module with funding from Health Education England, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the AFCFT.

 

Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS)

We are an Approved Learning Provider on the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme. Further information can be found on the ELCAS website.​