The Chester Difference Award 2020 – A year of change

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2020 – A year of change

Since 2014, The Chester Difference Award (CDA) has been offered at the University of Chester by Careers and Employability to recognise extra-curricular activities that enhance employability. This year, we made some changes. Find out how we brought the original process to a close with some virtual sparkle and launched the updated CDA.

A celebration with a difference

The CDA Team brought the original CDA system to a close by showcasing their first virtual CDA Celebration Event this year to celebrate the achievements of the 2019-20 award recipients.

Congratulations to 2019/20 Award Winners

Compered by Matt Baker, (Music Director for the University Choir) the event went where no CDA celebration event has gone before: touring the beautiful city of Chester, taking students on a journey around a selection of Chester’s landmarks. The event included some inspirational speeches by students, a CDA graduate, staff and an external speaker to reflect on their positive experiences in a very challenging time. With the help of staff in LIS, all sections were compiled into a 44 minute video which premiered for award winners and guests to see in early September. Since the showcase, the event has had over 390 views from award recipients and guests across the world making it the biggest CDA celebration to date. View the event here.

We were sad that we were not able to celebrate with award recipients face-to-face this year. We were committed to making the virtual event at special as the face to face events of the past and really wanted the event to be a celebration of the achievements of the students involved with a few surprises along the way.” Hannah Perkins, Training and Events Co-ordinator

New CDA Process 2020-21

CDA Celebration Event

September also saw the launch of the new CDA process which, in addition to recognising extra-curricular activities, is also designed to help you develop techniques to showcase your skills and experiences to future employers.

You can develop a tailored programme to: 

  • Progress your career thinking
  • Articulate your skills 
  • Understand the recruitment process 
  • Develop your enterprising skills
  • And/or build networks

Create your own personalised journey by selecting pathways related to your interests and personal goals.

All current students are eligible to take part. Click here to register and start your CDA journey by getting involved with the exciting extra-curricular activities on offer at the University and beyond, helping you become a Citizen Student.

We’re really excited to launch the new CDA to students. We know how employers really value seeing what you have achieved outside of your studies and now the process makes it clearer to participants what skills you’re developing and how they prepare you for your future career journey. The CDA offers you a personalised experience throughout the process, with pathways to inspire you and help you to achieve your goals. And we’re here to help you with every step along the way.” – Diane Appleton, Head of Careers and Employability, Student Futures

Be a student with a difference…with the Chester Difference Award!