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60 seconds with Lisa Bacon, Director of Midwifery, Counselling and Psychotherapy

21 August 2016

LBedited1.What is your position within the School?

Director of Midwifery, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

Since October 2015 – still a newbie.

3.Which building are you based in?

Mary Seacole – third floor.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

This is a very friendly and dynamic university and a great multi professional mix within the School. As a ‘non –counsellor’ I have really enjoyed working with the Counselling & Pyschotherapy  team and I am learning such a lot from them.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

There are many memorable moments but maybe a stand out one is the launch of the Simulation Suite and Counselling Centre this July.  It was a joy to see the amazement on staff and visitors faces when our ‘Sim Mom’ simulated a normal birth, supported by our fabulous student midwives. The emotion in the room was evidence of the power of learning and experiencing through simulation.

6.What is your biggest dream?

I do have the obvious ones of peace in our currently seemingly fractured world, an end to poverty and the embedding of real and authentic equality for women and girls across the world. Oh – and Manchester City to win the Treble this season.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

See above answer. I love football in general and Manchester City in particular. I have a season ticket and love going to the game with my family and friends. I also like Zumba and try and get to as many classes as work and time allows. I’m also very much looking forward to the start of the new season of Strictly!

8.What was your first job?

I was a Saturday girl in a proper old fashioned greengrocers that sold vegetables that were actually covered in dirt (anyone under the age of 25 is now mystified at that thought). My first job as a midwife was at Central Manchester and it’s now a pleasure to still have ongoing links and a great working relationship with the team at St Mary’s.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Corny – but true – my two wonderful sons who are now lovely young men.

10.What would make your job easier?

More assistance and support with administration and less bureaucracy.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

To students – always show kindness, empathy and respect to the women, families and clients that we work with. Remember they are all unique individuals and ensure communication is personalised. How we communicate is so important and its impact lasts a lifetime.

To Colleagues – Life is short – smile while you’ve still got teeth.

60 seconds with Michael Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Social Work

14 August 2016

mm1.What is your position within the School?

Senior Lecturer

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

12 years

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton Building, C603

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I had been associated with the School of Social Work for over 20 years. This was an opportunity to undertake interesting research and join a fascinating (PQ) programme.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Too many to choose one.

6.What is your biggest dream?

To do useful research and to help social workers with practice.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

Cycling, reading and Music.

8.What was your first job?

Unqualified Social Worker in Kidsgrove in the 1970s.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

My children.

10.What would make your job easier?

The reduction of unhelpful bureaucracy.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Go beyond form filling – develop your understanding of best practice.

60 seconds with Toni Wood, Lecturer in Criminology

1 August 2016
Dr. Toni Wood

Dr. Toni Wood

1.What is your position within the School?

I am a Lecturer in Criminology.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford?

I started this temporary role in May 2016, however I had previously been an hourly paid lecturer in the school.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

As a PhD student I was in the school of Humanities Languages and Social Science, and then as part of a restructure we joined NWSWSS.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Attending my own graduation this year alongside students I had taught for 3 years.

6.What is your biggest dream?

For all women’s prisons in the UK to be closed, and a new vision for prison reform.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I work on my allotment; most of my other ‘free’ time is spent driving my son to and from football training, and to and from football matches!

8.What was your first job?

My first job at 16yrs old was packing teabags in a local factory…I didn’t last very long!

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Being awarded my PhD.

10.What would make your job easier?

Less admin, being able to say ‘no’ and a back massage at the end of each working day!

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Always ask for advice when needed, Always listen to the advice that is given.

60 seconds with Steve Myers, Director of Social Sciences

25 July 2016

Steve Myers1.What is your position within the School?

Director of Social Sciences.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I have worked in the School since it was established in its current form in 2013 and I have worked at the university since 2003.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

It is a vibrant and energetic school that has some great people in it. The subjects are close to my research interests and as Director I am able to support people to achieve their potential.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Attending graduation and seeing the results of hard work and commitment from staff, students and their families.

6.What is your biggest dream?

That the staff and students in my Directorate have all achieved their personal and career goals=happiness!

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I cycle for exercise, read for pleasure, go to opera for culture and do voluntary work for my principles.

8.What was your first job?

My first ‘proper’ job was as a Community Worker in a pit village in South Yorkshire, although I had a variety of casual jobs before then including building and factory work.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Being the first person in my extended family to gain education beyond age 16.

