Thursday, 27 September 2012

Forthcoming events: Working Class Museum, Salford

1. A new version of the play 'Telling Lives' by Eric Northey will be perfomed at the Library on Wednesday 26 September at 2pm.  First performed at the 2011 24:7 Festival in Manchester, the play is based on the admission books of Prestwich Asylum and details the struggles and the resilience of patients, doctors and attendants on the eve of the First World War. Alongside the performance there will also be a short talk by the author.  Tickets £5, on the door - or in advance from 431 9131 or
A performance will also take place on Friday 21 September at 1pm at the Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester.

2. A WEA course, 'Investigating Manchester's Industrial past', will begin at Manchester Museum on 25 September. The course will run on Tuesdays for ten weeks from 2.45-4.45pm.
From the technology that made the industrial revolution to the social movements which rallied against the pollution of profit, tutor Jamie Moloney aims, with the help of guest speakers and museum trips, to bring that period of history to life.
The course fee is: £62 (free to learners in receipt of means-related benefits).  For further details or to book a place contact Susan Danaei on 07810 415765.

3. Mikron Theatre's play about the Yorkshire Luddites, 'Can you keep a secret?', is touring this autumn. Venues include Keys Restaurant Huddersfield on 21 September, Civic Centre Leyland on 1 October, The Met in Bury on 6 October, St Peter and Paul's Church Salford on 11 Oct, Marsden Mechanics Hall on 20 October, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 21 October, andThe Stubbing Wharf in Hebden Bridge on 23 October. Full details at

4. Marking International Day of Peace on Friday 21 September, Imperial War Museum North hosts a weekend of activities and events exploring the notion of truce, including talks on 'women and peace in history', film screenings and presentations by Manchester-based Nobel Peace Prize-winning charity Mines Advisory Group. 
Events take place from 21 to 23 September - more information here.

5. The annual national Peace History Conference takes place in Manchester this year, on Saturday 10 November at the People's HIstory Museum.  'From local to global - the north's role in peace and co-operation' aims to increase understanding of past peace movements and activity and alternative ways of responding to conflict, to inform the present and the future.  It includes presentations about 'forgotten women against war Enid Stacey and Ethel Carnie Holdsworth', and the Women's Co-operative Guild.
Early bird rate £15 (before 30 September), £20 standard, £5 concessions.  Full programme here, including pre-conference events taking place on Friday 9 November.  Send cheques, payable to GM&D CND, to Jacqui Burke, Greater Manchester & District CND, Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR

Postgrad Fair (21/11)

College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference

Full programme now available via:

Friday, 21 September 2012

SPoRT programme announced for this academic year

Dear researchers ,

I am writing to let you know about some of the training opportunities available to postgraduate researchers during 2012-13.

1. The Salford Postgraduate Research Training (SPoRT) programme

SPoRT is open to all PGRs and early career researchers across the university. Aligned with the Researcher Development Framework,  it offers training on the following skills areas:

A. Knowledge and intellectul abilities: including information management, research analysis software such as NVivo and SPSS, and research methods such as interviews and focus groups.

B. Personal effectiveness: including Myers Briggs personality profiling, working in the UK, personal branding, effective job hunting, applications and CVs and other career development.  

C. Research mangement and governance: including research ethics, IPR, progression points, project management and funding

D. Engagement, influence and impact: including conference presenting, getting published, social media for research, and translating research into practice.

The full programme and details of each session are available at:

You can sign up for individual sessions through an online booking system, bookings open a month in advance of the sessions taking place:   

2. Wordscope Workshops 
Postgraduate researchers can also take advantage of the Wordscope writing workshops. Wordscope is designed to help you improve your academic writing skills.
Wordscope is delivered through a series of ten progressive workshops. The first workshop introduces you to two key concepts: the complete sentence and the importance of writing consciously. After that, each workshop builds on previous ones, the level of complexity and sophistication increasing as the programme proceeds. In each workshop, you undertake writing exercises so that you can experience an immediate “hands-on” application of new skills, which at the same time gives you further practice in skills already covered. You are also asked to undertake short homework assignments. These homework assignments are vital for consolidating your understanding of and control over your developing writing skills.
You can find out more about the content of Wordscope on the website:, which also includes testimonials from students who have taken the course:
Wordscope is open to all students, and you can sign up for any of the timetabled workshop groups, which will be made available on the website shortly.
**There is a Wordscope group running spefically for postgraduate researchers on Mondays from 10:30 – 12:00 in Mary Seacole 262. The first session is on Monday 1st October.***
To register, please email indicating that you would like to join the Monday PGR group.
If you can't make this time, or if this group becomes fully booked, you can sign up for any of the timetabled workshop groups that still have spaces - a list of the times of these groups will be available on the Wordscope website shortly.

TedX at Salford

Be inspired in Salford

Inspirational speakers from around the world will be sharing their passion in Salford next month in a major conference of ideas celebrating the best in science, technology, art, media and academia.

The TEDx event, sponsored by the University of Salford, will include speakers ranging from Peter Hook, co-founder and bass player of Joy Division and New Order, Sir Ian Wilmut, OBE, the cloning expert who created Dolly the sheep and Professor Joe Incandela, spokesperson for the Higgs-Boson experiment and Professor of Physics at the University of California, to Ken Shamrock, American martial arts expert and international wrestler.
The full-day event will take place at The Lowry Centre on Sunday, 21 October.

Curator Mishal Saeed, Vice-President at the University of Salford’s Students’ Union, said that the conference is an opportunity for the local community.

“Local people can learn, be inspired and meet other passionate, like-minded people in the impressive environment of the Lowry Theatre,” she said.  “This event builds on the success of last year’s inaugural TEDx Salford, which was described as inspirational and remarkable.”

The University of Salford decided to become an event partner because of its commitment to the sharing of knowledge and education for all.

Last year’s taster event was oversubscribed and tickets for this event are already proving popular at half the usual TEDx price (£45 for members of the public and £25 for students).

More information about the project, including volunteering opportunities, can be found at

Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said: “This is a great student-led initiative, which will be delivered to a world class standard.  We’re proud to be associated with TEDx Salford and this second conference.”

Blog updates and feature articles -

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

IASPM conference at Salford

Some images from the IASPM conference, hosted by the University of Salford at the MediaCityUK campus last week.

Guests included Sheila Whiteley, Bill Bruford and Barney Hoskyns (on his new book on Led Zeppelin), and a number of past and present Salford postrgrads presented papers.

Panels included a presentation by the Salford postgrads currently working on the David Sanjek Archive.

Message from Matt Brennan, Chair IASPM-UK/Ireland:

On behalf of the new IASPM-UK/Ireland executive committee, I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone involved in making the 2012
conference in Salford such a wonderful success. Thanks in particular in Professor George McKay and all those at the University of Salford
for their hard work, excellent hospitality, and for providing a great venue to hold the conference. It must have been a particular challenge due to the sad passing of Professor David Sanjek late last year, but I think everyone will agree that he would have been pleased that the conference went ahead so swimmingly and with such a great variety of speakers, intellectual debate, and the friendliness that characterises IASPM as an organisation.