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WoMMeN hub to launch today on ‘International Women’s Day’

8 March 2016

Breast screening mammographers and academic staff from a number of disciplines across the University of Salford have been collaborating with service users to create the WoMMeN (Word of Mouth Mammogram e Network) breast screening information and support hub. We are so proud that our collaboration between disciplines across Health Sciences, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences and the Business School; led by Dr Leslie Robinson in radiography with Dr Marie Griffiths; Dr Adam Galpin; Dr Julie Wray and colleagues from Media Psychology and a dedicated team of highly motivated clinical mammography practitioners from within the NHS.

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Happy WoMMeN’s Day!

Join our training programme to learn basic life support

29 February 2016

Did you know that with each minute that passes in a cardiac arrest chances of survival are greatly reduced? Being able to do basic life support is vital and assistance from bystanders in the community is important to improving the outcome for victims. Would you like to learn more about these skills and be more confident to help in an emergency situation?

The Salford Emergency Treatment and skills (SETS)is a 2 hour training course open to all students and citizens from the wider community. This is an opportunity to develop crucial emergency skills including basic life support. This opportunity will enhance your experience as students and will give you the opportunity to work directly with members of the community. The project is being funded by the Salford Advantage fund 2015.

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It all started with an idea!

21 February 2016

Julie and Mary

We are so proud and happy to be invited to share some of our experiences as book authors in this blog: It all started with an idea! Mary and I had the idea to write a book on supporting families and carers way back in 2014; in response to an awareness that our own student nurses were unable to find good sources for their learning. As teachers in the BSc Nursing programme of a module entitled ‘supporting families and carers’ we knew that dedicated nursing texts were few and far between. Also we had both uncovered evidence in our respective doctoral studies of the need to support families in recovery processes, so it made sense to join forces to address this huge knowledge gap. As they say two heads are better than one!

With our energy and passion we steamed ahead and wrote a book proposal which was very well received by the publishers Taylor and Francis in 2014. Having impressed the publisher the book was then commissioned with a 12 months turnaround. Our determination to deliver on time was a priority and so as in all good partnerships we recognised the importance of working to our unique strengths. For instance Mary took the lead on time management and underpinning theory. Julie focused upon gathering case studies of caregiving and practical issues from carers. Our writing had to be woven into our busy schedules and of course impacted on our social and personal lives. On the one hand this personal sacrifice was a given as there was no way we could work full-time as academics and write 55,000 words each without ‘giving up’ personal time. Such additional work load requires juggling and tough decisions; having studied part-time previously (on top of full-tine work, raising children and being carers ourselves) we knew full well what was possible. Willingly we both gave up annual leave and weekends to write; our incentive was the vision of a finished product! Just knowing the book would be useful to students, nurses and health professionals more widely was enough to keep us going. Team working was an essential ingredient and Mary did a wonderful job ensuring we kept on time.

Supporting Families and Carers A Nursing Perspective 9781498706704During the process we had an opportunity to speak at a Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) carer awareness conference (see photo) and we yielded much information but moreover, an absolute injection of certainty that our book was so needed for nurses. Fuelled with energy we carried on reading, thinking and writing.  In the summer of 2015 an almost finished book emerged; we were thrilled and satisfied. So off went the draft to the publishers and then to the external reviewers. What a pleasure it was that the feedback was highly positive with few changes proposed. We made the changes and submitted our final book in September 2015. The publisher then worked on the manuscript while we choose the book cover (see photo); we selected an image of people and a tree to represent difference, growth and togetherness. We hope you like it too. Writing this book as been so satisfying and rewarding on a personal and professional level. Our launch event is looming and will be on 12.4.16 Allerton concourse at midday and we are so excited. We do hope people will come along but also purchase a copy to enjoy and learn from.

Dr Julie Wray

Senior Lecturer Multi-Professional Post-Graduate Studies
User and Carer Lead | A Scholar of the Florence Nightingale Foundation
School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Science, University of Salford,

Twitter @JuWray

We really value the student experience

15 February 2016

karenLast week was a whirlwind of interviewing and recruiting to our undergraduate and postgraduate BSc and MA in nursing. It’s always a pleasure to meet new people and to network at events that take me away from the university, and last week was no exception.

I was invited alongside others from various universities and colleges, to showcase what we offer in nursing here at Salford, to members of the NHS Trust at the Pennine Acute hospitals. Here staff who aspire to studying nursing were invited to come along and discuss their options. Many have years of experience as Health Care Assistants, and it Untitledcan be so humbling to learn of their individual journeys that have contributed to their development so far. Here at Salford we offer a unique way of helping such candidates gain entry onto our programmes, and in nursing, we support non-traditional access onto our courses using the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES). Already two of the staff have made contact and are in the process of making an application to start studying from September this year.

