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HEllO again and thanks to
those of you who got in touch after
the first edition of our University’s
new magazine with some really Masterplan’s
It seems we made a good start
with the magazine – but several of
you felt it was a little text heavy and
Works to kickstart a major
a little too corporate. You also
wanted to know a bit more about
the people in the University. begin this summer
So, we’ve tried to take all of that
into account in this edition and,
again, we’d like to hear your
thoughts on this issue. The
magazine exists to bring colleagues
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nEws THaT a ground-breaking
project looking at jazz culture across
Europe can go ahead with funding of
almost €1 million is music to the ears of
Dr Tony Whyton.
The University’s Reader in Music will lead the
three-year study, which is the first of its kind and
involves 13 researchers working across five
countries at seven universities.
“I was delighted when we heard that the
Humanities in the European Research Area, a
pan-European research initiative, had chosen the project
for funding. Ours was one of 19 successful ones from 234
initial applications,” said Tony.
Work on Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European
Identities begins in April and includes funds for a Salford-based
post-doctoral position and two PhD studentships, one in Salford
and one in Amsterdam. Two of the other universities involved are in
the UK – Birmingham City and Lancaster – while the other partner
institutions are in Denmark, Austria and Norway.
“The project will deliver a deeper understanding of
jazz in Europe and the value it brings to different
countries. Its output will include two
conferences, knowledge transfer
activities, books, journal
on new course
Performance scheme critical to success a nEw finance Master’s degree
being launched this year will
a nEw fOrmal process for performance and Sharon Grant, PDR project manager within enhance the University’s
development review is being piloted within the Human Resources, said: “The PDRs will help international profile.
University, prior to being extended to all reviewers individuals better understand their contribution to Salford Business School’s MSc in
and then to all employees by the end of the the organisation and clarify the focus of work for Islamic Banking and Finance was
2010/11 academic year. the coming period – including identifying any suggested by its head, Professor
Once implemented, every member of staff will support and resources needed to achieve individual John Wilson.
undertake a Personal Development Review (PDR) and organisational goals. “I’m very pleased we’ve been
with their line manager, that will enable them to “The process is very much designed to be able to recruit excellent academics
maximise their contribution through the collaborative, not command and control.” with the necessary expertise to
achievement of agreed performance objectives Training will be provided for reviewers and there launch the programme, which will
which are in line with school/department objectives will be an e-learning pack for reviewees to help contribute to the University’s and
and ultimately the University strategic plan.The them prepare for their PDRs. the School’s increasing international
meeting will also identify support, development and At present, most employees have been appraised reach and profile,” said John.
resources needed to achieve the objectives. using the existing appraisal scheme. This hasn’t “All new courses are important,
PDRs are currently being piloted with colleagues always been used systematically or consistently. but this is particularly significant as
in the School of Computing, Science & Engineering All appraisal schemes need to be renovated from it reflects not only an area of real
and will be evaluated in April. time to time, particularly where the external context is and increasing significance, but
This will be followed by Phase 1, which will changing and new pressures emerge. A senior PDR also the University’s commitment to
implement the new PDR for all reviewers, who will scheme was developed in 2008 and now operates for encouraging scholarly study into all
usually be managers, by June, including training and SLT members and their direct reports. It’s now time to cultures and sectors.
other developmental support. develop a new scheme for everyone else. “It is predicted that demand for
Phase 2 will be implemented for all employees by “The new scheme will encompass everyone in a Islamic banking services will treble
June 2011. Once up and running, employees’ main structured way and help individuals and the in the next few years. The
PDR appraisals will take place with line managers University deliver at the top of their game,” she said. significance of Manchester, not just
each May/June, with a six-month review later in the “It will be critical to the University’s future success in the UK but in Europe, as a
year to assess progress and make fine adjustments. in the highly competitive HE context.” financial centre means that we’re
well-placed to launch this course.”
4 JNus march 2010 – news about us
iT strategy looks to teaching future
CHiEf infOrmaTiOn Officer Derek academic side of the University believes is also responsible for
Drury says that the University’s new IT it will be teaching in three to five years transforming the
strategy will be “absolutely key” to time and beyond – for example whether University’s existing IT
delivering new ways of teaching in the more will be delivered remotely – and infrastructure.
future. then to ensure that the IT makes it “This gives us a marvellous
Derek, appointed late last year to possible.” opportunity to bring it to a
lead on the development of the Derek, who joined the University standard which will
strategy, said: “This is not so much an IT from The Co-operative Group where he support any future
strategy as a teaching strategy. The helped to formulate the current needs,”
initial work is to discover how the strategic Information Systems (IS) plan, he said.
