Archive for December 19, 2016

Professor Jason Underwood People Count – the culture of digital construction

The School of Built Environment’s Professor Jason Underwood wasJason Underwoods an invited keynote alongside Chris Boardman, MBE and former British and Olympic cyclist, at an event organised by the global technology organisation Trimble Solutions/Tekla on 1st December.

The event was focused  on the people aspect of collaboration and digital construction entitled “People Count – the culture of digital construction“. Jason gave a keynote on the psychology of collaboration in the construction industry in relation to changing the perceived norms, which followed on from Chris’ presentation that considered the psychology of winning. Further information on the event can be found  at www.tekla.com/uk/about/events/people-count-culture-digital-construction.

 


International Research event held at MediaCityUK

LaBritish Academy logost week, the University Alliance joined up with the British Academy and Salford University to host an event exploring international research.

Professor Gerry Kelleher Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and Alun Evans Chief Executive of the British Academy launched proceedings at the University of Salford’s Media City campus. Over 100 researchers and senior academics from the across the region where invited to attend the day-long event which included presentations from Salford academics Professor Ralph Darlington and Dr Samantha Newbery.

The event highlighted British Academy funding opportunities, explored policy and structural issues around international research and shared best practice and was accompanied by a supporting exhibition of delegate research.

Matt Robinson, Policy and Programmes Manager at the University Alliance said: “We found it incredibly useful to hear first-hand about the barriers and solutions encountered while undertaking international projects. This is a really interesting time for international research. The formation of the Global Challenge Research fund and UK Research and Innovation means that the way these international projects are funded and run will change over the coming year so having heard experiences of researchers presenting today greatly enhances our understanding and helps to inform discussions we will be having.”

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.


Could factory-built homes solve UK’s housing crisis?

Factory-built homes could help solve the UK’s housing crisis, construction expert Professor Mohammed Arif has told the BBC.Professor Mohammed Arif

Factory-built homes, also known as modular houses, have the capability to deliver homes fast, cheaper and have a final product which is more energy efficient, Arif, Professor of Sustainability and Process Management, said.

The Professor in the School of the Built Environment told the BBC’s North West Tonight programme as part of a feature on a Liverpool housing association’s move into flat-pack construction. Flat-pack houses can be built in half the time of a conventional house.

He said: “Given what we are facing in terms of the rising costs of housing which has kicked an entire segment of the population out of the domain of home ownership, modular houses have the capability to deliver homes fast, cheaper and have a final product which is more energy efficient.”

Factory-built homes currently make up 1% of the supply, with the Government’s stated aim to build 100,000 by 2020.

See the BBC North West Tonight video here:


Dean of NMSWSS Margaret Rowe joins Health Secretary on China trade mission

The University of Salford’s Dean of the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, met with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as part of trade visit to China to boost collaboration with the country’s health sector.Jeremy Hunt and Margaret Rowe

The visit is part of the week -long Department for International Trade (DIT) visit to Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Margaret is part of a large delegation of British health and social care providers and professionals who have travelled to China to explore opportunities for stronger collaboration between the two countries.

The DIT mission comes on the back of a recent report, Deepening Health Reform in China, jointly published by the World Bank, the Chinese Government and the World Health Organisation, which recommends that China moves away from its current hospital-centric model to one focussed on primary care and offering better value for money.

There is a strong willingness from the public and private sectors in China to work with UK companies, including training, education and research providers, to help develop, implement and manage services across the spectrum of care.

Delegates are meeting senior Chinese ministers and will be visiting new integrated care facilities and Shenzhen People’s Hospital, as well as taking part in a packed programme of seminars and workshops.

Margaret said: “The University of Salford is one of the largest trainers of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in the North West, and this delegation was a wonderful opportunity to tell key figures in both the Chinese and British governments about the innovative work we are currently doing.

“I told the Secretary of State about how we collaborate with a wide range of industry partners across health and social care to produce highly skilled graduates, as well as how we work with stakeholders across the northern powerhouse to address the health outcomes arising from Devo Manc.

“I also outlined our strong partnership work with other North West universities and our plans for a private medical school to train the next generation of doctors and health professionals.”

In addition to the trade mission, Margaret is also visiting the Guangdong Food and Drug Vocational College on Friday to meet with their senior leadership team.

At a special graduation ceremony, she will present degree certificates to the first cohort of Chinese students who completed our Masters in Nursing programme.

Margaret added: “I am thrilled to be able to present graduation certificates to our new nurses in Guangdong.  We already have an excellent reputation with the Chinese health and social care sector and this visit will prove very useful in exploring how we can take this to the next level.”


Student named rising star in Cyber Security

A Computer Science student at the University of Salford has been named a rising star in Milda Petraityteher profession by Cyber World magazine.

Milda Petraityte juggles studying part time for an MSc in Information Security management, with working at global professional services firm KPMG as a cyber security consultant.

She said: “I’m flattered and slightly shocked to have been named as Cyber World’s Rising Star. I have been working with my lecturer Dr Ali for the past year and he has been very supportive of me. Studying in the university I enjoyed his module of Cyber Security in Practice where we focused on IT systems pen testing and forensic investigations”.

Milda has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working at KPMG, for example advising clients on various cyber security aspects and helping to deal with general company issues on a daily basis.

She added: “My job allows we  to understand the world of cyber from a business perspective. It is an exciting time to be working in the Cyber Security field. It is a booming industry, and in my job I am lucky in that I learn something new every day”.

Dr Ali Dehghantanha, Lecturer in Cyber Security and Forensics, within the School of Computer Science and Engineering said: “Milda is one of the most talented and hardworking students that I have ever had in my academic career. She volunteers for completing the most difficult tasks and has managed to meet deadlines in spite of her heavy workloads. It is a great pleasure to work with such a talented candidate”.