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Research project looks at green infrastructure and its impact on ageing populations


A collaborative research project looks into health benefits of green infrastructure

The University of Salford is partnering with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University on a £700,000 research project that looks into the benefits and values of green infrastructure for an ageing population.

Green infrastructure (GI), a term used in reference to green and blue spaces (including areas of grass, woodland and parks, and rivers, canals and ponds) has already been shown to have direct and indirect influences on human health and wellbeing. However access to GI and the associated health and wellbeing benefits is not shared equally amongst the population. Additionally, as many people aged 65 and over become susceptible to environmental stressors (such as noise, pollution and extremes of weather), this age group in particular may also be the least likely to benefit from GI.

With that in mind, the ‘Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population’ project, funded under the Valuing Nature Programme, an interdisciplinary research programme run by three research councils (ESRC, AHRC and NERC), will look into the relative benefits and stressors of GI and how GI should be valued in the context of the health and wellbeing of older people. The research will use a broad interpretation of health and wellbeing and will consider issues such as the influence of historical, heritage and wildlife value alongside the monetary value of preventing ill-health. Read more…..

No kidding – prosthetics expert helps man live as goat


Thomas Thwaites with the goats in the Swiss Alps

A Salford University prosthetics expert enabled a man to follow his dream of living as a goat. 

Conceptual designer Thomas Thwaites was so intrigued by the animals he devised an experiment to spend several days studying their behaviour up close by living as part of a herd on the Swiss Alps last year.

Thomas’s research, carried out thanks to an arts award from the Wellcome Trust, saw him transform himself into one the animals, and even attempt to communicate with them.

And to make his experience all the more realistic, he enlisted the help of Dr Glyn Heath from the University’s School of Health Sciences, who he asked to help make him a set of special goat-like artificial limbs enabling him to roam around on all fours and closely mimic the animals’ movements.


Health Sciences senior lecturer to work with Team GB


Lee Herrington

Congratulations to Dr Lee Herrington, who has been selected to work with Team GB in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil this summer. 

Dr Lee Herrington, senior lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation for the School of Health Sciences, will be joining the Team’s physiotherapy department, where he will be responsible for the health and wellbeing of Britain’s athletes during the tournament.

Dr Herrington’s role, obtained via a three-stage application process with the British Olympic Association (BOA), also involves facilitating performance, and ensuring that each athlete is prepared both physically and mentally, when competing.