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Festival of Research

We all contribute to research - join the celebration

17 June to 12 July 2019

About the festival

Our month-long programme will showcase the research being carried out across the University of Salford.

The festival 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.

Café Research

Join us at our Café Research pop-up to discuss all things research over a coffee or cocktail! Our pop-up will make an appearance at our Peel Park campus and at partner outlets in central Manchester throughout the duration of the Festival.

Join the conversation now #salfordresearchfest

View the full programme now – all our events are free.

What's on

Explore our full schedule of events and activities below.

Check back daily for updates…

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Get started with Office 365

Get to grips with Office 365, in our introductory training sessions.

The workshop will cover:

  • An Overview of Office 365 and signing in to your account
  • Understand your responsibilities around sharing and permissions
  • What is OneDrive
  • Using chat in Teams
  • Use @mentions in chats and emails
  • Setup your Office 365 Profile
  • Collaborate on a live document
18th Jun 2019 1:00pm-3:00pmPeel Building LG02

Book your place via Advantage.

Staff & Student Training
Using Teams & Planner in Office 365

Get to grips with Office 365, in our introductory training sessions.

The workshop will cover:

  • Setting up and customising a Teams environment
  • Using Planner to manage tasks and activities
18th Jun 2019 1:00pm-3:00pmPeel Building LG02

Book your place via Advantage.

Staff & Student Training
Writing retreat on campus

Come along to our handy training sessions for students and staff.

The retreat lasts one or two hours a time and utilises the Pomodoro technique. Pomodoro is about setting clear goals and splitting your writing into smaller bite sized sections of time and simply getting on with it. No noise, no distractions, just focused time. The facilitator will explain the technique at the start of the session and keep time, the rest is up to you. Feel free to bring with you everything you need, e.g. Pen drives, books, pen/paper, headphones, music, water, coffee - whatever you need to get the job done!

18th Jun 2019 2:00pm-4:00pmMaxwell room 719

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Staff & Student Training
Get Ready for the Viva Workshop - practice opportunity/develop confidence

Come along to our handy training sessions for students and staff.

This session is aimed at those with the viva in the next 3-6 months.

Session Aims:

  • What you need to know about the viva?
  • Question preparation and response techniques
  • An Opportunity to practice with a mini mock viva
  • Tools and tips: preparation, confidence, overcoming fear and nerves and how to use visualisation
  • Next Steps and useful resources
19th Jun 2019 10:00am-12:00pmPeel Building 103

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Staff & Student Training
PGR Supervisor Training

Come along to our handy training sessions for students and staff.

The training is provided for all new PhD supervisors and supervisors new to the University. The training covers University regulations and expected standards in PhD supervision as well as guidance on good practice in supervision. Attendance to one of these sessions once every 3 years is compulsory for all academic staff who supervise, or wish to supervise, postgraduate research students. These workshops will include training for acting as the Independent Chair at viva voce examinations, which is a compulsory part of the supervisor's role.

19th Jun 2019 1:30pm-3:00pmMaxwell room 813

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Staff & Student Training
THINKlab

The THINKlab: Addressing industry challenges through research, data and digital solutions.

THINKlab invite you to learn more about how they are creating digital solutions and advancing technology in Collaborative Engineering, Digital Cities and Virtual Training Environments. Through partnerships, collaboration and one-off projects, join us to understand more about the research and commercial team and their work which is addressing industry challenges.

  • Why and how do virtual engineering environments support team collaboration in the aerospace, railway, construction and energy industries and in space exploration?
  • How can digital city platforms create healthier, wealthier and safer cities?
  • See how virtual reality training environments exploit the power of gaming technologies to enhance learning through play.
19th Jun 2019 3:00pm-4:00pmTHINKlab, Maxwell Building

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Learning & Education
Introduction to OneNote (Office 365)

Get to grips with Office 365, in our introductory training sessions.

The workshop will cover:

  • Introduction to Notebooks
  • Structuring notes with sections and pages
  • Collating content
  • Saving and sharing Notebooks
20th Jun 2019 10:00am-11:00amPeel Building LG02/03

Book your place via Advantage.

Staff & Student Training
Now, that’s what I call Industry 4.0

Ever wondered what Industry 4.0 actually is? Come and find out...

Commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 is a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. This symposium explores the latest research at The University of Salford and there is focus on music and healthcare as topics of popular interest and application.

This event is suitable for those with an interest in new frontiers of industry and technology. Health and social care professionals, including NHS staff, University staff and businesses who may want to hear about the latest research and leading approaches that can be applied in practice.

24th Jun 2019 9:30am-4:30pmMediaCityUK

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Conference
THINKlab

The THINKlab: Addressing industry challenges through research, data and digital solutions.

