News articles https://www.salford.ac.uk/ en Expert opinion: Does Rishi's Job Support Scheme do enough? https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/expert-opinion-does-rishis-job-support-scheme-do-enough <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expert opinion: Does Rishi's Job Support Scheme do enough?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>h.m.jones</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 25 September, 2020 - 00:00</span> Dr Maria Rana, lecturer in economics and finance from the University of Salford Business School, comments on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s recent Job Support Scheme statement. <p><strong>Dr Maria Rana, lecturer in economics and finance from the University of Salford Business School, comments on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s recent Job Support Scheme statement.</strong></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-09/job-support-scheme-rishi-sunak-web_0.jpg?itok=r7TBuNE9" width="1596" height="510" alt="job support scheme" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p><span><span><span>Dr Maria Rana said "The Chancellor has announced new measures intended to support businesses and the economy during these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"According to the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey (BICS), 10% of workers were still on furlough leave, while 11% of businesses were at moderate or severe risk of insolvency at the beginning of September. Additionally, in the weeks between 24th August and 6th September, only 84% of businesses were trading, with smaller businesses less likely to have been trading than larger businesses (Office for National Statistics). </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"The new measures come within this context, after the announcement of new national coronavirus restrictions and one month before the end of the furlough scheme. So, did the Chancellor go far enough? </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"As part of the new measures, businesses will have up to ten years to repay their bounce back loans, with the possibility of interest-only repayment periods as well as payment holidays. Considering the fact that over 1.17 million ‘bounce back’ loans have been approved for small businesses since the beginning of the scheme in May, the news will be welcomed by many. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"As largely anticipated, from 1st November 2020 and for six months afterwards, the Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be replaced by a new one: the Job Support Scheme, which pays some employees’ wages as long as they are working at least one third of their normal hours. This is much less generous than the furlough scheme, and even if it can be used in conjunction with the job retention bonus announced in the summer, it will not be sufficient to stop mass redundancies especially within those sectors that have not returned to trade. Additionally, it only lasts six months, so some jobs might be kept alive by this scheme but only for six months. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"Even if we can appreciate the honesty of the recurring statement that 'not every business and every job can be saved', we would however expect the Government’s commitment to save as many businesses and jobs as possible. These latest measures do not seem to reflect such a commitment."</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/781" hreflang="en">Salford Business School</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email Helen Jones <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">h.m.jones@salford.ac.uk</a>.</strong></p> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 23:00:00 +0000 h.m.jones 41411 at https://www.salford.ac.uk University leaders come together for student call to action on COVID safety https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/university-leaders-come-together-student-call-action-covid-safety <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">University leaders come together for student call to action on COVID safety</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>m.j.dickinson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 8 September, 2020 - 00:00</span> University leaders from across Greater Manchester have come together to remind students of their important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 as the new academic year starts. <p><span><span><span>University leaders from across Greater Manchester have come together to remind students of their important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 as the new academic year starts.</span></span></span></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-09/Maxwell-Building%20%281%29_0.jpg?itok=3tNxNMGi" width="1596" height="510" alt="Maxwell" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p><span><span><span>As the first of approximately 100,000 students arrive in the city region, Vice-Chancellors and Students’ Union (SU) officers from the Universities of Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music are issuing a joint call to action to students.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The universities are working with the NHS and public health bodies as well as the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, local councils and Greater Manchester Police to ensure students are clear on what they can do to keep themselves and the wider community safe, whether they live in University residences, private accommodation or at home. As well as setting clear expectations, activity will include initiatives such as community night-time support patrols in areas where many students live, such as areas of South Manchester.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Should it become necessary, all universities will use sanctions for students who do not adhere to rules on safe behaviours.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Campuses have been largely closed since March and the universities have been undertaking meticulous planning to re-open them safely over the coming weeks. Students have been briefed regularly about what to expect and, while each university has its own COVID-19 safety commitments, the Vice-Chancellors and Students’ Union leaders are now reminding them of their shared responsibility to the whole community. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While students can expect a warm welcome, some traditional ‘Welcome’ activities, which usually bring together large groups, won’t take place this year, or will happen online. The universities are also urging students not to buy wristbands to so-called ‘freshers’ events, - large scale club nights that are currently prohibited - and only to take part in official activity promoted by their University or Students’ Union. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The University leaders have committed to the following<strong> - Vice Chancellors’ and Students’ Union leaders’ Joint Commitment:</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This is a special time in the university calendar, where we welcome new students to campus for the first time as well as welcoming many more back. This September though is like no other, not just for our students, but also for the communities in which they live and study. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Across our universities, staff and students have worked tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19 – many on the front line in healthcare, volunteering, or at the sharp end of research to treat those suffering with the virus or to protect those at risk.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This commitment to fighting COVID-19 continues as we bring students back on to campus and surrounding areas in our cities. As new and returning students join our community, we remind them of their responsibilities in minimising the transmission of the virus in our city region and in acting as ambassadors for our universities in the areas where they live and socialise. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We continue to work with public health bodies, the NHS and regional and national government to put COVID safety measures, guidance and regulations in place across our universities. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Joining campuses and surrounding areas will start to bring normality to lives that have been significantly disrupted over the last six months, but it must be done safely and sustainably.  Together we commit to ‘doing our bit’ for Greater Manchester and we ask our students to do the same.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor Manchester Metropolitan University</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, Royal Northern College of Music</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Professor George Holmes, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Bolton</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Professor Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Salford</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Evelyn Sweeney, President, Manchester Metropolitan University Students’ Union</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Cara Houghton, President, Royal Northern College of Music Students’ Union</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ansh Sachdeva, President, University of Bolton Students’ Union</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Kwame Kwarteng, General Secretary, University of Manchester Students’ Union</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Temi Adebayo, President, University of Salford Students’ Union</span></span></span></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/786" hreflang="en">University Campus</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a>.</strong></p> Mon, 07 Sep 2020 23:00:00 +0000 m.j.dickinson 40626 at https://www.salford.ac.uk One-day event to delve into the phenomenon of RuPaul’s Drag Race https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/one-day-event-delve-phenomenon-rupauls-drag-race <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">One-day event to delve into the phenomenon of RuPaul’s Drag Race</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>m.j.dickinson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 19 August, 2020 - 00:00</span> A special one-day online event exploring the international phenomenon of RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming this September. <p><strong>A special one-day online event exploring the international phenomenon of RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming this September.</strong></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-08/facebookheader_0.jpg?itok=8F9P8Cb5" width="1596" height="510" alt="Symposium" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p>The interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Digital Arts (SODA), will look at Ru Paul as a pop culture sensation and the rising popularity of drag superstars.</p> <p>Hosted by the University of Salford’s Dr Danny Cookney and SODA’s Dr Kirsty Fairclough, attendees can expect special panel sessions analysing the drag makeover challenge, how RuPaul’s Drag Race tells the story of queer pop culture through the show’s ‘Snatch Game’ and how hashtags and handles has boosted the popularity of the show in the online space, to name a few</p> <p>With experts in the field from Knoxville, Chicago and Pasadena in the US and Croatia and Germany, it’s set to be a truly international affair.</p> <p>Dr Danny Cookney says: “This grew out of a public discussion that Kirsty hosted at Manchester’s Cultureplex in January which focussed on RuPaul – something that prompted a lively and intelligent debate about the various aspects of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I suggested that there was a lot that couldn’t be unpacked in one evening - I guess drag queens don’t travel light - and this symposium is the result: a series of themed panels available to anyone interested in the kind of research that may be emerging as this particular TV franchise continues to develop.”</p> <p>Dr Kirsty Fairclough adds: "I am delighted to be co-hosting the symposium with the University of Salford's Dr Danny Cookney. RuPaul's Drag Race is a fertile site for debate around a range of issues and subject matter which we will be discussing in detail during the event. With a group of international speakers and an audience of scholars and fans, Supermodels of The World is set to be an exciting and lively celebration of a television phenomenon."