Students and staff at the University of Chester celebrated the beginning of the Chinese New Year with a series of activities.

The events, including a dumpling making demonstration, were organised by Dr Haili Ma, senior lecturer in Chinese studies with the department of modern languages.

She explained: “Jiaozi, the Chinese word for dumpling, literally means to connect the old time with the new time. Chinese New Year'#’s Eve is a traditional time for the family members to get together, making and cooking dumplings from early evening until past midnight.

“This is the first year that the university has offered Chinese studies, and the first time these types of events have been organised to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

“We received great support from many departments across the Campus, in particular the catering services team in the Binks Refectory.

“ It was fantastic to see so many people taking part and enjoying themselves.”

Other events organised to take place throughout the 15-day celebration include a Chinese food display, in collaboration with the Chinese Students and Scholars’ Association, which involves a cooking competition and tasting session. To mark the end of the festivities, there will also be a Chinese lantern making demonstration taking place on February 14.