University celebrates three wins at the Educate North awards

Posted on 1st May 2018

The University of Chester is celebrating winning three accolades at this year’s Educate North Awards.

Research Project of the Year left to right: Presenter Martin Doel CBE; Dr Andi Mabhala and Presenter, Jim Hancock.
Research Project of the Year left to right: Presenter Martin Doel CBE; Dr Andi Mabhala and Presenter, Jim Hancock.

Now in their fourth year, the Awards celebrate the outstanding teams, people and initiatives from higher and further education institutions across the north of England.

Chester Business School was named joint Business School of the Year. It is the mission of the Business School to support and develop inspiring business professionals as individuals to excel worldwide at their best for industry and society. The Business School aims to add value and provide impact to the individual, business and society through inspirational individual performance; managerial capability; professional orientation; aspirational achievement; community-centered values and transformational learning.

Homelessness in Cheshire, by Dr Andi Mabhala (Reader in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Chester, Department of Public Health and Wellbeing) in collaboration with a colleague from New York, was named Research Project of the Year. It is the first exploration into the social conditions of becoming homeless, specifically relating to Cheshire.

Dr Mabhala’s research focuses on socio-economic determinants of inequalities in health, policy and social justice. Funded by the University of Chester, this study examines the stories of homeless people within Cheshire to gain understanding of the social condition under which homelessness occurs and to propose a theoretical explanation to enable further comprehension and action by policymakers.

The Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruises Internship Programme is a unique collaboration between the University of Chester and RCI which received the Employer Engagement award. It has been designed to align future graduate skills and competencies strategically with the needs and expectations of key tourism employers.

The internship directly responds to industry needs to develop and foster talent, enhance career progression and retention of graduates entering the highly competitive and fast-paced tourism industry. The internship launched in 2016/2017and 12 interns have since successfully completed the programme.

The University was also Highly Commended in the Environmental Industry award. The University’s ‘Greening the Libraries’ initiative is part of the institution’s commitment to winning the hearts and minds of its staff, students and local community by embedding sustainability in all of its activities and processes. This collaboration between the Sustainability Unit and the Seaborne Library Green Impact Team has included Veggie Fest (promoting meat reduction, vegetarianism and veganism as a way to instantly and dramatically reduce your carbon footprint) and putting out dedicated bins to collect coffee cups in the library.

Additionally, two companies based in the University of Chester’s Riverside Innovation Centre, were recognised in the University Entrepreneurs Challenge category. Maths of the Day, an online teaching resource company, came second place, and won a £2,000 prize, and The Literacy Company, a business working closely with school to improve standards in English, and to enhance the curriculum, came third, and won £1,000.

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, said: “I am very proud of all the winners and short-listed entries from the University of Chester. It’s wonderful to see the hard work of colleagues recognised in such a way and celebrate the positive impact the University of Chester is making in so many ways.”