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There is so much interest in the courses that we offer, and last month myself and colleagues from nursing and Midwifery visited a number of schools within the area to showcase our portfolio of courses. Young people in years 10 to 12 can be amazingly astute and have a real focus on what they want in their future careers. Colleagues took part in a ‘speed dating’ activity, answering questions, and I was involved in mock interviews for aspiring undergraduates; another very humbling and enjoyable experience.

Having worked within the school since it joined the university in 1996, I have always been involved in recruitment and selection of candidates to our courses. Outreach activities that support our recruitment in the school is always a priority within my role, and I would welcome contact from careers advisers and educational staff involved in supporting career development in their students. Our portfolio includes nursing, midwifery, social work, and in addition counselling, social policy, criminology and social sciences. We are making the final touches to our new practice suites right now. This will add to our award winning facilities and give our students cutting edge exposure within the safety of the school setting.


We really value the student experience, and this is mirrored in the practice setting within the NHS, social services and the private sector.

Please get in touch.

Karen Wild

Senior Lecturer (Adult Nursing & Knowledge Application), Student Opportunity Lead

School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Science| Mary Seacole Building, room 189. | Frederick Road Campus | University of Salford | Salford | Greater Manchester | M6 6PU

0161 295 2788



Made in Salford!

2 February 2016

Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

Stephen Edgell, Heidi Gottfried and Edward Granter eds. (2016)


Stephen Edgell

This book, which has just been published by Sage, has many and varied connections to the University of Salford. The principal editor, Stephen Edgell was appointed to a Lectureship in 1970, since when he has published several books, most recently Veblen in Perspective: His Life and Thought (2001) and the Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work (1st ed. 2006; 2nd ed. 2012), and is currently a (semi-) retired Research Professor of Sociology at Salford. In 1988 he visited Wayne State University, Detroit to help set up a staff and student exchange programme that continues to this. This connection resulted in the recruitment of Professor Heidi Gottfried of WSU as a co-editor. The other co-editor Edward Granter obtained his PhD in sociology from Salford in 2008, published it as a book entitled Critical Social Theory and the End of Work, and is now a Lecturer in People, Management and Organizations at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. The chapter on the idea and the ideal of dignity in the sociology of work was written by Philip Hodgkiss (retired Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University) who also obtained his PhD from Salford (in 1981). Tracey Warren (Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham) who contributed the chapter on work and social theory is yet another Salford graduate (MSc Sociology 1993) and Alan Irwin (Professor of Organization, Copenhagen Business School) who drafted an endorsement, graduated from Salford in 1978 with a degree in Languages and Sociology. Finally, the chapter on work-life balance was written by Abigail Gregory who is Professor of Comparative Sociology and a member of the Centre for Social Research at Salford. These multiple Salford University connections attest to the historical vibrancy and contemporary influence of sociology at Salford. On a personal level, Steve Edgell has expressed the view that the prominence of University of Salford sociologists in the production of this book is most gratifying.

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

More generally, the Handbook comprises an Introduction by the editors plus thirty-four original chapters by leading specialists on different aspects of the sociology of work and employment. Globally, the contours of work and employment are changing dramatically and this volume is intended to help researchers, teachers, students and practitioners understand the impact of these changes on individuals, groups, organizations and societies. The expert contributions are structured around six core themes:

  • Historical Context and Social Divisions,
  • The Experience of Work,
  • Work and Organization,
  • Non-standard Forms of Work and Employment,
  • Work and Life Beyond Employment,
  • and Globalization and the Future of Work.

The international focus of this book is not only reflected in the range and content of the chapters but also in the diverse institutional affiliations of the contributors which includes universities in Britain, USA, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Australia, and Taiwan.

Further details can be found on the Sage website: and/or from Steve Edgell at

The interview process for our Nursing and Midwifery programmes

16 December 2015

We often get asked for tips to offer our prospective students about the interview process for our Nursing and Midwifery programmes, so thought it would be useful to share them here on our blog.

So, what’s the interview all about? Well, it’s really an opportunity for us to meet you, and for you to meet us. We can check you understand what will be required of you as a nursing or midwifery student, and you can check we fit with what you want from a University.

How should I prepare?

13237Before the interview itself, get to know the programme that you have applied for and get a real insight into the roles and responsibilities of the nurse or midwife. Take the opportunity to talk to people who are working within your chosen field. You should also do some research to make sure you’re aware of what’s current in health care, and if you are at school or college, take advantage of the careers facilities and practice your interview technique.


Disclosure of a disability or Specific Learning Difficulty

4 October 2015

You may be concerned that disclosing a disability or Specific Learning Difficulty (such as Dyslexia) might affect your opportunity at university or in practice.


  • The Equality Act (2010) states that employers or education providers are not allowed to discriminate against a student because they are disabled.
  • Disability information is kept separate from your registration or application to Salford
  • The university and placement staff are very experienced at supporting all kinds of individual student needs

Disclosure is a matter of personal choice. Although, if the programme or placement is not aware of your disability, they will not be able to put support in place.