Archive for October 27, 2016

English student flies the University of Salford flag

zahra darabkhaniEnglish student Zahra Gohari Darabkhani has been flying the University of Salford flag in her local community. 19-year-old Zahra recently attended a careers day at the Mohebban Al Mahdi Youth Foundation community group, talking to prospective students about the great learning experience she’s having at the University.

The community group in Gorton, founded in 1994, organises recreational, social and interfaith activities for the local community. There she spoke to GCSE and A Level students about her English studies and even handed out undergraduate guides about the course.

“I attended the careers day as I wanted to help young people in my community. Students were definitely interested to learn more about English at Salford – I had a lot of questions about the lectures in particular,” says Zahra. “I made sure everyone I spoke to was invited to the next Open Day.”

Zahra will be attending the University’s Open Day on the 29 October 2016. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’m an enthusiastic person so excited to talk to people about my life as a student and hear about other people’s aspirations,” she said.

You can find out more about the next Open Day here.


Oxfam and DWP Livelihoods Training Evaluation

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Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Mark Wilding are leading an evaluation for Oxfam Wales and the DWP of their innovative Livelihoods Training Project.  The overall aim of the Livelihoods Project is to embed understandings of poverty within the DWP service across Wales, to enable DWP staff to better understand the needs of service users, and consequently be better placed to provide appropriate support and solutions to meet their needs. It is hoped that this more personalised approach will reduce the need for sanctions and improve outcomes in terms of sustainable employment.

Lisa and Mark will be leading a mixed methods evaluation over a 12 month period involving analysis of existing project data, surveys of staff and service users and qualitative case studies in selected geographical areas. The evaluation sits within SHUSUs dedicated Work and Welfare work stream, and builds on Lisa’s involvement in a large ESRC funded project focusing on Welfare Conditionality. Lisa said:

“This represents an exciting new partnership for SHUSU but is also a recognition not only of our expertise in relation to evaluation methods, but also our expertise in relation to welfare reform and the evolving welfare agenda. The Welfare Conditionality project has found that the support provided to benefit claimants is often very limited and unable to meet the varied and sometimes complex needs of some claimants. We are therefore really pleased to be involved in a project that aims to improve the experiences of claimants”.


Psychology Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship

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Robert Bendall from the Directorate of Psychology & Public Health has recently been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship. The Scholarship aims to develop promising early career researchers and the project – Individual differences in emotional processing and their impact on the relationship between emotion and cognition, will build upon recent work in the area of emotion science. Robert is looking forward to working with his mentor Dr Catherine Thompson and is very grateful for her support. The findings of the project will be presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology Conference.

Recent publications can be accessed from the following links –

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Bendall

Frontiers: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00529/full

SEEK: http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/profiles/RCA%20BENDALL.jsp


Dementia Friendly Environments Workshop

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The Salford Institute for Dementia welcomes you to a workshop exploring environments and how they are viewed by people living with dementia. We will use photographs of hospital, care home and outdoor spaces to share views on how environments are perceived differently by different people and how they could be made more dementia-friendly. Come find out what works for dementia in terms of flooring, colour schemes, seating, therapeutic gardens, artwork, doorways, household products orientation boards, signage, pavements etc.

The event will share findings from several research studies into indoor and outdoor spaces and will be hands on and fun. Whether you have dementia yourself or are a family member, friend or carer of somebody affected by dementia, or work with people affected by dementia, you are most welcome to join us. People living with dementia who work with us regularly will be sharing their views first hand. The workshop will begin with a buffet and refreshments in the Reception of the Salford Museum & Art Gallery followed by discussion around small tables in the Museum café.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-friendly-environments-workshop-tickets-28724067459

Date/Time
09 November 2016
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location
Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Peel Park, The Crescent
Salford
M5 4WU

For further details contact: dementia@salford.ac.uk or call 0161 295 2363

Parking: The Salford Museum & Art Gallery has 32 parking spaces including 3 accessible spaces (charges apply – up to three hours £2.00, coins only)


Behind the scenes of Visioning Lab: a future-casting exercise

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Dr Jessica Symons, the academic behind Visioning Lab and its future visioning workshops will be available online for a behind the scene discussion with special guests and spontaneous future-casting sessions on topics of participants’ choosing.

Visit the Visioning Lab YouTube channel on 10th November between 8-9pm for live chat. Check out the channel anytime for future-casting exercises that take people on imaginative journeys on themes ranging from love and shopping to death and music.

On the Visioning Lab YouTube channel, you can:

  • Meet Star the Cat who features in a number of future casts and other special guests who will do a live future visioning session with Dr Jess.
  • Find out what the background noises are in the YouTube videos (it’s the gerbils)
  • Hear about other people’s experiences of doing the future-casting exercises
  • Take part in a future-casting exercise yourself

Subscribe to the Visioning Lab YouTube channel to stay in touch and get a reminder for the broadcast

For further information, please contact Jessica Symons (j.symons@salford.ac.uk)


Fuel Poverty Research Network Autumn Meeting

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Fuel Poverty Research Network Autumn Meeting

10am – 4:30pm, 1st November, Media City

 

The second meeting of the Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN) is being held on 1st November. It is hosted by the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), University of Salford on the University’s campus. The event will incorporate the autumn meeting of the Association of Local Energy Officers North West and include a presentation on their activities.

