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School wins eight ESRC Social Science Festival funding awards

21 July 2017

Following a recent round of ESRC Social Science Festival funding, we are delighted to announce 8 of the 11 funding awards granted by the University have been made to our School. You will see there is a fabulous range of initiatives. There will be a showcase event in October that will illustrate approaches to impact taken by these and past award holders of HEIF and impact funding. The aim is to share ideas and tools for impact, learn from other schools as well as each other, and to explore innovative means of maximising impact.

Congratulations to all of the initiatives below!

  1. Lisa Scullion. Social (in)security? Learning lessons from lived experiences of the benefits system. Seminar at Media City.
  2. Michelle Howarth with Prof Carol Haigh (MMU), Dr Mike Hardman (ELS), Dr Graeme Sheriff (SHUSU), Dr Andrea Gibbons (SHUSU). Alternative Gardeners Question Time: Green Care: Impact and Potential on Community and Individual Health and Wellbeing. Public debate and workshop at Salford Innovation Forum.
  3. Yuen (Denise) Megson with Louise Wong – Wai Yin (Manchester Chinese community group), Ed Connelle (AllFM Community Radio), Annette Rimmer (UoM PhD student and honorary lecturer in social work and community development UoS). Transmitting culture and community cohesion through Community Radio. Workshop developing media skills with Chinese people as a means of engagement at the Wai Yin Centre, Manchester.
  4. Ian Cummins with Dr Marian Foley (MMU) Dr Martin King (MMU). Fiction is far more true than any journalism. Event examining media portrayals of crime at Media City.
  5. Anthony Ellis with Clare Allely (UoS), Muzammil Quraishi (UoS), Dr Deborah Jump (MMU). How should we respond to violence? Interactive presentations at Mary Seacole.
  6. Melanie Stephens & Carol Bartley. Are you sitting comfortably: guidelines for assessing seating, posture and preventing pressure ulcers. Event with props (seats, pressure measures) in major train station or shopping mall.
  7. Kelly Lockwood. Mothering from the inside: considering implications for policy and practice in relation to mothering and imprisonment. Workshops and seminars with prisoners present.
  8. Tracey Williamson with Prof Josie Tetley (MMU), Luisa Rabanal (SiFD), Andy Walker (SiFD), Dementia Associates (SiFD). Dementia care services – fit for purpose? Seminar at Salford Museum.

60 sec with Dr Jeanne Lythgoe, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

19 July 2017

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for our BSc Midwifery (156wk)

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

6 years

3.Which building are you based in?

Mary Seacole, you can find me in MS3.50

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I wanted to use my knowledge and experience to positively influence the education and development of future midwives

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Watching our students graduate & being there myself to gain my Doctorate

6.What is your biggest dream?

To see acupuncture available to all pregnant women and to see the success of our Home Start Pregnancy & Parenting Pals & Perinatal Mental Health education strategies. For this research to be published

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I visit the Lake District a lot and love to walk in the hills with my husband, family, friends & dog. I am also a Brownie Leader known as Snowy Owl and I do Tap Dancing

8.What was your first job?

Working in an Estate Agency

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

My 3 children!!

10.What would make your job easier?

More dedicated administrative support

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Take every opportunity you can and try to enjoy it all!

Dr Mark Widdowson wins international research award

15 July 2017
 Dr Mark Widdowson wins Research Award

Dr Mark Widdowson wins Research Award

On Friday 28th July, Dr Mark Widdowson, senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy will be the first ever recipient of the International Transactional Analysis Association’s Research Award at the World Conference of Transactional Analysis in Berlin.

Transactional Analysis was originally developed for psychotherapy and counselling but is also used in educational and organisational development settings. The International Transactional Analysis Association’s Research Award has been initiated to recognise researchers who have made a significant contribution to transactional analysis research. The contribution Mark is receiving the award for is his research into the effectiveness of Transactional Analysis for depression. and his innovative use of case study research method.

60 sec with Laura Connelly, Lecturer in Criminology

7 April 2017

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Lecturer in Criminology

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford?

I joined in September 2016

3.Which building are you based in?

