University of Chester awarded Bronze in the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

The University is part of the Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, which is a commitment by civilian organisations in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence to support the Armed Forces community. It is an opportunity to recognise the value of serving personnel, both regulars and reservists, veterans and military families and their contribution to the UK. This is built on recognition that Armed Forces personnel sacrifice some significant civilian freedoms, face dangers and are much more likely to sustain injury or death. Families also play a pivotal role in supporting the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces and are embedded in the commitment.

Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington Councils, the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups, charities, the Department of Work and Pensions, the emergency services and the University of Chester.

The certificate was presented to Lottie Ainsworth-Moore, Project Administrator –  Veterans Studies by Colonel Russell Miller OBE; the Army Commander North West Region. Lottie’s husband is currently serving at Dale Barracks, and she is employed in the University’s Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans, which aims to support the Armed Forces community through research, educational provision and community engagement.

Colonel (Retd) Alan Finnegan, Professor of Nursing and Military Mental Health at the University of Chester, who leads on veterans research, said: “The University employs many members of the Armed Forces community including veterans and their families, and within the Westminster Research Centre we are delighted to be making a positive contribution. We have a real passion for our work, and are now actively operating in conjunction with the MoD to obtain the Armed Forces Covenant employer recognition scheme Silver Award. ​“

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