Dean of the Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology
Allan says “The Create Student Awards are the highlight of our academic year and provide an important opportunity to celebrate the success of our students. Without doubt, the exceptional quality of the nominations and presentation of the winners make this a very special occasion. It is also an opportunity to thank staff for their incredible commitment through the year and our industry partners for their support. This year, we have the bonus of holding Create in public after two years of virtual Awards and it is fitting that we will host them in our own New Adelphi Theatre!
As a judge, it is always so difficult to make decisions for these awards given the exceptional quality of the work put forward and because of the dedication and often, significant challenges faced by the nominated students. This year is no exception and we received 97 nominations from students and staff. Nominations included students from undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes across the School and reflect the considerable breadth of subjects we offer. In 2021, we added a new International Student Award to reflect exceptional contributions by our overseas students and this year we have included a Creative Technology Award and the Industry & Civic Engagement Award as new categories to emphasise the importance of employability at the heart of our curriculum.
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all our graduating students. Whether you are a finalist for Create Student Awards or not, I want to wish you every success as you move to the next stage of your careers as you leave the University as qualified graduates and ambassadors for our School.”
Professor Allan Walker is Dean of the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at the University of Salford. He has led the School since its formation in 2012, ensuring close connection with the creative industries and with the regeneration of Salford as a city of culture. Allan is a senior academic with extensive experience of research, enterprise, and academic development at national and international levels.
He is a trustee of ProtectED (Student Safety and Protection) Community Interest Company, and in March 2022, Allan completed a second term as a Trustee for the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester. Internationally, Allan is a Visiting Professor at the China Academy of Arts and a member of the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority. Currently, he is responsible for partnerships in China, including Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and Zhejiang Fashion Institute of Technology.