</p> <p>The event is supported by the <a href="https://www.newadelphitheatre.co.uk/">New Adelphi Theatre</a> and will take place from noon until 9.45pm on 25 September 2020. Tickets are free and available <a href="https://www.newadelphitheatre.co.uk/event/supermodels-of-the-world-a-drag-race-symposium/">here</a>. Please book before 9am on Thursday 24th September to secure your reservation. </p> <p>You can find the full schedule <a href="http://tinyurl.com/SupermodelsOTW">here</a>. </p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/811" hreflang="en">School of Arts and Media</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a> or phone 0161 295 2238.</strong></p> Tue, 18 Aug 2020 23:00:00 +0000 m.j.dickinson 39936 at https://www.salford.ac.uk Studio Salford giving emerging creative talent a platform https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/studio-salford-giving-emerging-creative-talent-platform <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Studio Salford giving emerging creative talent a platform</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>m.j.dickinson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 22 July, 2020 - 00:00</span> Studio Salford, a new cutting-edge design and media agency based at the University of Salford, is picking up steam by blending professional expertise with fresh, upcoming talent. <p><strong><a href="https://blogs.salford.ac.uk/studio-salford/">Studio Salford</a>, a new cutting-edge design and media agency based at the University of Salford, is picking up steam by blending professional expertise with fresh, upcoming talent.</strong></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-07/cropped-SS-web-header-01-scaled-3_0.jpg?itok=riTKUdNH" width="1596" height="510" alt="studio salford " class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text-with-image"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text-with-image paragraph--text-with-image--right"> <div class="container container--md"> <div class="paragraph--image-size"> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2020-07/Group%20Web.jpg" width="3475" height="4024" alt="gin design" /></div> <p>The enterprise is built on a clever business model which teams student and graduate creatives up with experienced design and media studio managers who lead on each project to ensure a professional service.</p> <p>Students and alumni come from a range of degree programmes including Film Production, Television and Radio, Graphic Design, Photography, Journalism, Digital Media and many more.</p> <p>Facilities on offer include state-of-the-art TV, radio and photography studios, editing and graphic design suites, and the latest industry-standard cameras and sound equipment. </p> <p>The agency has already had a string of successful projects under its belt, including partnering with Greater Manchester Combined Authority during lockdown to design Creative Care Kits aimed at aiding older people with isolation. 16,000 kits were distributed across greater Manchester, with activities including music, writing, craft, horticulture and drawing.</p> <p>They also worked with Zymurgorium (pictured), Manchester’s first craft distillery. The team effectively delivered a range of collateral including corporate trade films, a 5-minute documentary, a product brochure and stylised photography.</p> <p>Studio Salford’s Josh Spencer said: “I graduated with an MA in Media Production last year, specialising in documentary making and storytelling. I am passionate about filmmaking and editing and working for the agency is a fantastic opportunity. The Zymurgorium project has offered me the chance to put my creative and technical skills into practice.”</p> <p>Studio Salford is the brainchild of the University of Salford’s Associate Dean of Engagement and Enterprise Sam Ingleson, Media Manager Christine Pyke and Design Manager Yasmin Stopford.</p> <p>Sam Ingleson has worked in the School of Arts and Media since 2000 in a variety of in both teaching and industry-based knowledge exchange. She said:</p> <p>“We were delighted Studio Salford were chosen to deliver a project working with Zymurgorium, an award-winning local business with international reach, Within this multi-platform project our design and media studio managers chose the apposite student teams to undertake the work – bringing their expertise and creativity to deliver on budget and on time.”</p> <p>Christine’s many years of experience in filmmaking helps her choose the ideal student team for each project – and offers clients expedient solutions to their briefs. She said:</p> <p>“The School of Arts and Media is real hotbed of talent and we were increasingly finding industry asking to work with our creatives. Having the studio based at MediaCityUK, an international hub for innovation, technology and creativity, means that we can collaborate with industry with ease.”</p> <p>Yasmin’s expertise within design is crucial to the organisation of the agency, which enables students to gain experience working on live projects. She said:</p> <p>“As a university, we are dedicated to nurturing talent. All students and graduates are paid whilst getting the opportunity to gain valuable work experience within a mentored environment, alongside building their individual portfolios.</p> <p>“Studio Salford provides students one-to-one mentoring, while an experienced management team gives reassurance to clients and industry partners that projects are always professionally executed.”</p> <p>To find out more about Studio Salford click <a href="https://blogs.salford.ac.uk/studio-salford/">here</a>.</p> <p>To contact the team email:</p> <p>Design Manager: <a href="mailto:Y.F.Stopford@salford.ac.uk">Y.F.Stopford@salford.ac.uk</a></p> <p>Media Manager: <a href="mailto:C.Pyke@salford.ac.uk">C.Pyke@salford.ac.uk</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/Studio_Salford" title="https://twitter.com/Studio_Salford">@Studio_Salford</a></p> <p>Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/studio_salford/" title="https://www.instagram.com/studio_salford/">@studio_salford</a></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/811" hreflang="en">School of Arts and Media</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a> or phone 0161 295 2238.