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NWCDTP PhD Studentship: Collaborative Doctoral Award 2019-2020

University of Salford is accepting applications for a PhD Studentship for a unique, industry-based collaborative program, the NWCDTP Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA). The award will support PhD study commencing October 2019. CDA Studentships can be held on a +3 basis and may be either full-time or part-time.

A CDA Studentship provides an opportunity for a PhD student to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment, with the student working on   a doctoral project supported by both academic supervisors and a supervisor from a non-HEI partner organisation.

Our CDA non-HEI partner for this award is the Science and Industry Museum (SIM) in Manchester ( https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/ ), a member of the  UK Science Museum Group (SMG) ( https://group.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ ).

The Studentship will be awarded on the basis of the candidate’s application documents, curriculum vitae, and an interview with the selection committee.

Successful CDA Candidate Profile

The CDA program supports a practice-based PhD in the field of interactive multi-modal information display designed for public settings. Research activity will include design, implementation and assessment of interactive information displays. While SIM is our non-HEI partner, this study is not a traditional museology degree. The successful candidate is required to have education and experience related to digital design, documentary multimedia, ethnographic observation, and interactive technology. Preferred experience includes interface and interaction design, game design, coding and scripting, data analysis, digital user studies, and learning assessment methodologies. The candidate will develop their research while participating as member of an interdisciplinary team, based in the Studio for International Media and Technology at U. Salford’s MediaCityUK campus, and will work closely with staff from the Science and Industry Museum. The candidate will have access to tools and expertise in the collaborative team, and will work in both the MediaCityUK and SIM locations.

CDA Research Theme: Play

The CDA Research Theme focusses on possible roles of play in the design of science museum exhibitions. Exploration and play create experiences that can enable discovery and enhance learning. The PhD research question will be developed around the function of play for exhibition participants and the related function of playability as a design criteria. The student will identify design methodology and develop analysis to guide the curation of digital interactive content, by using modes of play as a lens upon aesthetic experience, technical functionality, and informal learning.

The candidate will have on-going regular access to engage with and have feedback from SIM’s Learning group, Digital group, and Audience group, as well as through SIM having access to SMG initiatives in digital strategy. The research process will begin by engaging SIM to survey their current public offer and analyse SIM plans for short-term new investment in exhibition experiences. Research activities will include prototyping aimed to influence the delivery of planned new public exhibitions. User experience observation will be conducted both in laboratory at the university’s MediaCityUK campus, and in situ at SIM.

Financial Basis of the Studentship

An NWCDTP Studentship consists of:

  • Payment of academic fees, at the standard RCUK rate
  • Maintenance Stipend (£14777, in 2018/19)
  • Access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) fund for reimbursement of research related expenses including conference attendance and fieldwork expenses.
  • Access to a Student Development Fund (SDF) for supporting training specific to your research and not readily available at your institution or the DTP subject to successful application
  • Access to a Cohort Development Fund (CDF) to support the wider cohort, in organising events such as conference, workshops, and public engagements
  • Opportunity to apply for additional funding towards:
    • Overseas Institutional Visits
    • Placements

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Candidates will submit by email (1) an expression of interest describing their interests and qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a single example of relevant original work. The work example may be scholarly, technical, or creative. Applications should be submitted to Professor Insook Choi at i.choi@salford.ac.uk.  Materials should be submitted by the evening of Monday 4 March 2019. Files sent by email should be combined into a single .pdf file. If the work example file size is greater than 10mb, please submit separately using a file exchange service of your choice.

See below the Conditions of Residential Eligibility for this award. 

STEP TWO – INTERVIEW

A selection of finalists will be contacted for interview by the committee. Candidates will be notified of their selection for interview by Friday 8 March. Interviews will take place 11-13 March 2019. Interviews will be conducted by online video conference, or in person at University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. (Travel for interview in person is at the candidate’s discretion. The university does not reimburse candidate travel costs.)

STEP THREE – APPLICATION TO PHD PROGRAM

Candidates who have been contacted for Interview must apply for admission to the U Salford PhD programme by Monday 15 March 2019. The application is submitted to the School of Arts and Media for the pathway Visual Arts: Arts and Design.

Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/applying-for-research

NOTE: THE CAD CANDIDATE IS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPETE THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL section of the application.

Conditions of Residential Eligibility

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:

  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application for an award, and
  • Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students – see below) and
  •  Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).  Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply for a full award.

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees-only award. Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

About the School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford has an international reputation for research, both theoretical and practice-based. The Cultural, Communication and Media research group at Salford undertakes research in the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of cultural, film and media studies and traditional and new digital media. CCM research has been established formally at the University of Salford since 2005. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a quarter of CCM research was judged to be world leading, with nearly two thirds judged as internationally excellent or world leading.