With the theme ‘Fuel Poverty: Telling the Story’ this interactive session will look at creative ways of understanding and sharing experiences of fuel poverty and learning from some inspiring projects from Greater Manchester and beyond. It is an opportunity to learn about new and creative ways of communicating research and maximising impact, and to be part of a growing network working on this important issue.

The day runs from 10am to 4:30pm and has presentations in the morning followed by an interactive session in the afternoon.

More information and registration at

http://www.fuelpovertyresearch.net/november2016/

Any questions, please contact Graeme at g.sherriff@salford.ac.uk


What will it be like to live with robots?

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This year the government is running an inquiry into the emergence of artificially intelligent robots – but what will life be like when they are among us? This fun day-long workshop with leading robotics experts invites you to come as a family and help us understand your worries and your hopes for this imminent future.

Together, we will build robots from Lego which will give you a glimpse of the possibilities, and you will be asked to discuss together how you feel about this future. Help the University of Salford’s research team, led by Professor Andy Miah, understand what is at stake in a future where robots live among us. Participants are invited to come to this event as families, to create a hands-on conversation about the future of artificial intelligence, robotics, and to consider what these technologies mean for our future.

Using Lego, along with interactive activities and talks, participants will discuss the kinds of societies they imagine and the ethical, legal and social issues they present for humanity. It will be suitable for children from the age of five upwards. This event is for families. Upon registering please tell us how many adults and children will come in your group, along with the ages of your children. This information will help us plan for the event, and will not be used in any other way.

Please note, this event is for families, we want to have a cross-generational conversation and so parents/guardians coming with their children is who we wish to reach. Please only book, if you are able to do this, thank you.

Date/Time
12 November 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location
HOME
2 Tony Wilson Place, First St
Manchester
M15 4FN

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-will-it-be-like-to-live-with-robots-tickets-28600027452

For further information, please contact Andy Miah (a.miah@salford.ac.uk)


Understanding Chinese students’ postgraduate choice of universities

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This event will review recent research into the decision making processes of Chinese students in their postgraduate study choices in international higher education markets. The event will consist of a  joint  presentation from Dr. Peter Reeves (University of Salford) and Dr. Lei Zhu (Xi’an Eurasia University, China via video link) followed by a question and answer session.

For further information, contact Peter Reeves (p.reeves@salford.ac.uk)

Date/Time
10 November 2016
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location
Maxwell Building, University of Salford
The Crescent
Salford
M5 4WT


Freedom of information: Unlocking secret archives

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To mark the launch of the new ‘FOI intelligence and security archival collection’ at the University of Salford, Dr Chris Murphy and Dr Dan Lomas will discuss their use of Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation during their research into British intelligence and security history. They will be joined by Mr Ian Johnston, the University’s Archives & Special Collections Co-ordinator. Ian will be able to answer questions about access to the new collection, and associated opportunities for researchers from across the social sciences and humanities, while Chris and Dan will be able to offer practical tips and advice to those thinking of making an FOI request, based on their own experiences.

The event will be held at the University of Salford’s MediaCity Campus (Room 3.10/3.11) and will be accompanied by a reception.

Date/Time
09 November 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location
University of Salford – Media City Campus
Media City
Salford
M50 2HE

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freedom-of-information-unlocking-secret-archives-tickets-28528280856

For further information, please contact Dr Chris Murphy (c.j.murphy@salford.ac.uk)


Controlling and coercive behaviour: Exploring the new law on domestic abuse (Part 2)

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This is one of two linked events, exploring the meaning and impact of controlling and coercive behaviour. Sian Hawkins, the Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid Federation England, will speak at this event.

The events will explore the new criminal offence of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or familial relationship’ introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015. They are aimed at survivors of domestic abuse, voluntary sector organisations in the Greater Manchester area whose work involves advising or supporting women experiencing domestic abuse, and local policy-makers. The first event will focus on the voices of survivors’ of domestic abuse, and this follow-on event will explore the ways in which the new offence could be used in practice to protect women from domestic abuse and prosecute perpetrators.

This event is aimed primarily at staff in third sector organisations in the Greater Manchester area whose work includes providing support, information, or advocacy to women who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. It will include a presentation which will explain the new legislation, and will aim to draw on participants’ own knowledge in exploring the legislation’s potential for improving criminal justice responses to domestic abuse.

The event will be chaired by Maureen O’Hara (m.ohara@salford.ac.uk), who will also present. It will explore the potential uses of the new legislation in the context of the patterns of coercive control identified in research, and in survivors’ accounts.

Related events:

Controlling and coercive behaviour:  Exploring the new law on domestic abuse (Part 1)

Date/Time
09 November 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location
Lecture Theatre 1, Chapman Building
University of Salford
Salford
M5 4BR

Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/controlling-and-coercive-behaviour-exploring-the-new-law-on-domestic-abuse-part-2-tickets-28505517771