</strong></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2020 23:00:00 +0000 m.j.dickinson 38411 at https://www.salford.ac.uk Salford student proves she’s The Greatest Dancer https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/salford-student-proves-shes-greatest-dancer <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Salford student proves she’s The Greatest Dancer</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>m.j.dickinson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 26 June, 2020 - 00:00</span> Wenwen Wang, an MA Dance student from the University of Salford, has become a television star after appearing on China’s The Greatest Dancer. <p>Wenwen Wang, an MA Dance student from the University of Salford, has become a television star after appearing on China’s <em>The Greatest Dancer</em>.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The primetime series involves challenges and live performances, with dance routines that range in style from ballet and jazz, to hip hop.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“I sent in an audition tape, including lots of footage of me dancing at Salford, and was delighted to be invited onto the show,” said Wenwen. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>She </span></span><span><span><span>had just one week to learn and finesse choreography after spending 14 days in quarantine following her return to China during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“It was really challenging as I had to get back into shape quickly,” she said. “<em>The Greatest Dancer</em> gave me a choreographer and studio to practise in – it was a matter of learning the routines non-stop every day.”  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Wenwen also had to practise her interview technique as dancers would be questioned in between routines. “Speaking on camera on live television was a little outside my comfort zone but I managed to overcome my nerves thankfully,” she said. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Wenwen came to the UK to study an </span></span><a href="https://beta.salford.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/dance-performance-and-professional-practices"><span><span>MA in Dance</span></span></a><span><span> after retiring from the national rhythmic gymnastics team of China.  Having trained intensively in gymnastics all her life she made the bold decision to shift her focus and make her mark as a contemporary dancer. She studied at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, before settling at The University of Salford. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“I was able to incorporate lots of my rhythmic gymnastics skills into the routine which I really enjoyed,” adds Wenwen. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>While studying, Wenwen joined the Emergence Dance Company, </span></span><span><span><span><span>who work with internationally acclaimed choreographers to produce a programme of new performance work each year. <span>Emergence</span> tour nationally each spring season led by Artistic Director, Joss Arnott alongside the University of Salford’s Debbie Milner.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I loved being part of Emergence,” she said. “You get a real sense of comradery while touring and get to perform all over the UK.  The style of dance is very contemporary and helps to expand you as a well-rounded performer.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Joss Arnott, Artistic Director of Emergence Dance Company and Joss Arnott Dance, said,<span>"Wenwen is an exceptional talent and her commitment to developing her artistry is highly admirable. She is a natural, striking performer and acted as a true role model to her colleagues throughout her time in Emergence 2020."</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Debbie Milner, Programme Leader at the University of Salford, added: "It has been a real joy to have Wenwen as a MA Dance student. Her exuberant drive to develop her dancing, performance and academic skills has been inspiring. Wenwen's warmth and generosity of spirit will be missed by staff and students alike. Her resilience and commitment to dance is captured in her appearance on <em>The Greatest Dancer</em>.  We are excited to see her career develop." </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>When asked what is next in store for Wenwen she said: “I would love to dance professionally for the next couple of years, maybe even in Europe. Longer term, my goal is to have a studio one day so young dancers have the facilities to grow and learn. Teaching ballet and contemporary dance is an avenue I’d definitely like to go down.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-06/0615_2.jpg?itok=VP7EYFpJ" width="1596" height="510" alt="wenwen" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--video"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--video uos-video"> <div class="container container--md"> <div class="uos-video__box-image" data-light-box-open=""> <svg width="100%" height="100%" viewbox="0 0 1170 726"><defs><clippath id="clipPathPolygonGenId"><polygon points="1107.180 1.000, 0.000 1.000, 0.000 665.230, 63.000 727.000, 1170.000 727.000, 1170.000 64.000, 1107.180 1.000"></polygon></clippath></defs><image xlink:href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large_video/public/2020-06/0615_4.jpg?itok=KOHfI2QB" clip-path="url(#clipPathPolygonGenId)" width="1170" height="726"></image></svg><span class="uos-video__circle"></span> <div class="uos-video__wrap"></div> </div> <div class="uos-video--mobile" data-light-box-open=""> <span class="uos-video__play-mobile"></span> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large_video/public/2020-06/0615_4.jpg?itok=KOHfI2QB" width="1170" height="726" alt="Wenwen" class="image-style-large-video" /></div> <div class="uos-video__light-box"> <span class="uos-video__light-close" data-light-box-close=""></span> <div class="uos-video__light-wrapper"> <iframe width="854" height="480" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="video-light-box-vimeo--432822165" class="video-vimeo" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/432822165?autoplay=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/811" hreflang="en">School of Arts and Media</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a> or phone 0161 295 2238.