News & Events
December 2010 Newsletter
Date: Dec 20, 2010
Conferences and Workshops
Training and Development
This issue of the newsletter shares with our readers the latest of our Postgraduate Research activities at the University of Salford. Large number of training sessions were delivered through the SPoRT programme, complimenting the research training delivered within the three colleges at Salford, with further supervisory training to academic staff to further enhance and enrich the research culture at Salford. As the recently appointed Director of Graduate Studies (September 2010), it is extremely rewarding to witness the level of support offered by different units within the university in order to support the Postgraduate experience at Salford. This is reflected in our work with 'Student Life', 'Student Information Directorate', the 'Library', and the 'Student Union'.
One of the greatest highlights of the year, has been the Vice Chancellor's Postgraduate Research Networking Event. Professor Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford, invited all Postgraduate Researchers to attend an interactive networking session to meet and listen to their questions and concerns. The session run for two hours with 107 students guests and staff in attendance. The session was extremely informative and engaging. On behalf of the PGR community at Salford, we thank the Vice Chancellor for initiating this activity, and for his dedicated time and efforts to reach out to our Postgraduates.
On behalf of our team at the Research and Graduate College, we would also like to thank the Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Ghassan Aouad for his research vision and support to all our activities, and all staff and researchers who have supported these activities over the months.
There is no doubt that 2011 will bring with it a number of challenges for Higher Education. However, no matter how big these challenges may seem, the path through education is always defined by self motivation, passion and persistent, driven by personal goals and achievements.
Wishing all our Postgraduate Community and readers, a very happy Christmas break and a prosperous 2011.
Professor Vian Ahmed
Director of Graduate Studies
The team is led by Professor Vian Ahmed, the Director of Graduate Studies, and comprises Linda Kelly, her PA; Dr Victoria Sheppard the Research Skills Coordinator; Cristina Costa the Research Technologies Development Officer; Jaye McIsaac the Educational Developer and Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Coordinator; Tahira Majothi and Fiona Christie Careers Advisors. In November 2010, Dr Sonja Tomaskovic has joined Research and Graduate College as a Research Skills Coordinator. After her first month with us, Sonja is ‘delighted to work with such an excellent team of people and successful students’.
Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl.
May you have many years of joy and happiness together.
The RGC Team
The Research and Graduate College is currently collaborating with schools and supporting units in the development of a Virtual Doctoral School.
The Virtual Doctoral School (VDS) is a networked space meant to support the activities of PhD students, and provide new ways of communicating with their supervisors and supporting units. We have been piloting the VDS with research students from Media, Music and Performance. Recently the winners of the Enterprise Competition launched by Fiona Christie, from Student Life, have also joined the project. Students and supervisors are using the VDS to share useful information, provide feedback to each other’s work, etc. Several of the VDS members have also been blogging through the VDS as a way of establishing their digital presence and creating a kind of interactive research portfolio.
We will continue working with students regarding the use of social media for research purpose. We will also bring other supporting units and research areas on board in the near future. The Library and the career services already have a presence in there. In January, we will welcome students from School of Nursing and Midwifery. The project is open to any research student and staff members who would to use this approach for their research and supervision.
For further information please contact Cristina Costa C.MendesdaCosta@Salford.ac.uk
By Cristina Costa
This semester, 22 new Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) started at the University of Salford. They join an established community of 32 GTAs who are postgraduate researchers who undertake teaching activities in exchange for an annual scholarship.
Teaching and policy frame work
An annual GTA orientation session provides information about the GTA teaching policy frame work and how the university provides teaching support. Most importantly, it is an opportunity for GTAs to meet each other and consider their hopes and concerns of their new teaching role. Some GTAs start teaching immediately, while others will shadow an academic staff member before taking up their teaching role. GTAs this year include those from fields afar: Ghana and Chile, while UK students hail from Sheffield and Northern Ireland. It is good to see some Salford students returning for a postgraduate journey too. In September 2010, we heard some insightful comments from experienced GTAs about time management, prioritising training activities, developing a research and teaching profile, learning to say no and how to live with bureaucracy!