Our media and cultural studies research environment is based at the heart of MediaCityUK, Europe’s second largest urban concentration of digital and media production industries. The MediaCityUK campus is also home to the Studio for International Media and Technology and Salford’s Digital & Creative Industry Collaboration Zone. These initiatives provide an interdisciplinary team project environment that spans from traditional and emerging media production to software engineering, user experience and interaction design, and AI for media processing. The CDA research will be based at and supported by the Studio and the D&C ICZ.

About the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

In 2018, the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) was awarded over £6 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers as part of DTP Phase 2.

The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, MMU, and the RNCM which between them award NWC PhD studentships annually.

For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk  in the first instance.


Arts and Media PGR Studentships 2019-20

Arts and Media PGR Studentships 2019-20

The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford solicits expressions of interest in Pathway to Excellence PGR studentships for commencement in September 2019. The award constitutes a fee waiver, plus an annual stipend of £14,777 per annum. Candidates are encouraged to declare their interest in applying for one of these studentships, before making a formal application – please see the timeline below for further details.

Research in the School of Arts and Media

Research within the School of Arts & Media focuses on real-world issues underpinned by an interdisciplinary ethos, with key intellectual synergies between researchers developed within its Research Groups. The School has a vibrant PGR community with over 80 students currently working towards their PhDs and also hosts a wide range of research conferences, seminar series and other research events for PGR students to be involved in. Previous PTE students have submitted articles for publication, contributed chapters to edited books and organised academic conferences leading to academic publications. The School is a dynamic and responsive research environment, which brings together academics working in and across the arts, media, creative and cultural industries, history and politics. The work of its members is characterised by a cross-disciplinary curiosity and energy.

Research topics/themes:

This year we welcome applications in or related to the following areas:

Eligibility:

Only UK/EU candidates are eligible to apply. Candidates should have a first or upper second class honours degree and Masters degree completed or in process.

Contacts:

PGR Coordinator: Leslie McMurtry: l.g.mcmurtry@salford.ac.uk

Arts & Media Research Support: PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk

Research Group Leads:

  • Art & Design: Andrew Wootton: A.Wootton@salford.ac.uk
  • Performance & Dance: Dr Sheila McCormick: S.McCormick@salford.ac.uk
  • Culture, Communication & Media: Professor Seamus Simpson: S.Simpson@salford.ac.uk
  • Music: Dr Alan Williams: A.Williams@salford.ac.uk
  • English & Creative Writing: Dr Scott Thurston: S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk
  • Politics & Contemporary History: Professor Alaric Searle: D.A.Searle@salford.ac.uk

Timeline

  • Please forward expressions of interest for the studentships to both the PGR Coordinator, Dr Leslie McMurtry and the SAM Research Support email address above, copying in the relevant research group lead, by Friday 22nd February
  • Discuss your application with your research group lead, including the development of your proposal and a proposed supervisory team
  • Submit a formal application through the online application portal by Friday 29th March. Please note that this must include a research proposal and an indication of the supervisory team (first and co-supervisor) that has been agreed in conversation with the research group lead
  • Shortlisting will take place between 1st and 5th April, with interviews between 29th April and 3rd May
  • The School meeting to determine the studentships will take place the week beginning 6th May  and successful candidates will be notified by 13th May

Poverty’s impact on Wellbeing – 6th August 2018

Poverty’s impact on Wellbeing – 6th August 2018

 

The work of SHUSU’s Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Graeme Sherriff has featured on The Conversation in their article ‘Poverty’s Impact on Wellbeing is Hard to Ignore’ (http://theconversation.com/povertys-impact-on-well-being-is-hard-to-ignore-51378).

In it they discuss the wide-ranging ways in which poverty can impact upon wellbeing, including through the cold homes, housing insecurity, unhealthy air, poor food access, and work and welfare insecurity.

Their article was syndicated by Yahoo News (https://uk.news.yahoo.com/poverty-apos-impact-well-being-082046094.html?guccounter=1 ) and the World Economic Forum, (https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/08/reasons-why-poverty-and-lower-life-expectancy-go-hand-in-hand/).

 

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TWO SALFORD HISTORIANS SHORT-LISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS WHITFIELD PRIZE

Two members of staff from the Directorate of Journalism, Politics and Contemporary History, School of Arts and Media, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Whitfield Prize for 2018, awarded annually by the Royal Historical Society for the best first monograph on either British or Irish history. Dr Dan Lomas, Lecturer in International History, and Dr Brian Hall, Lecturer in Contemporary Military History, have both been selected by the jury for the shortlist. Dr Lomas’ book, entitled Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945–1951: An Uneasy Relationship? was published by Manchester University Press, while Dr Hall’s book, Communications and British Operations on the Western Front, 1914-1918, was published by Cambridge University Press.