Open access is Energy house
growing success goes ahead
an ambiTiOus new open access policy is a full-sizEd house is to be built
paving the way for wider recognition for the inside a new University lab in a
University and its researchers. Records of European first as part of the Energy
more than 2,000 scholarly articles, written by Hub project.
employees, are already available in the The pre 1919-style Salford
University of Salford Institutional Repository Energy House will be used to
(USIR), with over 700 of them giving the develop low carbon building fabrics,
full-text. More are being added every week. systems and products, including
Vision… impression of the finished campus
The University is the 100th institution testing them in different weather
around the world – and the 11th in the UK – conditions using the lab’s unique
to join the open access movement by environmental controls.
mandating that all its research be offered Professor Steve Donnelly,
freely to anyone through its online repository. Executive Dean, Faculty of Science,
Julie Berry, Associate Director for Engineering & Environment, said the
Information and Learning Services, said the ‘house in a lab’ idea was a first for
initiative would promote more partnerships Europe and a key part of the Energy
with the community and business, and Hub, the University’s interdisciplinary
would raise the profile of both academics PHasE 1 Of the Campus Masterplan is progressing centre for developing solutions to
and the University. rapidly on various projects, with initial work on site the energy crisis.
“Researchers have said they’ve been scheduled to start in summer. “One million pounds has already
contacted by all sorts of people, both in the The Chapman Building will undergo a major been secured for the creation of the
UK and from around the world, since they refurbishment that will enhance its architectural quality Salford Energy House. The
put their work on to USIR,” said Julie. and energy efficiency and provide state-of-the-art lecture construction in Cockroft is due to
“The USIR team, in the library, dealing theatres. Design teams have been appointed, with work on run from June to October and it’ll
with submissions, are aware of copyright site to start in August, and completion due in August 2011. open later in the year,” said Steve.
issues and understand the range of legal Talks are also under way with external providers for a “The Salford Energy House is the
implications. We’ve been building the new, enlarged student village that it’s hoped will invigorate heart of the Energy Hub. Inside the
database since 2007 but the mandate came campus activity outside core teaching hours, as well as lab, researchers will be able to
into force on 1 January.” providing commercial opportunities for third party use. control heat, light, humidity and
The first phase of the development of the even wind to enable
accommodation on elevated ground between Peel Park the development and testing of new
and the David Lewis Playing Fields is scheduled for materials.”
completion during 2013/14.
Interviews are also taking place with architects and
designers for a new building on the Adelphi site that will
accommodate the School of Music, Media & Performance,
as well as further schools. Completion is scheduled for
“These works will kick start a major development and
enhancement of the University campus,” said Frank
Benton, Executive Director, Estates & Property Services. “It’s
set to be an exciting transformation that will fit the
Promoting partnerships… Julie Berry
University for its long-term plans and aspirations, ” he said.
Key markets are high on agenda
✚ A blog has been created by
inTErnaTiOnal partnerships, individual links. visit which helped to cement new University of Salford
high on the University agenda, “The idea is that the University research links between the two researchers seeking
are a key element in creating ‘a seeks to work with like-minded universities. contributions from people
strong embedded culture of partners to develop long-term Professor Alias Mohd Yusof, with experience and
internationalisation’, one of the six partnerships with underlying based in the Department of knowledge of homelessness
goals of the current strategic elements of reciprocity and Chemistry at UTM, first studied
plan. mutual benefit.” for an MSc at Salford in the late
It forms part of a study into
Partnerships, aimed at An International Board, 1970s and returned to complete
the underlying causes of
increasing the University’s profile chaired by Vice-Chancellor Martin a PhD based on the application of
and sphere of influence and Hall, will co-ordinate and steer nuclear chemistry.
strengthening its intellectual and the agenda. He said: “The facilities were undertaken in partnership with
research capacity, already exist In October 2009, the excellent and I brought back many Stoke-on-Trent City Council
with institutions in Australia, Vice-Chancellor and ideas to UTM relating to lab and a number of voluntary and
China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Ghassan layout, the programme and community groups, plus
Salford is looking to further its Aouad visited the Universiti technical back-up. researchers at the University of
links in key markets such as India. Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) as part “I also had the opportunity to Lincoln. Dr Philip Brown,
Michael Lurie, Associate Head of a four-country overseas trip. visit several nuclear fuel facilities, Research Fellow in the School
(Partnerships) International PhD students from UTM have including British Nuclear Fuels. I of Environment & Life Sciences,
Relations, explained that studied regularly at Salford for eventually introduced a course in is leading the project, which is
partnerships can operate on three more than 10 years, before radiochemistry co-funded by the Economic
levels: institution-wide, returning home to teach. for my undergraduate and Social Research Council,
school-based on a subject or Some of those lecturers acted students which I Joseph Rowntree Foundation
specific area and through as contacts before and during the still conduct.” and the Department for
Communities and Local
students are styal guides
The blog can be viewed at
wOmEn PrisOnErs called on journalism students from the University to help
them to write and produce their own in-house magazine called Innit.