Existing GTAs and staff who support new GTA teaching provision came to meet and greet the new GTAs at lunchtime. Some experienced GTAs showed the new GTAs their working space in the schools and teaching areas, great stuff! Thanks to all GTAs and staff that participated at this lively event. You can see more photos on the PGR blog.
During October, the new GTAs completed their first teaching programme, which supports initial teaching activities. GTAs learn about the practical skills needed for teaching as well as exploring their own values and beliefs and how they might impact on teaching. They also experience their first opportunity to teach with each other, giving and receiving feedback, helping GTAs to work out what they need next in their teaching development. This year the GTAs were treated to the expertise and experience of an additional lecturer, Dr. Ilene Alexander, an education specialist visiting Salford, from the University of Minnesota. Ilene is particularly interested in research and practice that makes learning and teaching more interesting for students and for teachers. This programme is followed by a teaching-learning workshop series, for all postgraduate researchers who teach, starting in February.
Further details will be available from 17 January 2011, on the PGR blog.
By Jaye McIsaac
Conferences and Workshops
On the 24th September 2010 Research and Graduate College were delighted to welcome ~ 40 international and UK/EU postgraduate researchers. The induction day was very successful event and it brought together colleagues from the Library, Student Life, Wide language programme, Student Information Directorate etc. Students were introduced to different services at the University of Salford (Careers Service, Student Union, the Library, Crescent Network, wide language programme etc.) that are in place to help them and to support progress on their research journey. We wish all our new starters very happy and productive time at Salford University, and we look forward to future meetings!
The annual Arts Media and Social Sciences faculty postgraduate conference, entitled ‘Crisis, Rupture and Anxiety’, passed successfully on the 9th and 10th of September. The conference had a truly international feel with papers delivered by early career researchers from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey. Papers dealt with a plethora of different crises facing humanity in the contemporary era, from ecological and urban crises to crises of literary representation and media technologies. Two keynotes addressed the conference; the first, Prof. Mark Neoclaus of Brunel University dealt with the unending crisis of contemporary security regimes and governance through a permanent state of emergency, while the second, Dr Lawrence Cassidy of Manchester Metropolitan University presented his work with Retracing Salford on the crises of memory associated with urban policies that have ‘cleared’ large areas of traditional working class settlement, both in the City of Salford and around the northwest more generally. The conference also included a screening of the film Cambodge me Voici by writer/director Jean-Baptiste Phou exploring the crisis of identity associated with the Cambodian diasporas in France. The conference organisers are planning to publish a selection of the papers delivered in 2011.
By Bob Jeffery and Will Jackson
8-9 June 2011; Mary Seacole Building
SPARC will take place 8-9 June 2011 at the University of Salford. It is a multidisciplinary conference and it is open to all research students at any stage of their research. It offers a space for researchers from different universities and subject areas to share their ideas and practice presenting in a supportive academic environment. The conference is free to attend.
For more information please visit SPARC 2011 website
Friday 25 March 2011; Maxwell Upper Hall
The North West Enterprise Conference is open to all students studying in universities, colleges and schools in the North West as well as graduates and local community partners. The conference will improve attendees’ enterprise and employability skills whilst encouraging them to be entrepreneurial and consider starting their own venture as another career option. The 2011 conference aims to motivate participants to achieve their dreams and goals and to become the leaders of tomorrow. It will involve a packed day of enterprising activities, which will include a mixture of interactive workshops, drop-in advice clinics, inspirational speakers, networking and a business fair. Keynote speakers already confirmed are Claire Young, runner up in season 4 of the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ and John Amaechi a former NBA Basketball star turned motivational speaker and social entrepreneur.
For more information please visit us here.
