Research at the University of Salford is focused on making a difference to the people within our community and the wider world. In this website, you’ll find a selection of stories from researchers whose work has changed people’s lives, but first, here’s a word from our Vice Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall.

The Manchester Ship Canal Dissemination and Impact Project

REASON FOR FUNDING / This funding proposal aimed at maximising the impact of the research project: Waterways – Manchester Ship Canal, by demonstrating how the application of research-based knowledge might lead to practical and focused solutions at a range of scales.

USE OF FUNDING / Internal impact funding was used to translate the research findings for a non-academic audience, by producing a leaflet including the major outputs of the project, targeted to local and international stakeholders, as well as an audio-visual collating all the work produced so far by the research team (scenarios) and by the teaching staff with the Master of Architecture students and a face-to-face workshop engaging with local stakeholders not yet involved in the project.

OUTCOMES AND LEGACY / The leaflet was used to engage stakeholders in the workshop and is also being used to promote the project further and involve stakeholders in the preparation of a Horizon Europe call. The website is now live and has been disseminated amongst the all project stakeholders nd is also used to promote the M.Arch at UoS and the students work throughout these last two years. During the face-to-face workshop a survey was conducted to gather participants feedback and engagement and the results were extremely positive with 9 respondents out of the 12 participants replying to all questions in a very positive manner and stating the workshop impact in their current and future practice. The engagement with these stakeholders supports and reinforces the University’s position as a key partaker in Smart Urban Futures with the aim of becoming a future consultant with some of these companies and institutions.

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A new, evidence-based group psychological therapy using creative methods

REASON FOR FUNDING / Over the last five years, Arts for the Blues (A4B) has been developed as a new evidence-based group psychological therapy using creative methods, in collaboration with Edge Hill University. This has been piloted in-person with the NHS (IAPT) and in the community (e.g. Cult Survivors). Preliminary findings indicate that this is a promising intervention. The team wished to focus on cutting edge practice by taking the first steps towards transforming it to a digitally-enabled therapy to provide more choice for people with mental health difficulties, particularly during times when face to face therapy is limited.

USE OF FUNDING / Internal impact funding enabled the development of a new website that features digital creative resources founded on research-based knowledge from the Arts for the Blues project, aimed at both accredited practitioners (psychotherapists and counsellors) and students. The website offers resources that the practitioners can engage with and has capacity to add training modules and forums in the future.

OUTCOMES AND LEGACY / Pathway to impact events with non-academic stakeholders included: online training days with 34 therapists and counsellors from across the North West and online training in the therapy model was also delivered to inform future online training resources. Pathway to impact events with academic stakeholders included: 2 x online training days with students. This allowed us to scope out interest in a range of training resources from student populations across two universities. Knowledge exchange activities included: mobilisation of a North West based group of practitioners and students interested in the Arts for the Blues project and creative methods in psychotherapy. Creation of a bank of digital creative therapeutic resources (e.g. videos, audio and downloadable materials) and online interactive website, with a view to developing a digital app.

REASON FOR FUNDING / The funding was used to develop a series of lectures and workshops aimed at students working towards to the Eduqas A-Level English Literature, with the aim of extending the reach and impacts of AHRC-funded research, assisting student learning and preparation for A-Level English Literature assessments, supporting and enhancing decolonising efforts in English Studies and piloting activities that will inform future bids.

USE OF FUNDING / Internal impact funding was used to hire two Hourly-Paid lecturers (total 90 hours) to support the development and delivery of workshops to A-Level English Literature students. The teaching sessions used South African literature to demonstrate the role of empire in shaping modernism, and the vital role played by African art and culture in this context.


  1. Teaching sessions delivered to 220+ students across 4 colleges.
  2. Article ‘Decolonising the English Literature GCE A-Level via the South African Ex-Centric’ accepted for publication in English.
  3. Blog post, ‘South African Modernism Workshops for A-Level English’ on AHRC project site.
  4. Two colleges (Loreto and Cheltenham Ladies College) have decided to incorporate South African literature in their A-Level syllabi for the academic year 2021/22.
  5. Follow-on-funding received from AHRC NWCDTP to run expanded project Sept 2021-June 2022.
  6. 100+ comments from students and teachers collated through postcards and surveys.