10.What would make your job easier?

A competent government that had values of social justice at its heart.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Live your life by your principles, but don’t sacrifice others to them.

60 seconds with Muzammil Quraishi, Senior Lecturer Criminology

12 July 2016

Muzammil1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice, I’m also the programme leader for the MSc in The Criminal Justice Process.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

About three years in this School, but I’ve been at the University since 2002.

3.Which building are you based in?

You can find me in room L515 Allerton.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I joined the School as part of significant ‘restructuring’ of the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences a few years ago.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Attending the graduation ceremony for the first cohort of our postgraduate students on the recently introduced MSc.

6.What is your biggest dream?

To witness the elimination of racial, religious and gendered prejudice in my lifetime (unrealistic I know but it does state ‘dream’!)

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I love mountain biking, hiking and spending time with my three kids and wife.

8.What was your first job?

I worked in a technical coatings factory as a junior warehouse person and was given far too much responsibility for a 16 year old! I remember whizzing around on an electric pallet truck, devising a chemical storage inventory and having to escape the weekly hazard of fires!

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Achieving my PhD, I spent almost a year living in the city of Karachi as part of my fieldwork and witnessed some fairly traumatic events involving politically motivated fatal violence and street crime.

10.What would make your job easier?

An Apple Macbook Air and if Salford was closer to Rossendale!

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

It’s really important to have a healthy work/home balance. Make sure you protect valuable personal time with your friends and family and try not to work on weekends.

60 seconds with Christopher Birkbeck, Professor of Criminology

6 July 2016

 chris31.What is your position within the School?

I am a Professor of Criminology.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I joined the University of Salford in 2006, and relocated to this school in September 2013.

3.Which building are you based in?

I am based in the Allerton Building and my office number is L516.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

When I joined the university, the Criminology and Sociology programme was located in another school. The move to NMSWSS has been very interesting because it puts us in the same school as colleagues who specialise in Social Work or Social Policy, which are quite closely related to some of the teaching and research that we do. There are also some important links between the criminal justice and health care sectors, which we are now starting to explore.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Securing approval to open our MSc – The Criminal Justice Process (in 2014) and our BSc Criminology with Counselling (starting in 2017).

6.What is your biggest dream?

For cooperation to replace competition.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I love to go running, listen to music, watch films, drive to nowhere in particular and drink a good cup of coffee.

8.What was your first job?

A very junior assistant in a butcher’s shop. I mainly worked on a delivery round, but I can still remember being sent to get a cow’s tongue from the bottom of a huge vat in the walk-in fridge where they were stored in vinegar.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Personally: the chance to work in three different countries (the UK, the US, Venezuela).

Professionally: I hope to have been ‘a zero on the right, and not a zero on the left’. (This is a saying in South America: a zero on the right of a number multiplies it by ten; a zero on the left makes no difference whatsoever.)

10.What would make your job easier?

An ability to say ‘no!’ and thereby resist the temptations of so many interesting projects.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Always ask for advice.

60 seconds with Michelle Howarth, Senior Lecturer Programme Leader MSc Nursing

26 June 2016
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Dr. Michelle Howarth

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a senior lecturer & Programme Leader for the MSc Nursing.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

Too long…17 years!

3.Which building are you based in?

Mary Seacole Room 165.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I wanted to empower nurses and other professionals to make a positive difference to practice.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

There have a been a few (mostly embarrassing) but I guess that helping to plant the centre of Mary Seacole with local students, Incredible Edible and City Farm was one of the best.

6.What is your biggest dream?

To embed Green Prescribing and benefits of alternative methods such as therapeutic horticulture as realistic methods in the nursing curriculum so that we can influence nurses to work with people outside of the traditional care context….oh and beat my very slow triathlon time….and if time, renovate a narrow boat.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

Cycle with my son & husband, work on my allotment, try to paint watercolour botanicals and run as fast as I can…oh and play the violin (badly)…but not all at the same time 🙂 .

8.What was your first job?

I sold fruit and veg on a market stall – my claim to fame in dizzy heights of the fruit and veg world was my ability to ‘weigh’ mushrooms accurately without scales!…(what a skill!)

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

My son.

10.What would make your job easier?

Reduction in administration time.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Make a difference through your passion and follow your dreams. Keep hold of your sense of humour and let yourself grow…..plant a seed every day.