6-8 July 2011; The Old Fire Station
Next year’s conference is about Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education with the following themes: Social Media; Learning, Teaching and Assessment; Networking and Partnerships. An excellent review panel has been assembled and they are very keen to support authors and other contributors. Anyone considering writing a full paper (submission date 24 January) is invited to a support session in early January 2011. The session will start with a very brief presentation on the types of submission we are seeking, followed by your questions, and you will be put in touch with a mentor. The submission and review process will be developmental and supportive, particularly for new writers and postgraduate research students. Additional session will be organized to support revisions identified during the review process.
If you have any questions, please contact Frances Bell firstname.lastname@example.org, Co-Chair of Review Panel.
For more information please visit here.
By Frances Bell
Our EPSRC-funded Enterprise prize has resulted in a cross-disciplinary collaboration between Salford researchers working together to provide an Enterprise training programme, supported by social media tools available via the University’s embryonic Virtual Doctoral School.
Early in October, five groups of brave researchers entered our very own Salford Dragons den pitching for a £2000 prize to develop activities to support entrepreneurial skills amongst our researchers (both students and staff members). The dragons were; Professor Christos Kalantaridis, Associate Head (Research & Innovation), Salford Business School; Claire MacLean, Associate director, Student Life (Careers & Employability); Andrew Hampson, Head of Commercial and Technology Transfer.
The outright winner of the prize was David C Roberts who is doing a PhD in Enterprise education. His mentor in devising his project was Cristina Costa who is a PhD researcher in Learning Technologies as well as a staff member. The dragons were so impressed with the other pitches and particularly wanted to encourage our research students that they asked some of the researchers to collaborate with David to submit an enhanced proposal making a further £1000 available. As a result, five other research students Jenna Condie (Psychology), Eleanor Jackson (Built Environment), Arash Raeisi (Information Systems), Matthew Trump (Business/information security) and Charlie Mydlarz (Acoustics) will be working alongside David C Roberts.
Congratulations to all the researchers who will now be involved in this Enterprise project over the next few months. Details of all activities will soon be announced.
For further details of this project, you can contact Fiona Christie – email@example.com
By Fiona Christie
Wed 23 Feb, 13:00-16:30
Careers & Employability, University House
A careers event at Salford for anyone thinking about using languages as part of their career. There will be representatives from companies who are interested in employing students who can speak more than one language. The event is open to all students and postgraduates.
More details you can find here.
We congratulate to our researchers for promoting their research and representing University of Salford nationally and internationally. Publishing, presenting and networking is very important and every researcher should use those opportunities. We are very proud of your success(es). Well done!
Michael Dowd presented at the PrimeLife/IFIP Privacy and Identity Management for Life conference in Helsingborg, Sweden and won the 'Best Student Paper Award' which included a cash prize (photo).
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards - The first student has been appointed to take up an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Working-Class Movement Library. Jen Morgan is to work on the transmission and dissemination of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poetry in the radical periodicals of the 1840s, 50s, and 60s. This PhD is the first of an extended programme of three, to start in consecutive years, to be co-supervised by colleagues in ESPACH (Ben Harker, John Callaghan, and Sharon Ruston) and the WCML.
Fabrizio Gallai (Interpreting Studies/Linguistics) has given the following conference papers in 2010: ‘The pragmatic significance of discourse markers in police interpreting’ presented at the International Conference on Emerging Topics in Translation and Interpreting, University of Trieste, Italy (17/06/2010); and ‘Discourse markers in interpreter-mediated police interviews’ presented at the 6th International Critical Link Conference, Aston University, Birmingham (30/07/2010).
John Peate (Translation Studies) has been appointed to the editorial board of a new refereed e-journal for postgraduates and early career researchers called NEW MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, which operates under the aegis of BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), one of the leading research bodies on the region in the UK. John will be joint-editor, with Rick Davey of the University of Manchester, for Linguistics. The e-journal is just about to get under way and is widening its initial remit to include linguistics. The board consists of postgraduate and early career researchers from the US, the UK and the Middle East.
Ralph Kruger (Translation studies, split site, Cologne/Salford) co-organised the Cologne Conference on Specialised Translation in October 2010 which was hosted by the Institute of Translation and Multilingual Communication at Cologne University of Applied Sciences. The conference proceedings will be published next year, and Ralph will be one of the co-editors.
