Archive for October 27, 2016

English student flies the University of Salford flag

zahra darabkhaniEnglish student Zahra Gohari Darabkhani has been flying the University of Salford flag in her local community. 19-year-old Zahra recently attended a careers day at the Mohebban Al Mahdi Youth Foundation community group, talking to prospective students about the great learning experience she’s having at the University.

The community group in Gorton, founded in 1994, organises recreational, social and interfaith activities for the local community. There she spoke to GCSE and A Level students about her English studies and even handed out undergraduate guides about the course. read more


Oxfam and DWP Livelihoods Training Evaluation

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Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Mark Wilding are leading an evaluation for Oxfam Wales and the DWP of their innovative Livelihoods Training Project.  The overall aim of the Livelihoods Project is to embed understandings of poverty within the DWP service across Wales, to enable DWP staff to better understand the needs of service users, and consequently be better placed to provide appropriate support and solutions to meet their needs. It is hoped that this more personalised approach will reduce the need for sanctions and improve outcomes in terms of sustainable employment. read more


Psychology Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship

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Robert Bendall from the Directorate of Psychology & Public Health has recently been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship. The Scholarship aims to develop promising early career researchers and the project – Individual differences in emotional processing and their impact on the relationship between emotion and cognition, will build upon recent work in the area of emotion science. Robert is looking forward to working with his mentor Dr Catherine Thompson and is very grateful for her support. The findings of the project will be presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology Conference. read more


Dementia Friendly Environments Workshop

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The Salford Institute for Dementia welcomes you to a workshop exploring environments and how they are viewed by people living with dementia. We will use photographs of hospital, care home and outdoor spaces to share views on how environments are perceived differently by different people and how they could be made more dementia-friendly. Come find out what works for dementia in terms of flooring, colour schemes, seating, therapeutic gardens, artwork, doorways, household products orientation boards, signage, pavements etc. read more


Behind the scenes of Visioning Lab: a future-casting exercise

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Dr Jessica Symons, the academic behind Visioning Lab and its future visioning workshops will be available online for a behind the scene discussion with special guests and spontaneous future-casting sessions on topics of participants’ choosing.

Visit the Visioning Lab YouTube channel on 10th November between 8-9pm for live chat. Check out the channel anytime for future-casting exercises that take people on imaginative journeys on themes ranging from love and shopping to death and music.

On the Visioning Lab YouTube channel, you can: read more


Fuel Poverty Research Network Autumn Meeting

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Fuel Poverty Research Network Autumn Meeting

10am – 4:30pm, 1st November, Media City

The second meeting of the Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN) is being held on 1st November. It is hosted by the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), University of Salford on the University’s campus. The event will incorporate the autumn meeting of the Association of Local Energy Officers North West and include a presentation on their activities.

With the theme ‘Fuel Poverty: Telling the Story’ this interactive session will look at creative ways of understanding and sharing experiences of fuel poverty and learning from some inspiring projects from Greater Manchester and beyond. It is an opportunity to learn about new and creative ways of communicating research and maximising impact, and to be part of a growing network working on this important issue. read more


What will it be like to live with robots?

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This year the government is running an inquiry into the emergence of artificially intelligent robots – but what will life be like when they are among us? This fun day-long workshop with leading robotics experts invites you to come as a family and help us understand your worries and your hopes for this imminent future.

Together, we will build robots from Lego which will give you a glimpse of the possibilities, and you will be asked to discuss together how you feel about this future. Help the University of Salford’s research team, led by Professor Andy Miah, understand what is at stake in a future where robots live among us. Participants are invited to come to this event as families, to create a hands-on conversation about the future of artificial intelligence, robotics, and to consider what these technologies mean for our future. read more


Understanding Chinese students’ postgraduate choice of universities

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This event will review recent research into the decision making processes of Chinese students in their postgraduate study choices in international higher education markets. The event will consist of a  joint  presentation from Dr. Peter Reeves (University of Salford) and Dr. Lei Zhu (Xi’an Eurasia University, China via video link) followed by a question and answer session.

For further information, contact Peter Reeves (p.reeves@salford.ac.uk)

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10 November 2016
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm read more


Freedom of information: Unlocking secret archives

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To mark the launch of the new ‘FOI intelligence and security archival collection’ at the University of Salford, Dr Chris Murphy and Dr Dan Lomas will discuss their use of Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation during their research into British intelligence and security history. They will be joined by Mr Ian Johnston, the University’s Archives & Special Collections Co-ordinator. Ian will be able to answer questions about access to the new collection, and associated opportunities for researchers from across the social sciences and humanities, while Chris and Dan will be able to offer practical tips and advice to those thinking of making an FOI request, based on their own experiences. read more


Controlling and coercive behaviour: Exploring the new law on domestic abuse (Part 2)

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This is one of two linked events, exploring the meaning and impact of controlling and coercive behaviour. Sian Hawkins, the Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid Federation England, will speak at this event.

The events will explore the new criminal offence of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or familial relationship’ introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015. They are aimed at survivors of domestic abuse, voluntary sector organisations in the Greater Manchester area whose work involves advising or supporting women experiencing domestic abuse, and local policy-makers. The first event will focus on the voices of survivors’ of domestic abuse, and this follow-on event will explore the ways in which the new offence could be used in practice to protect women from domestic abuse and prosecute perpetrators. read more