Monday, 9 December 2013

Snapshot Goes Social

If you've read my previous blog about our Student Snapshot competition, you’ll already know a little about the evolution of the competition and how entries this year were via social media. Yep, unlike previous years, all you needed to do to enter this year was add our hashtag: #captureuoc

How did it go?

Well, we had over 200 entries submitted via social media, including a few videos! And so began the difficult task of trying to pick a winner.  There were some great entries, so first we narrowed it down to a short-list of 45 pictures.  Then, after much debate, we narrowed down the field even further and picked a winner.

It wasn't easy. The judging panel carefully considered the entries, selecting a short-list that captured the various aspects of University Life at the University of Chester.  This varied from attending social events and nights outs, to sharing moments with your friends and experiencing everything the University and the city has to offer.

The winning image and description we felt represented time outside of academic studies that captured the essence of contentment within university life, shared with best friends whilst having fun and enjoying the tranquil beauty of the River Dee.

You can view our 2013 #captureuoc short-list and winner on our website.

What happened next? 

Well the great thing is that, #captureuoc has started to be used by our students beyond its original purpose! Even though the competition has finished, students continue to use it as a means to share their experiences of Chester.  Although we didn't expect this to happen, it’s great to see how much our students appear to be enjoying their time at the University and how much they’re getting out of the whole experience. 

So, with the third year of our annual photo competition now at an end, all that’s left for me to say is: keep snapping and capture your time!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Applicant Day bookings are now open!

If you've received an offer from us, you can now book your place on one of our Applicant Days. Applicant Days are a great opportunity to come and find out in more detail about the course you've applied for.

You’ll also be able to view campus facilities and examples of accommodation, meet staff and current students, and get advice and information from our award winning student support teams.

You can book your place online, or if you have any queries about the Applicant Days, don’t hesitate to contact us.

There’s no better way to get a feel for what a university is like than to pay a visit. 

With a range of Saturday and Wednesday Applicant Days to choose from over the coming months, we hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Your UCAS Application... Top Tips

If you’re reading this blog then you’ve hopefully made the decision that university is right for you, and that’s the hard part over!  It’s now time for what fills the majority of potential students with dread (drumroll…) the UCAS application form!  But don’t panic, it really is simpler than you may think…

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Want to get a snapshot of what really happens at the University of Chester?

For the past three years we've been running the Student Snapshot competition for students studying at the University of Chester to submit a photo that captures a memory or experience whilst here and to let us know in no more than 50 words why they chose it.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Campus Tours

If you missed our recent series of Open Days, don’t worry!  You can still visit us prior to applying by booking yourself onto a tour of either the Chester Campus or the Warrington Campus.  Campus tours take place every week and enable you to see the facilities we have on offer and also sample Chester’s award winning student experience
Binks Building - Chester Campus

Covering general student facilities such as the library, fitness centre and Students’ Union, on a campus tour you’ll be able to gain an insight into university life at Chester.   We’d also recommend taking advantage of the quality time you get to spend with our enquiries team tour guides.  A perfect opportunity perhaps to ask all those questions you’ve been storing up? 

Library - Warrington Campus
Depending on their availability, you might even be able to organise a one-to-one with a tutor from the course you are interested in.  Our advice here is to organise this prior to booking your campus tour.

If you’re keen to find out more about our student residences, your tour guide can even provide further details on the various types of accommodation we have on offer, giving you a real insight into the options available.  However, due to the frequency of campus tours, it isn’t always possible to guarantee a viewing of our student residences.

If would like to book a campus tour call us 01244 512800. If you’re unsure which campus to book a tour for, don’t worry.  Just give us a call and we can let you know.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013


On Saturday 5th October we had the first of our Autumn Open Days for prospective students thinking of applying for 2014 entry. As always, there was a real buzz around campus and we encouraged those in attendance to tweet about their experiences. Here’s a flavour of what was being said…

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Can you afford not to go to university?