The students, from first year to postgraduate, attend weekly workshops at ✚ Dr Christian Kaunert and
HMP Styal in Wilmslow, Cheshire, during the magazine’s production period, Dr Sarah Leonard from the
discussing story ideas, offering interview coaching and assisting with page School of English, Sociology,
design. Politics & Contemporary
Sara Eyre, part-time Lecturer in Journalism in the School of Media, History have both been
Music & Performance, who oversees the project, said: “All the students awarded a prestigious Marie
who have been involved say it has been a fantastic experience for them, Curie Research Fellowship for
even though it is very hard work. We know we are asking a lot of them – two years, starting October.
learning to work in a prison environment and developing working
The awards – each worth
relationships with the women – and they have to fit it around their
€165,000 (ca. £145,000) – are
designed to fund advanced
Three magazines, which include interviews with key prison
training through research at a
staff, women’s personal stories, information on exercise
and diet and some creative writing, have already been world-leading European
produced with the students’ help. The Easter issue is research organisation.
due out this month. ✚ Professor Cemal Ucer, a
Sara said that the presence of the students, who specialist oral surgeon at the
act in a mentoring capacity, has the potential to School of Health, Sport &
contribute towards the rehabilitation of some Rehabilitation Sciences, is
prisoners. president-elect of the
“One inmate who had been working on the
Association of Dental
magazine asked for her release date to be
Implantology (ADI) UK.
delayed so that she would not miss its final
He is the clinical lead of the
deadline and publication.”
Diploma/MSc Programme in
Students volunteering with the project,
which is supported by funding from the Lady Implant Dentistry at the
Monica Cockfield Memorial Trust, attend a University and will officially
mandatory security induction at the prison when become president of ADI in
they are briefed on safety and emergency procedures. Inside information… Sara Eyre oversees the latest issue two years’ time.
6 us march 2010 – one of us
The number of women
engineering students is
rising. Dr Haifa Takruri-Rizk
is delighted… and her work
has just led to her receiving
wHEn dr Haifa Takruri-Rizk first came to
the UK to complete her Masters degree in
passionate about what I do but, as an academic,
I never expected such an honour.”
member of the University Council, has been
involved with Insight, a programme of
engineering, one of her lecturers used to quip Haifa, who was among the first cohort of experience courses for Year 12 girls interested in
that she was “the most beautiful girl in the lab”. electrical engineering students at Birzeit finding out about science, engineering and
“That’s because I was the only girl!“ said the University in her home country of Palestine, has technology courses and subsequent career
Senior Lecturer in Wireless Communication who taught in the School of Computing, Science and options.
has spent the intervening years determined to Engineering for 17 years. Among the UK universities which offer the
change that situation. “At the start, I remember standing in front annual four-day residential programme, run by
That was back in 1985 and in November last of around 100 first-year engineering students, Headstart, part of the Engineering Development
year Haifa was rewarded for her success when with maybe one girl sitting at the front, feeling Trust, Salford is the only one hosting a single sex
she received an MBE from HRH Prince Charles lonely,” she said. “Now there is a much greater course of this kind.
for services to women and black and ethnic awareness of the problem and between ten and “I think it is important to keep it that way,”
minority people in higher education in science, 11 per cent of students in the School are girls.” she said. “Girls feel more comfortable, there is
engineering and technology. Nationally, the numbers have increased over no boy/girl competition and there is more focus
“When I opened the letter from the Prime the last ten years, varying between each specific on work than trying to attract attention.”
Minister’s office informing me, I could not subject. She also believes that many parents are
believe it,” she said. “I have always been very Since 1998, Haifa, a recently-elected happier for their daughters to attend a
● If I had more time to myself I’d… go
swimming, exercise more often and socialise
more with friends.
● You wouldn’t know it to look at me but
I’m very good at… looking younger, cooking
and belly dancing!
● All my money goes on… shopping for my
two teenage daughters. They are never
bored of shopping.
● If I weren’t me, I’d like to be …Valentina
Tereshkova, the first woman to travel in
● Without the internet, I’d… be much more
relaxed and would talk to people more!
