Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference

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Join us at the Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC), taking place on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 July 2023, from 09:00-17:00. The conference will take place in the Chapman Building on our Peel Park campus, (building number 11 on campus map). Most of the talks will also be live streamed throughout the event. We look forward to welcoming you to Salford!


Book your place

SPARC is free to attend and booking is now open. You can book your place using the link below. Once you have booked your place, we will keep you up to date with more information. 

Please note not all sessions will be available if you attend the conference virtually.



SPARC is a forum for developing research, offering a space for postgraduate researchers from all disciplines to exchange ideas. Taking part enables our research students to actively engage with our diverse researcher community, while also developing confidence and presentation skills at the same time.

This years conference has the the tag line “Better to illuminate than merely to shine”. This represents the ethos of the conference: it’s great to achieve big things, but even better to share them! And better still for your research to illuminate others.

This is a great opportunity for prospective postgraduate research students to come and hear about the current projects our students are working on, network with other researchers and take part in the workshops throughout the day. The two days will consist of a series of sessions such as new and  innovative methods of communicating research, protecting your intellectual property, building an online presence and looking ahead to your future career.

If you are interested in studying a postgraduate research degree, then come along to find out more about:

  • How to apply 
  • Hints and tips on writing a research proposal
  • Fees and funding
  • Student experience 

Looking after your work/life balance is a skill that we also aim to develop at SPARC, with built in opportunities to have fun and make connections. Our ever-popular ice cream van will be making a return and there will be a chance to unwind, celebrate and eat pizza at our end of conference social.

Build your itinerary

We would encourage you to build your own schedule based on your interests, a full list of all sessions will be published one week before the event. Here is an overview of the sessions available to give you an indication of what to expect on both days:

SPARC Upcoming Highlights

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday 5 July 2023 

10:00-11:00   Keynote Speaker Dr. Jade Munslow Ong

This will see a keynote talk from Dr. Ong. A BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker who is the former winner of the 'Supervision of the Year' award. Dr. Ong is based within the Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology, where she leads on the AHRC funded project 'South African Modernism 1880-1920'. 


Thursday 6 July 2023 

10:00-11:00   Keynote Speaker Dr. Campbell Price

This will see a keynote talk from Dr. Campbell Price, who is the current Curator of the 'Egypt and Sudan' gallery at Manchester Museum. Dr. Price's keynote will cover various aspects, including the refurbishment of the museum and its inclusive approach.  


Interested in Postgraduate Research Study

Wednesday 5  & Thursday 6 July 2023 

13:00-14:00 Becoming a Postgraduate Researcher 

Join us at the Chapman buidling in lecture theatre 6 to find out more about how to being your Postgraduate Research (PGR) journey with us here at Salford. The workshop will cover key aspect like the application process, fees and funding, how to find a supervisor and useful tips for writing a research proposal.

Workshop Sessions

Wednesday 5  2023 

13:00-14:00- Lunchtime Workshops

  • Exploring Zines and Archives: Find out more about the world of Zines and how these can be used for your research.
  • APRIS: New Research Platforms at Salford: Our presenters will explain the improvements being carried out to the systems supporting research and how these will help your research.

Thursday 6 July 2023 

13:00-14:00 -  Lunchtime Workshops

  • Creating and Modernising Your Online Academic Presence: An interactive workshop designed to help you navigate the online academic world. You may find it useful to bring along your laptop or mobile device.
  • The Bright Club: An interactive workshop designed to help you navigate the online academic world. (Spaces for this session are limited, please indicate your interest at the registration desk). 

15:30-16:30 Afternoon Workshops

  • Postgraduate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Project at the University of Salford: This session will offer you an exploratory introduction to three postgraduate EDI projects at the University of Salford: 'Widening Participation in Research', 'Decolonising the PhD' and 'International Postgraduate Lead'. 
  • Intellectual Property and Commercialisation for Researchers:Find out about the do’s and don’ts of protecting your IP rights and commercialising your research, and how the University can help you.
  • The Brilliant Club Information Session: The Brilliant Club helps secondary school pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to the most competitive universities, training PGRs to deliver The Scholars Programme in schools and colleges across the UK. Find out how you can get involved.

Research Presentations

The research presentations will see three parallel session run during one time slot throughout the event. These will entail our current postgraduate researchers to hold a 7 minute talk about their work. The sessions will vary throughout the day and some sessions are run on both days. 

Wednesday 5  2023 


  • Health Interventions: Lecture Theatre 1, chairs Lucie Sykes and Dr Stephen Ling. 
  • Working Together: Lecture Theatre 2, chairs Ismaila Bunza and Dr. Sam Gregory 
  • Novel Technologies: Lecture Theatre 3, chairs Abdulhamid Ardo and Dr Katherine Yates


  • Working Lives: Lecture Theatre 1, chairs Khin Myat and Dr Julian Bass 
  • Movement and Travel: Lecture Theatre 2, chairs Alex Mbabu and Dr Melanie Stephens
  • Cybersecurity: Lecture Theatre 3, chairs Joseph Ediae and Dr Levingshan Augusthus Nelson


  • Improving Environments 1: Lecture Theatre 1, chairs Kevwe Olomu and Holly Broadhurst 
  • Lived Experience: Lecture Theatre 2, chairs Ben Warburton and Katie Barnes
  • Cybersecurity: Lecture Theatre 3, chairs Salah Albenjasim and Dr Jo Scott


Thursday 6 July 2023 


  • Health Interventions 2: Lecture Theatre 1, chairs Nafisa Usman and Dr Kelli Zezulka. 
  • Telling Stories: Lecture Theatre 2, chairs Chamara Panakaduwa Gamage and Dr Mandeep Saini
  • Improving Environments 2 : Lecture Theatre 3, chairs Aveen Sabir and Dr Alan Price


  • Humans and Animals: Lecture Theatre 1, chairs Fahad Rashid and Dr Matt Jones
  • Changing Attitudes: Lecture Theatre 2, chairs Esozhim Ogbugo and Dr Juan Ferriz-Papi
  • Health Interventions 3: Lecture Theatre 3, chairs Jummai Enare Abang and Dr Solmaz Rohani

Have more questions?


How long will the event last?

SPARC will be held over two days, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 July 2023. You can join us for both days or just one, depending on the sessions you would like to attend. The event will run from 09:00-17:00, but the length of your day depends on what you’d like get involved with. The day will be include talks from keynotes, postgraduate student research presentations and workshops.

Can I bring a guest with me? 

Yes! You are more than welcome to bring a guest with you. Please book an additional ticket for them when you book your place. 

Will parking be available? 

Yes, parking will be available on campus. We recommend parking in our Delaney car park (M5 4NJ). 



I am attending virtually, how will I receive the link to join? 

If you have booked your attendance as 'online' through the booking portal, you will be sent an email prior to the event with further information about SPARC. This will include a Microsoft Teams link to join the talks throughout the day. 

Contact us

We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have either before or after SPARC. Get in touch via:


Phone: +44 (0)161 295 4545

Website: Live chat (you can find the chat icon at the bottom right of the screen)