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Irish Nursing Narratives 1914 -1921: Caring For Soldiers of The Crown and The Harp in War and Rebellion

July 2017


Prof Paul Horan from Trinity College Dublin provided a fascinating insight into role of Irish nurses during the years 1914-1921 in his presentation “CARING FOR SOLDIERS OF THE CROWN AND THE HARP IN WAR AND REBELLION”.

We hope this is not the only time Paul will be a guest at the University, and we look forward to working collaboratively for many years to come. 


Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant 

March 2017
On 3rd March, the Westminster Centre recently hosted a workshop for committee members of the Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership at the Riverside Campus of the University of Chester. Representatives from the Borough Councils of West Cheshire and Chester, East Cheshire, Halton and Warrington were joined by attendees from the MOD, The Royal British legion, The Defence Medical Services, Ex-Forces Action Network, Cheshire Police, Warrington, Cheshire and Wirral CCGs, Cheshire Fire and the DWP. The Council leads for the event were Chris Samuel and Sam Wilkinson who co-Chair the Partnership.  
The three hour workshop addressed a number of questions under the headings of: Challenging the Myths; Membership; Education; Who is a Veteran; Local Champions; Working Together & Where Should We Focus our Energy.  
The workshop has helped provide additional information and structure in assisting the Partnership move forward in proactively improving engagement with Cheshire’s Veterans.  


Military Veterans and their Families Wellbeing Symposium
'Supporting the Armed Forces Community'

November 2016



Chris Matheson MP; John Goulding, University of Chester student and veteran; Janice Gidman, Associate Dean, in the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care; Professor Alan Finnegan; Councillor Myles Hogg; Kathy Cowell OBE, High Sheriff of Cheshire and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler.

On the 17th November, over 100 attendees gathered at the University of Chester for a Military Veterans and their families’ wellbeing symposium. Speakers included leading healthcare figures such as Professor Peter Carter OBE, military contributions from the North West Brigade Deputy Commander Colonel Phil Harrison and the Medical Dean, Brigadier Robin Simpson.  Local presentations included how Warrington Wolves and Everton football work with the Veteran population. 
The opening address was provided by the Chris Matheson, MP for Chester to an audience including representatives from the Cheshire Borough Councils, Service Charities, Academics, the Armed Forces personnel and Veterans. Also in attendance were Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice Chancellor of the University, Kathy Cowell, High Sheriff of Cheshire and Councillor Myles Hogg. 
Professor Alan Finnegan, Director of the University’s Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veteran’s Wellbeing stated "The event was a real success and indicated how many people are engaging to make a positive difference to the daily lives of veterans and their families".  
The intent is to follow up the success with a veterans research conference that will be held in the University of Chester on 5 October 2017.
 Presentations from the event can be viewed here.


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