</strong></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2020 23:00:00 +0000 m.j.dickinson 37056 at https://www.salford.ac.uk Balancing employer and employee expectations when returning to work https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/balancing-employer-and-employee-expectations-when-returning-work <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Balancing employer and employee expectations when returning to work</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>S.E.Wood</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 16 June, 2020 - 00:00</span> As shops and office begin to reopen and employees return to their workplaces after weeks and months working from home, how can employers make the transition as smooth as possible? <p><span><span><span><span>As shops and office begin to reopen and employees return to their workplaces after weeks and months working from home, how can employers make the transition as smooth as possible?</span></span></span></span></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-04/goodworkbanner.jpg?itok=0thXb2uD" width="1596" height="510" alt="Happy workers" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p><span><span><span><span>Jonathan Lord, HR expert at the University of Salford Business School, has some tips.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Jonathan said: “Although UK employees are looking forward to returning to work, they will have a new set of expectations when they return. Counter this with the anticipations of employers who will be eager for employees to return to full capacity as well as productivity, this could be a melting pot for a rise in industrial conflict. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“An employee’s return to work after potentially such a long time is a critical time to support success. The implementation of a proper planning process can prevent potential issues from manifesting into more serious consequences for both employer and employee and it should begin before the employee’s first day back at work.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“Employees returning to work will have adopted some ‘bad’ habits that could have an impact on their effectiveness and employers will need to have a clear structure or pathway when returning to work.  Those organisations that have a strong focus on wellbeing will be in a  better position to handle the long-term effects of employees’ changing physical and mental health.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Although workers maybe relieved about the thought of returning to work and resuming some semblance of normality there will be heightened pressures on their return with the threat of redundancy or reductions in salary. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Organisations will need to act positively and promote the benefits of the new ways of working, such as remote and flexible working, which can if managed properly can actually improve the overall well-being of staff.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Many employers have been able to ‘pilot’ and review how working flexibly and remotely can work in practice in a wholistic manner. The Covid-19 crisis has forced all sectors and industries to embrace different ways of working and these will probably now become the norm. The cost saving and potential improvement in productivity as well as efficiency will provide the ‘excuse’ that is required for it to be implemented. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Organisations could take full advantage of the shift in working practices and assess how they can exploit it as an opportunity for both employees and employers, they could fuse the power struggle between these two parties into a more harmonious and beneficial arrangement. Employers could benefit from increased productivity and engagement among their employees, who could benefit from a more flexibility approach to how they work, thus improving their work life balance.”</span></span></span></span></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/781" hreflang="en">Salford Business School</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a>.</strong></p> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 23:00:00 +0000 S.E.Wood 35806 at https://www.salford.ac.uk Comedian and academic Lisa Moore makes waves with new BBC Radio 4 series ‘Where to, Mate?’ https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/comedian-and-academic-lisa-moore-makes-waves-new-bbc-radio-4-series-where-mate <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Comedian and academic Lisa Moore makes waves with new BBC Radio 4 series ‘Where to, Mate?’</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>m.j.dickinson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 26 May, 2020 - 00:00</span> A new comedy series set in the back of taxi cabs is getting rave reviews.‘Where to, Mate?’ explores the funny and revealing character-led conversations that take place in cabs across Greater Manchester every day. <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A new comedy series set in the back of taxi cabs is getting rave reviews. ‘Where to, Mate?’ explores the funny and revealing character-led conversations that take place in cabs across Greater Manchester every day.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-05/p08cvctr_0.jpg?itok=7M_KYcTX" width="1596" height="510" alt="WTM" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text-with-image"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text-with-image paragraph--text-with-image--right"> <div class="container container--md"> <div class="paragraph--image-size"> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/lisa-3.jpg" width="1125" height="1415" alt="Lisa Moore" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Comedy and Performance Lecturer at the University of Salford, </span></span></span><span><span><span>Lisa Moore plays a range of quirky passengers in the series which was recorded on location in a car in Manchester.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The series follows drivers Bernie (played by Jo Enright) and Ben (Peter Slater) as they eavesdrop on their taxi journeys around the North West. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>‘Where to, Mate?’ is already getting high acclaim in the likes of the Observer, The Times and influential comedy guide </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.chortle.co.uk/review/2020/05/13/46095/where_to,_mate%3f?rss"><span><span>Chortle</span></span></a></span><span><span><span>. Award-winning director Jason Wingard is behind the project, along with longstanding BBC comedy producer Carl Cooper.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>When asked who her favourite character to play was, Lisa says the kooky faith-healer she plays in episode one. “She’s very spiritual and new age. All the characters are observational – they’re all based on real people,” she said. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Comedian Jason Manford has also praised Lisa on the series, saying “It’s great that this series will be featuring northern female comedy talent like Lisa. She’s a really versatile performer with a natural flair for observational comedy.” The pair met when Jason was </span></span></span><span><a href="https://beta.salford.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/comedy-writing-and-performance"><span><span>studying comedy at Salford</span></span></a></span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lisa has been a longstanding champion of getting more women into the industry. “There’s still a lot of work to do,” she says. “But it’s important for female comics to just believe in themselves. The motivation comes from you – I’ve always tried to push myself.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lisa cites the likes of Julia Davis, Catherine Tate and Cathy Burke as being fellow female comedians who inspire her.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>‘Where to, Mate?’ was recorded just before the UK went into lockdown and Lisa feels comedy has played an important role throughout the pandemic. “It’s important for people to laugh. The say laughter is the best medicine and it’s true – it can be like therapy.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lisa is planning to further examine the impact comedy has had on COVID-19 in a special conference next year. Currently in planning phase, the event will feature a mixed bill and be the third successful conference of its kind at the University of Salford. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You can listen to ‘Where to, Mate?’ </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000j2sq"><span><span>here</span></span></a></span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/811" hreflang="en">School of Arts and Media</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a> or phone 0161 295 2238.</strong></p> Mon, 25 May 2020 23:00:00 +0000 m.j.dickinson 34456 at https://www.salford.ac.uk How to learn online https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/how-learn-online <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to learn online</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>S.E.Wood</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 24 March, 2020 - 00:00</span> With all schools, colleges and universities now closed, and thousands of workers at home with children to educate, people around the world are adapting to their new situations and exploring new opportunities for learning. <p><span><span><span><span><span>With all schools, colleges and universities now closed, and thousands of workers at home with children to educate, people around the world are adapting to their new situations and exploring new opportunities for learning.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-03/learningonline%20banner.jpg?itok=nrFy-yTf" width="1596" height="510" alt="Learning Online" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p><span><span><span><span><span>An Internet connection, a smartphone, tablet or a computer gives the ability to unlock an almost infinite world of learning opportunities and interaction. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Here digital learning experts Dr Alex Fenton, from the University of Salford Business School and Dr Aleksej Heinze from Kedge Business School in France, give their top tips for maximising the opportunities for online learning</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <ol><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span>Make sure that you have the technology to engage in the learning process</span></em></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span>This means a reliable Internet connection and using the best screen possible. If you know where in your home the WiFi hub is, position yourself closer to it. If you have a chance to use a wired connection, this can also give you the most stable and fastest Internet speeds in your home. If you have a choice between a smartphone or a tablet - choose a tablet with its bigger screen, which is also easier on your eyes. Make sure you take regular breaks from the screens - take some exercise and make a drink. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <ol start="2"><li><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>Identify your learning objectives and study goals</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span>Your attitude and motivation will largely determine your success and effectiveness of your learning process. Decide how much time you would like to devote to learning and what you would like to achieve.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <ol start="3"><li><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>Build a study routine</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span>When learning online, it is also important to have a study routine. Commit to certain goals each day and then take a break. Reward yourself - eat one of your favourite treats for example. It is important to experiment with which time of day works best for you. Some people are early birds and like to learn first thing in the morning when they are less distracted and have not connected to the world news, social media or other distractions. Others like to wind down with learning and do it before they go to sleep and forget about the daily worries. Reading offline or listening to audiobooks and podcasts as part of your routine will also break up screen time. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <ol start="4"><li><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>Find learning buddies </span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span>Learning together is more fun, better for learning and also helps you to overcome challenging times together. Many learning tools allow for interaction with the other learners and tutors. This is great if you are struggling with something and want someone to help you as well as making friends and developing existing relationships. Using audio or video conferencing technology and additional communication tools that are free such as Skype can help you to make the learning process more interactive.