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School wins eight ESRC Social Science Festival funding awards

21 July 2017

Following a recent round of ESRC Social Science Festival funding, we are delighted to announce 8 of the 11 funding awards granted by the University have been made to our School. You will see there is a fabulous range of initiatives. There will be a showcase event in October that will illustrate approaches to impact taken by these and past award holders of HEIF and impact funding. The aim is to share ideas and tools for impact, learn from other schools as well as each other, and to explore innovative means of maximising impact.

Congratulations to all of the initiatives below!


The angel of mercy and the inspiring Salford University

9 February 2017

A blog post by Noura Almadani, PhD student at School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences

My personality has been shaped by my Islamic cultural background, values, ethical principles and beliefs that I carry with me throughout life. I spent my childhood on the northern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Tabouk), living in an intergenerational but small community that has powerfully influenced my life.

For me, nursing has become the ‘Angel of Mercy’.


60 sec with Dr Anthony Ellis, Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology

3 October 2016

Dr Anthony Ellis

1.What is your position within the School?

Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology.

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

I joined the School in August 2014.

3.Which building are you based in?


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

Salford has a long and rich history of teaching and research in the fields of sociology and criminology, which is important for me.

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

Finding out I had been nominated for a teaching award.

6.What is your biggest dream?

Rotherham United FC to lift the FA Cup at Wembley.

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

Read, watch films, gym, watch football, spend time with family.

8.What was your first job?

Waiter and porter in a hotel.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Winning the British Society of Criminology Critical Criminology Network Prize for my book Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study.

10.What would make your job easier?

A cure for writer’s block.

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

Be open to new ideas.

Courageous Nurses Celebrated at Salford University Seminar

22 May 2016

On Thursday May 12th the University of Salford celebrated International Nurses’ Day and the courage of two nurses significantly associated with Salford.

Nurse Edith Cavell’s execution by German Military Forces on 12th October 1915 was commemorated by several events on or around the centenary.  Indeed in the period 1906-7 Cavell worshipped at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church when she lived in the area and worked in Manchester and Salford under the auspices of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

(See extracts from Edith Cavell life presented  by Diana Souhami, Cavell’s biographer at the event)

Sister Minnie Wood, who trained at Salford Royal, just yards from the University’s main campus, survived the war with three mentions in dispatches, the Military Medal, and the very high honour of the Royal Red Cross, for gallantry in the field when under bombardment. She ran a field hospital near the front line for much of World War One and was commended for devotion and bravery.

(See extracts from Minnie Wood’s life presented  by historian Claire Chatterton at the event)

Colleagues at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Science at Salford University felt that a more permanent tribute to the courage and sacrifice of nurses in World War 1 from, or associated with Salford, was fitting. The re-development of high fidelity clinical simulation facilities in the Mary Seacole Building offered a perfect opportunity to recognise these two models of courage and dedication.

The simulation suites were dedicated to Miss Cavell and Sister Wood at a ceremony in the School in which Cavell’s biographer Diana Souhami and historian Claire Chatterton gave moving accounts of the women’s lives.  Lt. Col. Marian Leatham, Officer Commanding 207 Army Field Hospital in Old Trafford, brought the audience up to date with the work of the modern army unit of the type that Sister Wood had served in a century ago.

(Click on the photo below to see more images from the event)

Courageous Nurses Celebrated at Salford University Seminar

For more information contact organiser Professor Martin Johnson

Over 50 Years of Sociology at Salford

20 March 2016

Professor Greg Smith & Professor Steve Edgell

A new collection of posters, outlining the history of sociology teaching and research at Salford, is on display in the Allerton Building.

Sociology was first taught at the University of Salford (then the Royal College of Advanced Technology) for a degree-level qualification in academic year 1963-64. Its first professor, W. H. (Bill) Scott, was a leading industrial sociologist who specialised in the mining industries so central to life in Lancashire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

He was succeeded in 1970 by Lorraine Baric, the first woman professor of sociology in the UK. A tireless networker and administrator, she encouraged the growth of programmes in sociology and the social sciences over the following decade.

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 20.17.27The collection, made up of slides sketching the accomplishments of staff and students over a fifty year period, was developed by Professor Chris Birkbeck and Professor Greg Smith to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Sociology and Criminology group in 2013-14.

The posters feature student and staff photos, programme handbooks, class lists, international conferences and seminars, and some of the many books and articles produced by staff over the past half century.

The display builds on the archival research of Professor Steve Edgell, who initiated the History of Sociology at Salford (HoSS) project in 2008. HoSS has digital records covering numerous aspects of staff and student life.

Sociology is sometimes described as an ‘exporter’ subject whose concepts and methods are adopted by other academic disciplines. Sociology at Salford has always been porous at its edges, embracing closely related subjects such as anthropology, cultural studies and criminology that employ sociological ideas yet are distinct forms of inquiry in their own right. The posters chart the changing trends in sociological teaching and research through the lens of how it was done at Salford and how sociology adapted and flourished following multiple and ongoing internal reorganizations.

You can see the collection of posters in the suite of offices for Sociology and Criminology, which can be found at the end of the ‘L’ block corridor on the 5th floor of Allerton Building.

If anyone reading this has any material that would enhance the HoSS archive it would be appreciated greatly if you would contact Professor Greg Smith at or 0161 295 4706.