A Chancellor for our Times

By Oct.27, 2014

Universities love tradition, and Chancellors, maces and graduation processions are part of the way that we celebrate our students’ success. In appointing Jackie Kay as our University’s new Chancellor, we are both respecting tradition and changing the role in ways that meet the needs of our contemporary world.

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay MBE is a distinguished poet, storyteller, novelist and public figure. Her autobiography – Red Dust Road – is a story of the fusion of cultures and nationalities and a testimony to the power of the creative imagination. As our Chancellor she will inspire our staff, work with our students to help them imagine their future selves and strengthen our role as a civic institution in our wider community. In this honorary position, she will exemplify the role played by the traditional Chancellor here, and at other universities.
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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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