University initiatives shortlisted for a host of prestigious awards.

Posted on 22nd July 2014

Several departments across the University of Chester have been shortlisted for national awards, rounding off another successful year for the institution.

The Mission Moscow team on the steps of the Assumption Cathedral, Moscow
The Mission Moscow team on the steps of the Assumption Cathedral, Moscow

Green Chester

The Sustainability Unit’s Green Chester initiative has been named a finalist in The Green Gown Awards 2014 - a national initiative which recognises the exceptional sustainability projects being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.

Trashion Show 2014

With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the higher education sector.

The University was selected as a finalist in the Student Engagement category of the Awards for its DoNation pledge initiative which inspired the ‘Tap It’ and ‘Trashion Show’ campaigns, which encouraged students to drink tap water rather than bottled water, and explore ways in which they can bring tired clothes back to life by up-cycling.

The University will go head-to-head with eight other institutions across the country in this category, in a bid to win the award, which will be announced at a glittering ceremony on November 3, in Manchester. The winner of the category will go forward to the International Green Gown Awards.

The Mission Moscow initiative, a challenge which was set to groups of students to turn £10 in to a trip to Russia, has been shortlisted in the HE Enterprise Champions category of the National Enterprise Educators Awards (NEEA). 


Mission Moscow

Mission Moscow aimed to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs by asking teams of students to turn an initial investment of £10, into enough profit in 48-hours to fund travel to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow in March 2014.

The task was run by the University in partnership with Chester Endeavour Society and the Riverside Innovation Centre and was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Chester West and Cheshire Council.

Claire Blanchard, Venture Programme Manager at the University said: “This nomination recognises the hard work of the staff behind Mission Moscow in addition to the tremendous commitment from students who took part. To have been shortlisted for this award is a wonderful achievement for the Venture team. It clearly shows the increasing importance and significance that enterprise and innovation plays in the overall strategy of the University and its aim to be recognised as a truly entrepreneurial university."

The winners will be announced on September 4, 2014 at a gala dinner at the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference in Newcastle. 


The Cat Radio

To top off the plethora of awards and titles received this year, the University’s own student-run radio station, The Cat Radio, based at the Warrington Campus, has received a hat trick of nominations in this year’s Jerusalem Awards.

The Jerusalem Awards promotes Christian involvement in broadcasting and the Cat Radio has been shortlisted in three categories: Series or Strand, Easter (2014), and Under 25’s. 

The BROR (The Best Radio On Radio), a weekly magazine style show broadcast on the Cat Radio and presented by the Warrington Campus Chaplain, Father Ian Delinger, has been shortlisted in the best Series or Strand category alongside some of the biggest names in broadcasting including BBC 2’s Pause for Thought and BBC 4’s Thought for the Day. Though not explicitly Christian, The BROR’s ethos follows Father Ian’s theology of valuing and affirming God’s children in who they are and what they do and focuses its interviews on the lives, issues and interests of students and staff at the University.  

The BROR’s Easter Special programme, which was broadcast on Good Friday 2014 and told the story of Holy Week through to Christ’s Resurrection in a contemporary way, has been shortlisted in the Easter category of the Awards.  

The broadcast included four timeless, placeless interviews of key people in the Easter Story (voiced by staff and students at the University), including a witness to the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, the maître d' of the Upper Room, Judas after the Betrayal and Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection. The interviews were interspersed chart songs which reflected the events and moods of the various contexts of the interviews. 

The Easter Special was produced and edited by Radio and Television Production student Siân Heron, 22 from Keighley, West Yorkshire who has also been shortlisted in the Under 25’s category of the Awards for her role in the production.  

Father Ian Delinger said: "We've been nominated alongside some heavyweights, including BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. This is a testimony to the work of our Radio Production students it is also a testimony to the trust, effort, support and patience that our colleagues in the Media Department, Dave Grimshaw and Jenny Spruce, contribute to the show. It also reflects that Christian values have a place in contemporary culture, including at a university.

The winners of the Jerusalem Awards will be announced in October at a special ceremony.