The University won in a range of categories, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler, picking up the University Leadership award. For the second year running, the University’s Sustainability Unit was recognised, picking up the Environmental Sustainability award in a category where the winner was announced on the night. Thornton Science Park was recognised in the Innovation category, and the institution’s Student Support and Guidance (SSG) team won the Student Experience Award for its Young Carers Support Scheme.  Chester was also one of only five institutions to be shortlisted in the University of the Year category.

One of the University’s graduates was also successful. Alumnus Dean Paton won the University Entrepreneur Award, with his Chester-based company Big Heritage, an award winning heritage social enterprise engaging museums, schools and communities with the past.

Professor Tim Wheeler joined the then Chester College of Higher Education as Principal in 1998, and has enjoyed a career which has included lectureships in Psychology and Communications; Dean of Faculty; Professorships across Scotland, Ireland and England; and he was Acting Director and Chief Executive of Southampton Institute of Higher Education. He has published over 120 articles, books and research reports, has been Senior Visiting Research Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, and still finds time to supervise doctoral research students in his current role as Vice-Chancellor.

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