Lord Mayor thanks students for making community events a success.

Posted on 11th February 2015

A group of events management 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 high profile events a success.

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

Councillor Bob Rudd, Lord Mayor of Chester and Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), presented a certificate to the student volunteers to recognise and thank them for their contributions in delivering a number of Chirstmas events in conjunction with the CWaC Events Team. The events included delivering the Christmas Lights Switch On and parade in Chester, Chester Lantern Parade, The Frodsham Chrsitmas Festival, the Winter Watch Parades and the Roman Saturnalia.

It is the third year of the partnership between the University and the Council, which has developed into a unique opportunity, where students gain invaluable experience delivering live public events. This year saw a record 90 students participating in the five events, led and managed though the University’s Event Society. This is made up of students from across the University, who study a variety of subjects including Psychology, English, Drama and Theatre Studies, Accounting and Finance, Teaching, Business, Tourism and Events Management.

President of the Event Society, Alex Gray, 21, from Tarporley, said: “Working on these events is hugely important as it provides a fantastic opportunity to gain insight and invaluable experience on live events. The events team at CWaC is really supportive and provides guidance and mentoring to the students who participate.”   

Professor Ruth Ashford, Dean of the University of Chester Business School, added: "It is wonderful to see so many of our students engaging actively in exciting event projects such as this, which not only benefit the community but also aid in developing the students’ skills and knowledge, and assist their CV and employability."

Councillor Rudd concluded: “The students had the opportunity to write event plans, conduct risk assessments and steward the parades on the nights. This allowed them to gain vital experience in event planning and delivery.

“The assistance they provided was invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the University of Chester in the future and to provide even more opportunities for its students.”