60 seconds with Lisa Scullion, Reader in Social Policy and Associate Director of SHUSU

19 June 2016

losa1.What is your position within the School?

I am Reader in Social Policy and Associate Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU).

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

Myself and my SHUSU colleagues moved into the School about 18 months ago. However, I have worked at SHUSU for ten years having previously been based within the School of Environment and Life Sciences and the College of Science and Technology.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton Building.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

Over the last ten years I have been leading and delivering research that focuses on the social welfare needs of a range of marginalised populations. Moving into the School has enabled me to work more closely with colleagues who are more aligned to my areas of interest/discipline. But more importantly, the School recognises the value of research and I am proud to be able to contribute to that.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

When I first moved into the School I was eight months pregnant. I was only in my new office a couple of weeks before finishing for maternity leave. But I will never forget how welcoming my new colleagues in the Social Work Directorate were. In fact, after only knowing me a couple of weeks they sent me off on maternity leave with a lovely card, flowers and chocolates.

6.What is your biggest dream?

As I mentioned before, my research focuses on marginalised populations or those at the ‘sharp end’ of policy. So, my biggest dream (workwise) is that my research will actually have an impact on the lives of those on the margins.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

When I’m not working I spend my time with my husband and our two boys, aged one and three. I am not sure relaxing is the right word, but I love my time with my boys. I also occasionally go running, and watch a lot of box sets.

8.What was your first job?

Working in a greasy spoon café on Morecambe promenade.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

My promotion to Reader last year and taking on the role of Associate Director at SHUSU.

10.What would make your job easier?

A lot of the work we do at SHUSU requires us to respond quickly to opportunities or to work to tight deadlines, so a bit more flexibility and responsiveness in terms of University systems/processes would  be helpful. Plus more hours in the day (and less meetings)?

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Make the most of every opportunity (at work and at home).

60 seconds with Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work

12 June 2016
Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

1.What is your position within the School?

I am in a Senior Lecturer in Social Work.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I have been at Salford since November  2003.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton C607.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

The current school was formed from the previous school  where I was based.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Jackie Kay the Chancellor agreed to attend a reading group with students to discuss her brilliant memoir Red Dust Road.

6.What is your biggest dream?

A sabbatical at Berkeley.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I read quite a lot and shout at the radio.

8.What was your first job?

I worked on Saturday at Sainsbury’s – the manger told me it was my duty that wherever I saw a Sainsburty trolley it was my duty to return it to the nearest store. A code I have lived by ever since.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

At work being introduced to students’ families and loved ones at Graduation

10.What would make your job easier?

Less admin.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Buy Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System available from Critical Publishing  – it is excellent.

60 seconds with Tina Patel, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

6 June 2016
Dr. Tina Patel

Dr. Tina Patel

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. I’m also the Programme Leader for the undergraduate degree programmes in Criminology; Criminology & Sociology; Sociology.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I joined the University of Salford in August 2008 as a lecturer in Criminology, and joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences a few years ago.

3.Which building are you based in?

I can be found in room L522 in the Allerton Building.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I like the challenges and opportunities that the School presents me with.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

I have many. But I think one of my most memorable moments was when I was interviewed for my application to be a Senior Lecturer in July 2014 … not least because I had just given birth a week earlier! Making it to the interview on time and being able to actually enjoy the interview was a huge personal achievement for me given everything else that was going on at the time.

6.What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is for everyone to think seriously and usefully about the injustices in our world, and then start to make meaningful movement towards ending them. I’d especially like to see an end to racialised injustice. In terms of academia and education, I’d like to see a higher education system that is more freely accessible.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I like running, cooking and DIY. I also enjoy spending time with friends. I love being with my family and making playdoh animals with my children.

8.What was your first job?

I worked at a chocolate factory (for a very famous company). I used to unwrap out-of-date chocolate, and then got promoted to the wrapping and bagging line – even today, I still can’t look at slab of chocolate without feeling sick!!!

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Getting my PhD. Not bad given that my GCSE careers advisor told me I’d never even get enough GCSEs to do A-levels!!!

10.What would make your job easier?

A penthouse style office. A PA. A Nespresso machine. A personal chef to make my lunch. A driver to take me from campus to campus. And, if all that’s not possible – I’d say a rethink on how we use emails and why we hold meetings would give me back lots of precious time to spend on being academic.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

If you really want something, make it happen. An important part of that (after the dreaming of course) is the planning – what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and so on. Planning is just as important as the doing.