Current Salford postgrads and teaching assistants Lucia Ndongala and Patrizia Muscogiuri attended and gave presentations at William Hope’s first AHRC-funded workshop "A New Italian Political Cinema" project took place at Queen Mary, University of London, on November 27th which over 20 presentations from film scholars, directors and political activists, some of whom came from as far afield as Australia and America to attend.
Kola Ijasan is in his 4th year of PhD (writing up period) in the School of Built Environment.
I would like to share the story of my daughter Aderonke being blessed by the Holy father Pope Benedict the XVI in Crofton Park, Birmingham. On the day 19th September 2010, my family went to see the Pope at the beatification mass of Cardinal Newman. On the ground, we heard the Pope might come into the grounds via the gate close to where we were sitting. I suggested to my wife, Ese, that she should stay close to the barricade so that I can take a photo of her holding Ronke with the Pope at the background. This to me was enough blessing, not knowing what was in store for us on the day.
The key moment arrived, and as hinted, the pope’s convoy emerged from the gate, as the Papamobil (Pope’s carrier) showed up; there was a huge cheer from the crowd of 55,000 worshippers on the ground. Ronke added her own little voice to the cheer as well. The carrier travelled towards where we were standing and I was all set for the shot. Ronke started clapping and jumping like never before; this drew the attention of one of the cardinals in the Papamobil to her. It was this cardinal that told one of the security agents to get Ronke. The moment of awe came; I can’t describe it as I saw our baby lifted up to the Pope for blessing. Everyone was so happy around us, especially the sisters that were playing with Ronke before then, they took her like one of their own and they saw it as a victory for our small pseudo community. Many people started coming to take photos with Ronke, and she as not being a fussy baby, was just smiling. We hope to keep this happy memory for a long time to come.
By Kola Ijasan
Nicole Dodd is a 3rd year PhD student at the School of Environment and Life Sciences
I would like to share my experiences of attending the International Congress of Parasitology XII (ICOPA) held this August in Australia. The conference was beyond doubt an exceptional event at which apparently over 1700 scientists from 94 countries attended. It was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre which provided an excellent venue for interaction with scientists working in the field of parasitology. It was a tremendous opportunity to listen to such a number of great speakers, and take part in such a well executed conference that brought together world-leading parasitologists to review key developments and the latest initiatives in the field.
I presented my paper regarding the prevalence Toxoplasma gondii in British bats in poster format on the second day of the conference. My research drew interest from a wide range of guests, including professors, researchers and students. I made contacts with researchers from Cape Town and Poland and conversed with other PhD students handling similar issues. A highlight of presenting my poster was that the editor of the journal “Experimental Parasitology” approached me and recommended that I submit a paper on my work to that journal.
Free hours were spent visiting the sights of Melbourne which boasts stunning beaches, historical sites and a wide variety of trendy clubs, and excellent pubs and restaurants. The meeting itself also offered a number of diversions most of which included lots of good food and wine. Amongst these, the welcome reception included an Australian themed entertainment and a show of exotic animals. At the end of the week the Gala dinner did not fail to impress, whereby the sight of the academics boogying the night away was worth every minute of the 21 hour flight to get there.
by Nicole Dodd
Lawrence Lok is a 2nd year MERIT On-line PhD Student in the School of Built Environment, living in Hong Kong
As a PhD candidate at School of Built Environment (SOBE), I believe that high quality lifelong education is paramount important to realize my dream. Contemporarily, globalization is a trend without doubt. Studying a PhD in SOBE, in a well developed European country can give me an invaluable chance to improve my academic weaknesses and to strengthen my innovative capability with an international vision. Critically, I can integrate my professional knowledge from construction technology & management, business & administration and facilities management into my research.
Water goes to success following its way. It can interchange three dynamic physical states to suit for the changes of external environment. My philosophy is that practice of an engineering and management professional is similar to natural behavior of water. In Vocational Training Council, I teach my Higher Diploma students in the lessons academically. In professional institutions, I contribute myself as a building engineer and a facilities management researcher professionally. In Hong Kong society, I provide services with management and engineering knowledge to the need voluntarily.