Alaric Searle, Professor of Modern European History, and Research Lead for Politics and Contemporary History, said, “I am delighted for both Brian and Dan, not just because they are excellent colleagues but also because they are developing into equally excellent historians in their own right. ”

 

        

 

To be eligible for the Whitfield Prize, a book must be the author’s first published work, on a subject of British or Irish history, and the author must have received his/her PhD from a British or Irish university. The other authors shortlisted received their doctorates from the universities of Oxford, Royal Holloway, King’s College London, Queen’s Belfast and Birmingham. As Alaric noted: “What makes this recognition all the more noteworthy is that both Dan and Brian received their PhDs from the University of Salford; and, Salford has never had either a member of staff, or a former Salford PhD student, shortlisted for this award. Thus, to have two nominations in the same year is a great achievement. It provides just one more indicator of the quality of research being conducted in Politics and Contemporary History at the moment.”

He added: “I am not that surprised about the nomination as I know the quality of work both Dan and Brian have been publishing. In fact, Brian’s book was shortlisted earlier this year for the Templar Medal for the Best First Book, awarded by the Society for Army Historical Research.”

The winner of the Whitfield Prize is to be announced next month by the Royal Historical Society, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.


Salford Professor announced as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Garry CrawfordA leading scholar in sociology and criminology specialising in audiences, consumers, technology, fans, sport and games has been conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.Garry Crawford, Professor within the School of Health & Society is one of 58 leading social scientists awarded the Fellowship this year. He is only the fifth at Salford, including our former Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Harlow, to have received this honour.

The new Fellows are drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. Garry was nominated for the Fellowship by the Leisure Studies Association for his contribution to the field of digital leisure.

It’s been a pretty momentous week for Garry, who has also just released a book around the culture of Video Games.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said:

“Each new Fellow has made an outstanding contribution in their respective field and together they demonstrate the vital role played by social science in addressing some of our most pressing public issues.

We are delighted to welcome them to the Academy.”

Speaking about the announcement, Garry said: “It really is an honour to be conferred a Fellowship of the Academy alongside so many great scholars.”

Garry is a Professor of Cultural Sociology, a Director of the University of Salford Digital Cluster and has authored eight books. He has worked at the University for ten years and is a proud alumnus, having graduated from Salford in 1995 with a degree in Sociology.

In addition to his University position, Garry is review editor for the journal Cultural Sociology.

A full listing of all new Fellows can be found on the Academy of Social Sciences website.


A New Look for the CARe Newsletter

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The CARe newsletter recently received a new look following feedback from colleagues across the School.

It is hoped that the redesigned format will help readers to understand more about the wide range of work that the Centre does and, as a result, prove useful in engaging with external partners.

CARe has an internationally recognised profile and is instrumental in the delivery of progressive social and cultural change at local, regional, national and international levels. As such, the content of the newsletter attempts to strike a balance between showcasing our expertise and celebrating our achievements.

Current features include:

  • CARe Events
  • CARe Project Updates
  • Professional Awards and New Roles
  • Recently Published Work

The CARe newsletter is published quarterly, and electronic versions are available to view and download at:  www.salford.ac.uk/research/care/resources/e-news

 

Please feel free to circulate a copy widely amongst your contacts!

 

We are happy for the newsletter to evolve so if you have any feedback at all, then please contact us via email: CARe@salford.ac.uk


Alternative Gardeners Question Time

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There is a growing recognition that Green Care can positively influence health and well-being at an individual and community level. However, this knowledge has had limited reach to those who it may impact most in the community. The promotion of health and well-being through alternative approaches such as Green Care presents realistic, alternative methods. Our ‘Alternative Gardeners Question Time’, part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science, was designed to facilitate debate with local communities, charities, public health and environmental organisations about what constitutes significant health and well-being outcomes for the community and individual. This debate helped identify pertinent well-being outcomes that Green Care could provide for residents within Salford & Manchester.

Nature Based Activity in Salford

A diverse range of nature based activities and green care are located within Salford and surrounding geographical areas. The extent of this activity is currently unknown, the University of Salford is working with local organisations, and the RHS to map existing provision to enable a comprehensive picture of nature based work. Mapping existing provision will help to determine a more coordinated approach and enable CCGs, local authorities and public health to understand the extent of support and asset-based community nature-based approaches. This will help to develop a community referral process and support decision-making processes for those health and social care professionals who work in the NHS and community sector.