I’m based in Allerton. You can find me in L520

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I wanted to work in the School that would be supportive of both my research and teaching interests. I didn’t want to have to choose one or the other.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

I’ve not been here long but being part of the winning quiz team at the School Christmas get-together was good, even if I didn’t know many of the answers myself!

6.What is your biggest dream?

I’d love to see a world that was more socially just: where there wasn’t such huge global wealth disparity, or racial inequity, sexism, poverty and homelessness. I’d like to see us all becoming a bit more aware of these forms of inequality and work together to help dismantle the social structures that keep them in place.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I enjoy cooking for friends, listening to music, and spending time with family.

8.What was your first job?

For my first job, I washed dishes at a fish and chip shop. Free chips were a big perk.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Being awarded my PhD. There were days when I thought I’d never finish it.

10.What would make your job easier?

Unlimited time. A ‘Bernard’s Watch’ (for those of you who don’t know, this is a reference to a children’s TV programme where the lead character had a watch that could stop time).

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

If you’re ever in need of inspiration (scholarly or otherwise), read something by Angela Davis – an amazing academic, feminist and civil rights activist.

Race and Society

7 April 2017

By Tina G. Patel

This book has just been published by Sage Publications, and is authored by Dr Tina G. Patel, who is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Salford. Race and Society provides a thoughtful and critically engaging exploration of some of the key issues around race and racialisation, which have arisen in what is considered to be a highly diverse and complex society, in which claims about a post-race condition have problematically dominated the race/racism agenda. With a progressive approach emphasising the social construction of race issues within a post-racial era, moving away from essentialist and polarized explanations of raced interaction, the book provides an introduction to the main concepts and key theories, including their post-developments; it focuses on the processes and impact of racial categorisation in contemporary society; highlights the intersectional and multifaceted nature of race and related conceptualizations; and, illustrates how race has morphed into newer forms of categorizations. The chapters include: Categorizing Race; Understanding Society; Identity and the Place of Race; Race in Social Institutions and Organizations; Human Rights, Equality and Legislation; and, Researching Race and Society. The book is packed with topical examples and international case studies to engage readers, including the the ‘blacking up’ of Rachel Dolezal, the Alphaville gated community in Brazil, the Jyoti Singh Pandey case, racism in football. The book will be useful for all those with an interest in race and racialisation processes.

Further details about book can be found at the publisher’s website: and/or Tina Patel at

Knowledge for Change – placements in Uganda

23 February 2017

Knowledge for Change is an international charity, hosted by the University of Salford, that provides highly educational elective placements and training opportunities in healthcare sectors in developing countries. Driven by our strong focus on ethics and sustainability, all placements aim to facilitate a mutual exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise. This way, while having a valuable and unforgettable experience, students are able to engage in and contribute to meaningful, interesting and ongoing projects aimed at making sustainable improvements to some of the most poorly resourced healthcare systems in the world.


Benefits to Uganda

K4C’s core values and principles ensure the placements are of mutual benefit to Uganda as they are to our students. Our strong focus on ethics and sustainability mean that you will have the ability to make a real difference in Uganda. We ensure our students are not ‘fly on the wall observers’ during placements; they get stuck in under direct, high quality supervision from our professional volunteers and local partners. This is why 91% of students who completed a placement with K4C in 2015/16 believed they’d had a ‘positive’ or ‘very positive’ impact on the individuals, facilities or health system within which they were based*.

Benefits to Students

A placement with K4C will allow you to develop your knowledge, skills and experience not only in relation to your professional course but also for your personal development.  Over 80% of students thought their placements with K4C had a ‘strong’ or ‘very strong’ impact on their skills in areas such as communication, compassion/empathy, resource awareness, cultural awareness, appreciation of good healthcare and the UK NHS, health systems thinking and their personal and professional commitment and motivation. 96% of students believe their placements have a ‘very positive’ impact on their career! This is incredibly important at a time when competition for jobs is increasing and you need something unique to make you stand out in interviews.