Mr. George Washington was the first President of U.S.A. through support the spirit of democracy. I have a dream to be one of the world class Facilities Management scientists. My study addresses effective linking of FM outsourcing relationship types to users’ satisfaction in the business sector. This study does not only have contribution to intellectual knowledge of facilities management, but it is also indeed beneficial to real life outsourcing scenarios in entrepreneurial environment.
By Lawrence Lok
Training and Development
Click on the links below for more details of forthcoming sessions. Please note that there are several new additions to the SPoRT programme in January and February, which have been put on due to student demand.
These include a two day workshop on qualitative data analysis software NVivo and a one day SPSS workshop relevant to anyone working with quantitative data. We also have new session Introduction to Mind-mapping and related techniques and their pertinence in research contexts.
Tue 18 Jan (09:30-14:45) A project management approach to your work
Wed 19 Jan (10:00-12:30) Introduction to EndNote X4 (Library)
Tue 25 Jan (10:00-16:00) Practical Media Skills 1: Video Recording
Wed 26 Jan (10:00-16:00) Practical Media Skills 2: Video Editing
Wed 26 Jan (09:30-16:00) NVivo (day 1 of 2)
Thu 27 Jan (09:30-16:00) NVivo (day 2 of 2)
Thu 27 Jan (14:00-15:00) How to complete Learning Agreement
Fri 28 Jan (9:30-12:30) Teaching at university for postgraduates: getting started in HE teaching
Mon 31 Jan (10:00-16:00) Practical Media Skills 3: Audio Recording and Editing
Mon 31 Jan (12:00-17:00) SPSS training
Tue 1 Feb (10:00-12:00) Research Ethics
Tue 1 Feb (13:00-16:00) Teaching at university for postgraduates: assessing student learning
Wed 2 Feb (9:30-12:30) Teaching at university for postgraduates: planning for learning in small groups
Thu 3 Feb (14:00-16:00) Your PhD - what next? Planning for a successful career
Fri 4 Feb (9:30-12:30) Teaching at university for postgraduates: undergraduate supervision &consultation
Mon 7 Feb (10:00-16:00) Windmills programme
Tue 8 Feb (9:30-12:30) Teaching at university for postgraduates: using feedback for student learning
Wed 9 Feb (9:30-12:30) Teaching at university for postgraduates: student relations
Wed 9 Feb (14:00-15:30) Electronic resources for researchers (Library)
Thu 10 Feb (14:00-15:00) Writing an Academic CV
Tue 15 Feb (10:00-11:30) Supporting and motivating your research
Wed 16 Feb (9:30-12:30) Teaching at university for postgraduates: using technologies for student learning
Wed 16 Feb (13:00-16:00) Introduction to mind-mapping
Thu 17 Feb (14:00-16:30) Introduction to EndNote X4 (Library)
Mon 21 Feb (14:00-15:00) PhD progression points
Wed 23 Feb (9:30-12:30) Teaching at university for postgraduates: planning for lectures and large group teaching
Wed 23 Feb (14:00-16:00) How to Twitter (for researchers)
Thu 24 Feb (14:00-15:00) Writing a non-academic CV
Fri 25 Feb (9:30-13:00) Teaching at university for postgraduates: peer observation of teaching
Compression Force in Mammographic Imaging
Wednesday 19th January 2011
5.00pm – 7.00pm, Mary Seacole
Speakers: Prof. Peter Hogg, Doreen Seddon, Claire Mercer, Bev Moran, Helen Smith, Melanie Langley
This seminar is aimed at mammographers and professionals working within breast screening, and women generally. It is work in progress research. It explores the complexity of compression force used in mammographic imaging from the stand point of ‘image quality’.
