The Case for Diversity

By Nov.24, 2014

The Equality Challenge Unit's Liverpool conference

The Equality Challenge Unit’s Liverpool conference

It shouldn’t be necessary to have to make the case for diversity. There shouldn’t be the need for an Equality Challenge Unit, or for a kite mark for gender equity. There shouldn’t be an attainment gap for BME students. A postcode should not affect the probability of your attending university or shape the kind of university that will let you in. In an equitable society, a person realises their capabilities though their own choices – by the objectives they set themselves and the efforts they make.


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Leaving care, getting into university

By Nov.17, 2014

Young people who have been in the care of local authorities are the worst represented group of learners in British universities, with less than seven per cent of care leavers in Higher Education at the age of 19. And, once at university, this small group of students face pressures that are largely unknown, and often unimagined, by their peers. We have a strong record here, recruiting a significantly higher proportion of care leavers to our University. And we are fortunate that the City of Salford is known as one of the best local authorities in the country for its support of children in care. Nonetheless, there is much still to do if we are to provide these potential students with all the support that they need, and to which they are entitled.


Seeking equity in outcomes

By Nov.10, 2014

Student support services are incredibly important.

A new study suggests that students from less affluent backgrounds do less well at university than their peers from better off households, despite having equivalent school results when they first enrol. Given that more than 40 per cent of our students are from low income households and are first in their family to attend university, this is an important reminder of the importance of the constant consideration of our teaching, assessment systems and student support services.


Winter Graduation

By Nov.03, 2014

University of Salford Graduation Ceremony

University of Salford Graduation Ceremony

Next month we’ll be holding our first Winter Graduation ceremony; from now on this will be a fixture in our annual academic calendar. The ceremonials of graduation are more popular then ever before. Why?

Graduation is a rite of passage, part of the ritual of progressing from learning to work. Ceremonies are multi-generational, celebrated with parents and grandparents. Transitions such as these require appropriate grandeur, making the day special. It once was unfashionable to graduate; a sell-out to the establishment, a distraction from real life. The certificate could be sent on in the post. Not any more.



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.