The University of Chester picked up four awards at the recent Educate North ceremony in Manchester.
The awards, now in their second year, celebrate the outstanding teams, people and initiatives from higher and further education institutions across the north of England.
Vice-chancellor professor Tim Wheeler picked up the University Leadership award and the university’s sustainability unit was recognised, picking up the Environmental Sustainability award.
Professor Wheeler joined the then Chester College of Higher Education as principal in 1998, and has enjoyed a career which has included lectureships in psychology and communications; Dean of Faculty; professorships across Scotland, Ireland and England; and he was acting director and chief executive of Southampton Institute of Higher Education.
He has published more than 120 articles, books and research reports, has been senior visiting research scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, and supervises doctoral research students in his current role as vice-chancellor.
He said: “I am extremely proud to receive this award, and to be recognised by my peers is always an honour. I also see this as recognition of the hard work of all its staff in ensuring the success of the University of Chester, which has gone from strength to strength since it was established over 175 years ago. We pride ourselves on the quality of our student experience and our success at these awards once again proves the valueof the support we offer as an institution.”
Thornton Science Park was recognised in the Innovation category, and the institution’s Student Support and Guidance (SSG) team won the Student Experience Award for its Young Carers Support Scheme.
Chester was also one of only five institutions to be shortlisted in the University of the Year category.
One of the university’s graduates was also successful.
Alumnus Dean Paton won the University Entrepreneur Award, with his Chester-based company Big Heritage, an award winning heritage social enterprise engaging museums, schools and communities with the past.
Last year, the university celebrated its 175th Anniversary, from its roots as the first purpose-built teacher training college in the UK, to today’s diverse, multi-site organisation.
The University’s SSG team is celebrating its win in the Student Experience Award, for its innovative Young Adult Carers scheme, which is a distinctive support package offered to students who also have caring responsibilities.