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100 things that will probably happen on your first day at University

You've done the work, got the grades and now the big day is finally here - you're off to uni! The first day at University can only be described as being like Christmas day at the in-laws ... There is a lot of build up There are plenty of arguments Everyone is trying to impress each… Continue reading 100 things that will probably happen on your first day at University

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Education, Theology, Media and Communication (MA), University of Chester

Studying a Master’s Degree: It’s a MArathon not a sprint.

12 January 2017 was an important date for me, the light at the end of the tunnel. I wasn’t certain if it was the end of my MA journey or  headlamps of an oncoming train. It was the day I submitted my MA dissertation and arrived at the destination I never thought I would reach. I started… Continue reading Studying a Master’s Degree: It’s a MArathon not a sprint.

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IWD2017: Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the most beautiful of them all? You all are, darling.

Once upon a time, I was called Joseph. I was a boy. On 4 January 1991, I was welcomed into the world quashing the assumption I would be the third son of the Lees litter. A slightly small, jaundice but beautiful girl who from that moment was the apple of my Dad's eye. They called me… Continue reading IWD2017: Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the most beautiful of them all? You all are, darling.

Education

What University really taught me

Content Warning: This blog is most definitely not the opinion of the university or reflective of all students. It's called a joke, a hoot, a light touch to brighten the depths of dissertation despair! ______________________________________________________________ University is, without doubt a life changing experience and probably the greatest achievement of your life so far, right?! Never did… Continue reading What University really taught me

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International Women’s Day: Women who’ve changed my world

"Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants." —Coco Chanel International Women's Day 2016 When we think of the words 'strong woman' what images spring… Continue reading International Women’s Day: Women who’ve changed my world

Family

Not all heroes wear capes. Ours wore a bakers hat and football boots. A tribute remembering the life of Duncan Lees.

This eulogy was read at my fathers funeral on 4 January 2016. All donations to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital via this link: JustGiving Page We come here today to remember a very special person, Duncan Lees; A person who devoted his life to giving to others without asking for anything back, a person who… Continue reading Not all heroes wear capes. Ours wore a bakers hat and football boots. A tribute remembering the life of Duncan Lees.

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A bucket list for students: Things to do before you graduate from the University of Chester

The city of Chester has been awarded an accolade of awards for its outstanding beauty and culture on offer for local residents and tourists from across the globe. For students, you are not quite a resident but you are certainly not a tourist. While you are studying here, this city is yours to explore and… Continue reading A bucket list for students: Things to do before you graduate from the University of Chester

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20 things people need to stop posting on social media.

Social media is a wonderful thing and I would be the first to admit that I am an addict. I am addicted to sharing news, debating hot topics, keeping connected with friends from across the globe and spending Sunday afternoons trawling through profiles, day dreaming about my wedding to the worldie I have just seen… Continue reading 20 things people need to stop posting on social media.

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University of Chester: 175 years of the transformative student experience

Last year I was asked to write 175 words to sum up what it is like to be a student at the university of Chester as part of the 175th anniversary celebrations. I forgot. Then I remembered. Then I realised how little 175 words is so I decided to write a poem. Then I lost… Continue reading University of Chester: 175 years of the transformative student experience