Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Emma Rees talk

Our thanks to Emma for her talk on "Vulvanomics"... Medieval censorship, hygiene products, lexical tensions, activism and academe.

Monday, 27 January 2014

MMU 21st Century Feminism event (5/3)

Programme and details

"Timed to lead up to International Women’s Day, this one-day public forum will consider contemporary gender issues and persistent sexism. What does it mean to be a feminist in the 21st century and what are the new challenges facing women in an era marked by on-going global conflict and economic crisis? A panel of internationally renowned feminist thinkers will discuss the feminist now and the feminist future, alongside a day of networking opportunities and activities."

Vivienne Parry talk at Salford: Science in the Media (30/1)

Full info / booking (free):,-scares-and-frankenfoods

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Information for North West Consortium / Salford Uni PGR & PGT applicants

For those who wish to apply for PhD scholarships from the North West Consortium:

a) Apply online to Salford, with your proposal, here:
Deadline: 12 Feb.
NB: We will need your two references filed by this date. Please note on the application that this is for North West Consortium consideration.

b) You will hear back from us, with an acceptance or rejection, on 13/14th Feb

c) Apply online to the North West Consortium, with your proposal, here:
Deadline: 21 Feb

For those who wish to apply for the Research Preparation (MA) scholarships from the North West Consortium:

a) Apply online to Salford, for the MA of your choice, here:
Deadline: 12 Feb.
NB: Please note on the application that this is for North West Consortium consideration.

b) You will hear back from us, with an acceptance or rejection, on 13/14th Feb

c) Apply online to the North West Consortium, with your proposal, here:

Deadline: 21 Feb

NB: You will need to have a first, or be heading for a first, in order to be applicable for an MA scholarship.

Grad Prog talks this Weds (29/1): Public Service Journalism // Talking about Vaginas

Location: 2.20, MediaCityUK (unless otherwise stated)

Time: Internal speakers, 3-3.50pm; External speakers, 4.00-5.30pm.

All welcome!

Internal Speaker: Professor Seamus Simpson (University of Salford; English and Journalism directorate and head of CCM)

Public Service Journalism and Converging Media Systems

Concepts and practices of public service have been an integral part of the evolution of communication media systems for decades in Europe and beyond. However, the process of media convergence has called forth an examination of the place of public service in communications. Ideas of public service have been an important part of the development of journalism and have too come under increasing pressure in the era of media convergence. This session will commence with an exploration of some of the key ideas that have shaped articulations of public service in media systems and journalism. It will then go on to explore some of the challenges and opportunities for public service journalism which have arisen from the development convergent media platforms and services. It will conclude by exploring the extent to which public service journalism is relevant today in our diverse-yet-converging, highly commercialised, digital multi-media systems.

External Speaker: Dr Emma Rees (University of Chester)

Vulvanomics: How We Talk About Vaginas. 

In Vulvanomics, Emma considers why British and US culture has such a problem when talking about the female body; she maps the long history of advertising that profits from the taboo of the vagina, and she reflects on how writers, artists and filmmakers have been influenced by, or even perpetuate, this ‘shame’.

Dr Emma L. E. Rees is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester. Her research and teaching interests include Shakespeare studies; early modern literature and culture; film theory; and gender studies. Her new book is The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History. Her first book was Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Genre, Exile, and she has many other publications on Cavendish, and on gender and representation. She has also co-authored an essay on Led Zeppelin, and has published on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

MMU talks: Women in Philosophy

Monday 10th February 2014: Dr Anna Bergqvist (MMU)
Moral particularism: a contribution to feminist thinking

Monday 17th February 2014: Professor Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)
Stop Thinking (So Much) About ‘Sexual Harassment’

Monday 24th February 2014: Professor Tina Chanter (Kingston)
The public, the private and the aesthetic unconscious: Reworking  Jacques Ranciere

Monday 3rd March 2014: Dr Meena Dhanda (Wolverhampton)
Facing Prejudice: Negotiating the Cultural Politics of Identity

Full programme and dates, and (free) booking info:

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Graduate Week Conference: 21/2-24/2, 2014

College of Arts and Social Sciences - PGR Conference 2014

MediaCity Campus, 2nd Floor, Room 2.08


Programme Abstracts

Tuesday 21st January 2014

11.00-11.30                 Introduction
Dr Stephen Ward, Associate Dean Research & Innovation
11.30-1200                  Documentary Screening 1: "The Good Doctorate"

12.00-1.00                   Library Workshop - Helen McEvoy

Introduction to your online and physical library services
You will be shown how to access library resources – both physical and online

1.00-2.00                     Lunch break

2.00-3.00                     PhD Survival Guide - Dr Deborah Woodman
Deborah Woodman is a research administrator in the College of Arts & Social Sciences and has lectured in British history for the Universities of Huddersfield and Salford.  Her PhD is on the public house in nineteenth century Manchester and Salford, graduating in 2011.  Prior to her work at Salford she spent ten years at the University of Manchester, where she undertook a number of roles in research support.

