Lord Mayor thanks students for making community events a success.

Posted on 2nd February 2017

A group of students from the University of Chester has been praised by the city’s Lord Mayor for its role in making some of the city’s most popular Christmas events so successful.

Events Society with the Lord Mayor
Events Society with the Lord Mayor

Cllr Angela Claydon, Lord Mayor of the City of Chester, presented a certificate to each of the student volunteers from the Events Society, to recognise and thank them for their contributions in delivering a number of Christmas activities, in conjunction with staff from (CWaC) Cheshire West and Chester Council. The events included delivering Christmas Lights Switch On and parade in Chester, Chester Lantern Parade, The Frodsham Christmas Festival, the Winter Watch Parades and the Roman Saturnalia.

It is the fifth year of the partnership between the University and the Council, which has developed into an opportunity where the students gain invaluable experience delivering live public events. This year saw a record 65 students participating in the five events, led and managed though the University’s Events Society, comprising students from across the University who study a variety of subjects including Law, Business, Tourism and Events Management.

President of the Events Society, Laura Jones, said: “Working on these events is hugely important, as it provides a fantastic opportunity to gain insight and invaluable experience on live events. The Chester Christmas Light Switch on is a phenomenal event, due to the level of planning and coordination needed to ensure a successful occasion for the 15,000 or so spectators who attend. The Events Team at CWaC is really supportive and provides guidance and mentoring to the students who participate”.  

Professor Clare Schofield, Acting Dean of Chester Business School at the University, said: "It is wonderful to see so many of our students actively engaging in exciting event projects such as this, which not only benefits the community but also aids in developing the students’ skills, knowledge, and their employability."

Cllr Claydon said: “The assistance these students provided was invaluable. They are great ambassadors for the University. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the University of Chester on future events and projects.”