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <ol start="5"><li><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>Don’t give up!</span></span></em></strong> </span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span>Every time that we start something new it is a challenge. Online learning presents a number of these challenges such as connectivity, ability to follow the time management routine as well as following the learning instructions.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The biggest challenge for you is to motivate yourself and keep going and trying to understand if something does not work. For example, a number of tools might be expecting a certain version of a web browser or a certain Internet speed to connect and engage. Try things out, experiment and ask for help - the actual process of learning how to learn will be a great skill for your future. If you stick to these principles this could be a great way of maximising the opportunities available over the coming months.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Five educational resource ideas</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Watch tutorials on video sharing platforms</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>If you like to go to a gym but it is closed, there are some great online resources that you could follow. For example, if you are missing your Metafit session - one of the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), you could find a number of videos on YouTube, such as Joe Wicks, where you can join others and just follow them. Assuming of course that you have no medical conditions that prevent you from doing physical activity. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Reading and online books</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Your school, university or community library will have a variety of e-books that you can download and you can also find many low cost and free books to read through a Google search.  Project Gutenberg for example offers almost 60,000 free ebooks which are in the public domain as the copyright has expired.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Learning apps</span></span></strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>If you only have a smartphone and no computer or a smart TV, you can download and learn a number of things using smartphone apps. For example, you can learn new languages, history or geography for places you might want to visit once the confinement is over.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>MOOCS</span></span></strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://medium.com/@edutechreviews/the-9-best-moocs-platforms-631846001b6e">MOOC’s</a> are Massive Open Online Courses and cover a wide variety of courses at little or no cost. They work on a combination of recorded materials and support from the wider learning community and it is sometimes possible to get a certificate of completion for those that finish.</span></span> </span></span></span></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/781" hreflang="en">Salford Business School</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a> or phone 0161 295 2238.</strong></p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000 S.E.Wood 32121 at https://www.salford.ac.uk University of Salford set to play key role at Digital City Festival https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/university-salford-set-play-key-role-digital-city-festival <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">University of Salford set to play key role at Digital City Festival</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>m.j.dickinson</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 4 March, 2020 - 00:00</span> Digital City Festival has invited the University of Salford to play a special part in the industry leading event taking place at Manchester Central on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 March 2020.      <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Digital City Festival has invited the University of Salford to play a special part in the industry leading event taking place at Manchester Central on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 March 2020.</span></span></span></span><span><span><span>     </span></span></span></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-03/maxresdefault%20%283%29.jpg?itok=BeFoP-qq" width="1596" height="510" alt="Digital City" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Students from the university will be hosting interviews with keynote speakers and leading leaders in a pop-up studio.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>The University of Salford has expertise in the rapidly developing business of esports, and its relationship and synergies with the changing nature of more traditional sports. Attendees will be able to experience a special virtual reality esports gaming showcase, hosted by academics and students from the institution. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>They will also be showcasing the work of their Digital Curation Lab, based at MediaCityUK. The lab explores the intersections of digital technology, creative arts, information management, humanities and social sciences.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The event is at the heart of the broader Digital City Festival week which takes place across various venues and will include a festival launch, leader’s reception, awards dinner, and fringe and networking events.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>The festival celebrates the North’s booming digital economy, creating opportunities for organisations to connect, innovate and grow together.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, will formally launch the five-day event which will attract digital specialists from around the world to the city, which will transform into a hub for digital - celebrating marketing, tech, eCommerce, media and more.