This presentation will consider some of the issues that you may encounter when undertaking a PhD and how to deal with them.  Whether full or part-time the PhD is different to anything else you will do, and you will face issues combining your research with employment, family, and life in general.  You may have concerns with, for instance, finances, keeping your research on track and the pressure of meeting deadlines, presenting your first conference paper, and coping with a viva.  The presentation will offer some practical advice that will help you cope with a whole range of issues that may arise during your studies.

3.00-4.00                     Drop in Surgery – 1 to 1 advice
                                    Dr Benjamin Halligan

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Progress and Profile

11.00-12.30                 Guide to Progression Points
Dr Benjamin Halligan

This session will outline the nature of all progression points during the lifecycle of the PhD – from Learning Agreement to IE. We will look at the forms that are required for each, talk about the expectations of the panels that look at them, and offers tips for smooth and timely progress.

12.30-1.30                   Lunch break

1.30-2.30                     From Conference Participation to Publication
Dr Michael Goddard

This session will examine one of the most productive and straightforward ways of publishing your research--via conference participation. Many academic conferences have specific publication outcomes (sometimes already mentioned in the call for papers), and even when they don't there are frequently opportunities for disseminating and publishing your work that emerge from conference participation. This session will cover such issues as selecting the best conference to present your work (subject specific, postgraduate or not, connected to an association), preparing conference abstracts, conference networking, conference organisation, revising your abstract for publication, and the publication process. As it is impossible to generalise, a range of examples will be presented but there will also be the opportunity to present your own experiences and issues regarding both conference participation and the publication process.

2.30-4.00                     Viva Survival Guide
Dr Benjamin Halligan

This session will deal in detail with the Viva: what to expect, how to prepare, how to defend your work, and the possible outcomes from the Viva.

Thursday 23rd January 2014

Research Methodologies

11.00-1.00                   Practice-based Research
Prof Erik Knudsen, Dr Alan Williams

In this informal interactive session, Professor Alan Williams and Professor Erik Knudsen will present some thoughts about creative practice research with particular reference to their respective fields of music composition and independent filmmaking. Giving some examples from their personal research, and some brief case studies from their practice research students' research projects, they will discuss the opportunities and challenges involved in creative practice research. There will be plenty of opportunities for participants to engage in debate and ask questions.

Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker and Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford. He is a former Head of the School of Media, Music and Performance and has also acted as the university’s Director of Graduate Studies. Earlier roles have included programme leading the MA in Fiction Film Production, the MA in Television Documentary Production and the MA in Wildlife Documentary Production.  Predominantly practice-led film research, in particular narrative documentary and fiction, Erik is interested in exploring alternative modes of cinematic narratives and stories, changing practices resulting from developments in production and dissemination technologies and in the epistemology of fact and fiction within the narrative moving image.

1.00-2.00                     Lunch break
2.00-2.30                     Documentary Screening 2: "The Good Viva"

2.30-4.00                     Field Research and Discussion
                                    Sharon Coen
Conducting and publishing content analytical work

Sharon Coen has research and teaching experience in the areas of social and media psychology. Her main interests concern the way media portray and respond to social and political issues, and how these in turn inform public perceptions of the same issues.

This session will take you through the key steps involved in successfully conducting and publishing content analytical work. Starting from the development of a testable research question to the selection and implementation of appropriate methodologies, the assessment of validity and reliability, data analysis and interpretation, we will discuss how to run and report content analytical work in an effective and meaningful way.

4.00-5.00                     Impact Discussion
Dr Victoria Moody

Impact: Creating a new space in research.

·         What is meant by ‘Impact’?
·         How might the focus on impact help you to build networks, reach more people through your research and support you in your career.

Workshop - What is the potential for impact in your research?

Victoria has been supporting researchers at the University of Salford develop their research impact for the last two years and has developed to share and support the application of Salford research for the wider public benefit. Victoria has a PhD from the University of Manchester and has previously worked in the public sector for a range of organisations with a focus on public benefit, including in charity management, heritage and museums management, democratic standards, Freedom of Information policy, and most recently in the lovely world of open data.

Friday 24th January 2014

Life After Your PhD

11.00-12.00                 Post Doc Funding Opportunities for New Researchers
Rob Morris

The session will look at the main opportunities for funding and how and when to apply for them and talk about career development for those wanting to develop a career in research in academia.

Robert Morris from the Research and Enterprise Division has worked in Research Management and Support for over 14 years at the University of Salford and has supported many bids into the UK research Councils, European Union and various trusts and charities.

12.00-1.00                   You’re Hired! Applying for Academic Jobs
Dr Stephen Ward

This session will discuss one element of the what next question - applying for academic jobs: When and where to look; how to make the most your academic experience and your PhD studies; what to look (out) for in job applications; how to survive job presentations and interviews and what academic departments and colleagues are really looking for.

1.00-1.30                     Screening 3 - The Good Supervision
·         How supervision is organised
·         What support to expect
·         How to get the feedback you need
·         How disciplines differ

1.30-2.30                    Buffet Lunch Provided

2.30-3.30                    Post-lunch Discussion