Archive for November 23, 2015

What do our dogs think of us?

large_1447926210-dogsresizedusnewschannelDogs may be man’s best friend – but aren’t they a member of the family too?

Dog-lovers can now help find the answer to this by contributing to a ‘citizen science’ project to examine the social intelligence of dogs and their sense of place in a human world.

Researchers at the University are seeking dog-owning volunteers to conduct a series of simple observations of their dog’s behaviour around the house, in a bid to learn more about what our dogs are thinking, and what they think about us!

“We know that dogs feel comfortable around humans and feel part of the group, but how do they see their role in that group and how do they interpret or even manipulate us?” asks Dr Sean O’Hara, a lecturer in wildlife cognition and behaviour in our School of Environment and Life Sciences.

The Salford Viewpoint: Why men don’t need to be screened for breast cancer, but should still do regular checks


Screening aims to detect disease in its early stages while there’s still a chance that treatment will be effective. Programmes are usually targeted at people who are at high risk of developing a particular disease. For example, the NHS invites people over the age of 60 to be screened for bowel cancer because age is a risk factor for the disease – the older you are, the greater the risk. And for women, breast screening is automatically offered between the ages of 50-70.

But if men can get breast cancer too, why are they not included in screening programmes?

EcoValve technology achieves first European sales


Eco-Valve – the University’s ‘next-generation aerosol’ technology has achieved its first major commercial breakthrough in Europe.

Interest has been growing in the technology which allows the use of compressed gas as a propellant in place of the more environmentally-damaging propane and butane.

Brand owners, including some large global players have made enquiries with the technology’s commercial arm the Salford Valve Company (Salvalco) which is currently testing in Europe, Asia and South America.

And crucially, the first product has been launched by Italian aerosol manufacturer BM, which is using the valve for its TamTam, Splendida and Fresh Aroma household aerosol brands that are sold across the country.

Massive Change Series – 20th November 2015


2015 sees the launch of the Massive Change Series: Pop goes the Biosphere – Ecological infrastructure for Smart City Growth event series by The Biospheric Studio. This series will focus on using technology-based solutions to bring nature back into cities in order to realise health, economic and cultural benefits, making cities resilient in the face of global competition and climate change, and to establish them as a core driver of the shift to smart city growth.

The next event will take place on 20 November, 5.30pm-8.30pm at The Study at Manchester Museum. read more

Interested in UK city devolution? Come to ‘Salford’s take on Devolution’, a networking and ‘research download’

Manchester_Town_Hall_from_Lloyd_StThe SURF team is running a ‘devolution download’ workshop for Salford University colleagues to map our existing and potential interests relevant to the devolution agenda in Greater Manchester and beyond.

With over 250,000 residents, substantial cuts to public sector funding and a rapidly evolving workforce, Salford is set to transform over the next 10-20 years. The devolution agenda will play a significant role in how these changes take place. This event is to scope out the devolution agenda and Salford’s engagement with it – both as a city and in the university. read more

KIDSCAN, the Salford University-based children’s cancer research charity, has awarded £40,000 to a talented local scientist

KidscanChloe Jones, 22, who hails from Rochdale, was selected for Kidscan and The University of Salford’s prestigious ‘Pathways to Excellence’ programme, after wowing the selection committee with both her academic achievements and commitment to discovering new, more targeted treatments for childhood cancer. The University of Salford has matched Kidscan’s contribution, funding the remainder of the PhD course.

Chloe achieved a first class honours degree in Pharmaceutical Science at the University and has just embarked on her three year PhD research programme with Kidscan. She is already making excellent progress in pursuing pioneering research into gentler, more targeted treatments for leukemia, a devastating cancer which affects young children. Current chemotherapy treatment is 80% effective, but can have severe implications for growth and development in children. read more

Science behind European river restoration finalists

A PROJECT to revive one of Britain’s most famous rivers involving the University of Salford is one of three finalists for a European environmental award.


A 6km stretch of the river is being held up as a model for boosting biodiversity and reducing flood risk in rivers across the continent by the International River Foundation (IRF).

The Trent is up against projects for the Aragon and Segura rivers (both in Spain) for the European River Restoration Prize. – never before won by a UK river project. read more

Urban Ethnography Maphack to take place at Media City

MediaCityUK-hi.res.094You are invited to the following event :

Urban Ethnography Maphack

Monday 7th December 12-2pm

Room 2.03/04, Mediacity Campus

University of Salford

M50 2HE Salford


The Universities of Salford and Manchester are collaborating to host a ‘map hack’ where people interested in urban ethnography put ethnographies about particular cities onto a Google map. Come along to get involved.

Two anthropologists, Dr Jessica Symons (University of Salford) and Dr Camilla Lewis (University of Manchester) are inviting people from across different disciplines to take part in a fun exercise that will map urban ethnographies in cities across the world to create a freely available online resource. By the end of the workshop, there will be an interactive map of urban ethnographies categorised by city and theme available and updatable via the Realising the city website. read more

Salford aims to become ‘UK’s most Dementia-friendly City’ with ground-breaking new study

A new three year action and research study into living well with young onset dementia has been announced by our Institute for Dementia and Salford City Council.

The project funded by a significant grant from the Booth Charities will be run in partnership with people in Salford who have experience of young onset dementia, both first-hand and as informal carers or spouses. Users and staff of the Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Swinton and colleagues from other services, sectors and support groups will also be part of the project team. read more

Ecocity World Summit 2015


Professor Hisham Elkadi attended the Ecocity World Summit (ECWS) on 11th-13th October 2015. The event was hosted by the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the first Ecocity Summit to take place in the Middle East. The ECWS is the longest running international conference series on sustainable cities, commencing in 1990. The ECWS initiative aims to gather likeminded individuals and organisations from around the globe with the aim of proposing forward thinking and innovative solutions to today’s urban problems. The aim is to transform cities around the world in order to make them greener, healthier and better places to live in. read more