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Sitting on the steering team for the high-profile festival are The University of Salford’s Dr Kirsty Fairclough, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, and Professor Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication and Future Media. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>They sit in good company among some of the best digitally-savvy minds in city, including Jo Graham, CIO Boohoo Group, Tim Newns, Chief Executive MIDAS and Katy Leeson, Managing Director, Social Chain. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Dr Kirsty Fairclough said: “Greater Manchester is a place of innovation and inspiration and I am delighted to be joining the Digital City Steering Panel to bring together the digital community in all of its forms.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“Through my experience in arts and cultural leadership across the city region I hope to bring a diverse perspective and connectivity to the Festival. The Digital City Festival will no doubt reflect the city’s digital community; vibrant, ambitious and inspiring.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Professor Andy Miah adds: “I’m very excited to be supporting the festival’s ambitious plans. Greater Manchester is fantastically experimental and hosts some of the most adventurous artists, business leaders, researchers, and cultural institutions, whose international impact is second to none.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“I hope that the festival will bring us all closer together as a creative, innovative community, and I will work hard to bring a spirit of inclusive, diverse, and alternative approaches to a world where there are so many fantastic opportunities.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Find out more about Digital City Festival Expo and get your tickets </span></span></span><a href="https://digitalcityfestival.com/attend/"><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/811" hreflang="en">School of Arts and Media</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a> or phone 0161 295 2238.</strong></p> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000 m.j.dickinson 30006 at https://www.salford.ac.uk School of Arts and Media win big at the RTS Student Awards https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/school-arts-and-media-win-big-rts-student-awards <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">School of Arts and Media win big at the RTS Student Awards</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>r.blanchard59</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 25 February, 2020 - 00:00</span> Graduates and current students from the School of Arts and Media picked-up FIVE of the 16 nominations at last night’s Royal Television Society North-West Student Awards. <p><strong><span><span><span>Graduates and current students from the School of Arts and Media picked-up FIVE of the 16 nominations at last night’s Royal Television Society North-West Student Awards. </span></span></span></strong></p> <img src="https://www.salford.ac.uk/sites/default/files/styles/banner_image/public/2020-02/Paul%20Duck_0.jpg?itok=nBzSpYIh" width="1596" height="510" alt="RTS Awards" class="image-style-banner-image" /><div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p><span><span><span>The University was a heavyweight among the categories this year, being shortlisted across 10 categories. Outstandingly, Salford talent <span><span>secured all three places on the shortlist</span></span> for best News programme. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Among the celebrating students were BBC Breakfast Presenter Sally Nugent and Actress and Business Woman Catherine Tyldesley. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Catherine offered words of advice to the students on the competitive nature of television: “</span></span>If you’re in the industry you have to deal with rejection. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I’m a glass half full type of person, and for whatever reason I don’t get a job, it’s for a reason. Eventually, God willing, something will click, and you’ll be okay. Just keep going and never give up.!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Beth Hewitt, Creative Director – Media City Directorate said: “This is a phenomenal achievement for the School of Arts and Media.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>She added: “These triumphant wins are off the back of an exceptional number of nominations across the prestigious awards.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“It’s evenings like the RTS North-West Student Awards which highlight the future-thinking skills which the School of Arts and Media are equipping fresh talent with.” </span></span></span></span></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="slot-paragraph--text"> <div class="paragraph--background-white paragraph paragraph--text"> <div class="container container--sm"> <p><span><span><span><strong>The winners are:   </strong></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Molly McDonnell</span></span></span></span></strong>, Best Comedy & Entertainment: Upcycle It</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Pien Meulensteen</span></span></span></span></strong>, Best <span><span>News: A Roof Over Our Heads</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Owen Siry, Aaron Smyth Wallace, Charlie Brookes, Lewis Evers, Sam Davies and Harriet Buckley</span></span></span></span></span></strong>, Best <span><span><span><span>Drama: Fantopia</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Dillon James</span></span></span></span></strong>, Best Factual: Farm or Flight</span></span></span></p> <p> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Victoria Barrera Howarth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong>, Best Camera: Dead of Night</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="flex-column"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <a href="https://www.salford.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/811" hreflang="en">School of Arts and Media</a> <p><strong>For all press office enquiries please email <a href="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk" title="mailto:communications@salford.ac.uk">communications@salford.ac.uk</a> or phone 0161 295 2238.</strong></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0000 r.blanchard59 29236 at https://www.salford.ac.uk