Crescent Orchestra

By Oct.20, 2014

Danny Thompson (centre) playing at the Create Festival.

Danny Thompson (centre) playing at the Create Festival.

Our University has a great tradition of music, both in composition and performance.  So when Daniel Thompson came up with the idea of founding a new ensemble, open to all students and staff, this was a natural project to support.

Danny is an unstoppable force.  Currently completing his Masters in music performance, he’d used every opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments before he’d left school.  After a period of playing with various pit orchestras supporting musical theatre productions around Yorkshire, he spent a while sleeping on the floor of a friend’s room in Castle Irwell.  Having cheerfully contravened our rules and regulations, he decided to have a go at auditioning for a place on our Music programme.  He’s not looked back since.
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For Barbara

By Oct.13, 2014

Alan Henning

Alan Henning

Alan Henning’s brutal murder in Syria has touched a broad swathe of people across the country, bringing together diverse communities in outrage about a crime committed in the name of politics and religion. Alan’s death has particularly touched Salford, where he lived and worked, and our University, where his wife Barbara is a valued colleague in Health & Social Care, and a friend to many.
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Minding the Gap

By Oct.06, 2014

Journalism students at our MediaCityUK campus

Journalism students at our MediaCityUK campus

Britain is now one of the most unequal countries in the developing world and the gap between rich and poor continues to increase. In his recent Salford Lecture Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, set out five policy levers to reverse this trend. Several of his proposals require action by universities. What, then, should we be doing?
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Working with Employers

By Sep.29, 2014

How can universities better build high level skills in partnership with employers? A new report just published sets out some principles that are founded on good practice and informed by case studies.

The launch event in London was downgraded because it was scheduled just before the Scottish referendum. I was at a loss to understand how best practice in employer engagement could be a national issue, prohibiting ministers from attending; Westminster’s political protocols can be deeply mysterious.
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Our most vulnerable children

By Sep.22, 2014

hundreds of children are sent by local authorities to live in isolated bed-and-breakfast accommodation after they leave care,

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in care face unique challenges

Our University has a strong record of support for students who have been in care, and for carers in general.

Carers are the unrecognised heroes of health provision across Britain, relieving the NHS of billions in the cost of support for people with long-term conditions. Many carers are children and young adults, with responsibilities that deny them educational opportunity. And young adults who have been in care are the most under-represented group in higher education, with less than 10% gaining places at universities.
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