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Alumni Events

The Alumni Engagement & Development Office offers a range of events throughout the year, including lectures, networking, social and sporting events. They are a great way to connect with your alumni network and stay in touch with what’s happening at the University.

In addition, the University also offers a wide programme of events ranging from public lectures to arts and cultural gatherings.

Make sure you update your details to keep up-to-date with the latest on all of our events.

Upcoming alumni events:

Date: Thursday 12th April
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Chapman Lecture Theatre, University of Salford

Fay Selvan

The University and the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) are delighted to welcome Salford Graduate Fay Selvan, to deliver this year’s annual alumni lecture. Fay is Chief Executive of the Big Life Group and Big Issue North, and Chair of the INSP (International Network of Street Papers).

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, will join Fay for a discussion following her lecture.

According to recent statistics, the number of people sleeping rough in England has reached a record high after a 73% rise over the last three years. It is estimated that over 4,750 people are now sleeping on the streets.

Fay will examine this issue closely, bringing a unique insight in her capacity as CEO of the Big Life Group, and through her vast experience in tackling homelessness with Big Issue North and INSP a group of social enterprises and charities with a turnover of circa £19m. The Big Life Group is one of the largest social enterprises in the UK. It offers opportunities to people who have the least, helping them get to where they want to be.

About Fay:

Fay Selvan started working as a social entrepreneur in 1991, and established The Big Life group in 2002. It is the first group of social businesses and charities in the country and has a turnover of circa £19m. The group operates across the north of England and includes well known brands such as Big Issue North.  It offers opportunities to people who have the least, helping them get to where they want to be. It works in the fields of Health and Wellbeing, Children and Families, Employment and Training. Fay won the Social Enterprise Leader England Award in 2011. Fay completed an Honours degree at Sussex University before moving to Manchester in 1980.  She has an MSc in Strategic Leadership in 2001 at Salford University.  

Key appointments:

  • CEO of the Big Life group (1991 to present)
  • Chair of New Charter Housing Group (2014 to present)
  • Chair of International Network of Street Papers (2014 to present)
  • Non Executive Director of CAFCASS Children and Families Court Advisory Service  (2012 to present)

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Date: Wednesday 18th April 2018
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Venue: The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AP

Following the success of our London alumni lecture series, we would like the opportunity to get to know our alumni in a more informal setting. Join us for a networking and social event at the historical Bloomsbury pub, The Marquis Cornwallis, where you can hear about the latest developments from your University, as well as network with current students, staff and fellow alumni.

Register here.

Date: Thursday 10th May 2018
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Venue: Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles, Westminster, London SW1A 2AQ

Dr Samantha Newbery

This year we are delighted to have the opportunity to present the world-leading research of Dr Samantha Newbery to our alumni and supporters at our annual London alumni lecture in London. This year's lecture will take place at the Churchill War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command centre throughout the Second World War.

Dr Newbery will talk on 'The Challenges of Counter-Terrorism: Policing, Intelligence, Soldiers and Legislation'.

About the lecture

Media coverage of the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester has criticised the government, police and MI5’s counter-terrorism efforts. Yet at least twenty Islamist terror attacks have been thwarted in the last four years and there has been considerable success in preventing terrorist groups from recruiting new members. This lecture will examine the UK’s approaches to counter-terrorism. These range from sharing intelligence with Europol (the EU’s law enforcement agency), to the controversial 2015 Prevent Duty that demands certain public bodies – including universities take measures to prevent people being drawn into terrorism, to how lessons learned from the use of the military during ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland are being used today. Although the UK’s considerable experience of counter-terrorism is evident in its successes, this lecture will explore some of the many opportunities for improvement.

About Dr Samantha Newbery

Dr Samantha Newbery belongs to the Politics and Contemporary History Subject Group at the university, where she runs an online Masters in Terrorism and Security. She is currently writing a book about the use of informers during ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland. Dr Newbery’s publications include the book Interrogation, Intelligence and Security, which examines methods of torture used by the British military, and Why Spy? co-authored with Brian Stewart CMG, a former Deputy Chief of MI6. She is regularly interviewed on TV and radio about terrorism and intelligence issues.

The event will be hosted by the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Stephenson, and preceded by a welcome drinks reception and followed by an opportunity to network with your fellow alumni.

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Alumni Summer Reunion

Following the success of last year's Summer Reunion, we are delighted to invite you back this June. This is an opportunity for you to revisit the Salford campus, experience our new facilities and catch up with old friends. Further details to follow.

Check out the photos from last year's Summer Reunion here.

Save the date for this year’s Salford Alumni Celebration event; our annual opportunity to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of you, our Salford graduates. We hope you will join us for an evening of awards, live music, entertainment and plenty of festive cheer!

Fonzo Romano

Each year the highlight of the evening is the presentation of our Alumni Achievement Awards, honouring a unique group of Salford graduates who have been nominated by their fellow alumni in recognition of the excellence they have achieved in their chosen field.

Last year we introduced a new category, the Rising Star award, which recognises those alumni who have accomplished great things within the first ten years since they graduated and who we believe will go on to achieve even greater success in the future.

We hope you can join us for what will be a special and entertaining evening. Further details to follow.

Check out the photos from last year's Alumni Celebration here.