● My advice to an 18-year-old starting
further education would be… go for
engineering, a very fascinating and
Playing ball… Annabella in the village of Kisiwani
● The best meal I’ve ever had was… my
mum’s stuffed baby pigeons. Apologies to
● The last film I saw at the cinema was… aid trip inspires annabella
Avatar, a marvellous piece of technology. nursing lECTurEr Annabella Gloster’s She also visited two hospitals in the town
For a change, good wins – unlike what three-week stay in Tanzania working with of Moshi in the Kilimanjaro region and spent
happens in the real world! patients with HIV/AIDS did not end when she a third week teaching doctors, nurses and
● The gadget I couldn’t do without is… my returned home. clinical officers about palliative care for those
iPhone. It gives me the option to be Now she is exploring ways of funding a with HIV/AIDS.
connected. link between the University and a hospital in “It is not my specialist subject, so I had one
● If I won a roll-over Lotto… I’d buy a house Kilimanjaro to assist learning and weekend to prepare after they told me what
for each of my daughters, give more to development among nurses. needed to be delivered,” she said.
worthwhile charities and invest the rest in a Annabella, a lecturer in the School of Mother-of-two Annabella, who made the
centre to support women engineers. Nursing & Midwifery, arranged her visit visit in her own time, has also raised more than
● For my next holiday, I hope to… go to a through the charity Mildmay after a long-held £800 for the charity from friends and colleagues,
relaxing beach to read, swim, and feel the wish to volunteer for humanitarian work. including £83 in the Faculty of Health & Social
sun’s rays. “I was told to expect the unexpected,” Care campus for World AIDS Day.
● The happiest days of my life were… when she said. “The only harrowing sight was the “Three weeks was all I could spare, but I
I gave birth to my daughters and receiving number of patients in all the hospitals I felt it was not long enough,” she said. “I
the news about my MBE. visited, two or even four to a bed, with no understand that while we cannot do
● My greatest weakness is… having the oxygen and where we had to improvise in so everything, we must do something.”
desire to keep everyone happy. many ways.” That is why she is aiming to establish a
Annabella, who studied HIV/AIDS during university link with a hospital, via the
her Masters degree, spent one week in the Mildmay charity, using technology to deliver
female-only course. The Insight programme remote village of Kisiwani where the more nurse training and development to one
includes presentations from female engineers population of 8,000 relies on one clinical main hospital which can then be expanded to
and visits to major employers, including those in officer for its health care. rural medical clinics.
the civil and aeronautical engineering and
So, although Haifa knows that more women
UNIVERSITIES TEAM UP ON TEETH
are considering engineering careers, why does THE dEan of the University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care discovered how a dental
she think the numbers are still relatively small? playland in Hong Kong is helping take the fear out of going to the dentist.
“There is still not a proper awareness of just Professor Cynthia Pine visited the Oral Health Education Unit at the invitation of Hong
what engineering means in the UK,” she said. Kong’s Chief Dental Officer.
Busloads of schoolchildren visit the unit each day to learn about brushing their teeth
“Many think of engineers as mechanics, people
through the use of mannequins, and what happens at the dentist’s surgery.
with greasy hands and it discourages ambitious
Professor Pine was also in Hong Kong at the invitation of the Vice President of the College
girls. of Surgeons to act as external examiner for a new specialist programme in dental public
“What we need to get across is that health. The visit has resulted in a joint research project being set up comparing different ways
engineering is in everything – buildings, roads, of improving children’s dental health.
cars, computers, telecommunications – and “We can use our experiences to benefit the children of Salford directly and offer greater
without it society would struggle to function.” collaboration between our university and the University of Hong Kong,” said Professor Pine.
8 us march 2010 – news about us
on up… of quality
mOrE sTudEnTs are
wOrk Has already started to considering studying at
push the University of Salford Salford Business School
higher up the UK’s academic following the accreditation
league tables. And the man of its MBA programme by
co-ordinating those efforts is Members of the NSS working group: the Association of MBAs
Director of Planning and Phil Hopwood, seated, with, left to
right, Students’ Union Vice-President (AMBA).
