University of Chester reinforces links with women’s organisation

University academics in Chester have met with representatives from Soroptimist International (SI), building on the ties forged in two other recent visits.

The term soroptimist can be broadly interpreted as meaning “the best for women”, and SI and its 66,000 members work to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The various parties discussed how to improve age-friendliness in Cheshire. From the Centre for Ageing and Mental Health at the university, Dr Jan Blain and Professor Paul Kingston talked about their current projects.

Professor Kingston said he welcomed the chance to share the centre’s work with:

“…an important international organisation and show them the work the University is doing in Cheshire to improve the lives of older people in the county. We also enjoyed the opportunity to welcome members to one of our sites to reflect, in particular, the 'educate' part of the Soroptimist mission.”


Professor Kingston was also visited by members from SI’s Phnom Penh, Cambodia branch on a separate occasion. They were joined by Joy Roberts and Anne MacDonald from SI’s Chester branch, and a tour of the university was arranged for the visitors, who remarked on the quality of the School of Natural Sciences and its library and lecture theatre.

Chester is a popular place for domestic and international students to study for a myriad of reasons, and the city has a range of quality student accommodation in the Garden Quarter, Hoole, and the city centre, often with utility bills included in the rent.

Written by Mark

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