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Date published: December 14, 2016

A Christmas message from Sam Grogan (Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience)

Dear student,

What a year it’s been so far!

As we come towards the end of the first term and look forward to some well-earned time to relax, it’s a good time to take a moment to reflect on the great things we’ve achieved so far this year.

Your generosity as Salford students never ceases to amaze me, and there have been some amazing charitable events held by you this year. For instance, Eleonora Crovato raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her auntie and grandma, by shaving her hair and donating it to the Little Princess Trust. Similarly, students and staff also ran the 3K Santa fun run to raise funds for the children’s charity Kidscan.

We’ve had lots of student successes too - Salford Business School student Lavinia Goddard, was picked to be a judge at the MOBO awards; Biology student Ryan Leeming won the 2016 Microbiology Society Prize; not to mention the students and staff from a number of areas who made this year’s Creative Entrepreneur event another fantastic success for us all as a university community.

All of this has happened against a dramatically changing university backdrop - We’ve watched our campus landscape evolve this year as we continue to build a vibrant, playful and dynamic learning environment we can all be proud of. If you haven’t visited our beautiful New Adelphi yet, make sure you take a look at the events calendar for all the show-stopping performances happening in the New Year. Meanwhile, the refurbishment of Clifford Whitworth is well underway to turn the library into a modern and flexible place to learn – students have been right at the heart of the development and implementation of this design.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my previous role as Dean of Students here at Salford was being able to listen to your concerns and thoughts and put your ideas into action. Now we’re really making ground, I’m more determined than ever, along with all my colleagues across the university, to go further still and help play my part as Pro-Vice Chancellor Student Experience in making the work we do with you truly exceptional. To do that I’ll always need your voice, your thoughts, your ideas, which is why I’ve been holding cafĂ© conversations with students over the past few months. I’d like to thank all of those who have come along for a chat so far. I’ll shortly be publishing the venues and chat times for the New Year. When they’re up, come and have a coffee…

If this has been your first term with us, I hope you’ve settled in well and had an enjoyable experience so far.  As with any new challenge, there are bound to be times when you might need extra support – don’t forget that if there’s anything on your mind, you can always contact the askUS team who can help you get back on track. For out of hours information, click here.

For those of you mid-way through your studies – keep your eyes on the prize and keep going! – make it count by grabbing onto those additional opportunities that will really help you enhance your CV and help you stand out from the crowd. As a starter for 10 over the holiday period, find out more about volunteering opportunities and careers.

For those in their final year at Salford – you’re on the home straight! I’d like to personally congratulate you for the huge effort and commitment you’ve shown to get yourself to this point. We all know what it’s like to stand in your shoes as you reach the culmination of your studies and the next big adventure waits in the wings… I wish you the very best as you make the final push towards your goal.

Finally, if you’re an international student and you’re staying in Salford over the holidays, don’t be a stranger – you’re invited to the Christmas Party on Thursday 22nd at University House– it’s a great opportunity to meet others who will also be on campus throughout the holiday period.

On that note, I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday. I look forward to seeing you out and about around campus and on the digital channels in the New Year.

Warm regards

Sam Grogan

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