Performance Phil Hopwood. Ricky Chotai, Professor Cynthia Pine Dr Polly Sobreperez,
“In the last four years, we’ve and Jennifer Hinsley of the Faculty of
Health & Social Care, Lawrie Perrins Course Director of The
slipped about 20 positions in the
from Student Life and Roz Howard Salford MBA, said the
major leagues and are currently from Information & Learning Services recognition had been
around 83rd out of around 120
achieved by her predecessor,
institutions,” he said. “The new which should ensure that ratios highest HE rate in the UK at that
Professor Elaine Ferneley,
strategic plan identifies the need such as spend per student are the stage.
with the support of Lynn
to push us either into the top 40 or best they can be. This is also true in The new approaches feed into
Massey, MBA Administrator.
in touching distance by 2017.” other areas. league tables later this year and in
“The accreditation is a
Up to eight different measures “The information we produce 2011. “If we successfully optimise
quality stamp of the highest
are used in different leagues – with tends to be for our own use. This our data, we expect to move back
calibre and we’ve seen a
The Times giving a higher year, we’ve begun to be more to a mid-60s position in The Times
significant increase in
weighting to student satisfaction diligent about accuracy and its table in the next two or three years.“
enquiries from both home
scores and The Guardian rating it effect on the league tables.” Future efforts will focus on
and international students
equally with other factors. The second area is student tackling the root problems. “We
since it was awarded,”
Potential students use the tables to satisfaction. Most final year want to improve our performance
said Polly, who received
help decide on university choices. students are asked to complete an across a number of areas,” said
the certificate at a gala
“What’s interesting is that Ipsos MORI online survey, the Phil. “We want to find ways to
evening in London in
we’re declining even though we’re National Student Survey. Results are improve so that good teaching
improving,” said Phil. “There are used in league tables and websites comes to the fore and our students
“Lynn was integral to the
two main reasons why. The first is aimed at prospective students. feel more valued.
administrative. “Although we can’t “If we can unblock those things
“Information for the tables is supporting documentation,
immediately address all issues and all remains equal, we could
taken from public sources – compiling statistics and
raised by our students, we can move up another 15 places. How
including the Higher Education arranging study trips and
make a start by making it easy for we do after that depends on who
Statistics Agency. For example, we speakers. She was proactive
students to complete the survey. A else is around us and what we do in
tell HESA what staff, students and other areas – we do better when in suggesting support
series of IT suites across the
money we have in which subject institution has been set up.” research is included. All universities sessions, meticulous in
areas. This year, we have made After three weeks, the are trying to improve their position, administration and
sure that all are properly allocated, response rate hit 49 per cent, the so this is a real challenge.” professional in all
Lynn worked closely with
One water winners Elaine on the two-year project.
“While it was extremely
THrEE sTudEnTs have won a trip to Malawi
hard work, it was also a
to see how the ethical bottled water drunk on
great experience and worth
campus is helping poor villagers there. The
all the effort now that we’ve
winners, who were being selected as US
achieved the accreditation,”
magazine went to print, entered a competition
said Lynn, who has worked
to find the University’s representatives to
in a variety of roles during
attend the dedication of a new water pump
her 11 years at the
paid for by One water’s sales. Jan Wilman, who
decided to stock One water in all the University, ranging from
University’s cafés and restaurants last year, said Exams Officer to
the winners would be guests at the dedication Postgraduate Programme
ceremony in April. The pump will be bought Administrator.
and installed through Global Ethics, the “We’re hoping this will
organisation behind One water. “We sold help to raise the profile of
160,000 500ml bottles to pay for it,” said Jan, not just The Salford MBA,
who was the Director of Commercial Services but Salford Business School
Great idea… Jan Wilman as well.”
when she launched the water at the University.
Clubhouse is students’ goal
dEsigning a nEw clubhouse Undergraduate Programmes said:
for Salford City Football Club has “We’re having industry specialists
turned into a real-life challenge for come to talk to them about the
360 School of the Built different elements involved. It’s
Environment (SOBE) students. fantastic for them to have this real
Instead of tackling a theoretical project.” At a question and
project, the second years on the answer session attended by
BSc Combined Degree programme architectural, quantity surveying
are now working on the £500,000 and construction project
redevelopment of the one-storey management undergraduates,
building that was destroyed by fire Hazel Blears, the Patron of Salford
last year. City FC – who was joined by club
Dr Angela Lee, Programme Chairman Darren Quick and Paul
Director, said the University became Smith, Director of the Sports
involved after being asked for help Business, a social enterprise which
Determined… Hazel Blears and Salford FC Chairman Darren Quick
by Salford MP Hazel Blears, who helps raise money for sports clubs
leads a group supporting the club. – said that the club, which has
“The students are working on been going since the 1940s, had a that something good will come ambition to climb up the leagues
all parts of the design brief in place in local people’s hearts. out of this and the club will be but also give something back to
teams of 12. In April, the best ten “When the clubhouse burnt stronger as a result. the community. We want local
teams showcase their designs to down last October, it was a disaster “We’re creating jobs for local people to have a greater sense of
the club, Hazel and the BBC to for everyone at the club as decades people to rebuild the club through ownership with facilities that will
choose which one will go of history including trophies and the Government’s Future Jobs Fund benefit everyone seven days of
forward,” said Dr Lee. memorabilia went up in smoke,” and building better facilities that the week – not just on match
Eric Stokes, Director of she said. “But we’re all determined will not only help support the club’s days.”