If you are considering going to university in 2014, don’t let student finance be a barrier. Whilst the arrangements for student finance in England may have changed beyond recognition in recent years, they are often vastly misunderstood. The headline figure that appears to grab everybody’s attention is the £9,000 tuition fees that the majority of universities are now charging. It’s a scary prospect, after all debt is something many of us instinctively try to avoid. However, whilst a university education isn't cheap, you really shouldn't let this worry you or stop you. And here’s why…

Friday, 27 September 2013

Freshers' Week 2013 - Roundup

Freshers' or Induction week at the University of Chester is always an exciting time and this year was certainly no exception. In this post I'll try to give a flavour of the what happened when our students arrived for their first week at university.

Sunday 22nd Sept

Students arrive to move into their new accommodation. With nearly 3,000 new students starting this year it was a really busy day, but we were really pleased to see the comments and tweets from students and parents praising the work of the staff and volunteers who helped them settle in:

Friday, 20 September 2013

Does an Open Day really make a difference?

What A Difference A Day Makes
This year our Open Day motto is “What a difference a day makes”.  Hmmm, interesting motto - tell me more I hear you say…

Well, in essence, we’re blowing our own trumpet a little because we believe a visit to one of our Open Days could make a real difference to you and will hopefully leave you inspired about a potential future studying at the University of Chester.

In general however, Open Days give you an opportunity to sample what universities have to offer, and are great for helping you to decide what feels right.

So here are my tips for ensuring you get the most out of your Open Day.

Friday, 13 September 2013

What is Higher Education?

What is higher education? It’s a simple question. And, if you’re just about to invest in higher education, it’s a question that’s worth giving some thought to. What can a higher education actually offer you? Is it worth the commitment and investment? Will you enjoy it?

Friday, 6 September 2013

Thinking of applying to Chester? Welcome to the University of You!

Choosing which universities to apply for isn't easy. In fact, some people find the whole thing stressful and confusing; a minefield of prospectuses, websites, open days and nagging. Nagging thoughts at the back of your mind about whether you are making the right decisions and, often, nagging from your parents or school about whether you've done your research properly and filled in your UCAS form in time.

Well, here at the University of Chester, we want to make things easy for you. Chances are you've got a lot on your plate at the moment and you could do with a little help to get your head round some pretty major decisions. So, we decided that we would create a handy little section on our website that puts all of the information you'll need about whether Chester will be right for you in one place. It's our Applicant Space - a space for you to drop by, look around and take your time to discover the University of Chester. And, because we know how important it is that you make the right choices for YOU, we've called it just that: Welcome to the University of You.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Finding your feet

Settling in

Picture the scene. You’ve arrived at Chester on move-in Sunday and your parents or friends have helped you to move various quantities of boxes and suitcases and carrier bags full of your belongings into your new place. You’ve started to make your room ‘yours’ by putting up personal touches such as photographs, posters, a throw on the bed, etc. You’ve been taken to the supermarket to stock up on the essentials, and you’ve waved goodbye to your family/friends as they head back for the motorway…

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Graduation and beyond!

After all your hard work, it’s great to celebrate everything you have achieved at university in one special day….graduation.

Graduating from the University of Chester really is a day to remember. It takes place in the beautiful and historic venue of the Chester Cathedral where guests, family, friends and lecturers all come together to celebrate your success as a University of Chester graduate.

Last November I took the opportunity to speak to students graduating from the University of Chester and to find out how their Chester experience had inspired their plans for the future. Click on the video below to find out what our graduates enjoyed about their time at Chester and to discover if the University of Chester could be the University for you.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A Student’s Perspective

Hi, I'm Katie and I'm a second year German and History student based on the Chester Campus. I'm from Luton – and for all you southerners out there migrating north – prepare to start emphasising your vowels! ‘Work’ will become ‘werk’ and you will no longer have ‘lunch’ you will instead have dinner, and your evening meal will ALWAYS be ‘tea’ – just one of those little perks that will come from making a home away from home.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Does a university visit help?

You've done the hard bit - completing and sending off your UCAS application - but there are likely to still be many questions that you’ll want answering before making that final decision.  In this blog, I hope to be able explain how a visit on an Applicant Day can help in making that decision.