ReTurnS – Rehabilitating Turning Co-ordination following Stroke
Wednesday 16th February 2011
5.00pm – 7.00pm, Mary Seacole
Speaker: Dr. Kristen Hollands
This seminar is aimed at anyone with involvement or interest in movement/ rehabilitation sciences. It will focus on the clinical implications of impaired biomechanics of turning and walking following stroke.
Emotional Intelligence Measurement and Application in Health Care and Beyond
Thursday 24th March 2011
5.30pm – 7.30pm; Mary Seacole
Speakers: Prof. Stuart Mackay, Dr. K. V. Petrides and Dr. Ashley Weinberg
This seminar is aimed at radiographers and all other health care professionals who want to increase their knowledge of emotional intelligence and those with an interest in the concept of emotional intelligence. The seminar will explore current issues in emotional intelligence and there will be data presented from a range of projects. This will be an interactive seminar with plenty of time for discussion.
For further details about seminars or to reserve a place contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a UK or European Union student and aspire to undertake postgraduate research study? Then take a look at this funding opportunity.
The Graduate Teaching Assistantship scheme started in 2003 at the University of Salford and it offers a valuable opportunity to study for a PhD while teaching in subjects broadly related to your PhD research. Previous Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) report their teaching assistantship has provided advantages and benefits in a range of professional, industrial, research and academic careers.
The Graduate Teaching Assistantship scheme covers full tuition fees and the scholarship for three years, based on a successful PhD progression.
GTAs work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities to support undergraduate student learning, up to 180 hours each academic year. These activities include supporting lectures, leading seminars, providing tutorial support, demonstrating in practical classes, marking student assessment and exam invigilation. An annual programme of teaching and learning supports the Assistantship.
Want to know more? For more information and how to apply for 2011/12 go to this website.
By Jaye McIsaac
The Director of Graduate Studies’ Discretionary Support Fund is available to any current University of Salford postgraduate research student in good standing with the university. The aim of the fund is to encourage research students to engage in wider research activities that are related to their ongoing research in an interesting and innovative way.
The award is up to £250 and it will be ‘match funded’ (i.e., your department/supervisor has to fund your activity and the DGS will match that fund up to £250). This scheme will NOT fund more than £250 per proposal application.
For more details please check the website.
Deadline for application: 5pm Monday 14 February 2011
Fellowship commencing: September 2011
The Health Foundation is launching an ambitious fellowship programme in the emerging field of improvement science. They are offering funding for three years to develop original, applied research dedicated to improving healthcare in the UK.
Applicants must be experienced in research or healthcare practice relating to improvement science, and passionate about growing this emerging discipline.
More information you can find here.
Application deadline: Tuesday 15 March 2011
Fellowship commencing: 2012
Annual Theme: Ecological Enlightenment
We encourage scholars working on this theme, especially in the fields of literature, philosophy, art history, music, history and critical theory, to apply for fellowships. A few non-thematic fellowships will also be considered of which 1-2 fellowships will be funded.
More information you can find here.
Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. More about Vitae you can read here.
More about our regional Vitae North West, their activities and events you can find here.
Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub public engagement competition
Wednesday, 6 April 2011, Durham
The Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub holds an annual competition for researchers to demonstrate the importance of their research to a lay audience through the medium of posters and presentations.
More information you can read here.
Are you staying on (or near) campus this Christmas? Did you know that the University has a range of activities for you to enjoy over the break? Most activities are free (or next to free). Fancy Christmas Carols, a Christmas Market tour, or a trip to Cheshire Oaks for Boxing Day shopping? Or how about a traditional British Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings on Christmas Day or an all-you-can-eat Pizza party on New Year’s Day? Activities will take place in accommodation sites, in Maxwell Building, International Society or around town. Or, you can just hang out and play Nintendo Wii, watch DVDs and play games in the lounge of Castle Irwell. Please note that a few activities require a deposit in advance or a small cost, otherwise just show up and have fun. We look forward to seeing you there!
We also have advice on where to access support if you are sick or just homesick and details on how to contact security/emergency.
For more information, please pick up a flier around campus or visit the website.
by Tahira Majothi
We wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS where ever you are!
"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham