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Chinese Academic Visitor: Dr Wang Wei from Nankai University hosted by Arts & Media

The School of Arts and Media has played host over the last week and a half to Dr Wang Wei, Lecturer in International History, Faculty of History, Nankai University, Tianjin, PR China. Dr Wang delivered a paper at New Adelphi on Thursday afternoon, 4 May, on the subject of her current research: ‘Arnold J. Toynbee and British Planning for the Post-war World Order during the Second World War’. She has also been undertaking research at the People’s History Museum, as well as examining some of the collections held in the Working-Class Movement Library in Salford.

 

Alaric Searle, Professor of Modern European History, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nankai University, said: ‘It has been a great pleasure to organise this visit to Salford by Dr Wang while she is spending time in the UK. This is not only because I am anxious to strengthen ties between Salford and Nankai, but also because her research interests fit very closely with those in Politics and Contemporary History, where we have considerable expertise in international history during the twentieth century. It has been very enjoyable for colleagues in Politics and Contemporary History to engage in a productive dialogue with Wei over the last week.’

 

Prof Alaric Searle, Dr Wang Wei (Nankai University) and Dr Moritz Pieper

 

Prof Alaric Searle, Dr Wang Wei (Nankai University)

and Dr Moritz Pieper

 

Dr Wang commented: ‘It is such a wonderful experience to visit Salford University. I immensely enjoyed meeting staff and students in Salford. In particular, I am very grateful to Professor Alaric Searle for inviting me, to Dr Moritz Pieper for chairing my lecture, and to Professor Allan Walker for supporting the visit. The conversations with scholars in Salford and the visits to the People’s History Museum and the Working-Class Movement Library have helped me to understand more about the significance of history from below, to view my current project from different angles, and to pose new research questions. I am hopeful that the ties between Nankai and Salford will be further strengthened with future research collaboration.’


Martin Bull honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Martin BullCongratulations to Professor Martin Bull from the School of Arts & Media who was recently made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Martin joins the latest list of distinguished social scientists to be conferred with the award. The new Fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners and policymakers. They have been recognised for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in higher education, government, public health and social policy, funding councils, charitable foundations and think tanks.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to confer a Fellowship on all these eminent social scientists. It is particularly gratifying to include a larger number of economists, policy makers and practitioners on this occasion. This is a result of our work to see representation from these areas increased to maintain balances between the individual disciplines and between academics and those working in the policy and practice communities. This gives the Academy legitimacy to speak on behalf of the social science community as a whole.”

A proud Martin added: “I am very pleased and honoured to be appointed as a Fellow to the Academy. In view of the current state of politics in advanced western democracies, there has never been a greater need for strong, inquisitive and impartial research in the political and social sciences, and the Academy is an essential means of us meeting that goal.”


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.


Salford historian awarded Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Chinese university

Professor Alaric Searle and Nankai's Dean of the Faculty of History, Professor Jiang Pei

Professor Alaric Searle and Nankai’s Dean of the Faculty of History, Professor Jiang Pei

The School of Arts and Media strengthens its Chinese partnerships once again with the news that Professor Alaric Searle, Chair in Modern European History, has been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Nankai University.

The Professorship will last for three years and Professor Searle will visit Nankai for two months each year. During these stays, he will deliver short courses and workshops for students, as well as collaborating on research projects with his colleagues in the Faculty of History. During his Professorship, Alaric will help the Faculty strengthen its coverage of European, German and British history for Nankai students. The award was made at an official ceremony at Nankai in July.

Following his appointment, Alaric said: “I am really looking forward to working with my new Chinese colleagues, not least of all as the Faculty of History at Nankai is one of the top departments for history in China. It is a great honour for me, and for Salford, to have received this invitation and accolade.”

Professor Abigail Gregory, Associate Dean International for the School of Arts and Media, added: “We are delighted that Alaric has been awarded this prestigious Visiting Professorship. The link with Nankai is a valuable addition to the School’s other Chinese partnerships at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing Film Academy and Zhejiang Fashion Institute of Technology, enabling the School to grow its presence and reputation in China.”