Archive for June 29, 2016

UPRISE and Film Fringe presents…The Human Scale

Still from film, The Human Scale

By Sophie King, UPRISE Research Fellow

“I don’t believe by me drawing a line I can make things happen. I can’t force anybody to do anything or be anyone – but we can make invitations” David Sim, Gehl Architects

This is a quote from The Human Scale, Andreas M. Dalsgaard’s 2012 documentary about the work of architect Jan Gehl. This film exploring the relationship between city planning and public life – and particularly the possibility of making cities work for people instead of the other way around, was the perfect start to what we hope will be an annual series of film screenings and public debates convened by UPRISE and UPRISE PhD Student Laura Ager’s Film Fringe. During an evening that drew together an eclectic mix of architects, regeneration professionals, creative industry professionals, scholars, and activists from three continents, the film sparked debate about how to make regeneration more people-centred; the role of the creative industries, artists and activists in place-making; and the parallels between activism that works to make cities more people-centred across the global North and South. Following the screening Dr. Sarie Slee, Lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Salford and UPRISE’s own Professor Dan Dubowitz shared their reflections on how this beautifully shot documentary which looks at Gehl’s work across five cities in Copenhagen, New York, Beijing, Melbourne, Christchurch and Dhaka speaks to their own experiences and practice of place-making.

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Salford experts respond to Brexit announcement

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University experts respond to Brexit result

Dr Cristina Chiva, Lecturer in EU Politics, said: “So far, European leaders have been holding their cards very close to their chest, urging calm and saying very little about what will happen next.

“Silence should not be mistaken for weakness, though. Brexit is an existential threat to the Union, which is why, in the weeks that follow the referendum, the 27 member states are likely to get together and prioritise the survival of the EU over domestic pressures from Eurosceptic movements.

“Calls for similar referenda in other member states will remain unheeded. If anything, European leaders will probably learn a valuable lesson from Brexit – that they should resist calls for a referendum, at all costs. Within this context, it is only by projecting a united front that the EU might survive in its current format, for better or for worse.”

Dr Aleksej Heinze, co-director of the Centre for Digital Business at Salford Business School, said: “Now that Britain has voted to leave the EU, what are the digital business opportunities for the UK’s digital direction? There are a couple of countries beyond Europe that offer potential priorities for digital trade partners.

“The most obvious option is the closer collaboration with the real Silicon Valley in the USA. North America is already dominating Digital Economy around the globe. Forging stronger ties with Mountain View, California could be a safe long-term option. Some US-based organisations such as Google already have their physical base in London.

“In Asia, Bangalore is becoming the Silicon Valley of India. With the population of India predicted to overtake China in the foreseeable future, re-invigorating trade links and striking digital investment and innovation deals could be one of the strategic moves.

“In Africa, Nigeria is investing into its intellectual capital and digital infrastructure. Building trade links and closer digital business relationships with the Nigerian community would also offer a strategic and potentially viable investment of energy for the Europe Free UK.

“As for European digital superpowers, Amsterdam is the 2016 European capital of innovation, so forging closer bilateral links with the Dutch can also be a fruitful long-term digital trade partner.

“As for the rest of European Union Europe, the UK will have to wait and see what the Digital Single Market decision is. A lobby group can be established and in a similar way to big businesses, lobbying can commence to influence the decision from the outside of the negotiation tables.”

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VC Awards: Harold Riley Awards for Community Engagement 2015-16

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Members of the User and Carers Partnership with their award

The Harold Riley Awards for Community Engagement are specifically aimed at our colleagues who have excelled in engaging with our community in Salford. For this category there was one winner, and one highly commended award made.

The judging panel were struck by the level of industriousness and engagement we, as a University, have committed to our community, and how the evidence provided clearly demonstrates the benefits and impact that this gives.

The  shortlisted candidates for this award, presented as part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards at University Day (8 June), were:

  • Salford Community Christmas – Dr Tracy Collins and Amanda Jarvis (School of Health Sciences);
  • The Careers & Employability Team – Julia Spencer, Tahira Majothi, Rachel Martin and Arron Pile  (Student Life);
  • In the Making Project – Dr Ursula Hurley (School of Arts & Media);
  • The User and Carers Partnership Team – Dr Julie Wray, Dr Elizabeth Collier, Dr Michelle Howarth, Maureen McMahon, Dr Celia Hynes, Mel Rushton, Dr Mary Braine (School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences).