Online just the job
Eggspertise! A streamlined recruitment
In the case of Professor Tony Warne, the chicken definitely process for employees has led to
came first… then the eggs… and then more chickens. 98 per cent of applicants to the
The Head of the School for Nursing & Midwifery has kept University of Salford applying
chickens since he was 15. “I love to see the movement in the online. The University
garden – and they produce good eggs.” implemented the slicker
Then came the desire for more chickens – wooden, pottery, procedures after a wide-ranging
metal, in paintings, sculpture, modelled, every way that the review and is now at the leading
poultry can be depicted. To date, the Professor in Mental Health edge of HEI recruitment
has amassed 6,500 of them, all on display at his home in Bolton. administration. Some 90 per cent
“I want to have the world’s greatest collection of chickens of candidates who applied online
and the ones in my garden are just a small part of my rated the application form good
passion,” said the man whose presentations to students to excellent and hiring time has
always include a chicken on at least one slide. “They are been reduced by 25 per cent.
synonymous with who I am.” Tony also likes the colour black,
and his current batch of egg-producers are Black Sussex,
Light Sussex – white with black flecks on their feathers – and A research project at the
Welsummers, “a dark breed, almost iridescent green, lovely”. University of Salford is studying
“They currently share their rather palatial indoor house the way in which musicians
with a duck called Jemima who thinks she’s a chicken,” said affected by polio, such as Ian
Tony, who is also Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Dury, Joni Mitchell and Neil
in the Faculty of Health & Social Care. ”Ever since a fox Young, have made sense of their
claimed the other ducks, she has started to behave like a bodies through their music.
chicken – roosting and eating their food.” Professor George McKay’s
As a frequent traveller, he added to his collection on every study is funded by the Arts and
trip, meaning that “each chicken is an instant reminder of a Humanities Research Council and
particular place”. he aims to release results as a
book next year.
10 us march 2010 – radius
➜ TwO uNiversiTy OF salFOrD lecTurers aND seNiOr
miDwives scOOpeD a TOp miDwiFery prize aT The rOyal
cOllege OF miDwives (rcm) aNNual awarDs iN lONDON.
Kathryn Murphy and Helen Hindle’s work on reducing the failure of
campus midwives to recognise early signs of deterioration and collapse among
soundbites women during pregnancy and childbirth won them the Department of
Health Award for Implementing Government Policy.
They have developed their work into a post-registration midwifery
module delivered at the University.
Kathryn is also Head of Midwifery/Assistant Director of Nursing
➜ The uNiversiTy OF Services at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, and Helen is a Senior
salFOrD has ObTaiNeD Midwife at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
FuNDiNg FOr graDuaTe Presenting the award, Cathy Warwick, RCM General Secretary, said:
gaTeway, a piONeeriNg “This award for Kathryn and Helen highlights the important, innovative
prOjecT TO help and pioneering work being done by their trusts and the University of
uNemplOyeD graDuaTes Salford and I congratulate them both, their University and the
ObTaiN placemeNTs. Department of Health.”
The European Social Fund and
the Higher Education Funding ➜ cOmmuNicaTiONs aND
Council for England are braNDiNg specialisT chris
supporting the scheme whereby larkiN is The uNiversiTy
unemployed/under-employed OF salFOrD’s New
graduates undertake a five-day DirecTOr OF
training course that provides key cOmmuNicaTiONs,
Graduates are then matched
with a suitable employer and relaTiONs, aND braNDiNg.
embark upon a placement, He is a former head of brand
which can be fully funded if an and corporate communications
From left, David Foster, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer,
employer has less than 50 for Marks & Spencer Money, Department of Health, The Princess Royal, Kathryn
employees. Further details at winning several awards, and Murphy, Helen Hindle and Cathy Warwick
www.careers.salford.ac.uk/ held senior posts at
employers/gg, or email Hill & Knowlton PR and ➜ salFOrD law schOOl ➜ a rObOT, calleD
firstname.lastname@example.org. Nationwide Building Society. has lauNcheD a herberT, cOulD eND up ON
Five years ago he also pOsTgraDuaTe ONliNe OpeN The bbc’s cbeebies’
co-founded, with his wife, Day, builDiNg ON The websiTe, helpiNg chilDreN
Sarah, So-Baby, one of the UK’s success OF iTs TO uNDersTaND hOw The
➜ The FirsT NOrTh wesT leading organic baby food uNDergraDuaTe ONliNe bODy wOrks.