THINKlab invite you to learn more about how they are creating digital solutions and advancing technology in Collaborative Engineering, Digital Cities and Virtual Training Environments. Through partnerships, collaboration and one-off projects, join us to understand more about the research and commercial team and their work which is addressing industry challenges.

  • Why and how do virtual engineering environments support team collaboration in the aerospace, railway, construction and energy industries and in space exploration?
  • How can digital city platforms create healthier, wealthier and safer cities?
  • See how virtual reality training environments exploit the power of gaming technologies to enhance learning through play.
26th Jun 2019 3:00pm - 26th Jul 2019 4:00pmTHINKlab, Maxwell Building

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Learning & Education
English and Performance Research Open Day

Join the staff of the Performance, English and Creative Writing directorate as they hold an open version of their popular annual research day.

The format is twenty minute presentations followed by Q&A, and expect a very diverse range of subjects, from the science of laughter and pointing, via a forum on BBC's Fleabag, plays about history and historical sounds and Women's Suffrage, to fictocriticism and failure! No experience necessary -- just come with your open mind!

Download the full schedule here.

27th Jun 2019 9:30am-3:00pm115 Maxwell Building

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Learning & Education
UKCGE Annual Conference 2019

The UK Council for Graduate Education’s blue-ribbon event will be held here at Salford, in the Council’s 25th year.

At this year's conference, the UKCGE will be celebrating the sector’s achievements during the post-92 era and looking forward as they explore ways of enhancing postgraduate research culture. An event for all academics and professional services staff who are involved in postgraduate programmes.

Please note, this conference is delivered externally therefore cost is incurred for attendance.

1st Jul 2019 9:00am-5:00pmMediaCityUK

Book your place via the UKCGE web site.

Conference
SPARC 2019

Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference - SPARC -  includes a fascinating line up of talks, posters, workshops, art installations and an ice cream van!

Our postgraduate researchers will be explaining their work throughout the day on subjects ranging from Acoustics to Zoology and the Salford final of the 3 Minute ThesisTM will be contested. In addition we have two fascinating keynote presentations: former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England Nazir Afzal OBE, and disability rights campaigner Philip Connolly will talk to us on the conference theme of 'Fake News and Home Truths'.

3rd Jul 2019 9:00am - 4th Jul 2019 5:15pmMediaCity UK

Book your place via Eventbrite: Day 1 / Day 2

Conference
THINKlab

The THINKlab: Addressing industry challenges through research, data and digital solutions.

THINKlab invite you to learn more about how they are creating digital solutions and advancing technology in Collaborative Engineering, Digital Cities and Virtual Training Environments. Through partnerships, collaboration and one-off projects, join us to understand more about the research and commercial team and their work which is addressing industry challenges.

  • Why and how do virtual engineering environments support team collaboration in the aerospace, railway, construction and energy industries and in space exploration?
  • How can digital city platforms create healthier, wealthier and safer cities?
  • See how virtual reality training environments exploit the power of gaming technologies to enhance learning through play.
3rd Jul 2019 3:00pm-4:00pmTHINKlab, Maxwell Building

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Learning & Education
Everything I Have Is Yours

The University of Salford Art Collection is pleased to announce the launch of our latest co-commission Everything I Have Is Yours.

Join us at the preview of this ambitious film and sound work by Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) that looks back to the first decade of the UK pop charts (1952-62). Exhibiting at Salford Museum and Art Gallery Everything I Have Is Yours has been commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Contemporary Art Society, University of Salford Art Collection and Castlefield Gallery.  Presented by Contemporary Art Society, Mbili Foundation and the University of Salford.

3rd Jul 2019 6:00pm-8:00pmSalford Museum and art Gallery

No booking required: just drop in!

Cafe Research
Failure Friday

Challenge negative misconceptions of failure and explore the positives that help us to build resilience and inspire action.

Failure isn't a barrier, it's a key milestone to success and as we discuss experiences, strategies and approaches to embrace failure, we openly invite you to share your experiences too. We examine failure in a range of environments and industries from failure in research, science and the arts, to captivating stories of failure in everyday life.

5th Jul 2019 9:30am-4:30pmMediaCity Digital Performance Lab

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Conference
Acoustics Lab Tours

Want to visit one of the quietest rooms in the world? Or learn about echos bouncing around buildings?

Join one of our tours taking place throughout the day. Book your tickets online for one of the following slots:

Please note: for health and safety reasons, flat shoes must be worn.

8th Jul 2019 10:30am-4:00pmNewton Building

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Family Friendly
'Peterloo' Screening

Manchester, 1819. The Napoleonic wars are over, famine, unemployment and the first Corn Law are decimating the poor. The people want a vote, but the authorities fear revolution...

As part of our Festival, we are proud commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre by to inviting you to this FREE screening of 'Peterloo', written and directed by eminent Salfordian Mike Leigh. In this gritty and emotional portrayal, the lives (and deaths) of real human beings are played out against momentous events.

