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DISCOVER, DEVELOP AND EXPLORE

The Festival of Research brings together academics, students, industry and the public to discuss and develop the future research strategy.

At the heart of the festival is the Postgraduate Research flagship conference, SPARC, where festival goers can enjoy performances, music, family friendly fun and opportunities to meet with students and staff, share research interests and experiences.

WHAT'S ON

''As a researcher with a longstanding commitment to producing impactful work that changes people lives, I’m delighted to be the sponsor of the University of Salford Festival of Research. Not only does it provide a showcase for our researchers to present to a wider public, but it’s also space for dialogue where the citizens of Salford and Greater Manchester have the opportunity to explore the practical and moral dilemmas that so much contemporary research involves.

If the events of 2020 and 2021 have taught us anything, it is that science is never more important to our lives, but trust in science needs a public able to engage with it and the researchers that produce it. The Festival of Research does this and so much more. If you’re interested in being involved please feel free to contact us, we’d love to hear from you!''

Professor Karl Dayson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise

Our events

30 June

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SPARC (Salford Postgraduate Researcher Conference): Day 1

9:30 - 16:30

Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC) is a forum for developing research, offering a space for postgraduate researchers from all disciplines to exchange ideas.

Day 1 of SPARC 2021 kicks off with our very own Dr Michelle Howarth, senior lecturer the School of Health and Society, who will be explaining the power of social prescribing, therapeutic gardening and nature based interventions.

Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise Professor Karl Dayson will formally open the conference. Fascinating presentations by our postgraduate researchers will be taking place throughout the day, in addition to our popular Three Minute Thesis (TM) final. We'll also find out who has won the Doctoral School Supervisor of the Year Award.

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1 July

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SPARC (Salford Postgraduate Researcher Conference): Day 2

9:30 - 16:30

We are excited to welcome, comedy legend, bestselling author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax OBE to Day 2 of SPARC 2021.

Ruby Wax began her career as a classically trained actress at the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving into comedy, most famously working with the BBC interviewing high profile figures in her own unique style. Being very open and honest about her own experience of clinical depression, Ruby has also pursued an academic career in the field of mental health and talks candidly about her experiences.

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An evening of musical and artistry inspiration

16:45 - 17:30

We close the week on a creative and musical note. The musical duet will consist of a pianist and a bassist who will perform improvised pieces informed by the artist's sketches and vice-versa. The output will be a video which records the improvisation. Relax and be inspired...

 

2 July

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Failure Friday – A festival of flipping failure

10:00 - 15:00
 

We often think of failure as being a negative experience and something to be avoided, ashamed of and a barrier to achieving success. Failure Friday challenges that misconception and explores the positives and necessities of failure that help us to build resilience, insight and inspire action.

We openly invite you to join us for Failure Friday as we examine failure in a range of environments with captivating stories of failure to help navigate everyday life.

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3-4 July

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Activity weekender ‘exploring the campus inside and out’

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Are you stuck for something to do over the weekend? Why not try these free, self-led activities with families and friends. The web links provide details of opening and access times and more details about the ways you can join.

Inside: Salford Museum and Art Gallery, exhibitions include:

  • You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane: Forgotten photographs of Salford’s past

Outside: Salford Tree Trail

Peel Park and the University of Salford Sustainability team to create a tree trail for staff, students and the local community. You can complete three routes that will take you to 25 trees across the University campus, Peel Park, David Lewis Playing Fields and The Meadow.

5 July

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The art of change - take charge!  ‘Theory of change-based conference’

10:00 - 16:00

This online research-as-creative-practice conference explores what kind of impact it can have upon audiences outside of academia in general, and specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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6 July

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Lessons in (In)visible Researchers

11:00 - 12:00

Sandy Sparks from Midlands Innovation (a consortium of eight universities in collaboration with key stakeholders and industry partners). It is the largest investment in technicians in higher education, whose specialist skills often go unrecognised despite the crucial role they play in the success of universities and growth in the UK economy. Related reading.

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Practice as Research- Interdisciplinary collaboration using dance and motion capture technologies

11:00 - 11:40, repeated at 13:00 - 13:40

This session explores an interdisciplinary research environment for dance practice, using motion capture technology.