lauNch OF lesbiaN, gay,
manufacturers. OpeN Day. University of Salford
Chris said: “The University The postgraduate site, which students studying BA (Hons)
(lgbT) hisTOry mONTh,
already has an excellent recreates the experience of a Design for Digital Media
which celebraTes The
reputation. Initiatives such as its traditional university visit, features submitted Herbert, and other
plans for campus development, interviews with lecturers and designs, after the BBC invited
aND hisTOries OF lgbT
and its presence at postgraduate students, plus a final year students at
peOple iN The uk, was
MediaCityUK from 2011, will video tour of facilities at the Lady universities in the north of
helD iN early February.
provide opportunities to Hale Law Building. The site can be England to submit ideas for
Dr Eleanor Casella of the
demonstrate further its viewed at www.law.salford.ac.uk/ stand-alone content for the
University of Manchester opendaypg CBeebies website.
delivered a lecture:
Disgraceful Transactions: A
Sexual Economy of Female ➜ helpiNg sTuDeNTs geT a jOb aFTer Their sTuDies is
Prisons in Nineteenth Century The FOcus OF a ONe-Day cONFereNce NexT mONTh.
Australia. The Embedding and Enhancing Student Employability event is
on 16 April at University House for all University employees.
University of Salford
Speakers include Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association
Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall
of Graduate Recruiters.
said: “Salford is committed to For more details contact Karen Mackie on 0161 295 3144.
supporting its LGBT students Topics to be covered in a series of sessions include incorporating
and staff, and it is a privilege work-related learning into the curriculum, current issues in the
to host this important event.” sector and student achievement through extra-curricular activities.
➜ aNyONe wiTh aN ➜ DesigNs submiTTeD by uNiversiTy OF
iNTerNeT-eNableD smarT salFOrD sTuDeNTs have leD TO a sTuNNiNg
phONe visiTiNg The big baNg reFurbishmeNT OF a gallery aT cOveNTry
Fair iN maNchesTer iN TraNspOrT museum.
march will be able TO The museum had invited students to restyle the gallery
phOTOgraph a laTesT on the demise of the Coventry car industry and the
geNeraTiON barcODe aND winning team of Katie Belshaw, Sophie Lark and Laura
immeDiaTely access Kelly produced an exhibition called Ghost Town, using a
iNFOrmaTiON abOuT graphic tabloid theme.
maNchesTer’s OuTsTaNDiNg The trio are students on the MA Heritage Studies and
scieNce heriTage. MA Arts and Museum Management programmes.
“We have authored a Steve Bagley, Head of Collections at the museum,
Manchester Science and presented the programmes with a cheque for £250 and
Engineering Trail which uses the three successful students with £25 vouchers.
so-called QR (Quick Response)
codes to take you on a guided They will contact pre-selected are struggling financially.
tour of key locations within the ➜ sTuDeNTs recruiTeD aND alumni to chat to them about the Last year’s campaign raised
TraiNeD by The alumNi
city,” said Nigel Linge, Professor University and appeal for a money for the Salford Advantage
relaTiONs & aNNual FuND
of Telecommunications in the Team will spearheaD The donation. Money raised will go Bursary, providing funds for more
School of Computing, Science & aNNual FuNDraisiNg towards the University’s Crisis than 100 students over the next
Engineering. The trail was campaigN iN spriNg. Fund, which helps students who ten years.
developed in partnership with
the Museum of Science and
Industry, BT and the Manchester ➜ humaN righTs ➜ The uNiversiTy has
campaigNer peTer DevelOpeD a cliNical
Digital Development Agency
TaTchell aND barONess simulaTiON warD wiTh
and is the latest application of
hale OF richmOND, a cOmpuTeriseD maNNequiN
the mi-Guide visitor information jusTice OF The supreme paTieNTs ThaT creaTe
system (www.miguide.co.uk), cOurT OF The uNiTeD real-liFe, pracTical
co-developed by the University. kiNgDOm, will be amONg experieNces FOr NursiNg
speakers aT a uNiversiTy sTuDeNTs.
