Student Holly Shaw, following her own life-saving kidney transplant, campaigned tirelessly throughout her studies to raise awareness of organ donation. Holly appeared on GMTV and Sky News, and even received a personal message of support from then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, as her endeavours prompted 3,200 people to sign up to be organ donors.
Professor Roy Alexander's pioneering carbon neutral work in Ashton Hayes village has received media attention from as far afield as Sweden and South Korea. His work formed a case study in the Government's White Paper on Climate Change and he has addressed a Parliamentary Select Committee. A film of the project featured in the global Live Earth concerts.
Wayne O'Brien, a Senior Lecturer in Television Production at the Warrington campus, completed a 5,500-mile solo bike ride across the USA, Europe and Great Britain to raise funds for charities, Help for Heroes and the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
A ‘significant proportion' of the University's research was declared to be ‘of international quality' following the latest Research Assessment Exercise.
The University's 175th anniversary garden was awarded a silver gilt medal at the RHS Tatton Show and has now been recreated as an Alumni Garden, for former and current students and staff to enjoy, on the Chester campus.
The University is actively involved in the sponsorship of four Academies with an aim to double this number in the near future. In recognition of the high quality of provision offered as Academy sponsors, the DfE have made the University of Chester an Accredited Schools Provider, one of the first sponsors in the country to be recognised in such a way.
Former student, Dr Dave Brailsford MBE, won the Coach of the Year Award at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year 2008 ceremony and was also presented with an honorary doctorate for his contribution to British Cycling's outstanding performance at the Beijing Olympics.
Julie Illingworth was one of 18 prize winners to be awarded a Student Volunteer Award at the 2008 Higher Education Volunteering Awards for her varied voluntary work, which included mentoring offenders with mental health problems at HMP Styal.
Honorary graduates of the University include: HRH The Prince of Wales; Dame Joan Bakewell CBE; The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu; Archbishop of York; Dr Terry Waite CBE; Sir Ian Botham OBE; Dr Loyd Grossman OBE; Sir Andrew Motion; Dr Ken Dodd OBE and Dr Tim Firth.
The University has instigated the prestigious High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature and the High Sheriff's Award for Enterprise, the latter in conjunction with Bank of America. The Cheshire Prize for Literature attracts entries from around the world from budding authors with a Cheshire connection, while the Award for Enterprise honours innovative Cheshire businesses.
Children's author Michael Morpurgo; Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy and her predecessor Sir Andrew Motion; Coast presenter Nicholas Crane; Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter; historian and museum director Sir Roy Strong; adventurer Alastair Humphreys; the last Governor of Hong Kong, The Right Honourable The Lord Patten of Barnes; and founder of the Social Democrat Party, The Right Honourable The Lord Owen have all visited the University as recent speakers at the annual Autumn literature festival.