 

Event Structure

The Alternative Gardeners Question Time was structured in three parts:  sharing the science base about Green Care, discussing Green Care and key questions and, finally, developing questions for an expert panel for wider discussion.

ALTGQT Workshop

 

Further Information

The full report can be found here:  ALTGQT Report

 


Radiation dose, image quality optimisation, the use of new technology in medical imaging (ISBN: 978-1-912337-09-5)

OPTIMAX, a multinational summer school for BSc, MSc and PhD radiography and physics students, had its 5th rendition in Oslo throughout August in 2017. It represents the only multinational and multiprofessional summer school of its kind in the world and it seeks to give participants a research informed teaching experience related to radiation dose optimisation in medical imaging. Outputs from each summer school include journal and conference papers and also a book.

Following on from the Oslo summer school a new open source (free) book has been published (http://usir.salford.ac.uk/46104/7/OPTIMAX%202017%20ed.pdf). The editors include Dr Annemiek Meije and Carst Buissink from the Netherlands and Professor Peter Hogg from the University of Salford. The book comprises ten chapters, four of which are empirical research papers conducted during the summer school. The remaining six chapters provide background information related to the optimisation of radiation dose and medical image quality. Chapter authors include all the students and tutors who participated in OPTIMAX 2017 and this year participants emanated from 8 countries.

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Researchers win £1.4m bid to improve prosthetics in Uganda and Jordan

UNIVERSITY of Salford researchers have won a £1.4m grant to look into ways of providing better upper limb prostheses for people in lower and middle income countries.

The project will enable researchers at the University – one of only two in the UK that teach prosthetics and orthotics – to develop better, low cost prostheses.

The funding has come from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) who are committing £16m to a range of projects through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5b government fund to support cutting-edge technology that addresses challenges faced by low and middle income countries.

The team will be partnering with Makere University in Uganda and the University of Jordan, as well as University College London (UCL), and the Universities of Southampton and Greenwich.

New ways of making prosthetic limbs 

Engineering and clinical researchers across the three countries will collaborate to develop new designs, as well as novel ways of creating, fitting and evaluating how well the prosthetic limbs work, enabling more people to benefit from them.

Earlier this year, a team of prosthetics students from the University were able to create prosthetic upper limbs for a Ugandan woman who had suffered a horrific machete attack. The students built the prosthetic limbs in the University’s own Brian Blatchford lab before they were sent to Uganda to be fitted.

In many poorer countries, there is a huge demand for prosthetic limbs, because of problems with conflict or road traffic accidents, but there are very few hospitals and medical centres able to provide this specialist work, and few clinicians able to help patients maintain the limbs once fitted.

Researchers at the University believe simple ‘body powered prostheses’, which work by using cables to link the movement of the body with the artificial limb, could be the answer as they are easy to manufacture and maintain.

Researchers hope to address problems

Amputees in Africa and the Middle East often have very poor access to prosthetic services and the devices they are offered are often not fit for purpose, being expensive, providing limited function and being uncomfortable to use.  Researchers working on the project now hope to address these problems.

The two countries were chosen because of the unique challenges they face. While Uganda is one of the least developed countries in the world, with poorly resourced and fragmented rehabilitation services, Jordan is classed as an ‘upper middle income country’ with well-trained clinicians, but facing huge pressure on its prosthetic services partly because of regional conflicts.

The University of Salford is also now collaborating in two other projects in the area of prosthetics, also funded through the Global Challenges Fund of EPSRC – one led by the University of Southampton and another led by Imperial College London.

Life changing experience

Losing an arm is always a horrific and life changing experience, but in many lower or middle income countries it can have a truly devastating effect. It can deprive people already existing at a subsistence level of any ability to support themselves or their families.

Professor Laurence Kenney, research co-lead for Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Salford, said: “Losing an arm is always a horrific and life changing experience, but in many lower or middle income countries it can have a truly devastating effect. It can deprive people already existing at a subsistence level of any ability to support themselves or their families.

“Sadly, it is these countries where there is a greater need for prostheses, but for a whole host of reasons it is incredibly difficult for anyone who needs an artificial limb to be able to get one.

“This much-needed research project will enable us to bring together an experienced team in the UK, Uganda and Jordan who can create better prostheses, designed for use in lower and middle income countries across the world, which I hope will have a long term impact on millions of people.”

Congratulations to Jim Newell, Italian Politics Specialist Group

The Italian Politics Specialist Group has been awarded £1,000 towards: ‘Italy in a world of uncertainty and change: getting to grips with the general election of 2018’.