A group of students from the University of Chester has been praised by the Sheriff of Chester for its role in making some of the city’s most high profile events a success.

Councillor Alex Black presented a certificate to the student volunteers, to recognise and thank them for their contributions in delivering a number of Christmas events in conjunction with the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) events team.

They included delivering the Christmas lights switch on parade through the city, the Chester Lantern and Winter Watch parades, the Frodsham Christmas Festival, the Roman Saturnalia, and the Coca Cola Christmas tour.

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It is the fourth year of the partnership between the university and the council, which has developed into a unique opportunity, where university students gain invaluable experience delivering live public events.

This year saw a record 70 students participating in the six events, led and managed through the University’s Event Society.

This is made up of students from across the university who study a variety of subjects including psychology, English, drama and theatre studies, accounting and finance, teaching, business, tourism and events management.

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The University of Chester also presented David Atkinson, events co-ordinator at CWaC, with a certificate of recognition for his outstanding support of their students, and for his dedication and support in developing the partnership between the university and the council.

David has mentored students on live event delivery and planning for the last four years. He is due to retire in March.

President of the Event Society Bethan Williams said: “Being able to work on such a variety of community events is hugely important, as it provides a fantastic opportunity to gain insight, skills and invaluable experience on a range of live events. The events team at CWaC is really supportive and provides guidance and mentoring to the students who take part.”

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Dean of students Rev Dr Lesley Cooke said: “It is wonderful to see so many of our students actively engaging in these exciting event projects. These not only benefit the local community but also contribute to the development of our students’ skills and knowledge, and that, in turn, supports their CV and employability.”

Councillor Alex Black added: “The students had the opportunity to develop the event plans, carry out risk assessments, and oversee the management and delivery of the events.

“The assistance they provided on these events was invaluable and we are really pleased with how our partnership with the University of Chester has developed over the last few years, and look forward to continuing working closely with the university to provide even more opportunities for its students.”