➜ The uNiversiTy’s OF salFOrD cONFereNce. The mannequins – four adults,
secOND iNTerNal salFOrD Also featuring Chancellor a young child and a baby – have a
sTuDeNT experieNce Dr Irene Khan, it will review the pulse, respiratory movements, the
survey is uNDer way. Human Rights Act since its ability to excrete bodily fluids and
The four-week survey covers inception in 1998. It will be recorded voices to communicate
various aspects of student hosted by Salford Law School discomfort and pain, or describe
experience, including teaching, and held 4-5 June. symptoms.
academic support, assessment Further details: www.law. Lecturers can observe students
and feedback, travel to the salford.ac.uk/hrconference through a sound-proof booth and
University and the Students’ communicate with them through
Union services. While the ➜ salFOrD is The FirsT the mannequins directly.
National Student Survey (NSS) ➜ sTuDeNT iNFOrmaTiON uNiversiTy iN The uk TO
covers the majority of final-year OFFicer NicOla schOFielD is iNTrODuce a
undergraduate students, it is the carviNg OuT a Name FOr pOsTgraDuaTe cOurse
job of Salford’s internal Student herselF as a wriTer OF Tv explOriNg The
Experience Survey to bridge the Drama. psychOlOgical
rest of the student body, Nicola, who’s been at the cONsequeNces OF caNcer
non-final year undergraduates University for around two years, is aND iTs TreaTmeNT.
and all postgraduates. Its results, a winner of the Royal Exchange The three-year part-time
together with the NSS, will WRITE#2 competition, five of her MSc Psycho-Oncology course is
underpin the planning and plays have been staged, and her research-based and was
long-term strategy for its episode of the BBC daytime series
developed in conjunction with
students. The survey takes about Doctors was aired last year.
five minutes to complete and is Manchester’s Christie Hospital
She now has a London agent
totally confidential. Completed but admits finding time to write is and other local experts in
forms will be sent to an external hard. She said: “Writing my own cancer and palliative care.
organisation for analysis. For stuff or on shows like Jimmy Further information: www.
further details, visit: www. McGovern’s The Street is what I salford.ac.uk/course-finder/
studentexperience.salford.ac.uk aspire to.” course/1912
12 vcus march 2010 – news about us
SUDS buddies… from left, David Brierley, Joint SUDS Publicity Officer,
Pauline Lamb, Disability Service Manager, Student Life Directorate, and Dot Shuttleworth Forums
Two other networks – a
new Faith Forum and a
revised Black and Ethnic
Minority Forum – shared a
launch at the University in
The faith forum,
which organised Holocaust
Memorial Day and
Armistice Day events, aims
to be “a point of reference
for staff by staff as well as
exploring the relationships
between faith and
religion,” said Jo Richler, IT
Liaison Manager and
Convenor of the Forum.
In addition, the first
cohort of 12 mediators
received training at the
University in January as the
first alternative to formal
grievance and disciplinary
processes, including race
Among them was
Dr Jacques Rangasamy,
pictured below, Senior
Just the tick-et
Lecturer in the School of
Art & Design and Convenor
of the black and Ethnic
minority forum, which
is planning a Black History
Month for the University in
October, focusing on
THE POsiTivE approach by ensuring that anyone with a plan work on disabled user He said: “The Forum
the University of Salford to disability who applies for a job at engagement,” said Dot. “We have will offer a programme of
employing and retaining disabled the University, or who is employed also been asked to consult on mutual support for anyone
workers has been recognised by already, receives a fair deal.” student accommodation, which who considers themselves
the Government’s Two Ticks The SUDS Network, which will occasionally be used for visiting to be to be in a minority.
disability symbol. meets four times a year and is open staff and conference delegates.” We also see ourselves as an
At a recent event to mark the to any employee interested in SUDS has also consulted with asset to the University’s
International Day of Disabled disability issues, aims to support the University’s Estates Planners to international aspirations.”
People, Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall disabled colleagues, to improve advise on emergency exit ramps
accepted the award which will be their visibility and to present a and the action plan completed by
reviewed each year by Jobcentre positive attitude towards disability external consultants Quantarc on
Plus. and disabled people. disabled access.
Dot Shuttleworth, Joint Chair of The Network, in line with its The Network is keen to ensure
the University’s Disabled Staff “SUDS – part of the solution” aim, that equality and diversity training
(SUDS) Network, said: “Every has already acted as a consultation on disability issues is made available
disabled person is different – group on issues including the to all employees. “We think it is
disabilities can be complex and are design and accessibility to important that everyone is made
not always obvious. MediaCityUK. aware of the needs of disabled
“The Two Ticks symbol is about “We have met the architects to people,” said Dot.