Looking back at our 'Love your Salford Authors' Week

Categories: University Campus

The Library launched the new Salford Authors initiative last month with a week of in-person and online events. The launch has been hugely successful with more than 150 attendees across the week, over 8000 views across social media, and positive attendee feedback asking for similar events in the future.  

The main event, 'Love Your Salford Authors', held on February 14th, featured a lineup of Salford Authors speakers including Gordon Fletcher, Claire Mercer, Peter Hogg, Judith Kelly, Angela Tait, Adam Farrer, Anna Kruglova, Anthony Smith, Alicia Rouverol, Hazel Price, and Mohammed Banu Ali. Each speaker shared insights into their publishing journeys and research areas, fostering a sense of community and potential collaboration within the university. 

Attendees provided brilliant feedback, describing the events as ‘inspiring’ and expressing appreciation for the diverse perspectives shared by researchers at various stages of their careers. One staff member even commented that it could convince them to finally write a book. 

"The Salford Authors launch events generated a real sense of pride in our authors. The authors crossed a wide range of disciplines, from the arts to the health sciences. I left the events feeling inspired by their effort and commitment to get their ideas and knowledge out into the world. What struck me was their motivation to publish despite the labour, lack of incentive from previous REF exercises or their job roles, without an expectation of financial reward. Some authors expressed their motivations for publishing as building teams and networks, making a tangible contribution to knowledge, writing for future generations, and finding a creative outlet. I heard how publishing had provided these authors an opportunity to deepen their connection to their chosen subject matter."

– Tanya Williamson, Academic Support Manager (Research). 

Throughout the week we also had two notable talks. The first being ‘Running a Student-led Publication: Bioscientist’, delivered by Sara Kassam and Wiktoria Wisniewska, the student editors of Bioscientist. They provided valuable insights into the operation of a student publication. 

The second talk we hosted was ‘Publishing an Open Access Book: More than just Policy Compliance’, led by Eileen Fradenburg Joy from Punctum Books and Lucy Barnes from Open Book Publishing. Their presentations shed light on the significance of Open Access publishing in today’s publishing landscape. If you’re interested in Open Access then the Library’s Open Research team can support you: Open Access

The week featured workshops such as a ‘Power Hour of Writing’ and ‘Choosing a Journal for Publication’, which were aimed to support staff looking to get published. The workshops were well-received by participants and if you’re interested in similar workshops, our Open Research team offers ongoing sessions which can be found here: Open Research Workshops

"It’s no surprise that the Salford Authors initiative was born and raised in the Library. Collecting, celebrating, and facilitating the creation of knowledge and culture for the benefit of our communities is our core purpose. I’m proud of our role in supporting authors at Salford with their publishing ambitions and our commitment to drive sustainable open access models."

- Tanya Williamson, Academic Support Manager (Research). 

Encouraged by the positive responses, the Library plan to organise similar events in the future, to further support and celebrate our Salford Authors.  

If you would like to learn more about Salford Authors visit the webpage here: Salford Authors 


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