The session will start with a short performance to demonstrate the initial findings of the first phase of Lucie’s PhD research: introducing the T-pose with stillness as a state of presence, stillness, accidental choreographies, and repetition. Followed up with a discussion on Practice as Research methodologies using Robin Nelson’s Multi-mode epistemological model for PaR (2013), methods and technological tools to share with larger audiences outside the discipline. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions.

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7 July

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The Living Library Live

10:00 - 15:00

Explore our online library or visit the live online Q&A sessions.

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Salford Research Summer School 10:00 - 15:00 Join us for a series of short workshops and Masterclasses to sample the immersive research environment. Join event now

8 July

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Celebrating Working Mums in Lockdown (8-9 July) Day 1:

10:00 - 15:30

This free two-day online event hosted by Social Policy Lecturers Dr Joy Probyn and Eileen Cunningham at the University of Salford, showcases their cutting-edge research on the experiences of working mums, and the impact of working practices during the pandemic on employees' mental health (Dr Daiga Kamarade).

In addition, you are invited to attend an empowering workshop for women by careers coach Kathleen Houston and a number of wellbeing sessions including transformational breathwork, yoga and lifestyle coaching. The event is supported by the University of Salford Women's Voice Network and is part of the University of Salford Festival of Research.

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Research, Teaching and Learning - Community of Practice

10:30 - 11:30 and 14:00 - 15:00

Join us for two events that explore the connected space of research and teaching. We focus on some of the key intersections around wellbeing, embedding this into the learning and the experiences of being new to teaching – in this disrupted learning space.

The sessions offer some ‘food for thought’ and we encourage participants to continue to connect with each other during and after the event.

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9 July

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Celebrating Working Mums in Lockdown (8-9 July) Day 2:

10:00 - 15:30 and 19:30 - 20:30

This free two-day online event hosted by Social Policy Lecturers Dr Joy Probyn and Eileen Cunningham at the University of Salford, showcases their cutting-edge research on the experiences of working mums, and the impact of working practices during the pandemic on employees' mental health (Dr Daiga Kamarade).

In addition, you are invited to attend an empowering workshop for women by careers coach Kathleen Houston and a number of wellbeing sessions including transformational breathwork, yoga and lifestyle coaching. The event is supported by the University of Salford Women's Voice Network and is part of the University of Salford Festival of Research.

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Research in the Park

10:00 - 15:00

Learn more about the outdoor spaces we occupy with Research in the Park - an interactive online event that focusses on sustainability, environmental and reconnecting to nature. Topics include conservation, ecology, wellness and much more.

Our park, this year is a virtual one and we encourage you to take up the PARK mentally, get involved and ‘Play, Action, Reflect or Know more about’ the topics and research explored in this series of bite-sized seminars and activities.

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Living Library - our researchers

Available to watch now

Research area Description View here
Ecology This short video provides a brief insight into the research at Salford. Hear from Mike Wood, Professor of Applied Ecology Watch now
Rehabilitation technology A brief insight into rehabilitation technology by Professor Laurence Kennie Watch now
Employability In this short video, hear from Director of Employability, Dr Jonathan Lord Watch now
Honey bee research Hear from our researchers who work with honey bees Watch now
'Young Minds Matter' screening A short documentary around embedding mental wellbeing and employability into the curriculum - directed and produced by Michelle Morris Watch now

On demand content

Watch our Festival videos

Watch more content on our Festival of Research Vimeo channel.

Explore our research

Explore further research and research by practice from our Figshare portal.

Explore all our science communications

For everything science, visit our Sci Comms channel.

Visit our impact blog

For information and advice on how to maximise research impact, public engagement and research funding opportunities, visit our impact blog.

FESTIVAL MEDIA CHANNEL

Explore the festival online through videos and short clips from our researchers and community activists. View the on demand videos through the festival Vimeo channel or festival highlights in the picture gallery.

GET IN TOUCH

We would love to hear from you…

Email: festivalofresearch@salford.ac.uk
Twitter: @salfordresearchfest

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