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Visiting Professor to give seminars at Salford Business School

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Professor Diana Haytko visits SBS in July

Professor Diana Haytko from Florida Gulf Coast University will visit Salford Business School next month, giving two Marketing-related seminars, on 6 and 11 July, which are open to colleagues and students.

 

‘The New Retirement’, retirement age, demographic and economic changes in the US leading to changes in spending patterns.

Wednesday 6 July, 2-4pm, in Lady Hale G14

This seminar is aimed at colleagues and postgraduate students.

 

Writing for publication: A focus on 4* journals

Monday 11 July, 2-4pm, in Lady Hale 03

This seminar is aimed at colleagues and PhD students.

Professor Haytko is a Professor of Marketing with a particular research interest in relationship marketing and international business; she has published in a range of internationally regarded journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Educational Leadership. She is also editor of the Journal of Business Cases and Applications and the special issue of Marketing Education Review on Teaching Innovation.

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New Professor of Dementia

Photograph of Professor Anthea Innes Professor Anthea Innes joined the University of Salford on 13th June as the Coles-Medlock Director at the Salford Institute for Dementia.

Professor Innes previously worked at the Bradford Dementia Group at the University of Bradford, both as a researcher and later as a lecturer. She also completed her PhD at Bradford which, “explored the process of changing the culture of dementia care in three settings”. Later, Professor Innes returned to the University of Stirling, where she had also studied as an undergraduate, and worked as a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer for a decade before moving to become Professor at Bournemouth University in 2011.

 

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Academics Given Major Role Overseeing EU Microfinance

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Professor Karl Dayson, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Arts and Media, and Dr Pal Vik, Research Fellow, have been appointed major roles overseeing the funding of small loans to businesses across the European Union. Professor Dayson will sit on the European Commission steering committee, responsible for the Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision and Dr Vik will deputise for Professor Dayson.

Microfinance refers to loans of up to €25,000 and the provision of financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The official providers who issue these loans include the local Greater Manchester’s Business Finance Solutions, part of the Manchester Growth Company and are able to do so through access to portions of €180m set aside by the EU for this purpose.

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Salford Researchers – Benefits Sanctions have ‘profoundly negative consequences’

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University of Salford researchers working on a national study say the system of sanctions and support integral to much UK welfare have left some resorting to crime and using food banks.

The Salford academics are partners in the Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change research project, a collaboration between six UK universities: University of York, University of Glasgow, Heriot Watt University, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Salford.

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Publishing Success for Three PhD Students of Creative Writing

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English are pleased to report three new publications from current and incoming students of Creative Writing.

Nathan Walker, currently registered part-time and in his second year, has published a pamphlet entitled Tek Hod with a brand new small press based in Liverpool called Dock Road Press. He performed from the work at a launch reading on the 16th June. See his website here: http://www.nathan-walker.co.uk/

Joey Frances, who will be commencing his AHRC-funded research in October, has published his first collection, called a l’instar de with the NW-based small press Knives Forks and Spoons (run by Salford graduate Alec Newman). See his tumblr posting here: http://bubblethesedatasets.tumblr.com/post/145584383963/8616

Nia Davies will begin her AHRC-funded doctoral research this Autumn starting with attending our MA in Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment. Her new chapbook Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words is now available from Hafan Press. The book was discussed on BBC Radio Three on 19th June in a show about the 1936 International Surrealist exhibition. See Nia’s website here: https://niadavieslit.com/

Congratulations to all!


“Microbial Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems” meeting 22nd/23rd June

A “Microbial Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems” meeting will be taking place on the 22nd and 23rd June at Media City UK. micro

The first day will consist of a number of talks that cover the diverse ways that microbes influence the ecology of organisms and ecosystems. During the second day there will be a  “Horizon Scanning Workshop” – the aim of which is to identify the next big questions in microbial ecology (similar to previous events run by Prof. Bill Sutherland). This is a really valuable exercise with high potential for impact, and all participants will be listed as co-authors on the resulting peer-reviewed publication.

More information on the event is available here: http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/getting-involved/special-interest-groups/microbial-ecology/

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The Impact of Emotion on Attentional Processing

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The way in which we allocate attention to our surroundings has a significant impact on our ability to perform well in any given task, and anything that limits attention can have serious consequences. Researchers from Psychology have been investigating the impact of emotion on attention and they have recently been awarded funding from the British Psychological Society (BPS) to pursue this work.

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