Our placements are safe and we all accommodation and travel are fully risk assessed. You are support by our staff in Uganda as well as the UK. You will have the opportunity to meet many new and interesting people and are also free to do as you please during evenings and weekends. There is plenty to do and see in Uganda! From safaris to relaxing by a beautiful lake!

Bursaries and funding opportunities

We understand that funding an international elective placement can be expensive, so to make this exciting opportunity available to as many people as possible, we have detailed some recent funding and bursary options below that you may be able to benefit from. Eligibility criteria do apply, however these are by no means the only funding available should you not be eligible, or fail in your application. The majority of universities have their own travel funding available for their students, so start by asking international offices, placement managers and personal tutors. External funding can be found by asking friends, colleagues, tutors or searching on Google!

HEIF Funding

Through its ‘HEIF funding scheme’, the University of Salford has released a minimum of 30 bursaries worth £1000 each for placements in Uganda in 2017. Groups of students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds will be attached to each of the following K4C projects: 1)  Supporting blood transfusion services (in partnership with the UK Blood & Organ Transplant Service) 2)  Understanding the dynamics of microbial resistance and the effect of buildings/structures (partnership with One Brick at A Time, OBAAT) 3)  Supporting children with mental and physical disabilities (in partnership with Kyaninga Children’s Development Centre, KCDC) 4)  Promoting respectful care in Midwifery (in partnership with the Burdett Trust and the Royal College of Midwifery) How to apply: All eligible applications received will be considered for a bursary. Request an Application Form using the contact details provided. Deadline for applications is 26th March 2017.

There are also other funding opportunities available through Santander who offer travel bursaries to 81 different universities from across the UK. Their relationship with each university varies, however many offer international travel grants and awards worth between £300 and £5000. This is not affiliated with K4C.


If you wish to apply for a placement with K4C please get in touch by emailing Alternatively, you can call us on +44 (0) 161 295 2823.

Find us on Facebook/Twitter ‘@K4C_Uganda

The angel of mercy and the inspiring Salford University

9 February 2017

A blog post by Noura Almadani, PhD student at School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences

My personality has been shaped by my Islamic cultural background, values, ethical principles and beliefs that I carry with me throughout life. I spent my childhood on the northern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Tabouk), living in an intergenerational but small community that has powerfully influenced my life.

For me, nursing has become the ‘Angel of Mercy’. A very prominent memory for me is the time that my father was admitted into Intensive Care  Unit where he was not able to pray. The hospital staff did not understand our culture and the importance of praying for us, within the Muslim community, and this affected the whole family. My father died the following day and losing him meant losing the light of our household. I was inspired to do something to make him proud and, after secondary school, I decided to join the new Health Institute for nursing which was considered the first nursing programme in Tabouk.

In my early career, I spent time working in the pediatric ward as a staff nurse; this created many challenges for a young girl in a closed culture like Saudi Arabia. My family was very supportive and this encouragement helped me to overcome many obstacles. Marrying at the young age of 18th year did not hinder me in pursuing my dreams. In fact, it was one of the factors that empowered me to complete my studies, to be a good mother for my children and to be a role model for all Saudi women.

I am an optimistic woman; I love life, I love people, I love to make others happy and I believe that life is beautiful when we are honest with ourselves and with other people, plan our career, focus on our objectives and work to achieve them. All these factors inspired me to concentrate on education as the golden key for success to open the gate of the future.

I awarded a free internal scholarship and successfully completed my Bachelors degree in Nursing at King Saud University. This degree equipped me with the self-esteem and confidence to apply theory in practice. The emotional support I gave to patients inspired me to become more compassionate. In 2005, I joined a newly established General Directorate of Nursing at the central level of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and became actively involved in the development of nursing departments in 20 regions of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this role I was involved in the strategic planning of nursing as a profession and promoting it as a competitive and professional choice. In 2009, I obtained my Master’s degree in Nursing Education from Marymount University, USA. I took on the role of Director of Training and Nursing programmes and joined the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nursing Technical Committee, which is a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries. This committee’s goal is to achieve unity among its members, based on their common objectives. Carrying strategic responsibilities at a national and international level encouraged me to apply for my PhD.

The development of nursing in Saudi Arabia is still experiencing mixed reactions and this makes nursing a less attractive career choice for young Saudi women. However, despite the continuing negativity towards nursing, the number of Saudi women entering the profession is growing. When these women become proficient with clinical skills, critical thinking and awareness of the barriers that hinder development, their chosen professional status will be increased.

My journey did not stop there!  I am currently in my third year as a PhD student at the University of Salford. As an international student, studying a PhD is a challenge in itself but the experience is very rewarding and so is the joy, love and hard work that I put into being a mother. In particular, the support, guidance and friendships that I have formed at Salford University have been, and continue to be enormously helpful in increasing my knowledge and my confidence; giving me the chance to learn from the experts. I have developed a good network of professionals in my field, which I am hoping to strengthen when I return to Saudi Arabia by organizing various seminars and projects. Last year, I started the Salford Saudi Society to provide a way for Saudi students to connect and share knowledge and experiences. I coordinated the 85th  Saudi National Day with the cooperation of Post Graduated Researcher (PGR) students as a first Saudi event at University of Salford.

I have truly enjoyed my time here and I have benefitted from the University of Salford in numerous ways. The University has helped me to experience a rich cultural and social scene, meet different people and increase my engagement in voluntary work. I highly recommend students to join Salford University because it can lead you to build a good academic network, increase your earning potential, provide a wider range of opportunities and develop a more rewarding career. My time spent at the university has been both incredibly rewarding and challenging. In the next part of my story I will write about the challenges that I faced during my PhD at Salford.

60 sec with Kelly Lockwood, Lecturer in Criminology

25 January 2017

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Lecturer in Criminology. I’m also the Programme Leader for the undergraduate degree programme Criminology with counselling.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I joined the University of Salford in june 2015 as a researcher on the beyond youth custody project. I started in my current role as criminology lecturer in january 2016.

3.Which building are you based in?

I am based in the allerton building.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I chose to work in the school owing to the supportive environment and the skills and expertise within the team and the diverse research opportunities that it provides.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Having the opportunity to develop the ‘inside out’ model of teaching criminology, inside a prison setting to a combined cohort of both inside students (prisoners) and outside students (University of Salford students).

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

Spending time with family and friends.

8.What was your first job?

Working weekends in a local cafe but my first job after graduating was for a women’s centre.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Passing my driving test!

10.What would make your job easier?

More hours in the day.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Always ask the stupid question, because everyone else is wanting to ask it.

Christmas in Dracula’s land

23 December 2016

Romania is a land of many traditions and Christmas is no exception. We know that Christmas is approaching when we hear in the village the first drum-beat (mid November)… Children, teenagers and adults come together twice a week, in the evening, to rehearse for the most valued Festival of the year – The Bear Festival  ( )

White winter in Romania

White winter in Romania

During the night of Saint Andrews (end of November), Romanians believe that bad spirits (the vampires!) may attack at night, which is why most households will hang a garlic clove on their front gate to keep Dracula away 😕 .

Then, on the 6th of December we celebrate Saint Nicholas, one of the most awaited holidays of the year especially by children. In the Romanian culture, Mos Nicolae (Saint Nicholas) comes with gifts on the night between December 5 and December 6. He places gifts in children’s polished boots, apart for those who have been naughty. Instead, they receive a stick (trust me I’ve got the stick 😉 ). Apparently, a snowy day means that the Saint has shaken his beard for the winter to start.

Traditional food

Traditional food

December is also busy with the pig (porc) sacrifice. The ritual dates back to pre Christian times and remains an important part of Christmas preparations. The members of family come together for the day to enjoy mouth-watering dishes (pomana porcului). Nowadays, the ritual has many tourist implications, being a highlight of winter holidays in rural Romania.  The meat is used in Christmas meals like sarmale (delicious meat-and-rice rolls wrapped in cabbage, served with polenta), smoked sausages, gammon and other (difficult to translate) dishes. The traditional desert is cozonaci, a sort of sponge cake with nuts, cocoa, and Turkish delights but we also bake various tarts and sweets.

Carols  (colinde) and traditional music form an integral part of the festive season. Many compilations of Christmas music are released in Romania, with some played around the world.

Plugusorul Tg Ocna

Plugusorul Tg Ocna

The carols are accompanied by rituals, costumes and theatrical performances which create an authentic display, for example Steaua (the Star boys’ singing procession), Capra (The Goat), and Plugusorul.

The 24th evening is magical for each family, we put the Christmas tree up whilst children go from door to door singing. As a child I used to travel with friends through the whole village singing carols and receiving in exchange coins, sweets and fruits! The sound of music made the village vibrate and words cannot explain the joyfulness!

I still recall my first encounter with Santa who, to my surprise, was wearing my next neighbour shoes! Instead of focusing on the song (yes, same as in Latvia we had to recite a poem or sing to Santa to receive the gifts) I was making enquiries about Santa’s shoes 😕 .

During Ceausescu’s Era, Christmas was banned because of its religious connotations yet people continued to celebrate. Christmas days (25 to 27) have always been a great opportunity for family members to spend precious time in the warm, loving, and atmosphere of their home.

Processed with MOLDIV

Processed with MOLDIV

New Year celebrations start on the 31 December in the morning with the Bear Festival, Capra and Plugusorul  continuing until the 2nd of January.

The festive season is a truly authentic experience with unusual rituals (after all we’re in Dracula’s land), which I hope will continue to attract the new generations. Snow, crispy cold, shiny stars, the drum-beat are a few of the magical memories of my childhood.

All I wish for Christmas is snow and the sound of drum and carols!

Wishing you a Cracium Fericit! (Merry Christmas)!

Dr. Cristina Vasilica, Research Fellow in Digital Health



Christmas in Latvia

22 December 2016

latviaDid you know that Latvia is the birthplace of the decorated Christmas tree? Apparently old records show that it was in Old Town in Riga, the capital of Latvia, where the first Christmas tree was decorated in the 16th century. Today Latvians still decorate real fir trees with real candles and ornaments, often made from straw and other natural materials.

Children in Latvia believe that Ziemassvētku vecītis (a Latvian Santa Claus) brings their Christmas presents. The presents are usually left under the Christmas tree or they are brought by Santa Claus himself (usually played by a male member of a family or a friend). Usually to get your present you have to recite a short Christmas poem while standing next to the Christmas Tree. I still remember my first Christmas poem that I learned when I was four – it was about pixies walking home through a forest. However, I got so scared of my first encounter with Santa Claus that all I could do was to say ‘pixies, pixies, pixies’ before bursting into tears. I still got a present and still remember it. If you are not good with poems you might also get a present by singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument. You have to do something for each present, so if you are expecting a lot of presents next Christmas you may need to start planning your acts now.

Many years ago, one of my friends and me dressed up as a Santa Claus and a pixie, bought lots of presents and made surprise visits to snowy forests to our friends’ houses on Christmas Eve. Our friends’ children were so excited. After tugging our fake beards they decided that we are indeed real! Their parents were excited too. And relieved. At one house our friends’ six and eight years olds sons had insisted that they will stay up all night because they wanted to make sure they meet the Santa Claus when he brings their presents. Their parents were in despair. Santa Claus and Pixie arrived just in time to save the day (or shall I say- to save the night?). We must have been very good, as for next couple of years we got ‘booked’ to come again!

An integral part of every Christmas is a lavish meal. We Latvians love our food. An old belief is that, in order to have a prosperous New Year, a Christmas meal should consist of at least nine different dishes, including a Christmas roast, grey peas with bacon and onions, stewed sauerkraut, gingerbread cookies, and pastries. If eating a lot is not your thing, we have many other ways how to ensure prosperity, for example, by putting fish scales in your purse at Christmas time.

My all time favourite Christmas food is are cinnamon rolls. They remind me of my childhood when every Christmas my grandmother would make them together with her grandchildren using an old bread oven. Now every Christmas I continue this tradition and I bake cinnamon rolls together with my son.  Writing this reminded me that it is time to get baking again!

Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus! (Merry Christmas!)

Dr. Daiga Kamerāde, Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology/Criminology