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The Cestrian Award

The Alumni and Development team are thrilled to announce that this year's winners of the Cestrian Award are Dr Sian James and Bethany Parsonage, who will be using the award of £500 to aid the creation of teaching resources for schools and community groups. They plan to visit Bardsey Island in Wales and create a range of teaching resources concerning the fascinating and hard-to-reach landscape. 

Each academic year, the Alumni Executive Committee offer up to two awards of a maximum of £500 each to current students or staff, as individuals or members of a team. There are two awards available:

The Cestrian Sports Award
This award is open to current students, individuals or a team for the academic year 2017-18. Aspiring sportsmen or sportswomen may apply for the award if they require financial assistance to participate in sports activities at a higher level (e.g. international representation).

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current student.
- Require financial assistance with sports activities at international level.

The Cestrian Community Award
This award is open to current staff or students, individuals or a team for the academic year 2017-18. Applications are welcomed for sporting or non-sporting activities, especially those which support the community or set a good example. The fund will not be available as a direct donation to other charities.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be current staff or students.
- Requires support with a community project (must supply an outline proposal in written format.
- Demonstrates support of the welfare of others.

Cestrian Award Richard Bott.jpg Caption: Former Cestrian Award winner, staff member Richard Bott, used his award to help him compete in several regional and national road and track cycling competitions.


Successful applicants for both awards must agree to providing a report and photographs for inclusion in The Cestrian magazine. They must also agree to promote the benefits of the award, and the support of the University of Chester, afterwards and in all publicity.

If you would like to apply for either of these awards and think you fit the criteria, please download and complete an application form.

Please return your application to us by May 25, 2018 to alumni@chester.ac.uk or post it to: Alumni and Development Office, Corporate Communications, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ.