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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.


RCOT MERIT AWARD FOR RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE

 

Dr Yeliz Prior, the Deputy Director of the Postgraduate Research Studies at the School of Health Sciences was presented with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) Merit award this autumn, which is given to occupational therapists, recognised by their peers for excellence in their sphere of work, and are making an aspirational contribution to the occupational therapy profession.

Yeliz is an excellent ambassador of occupational therapy (OT), having represented the profession on national and international platforms through her roles in the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) Council as the Education Officer, European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Scientific Committee and the Greater Manchester Allied Health Professionals in Research Network (GMAHPRN) in the North West of England.

She has also served as a Research and Development Officer at the COT Specialist Section for Rheumatology previously. Yeliz has produced a number of peer-reviewed research articles in the field of rheumatology rehabilitation, delivered invited talks at prestigious international conferences and policy meetings in the UK, and published a book chapter on work rehabilitation in the 7th edition of the ‘Occupational Therapy for people Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment.

Yeliz is currently supervising a number of PhD students, and actively promotes rheumatology as a specialism to the OT students both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to her full-time academic and research career, she also works as an Advanced Clinical Special OT in rheumatology (0.2fte) at the Mid Cheshire NHS Trust.  Here she bridges research with clinical practice, and leads evidence-based practice to promote self-management of rheumatic conditions, and the use of evidence-based interventions.

Julia Scott, the CEO of the RCOT said: “Some of our award winners are recognised for doing an exceptional job; it sounds so simple put like that, but do we all deliver excellence every day? Probably not, but those four people in the room who have received Merit awards, have been recognised by their peers for doing just this.

More information about the RCOT Merit Awards are available on: https://www.rcot.co.uk/news-and-events/awards-and-funding/merit-and-fellowship-awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Salford Business School to launch Insights & Networking Series

Ambition Sculpture, University of SalfordSalford Business School is set to launch an Insights & Networking Series later this month. The programme of events aims to connect colleagues, alumni, students, employers and industry partners.

The first event will be a Salford Law Alumni Mixer, to be held on Wednesday 30 November in the Lady Hale building. The Law Mixer has been designed and organised by Lizzy Przychodzki and Lucy Fish, who together have created a unique event open to all colleagues, current students and alumni. The event will welcome recent Salford law graduates who will talk about their time at Salford and their route to employment. This will be followed by networking sessions and notable industry guest speakers who will highlight their own route into the profession, as well as key tips on applications and interview techniques.

Undergraduate Programme Director Lizzy Przychodzki says: “For me, the purpose of the event is to really celebrate Salford and our students. By bringing in some of our recent alumni to pass on their insights, anecdotes and Salford pride, we can really inspire students to use all the great support on offer here so that they too can reach their career goals.”

The schedule for the day runs as follows:

13.00 – 13.30:        Registration

13.30 – 15.00:        Welcome, Alumni speakers & Q&A (G14, Lady Hale)

15.00 – 15.30:        Mixer and networking (G06/07, Lady Hale)

15.30 – 16.30:        Industry speakers, Q&A & closing (G14, Lady Hale)

 

Confirmed industry speakers are Tom Smith, a Partner at Forbes Solicitors, and the Manchester Trainees Solicitors Group. Further solicitor and barrister guests are soon to be announced.

Lucy Fish, Alumni Engagement Officer, says: “We’re really excited to launch the Insights and Networking Series at the Business School. Our Law Mixer on the 30 November promises to be a great networking event with some top industry speakers. We’re hoping the events will develop into something innovative and exciting for the school.”

Places can be booked through Advantage here.

If you have any questions please contact Lizzy Przychodzki on 52124.


Local universities join forces to fight dementia

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Photo credit: Chris Foster (University of Manchester)

Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities are teaming up in a new initiative to combat dementia in the region and beyond.

To mark Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21), leading researchers from the three institutions met at the Whitworth Gallery to open a series of collaborations around a range of dementia issues – from biology to social care.

Natalie Yates-Bolton, Director of the Dementia Institute at the University of Salford, said she believed that Manchester would be a model for the rest of the UK in dementia care. Read more…..


Salford Missing from Home Project

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Kate Parkinson

There is a recognition that any young person who is missing from home is potentially at risk of serious harm or exploitation. Young people who are in the formal care of the LA are recognised as being at particularly increased risk. This has been a significant feature of the widely reported cases of grooming and child sexual exploitation (CSE). Kate Parkinson (University of Salford) has been involved in the initial evaluation of a new approach to tackling these issues. GMP (Salford Division) officers are working closely with Salford Childrens’ Services staff to ensure that there is a clearer focus on the welfare of young people and engage with them more effectively. The pilot has helped to reduce the number of missing from home episodes and there has also been an improvement in the working and organisational relationships between GMP and partner agencies in this field.

Kate presented the initial findings from this research at the College of Policing on the 11th May 2016 to police officers on a strategic leadership course, who are on track to be the chief inspectors of the future.

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Physicists prove new potential for silicon chips

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Optical Fibres

Scientists have opened a door to faster, cheaper telecommunications after proving a new link between silicon chips and ‘rare-earth’ metals used in internet signalling.

Silicon is the ‘gold standard’ semiconductor at the heart of the computer industry but lacks the ability to produce, detect and amplify the light signals that are sent down optical fibre. For the amplification of these light signals, we rely on rare-earth elements, which were thought to not interact optically with silicon.

However physicists at Salford and the University of Surrey have made a novel discovery by showing for the first time, that light can be generated by an electron ‘jumping’ directly between silicon and rare-earths.

“The electronic data in silicon chips needs to be converted into light to send down optical fibre, then back to electronic data, by separate devices. If the conversion between electronic and light signals can happen on a silicon chip, it would streamline the way data travels around the world,” explains Dr Mark Hughes, lecturer in physics at Salford.

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