8th Jul 2019 6:00pm-9:00pmNew Adelphi Theatre

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Cafe Research
The Living Library

Do you have a burning question for our experts? Now is your opportunity to ask!

Some of Salford’s top researchers will become Living Books for visitors to ‘borrow’ over tea and coffee. Our 'Living Books' will tell you about their research, answer your questions, and share their passion. Take this unique opportunity to chat to our experts and get the lowdown on the very latest developments in a wide variety research topics, from the history of Manchester to cutting edge radiography!

9th Jul 2019 12:00pm-2:00pmClifford Whitworth Library

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Cafe Research
Working Class Movement Library Tours

Behind the scenes tours of the Working Class Movement Library.

The Working Class Movement Library exists to tell the story of people's fight for a better world. This is not dreary politics, grey men in grey suits telling half truths. It's a place of ideas, of questions and of demands. The collection covers everything from working life to political life, to union life, to sporting life. It's full of stuff to inspire you to investigate, and to spur you on to participate. Plus it’s right opposite the University – and it’s completely free for everyone to use!

Book your tickets online for one of the following slots:

10th Jul 2019 11:00am-3:00pmWorking Class Movement Library

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Cafe Research
THINKlab

The THINKlab: Addressing industry challenges through research, data and digital solutions.

THINKlab invite you to learn more about how they are creating digital solutions and advancing technology in Collaborative Engineering, Digital Cities and Virtual Training Environments. Through partnerships, collaboration and one-off projects, join us to understand more about the research and commercial team and their work which is addressing industry challenges.

  • Why and how do virtual engineering environments support team collaboration in the aerospace, railway, construction and energy industries and in space exploration?
  • How can digital city platforms create healthier, wealthier and safer cities?
  • See how virtual reality training environments exploit the power of gaming technologies to enhance learning through play.
10th Jul 2019 3:00pm-4:00pmTHINKlab, Maxwell Building

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Learning & Education
IMMERSE

Join us on Wednesday 10th July for a FREE evening of Interactive Memorable Methods to Explore Research & Science as an 'Experience'. 

IMMERSE yourself and discover the local, global and virtual through sight, sound, sensation, touch and taste. 

  • Learn about the local interventions that address modern global challenges, the people, places and processes make change happen
  • Step into our series of research rooms and activity spaces
  • Sample socially and environmentally responsible food that feels as good as it tastes 
  • Meet the inventors, creators and architects of our world of discovery to connect, chat and exchange ideas
10th Jul 2019 6:00pm-8:00pmMediaCityUK

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Learning & Education
Fashion Show

Local businesses, student and staff showcasing their designs.

Come along and join us at beautiful Media City on the 11th of July for a fashion show. Local businesses, students and staff show will show their socially responsible designs on the runway and at stalls. And best of all, this event is FREE!

11th Jul 2019 4:30pm-8:00pmMediaCityUK

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Family Friendly
Research in the Park

Join researchers from the University of Salford in the beautiful surroundings of Peel Park to find out all about the weird and wonderful work they do!

Staff and students from across the University will be demonstrating their research, with plenty of opportunities for visitors to take part. Everyone is welcome, and all of the activities will be child friendly.

12th Jul 2019 11:00am-3:00pmPeel Park

No booking required: just drop in!

Family Friendly
Rewilding the mind? An eco-poetic ramble

Led by Dr Ursula Hurley (Creative Writing) & Prof Philip James (Ecology), see Peel Park in a different light on this Eco-Poetic Ramble.

This guided walk around Peel Park, the Meadows, and the David-Lewis Playing field will engage sensory and emotional experiences of place to explore how we feel about “urban wildness”. In particular, we will investigate how we understand and inhabit the “edgelands” where the natural and urban environments interact. As we walk we will pay close attention to the different species sharing our space, and we will pause at various points to generate collective poems about our feelings as we inhabit different states of wildness. No prior poetic experience is necessary – all that’s needed are your responses to simple questions about what you like or dislike. 

Practicalities: please dress for the Salford weather, and be prepared to encounter long grass!

12th Jul 2019 2:00pm-3:30pmPeel Park

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Learning & Education

Festival Media Channel

Explore the festival online through videos and short clips from our researchers and community activists.

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Café Research

Welcome to Café Research

Research can be social and our Café Research provides an excellent opportunity to find out about research over a coffee or cocktail. Our Café Research pop-up will be making an appearance across the campus and at partner outlets in central Manchester over the duration of the festival.

Follow us on Twitter: @Festivalofrese1, Facebook: Festival of Research and Instagram: Festivalofresearch

Explore our Café Research events in full:

EventDetailsWhen?Where?Book/InfoCategory
Everything I Have Is Yours

The University of Salford Art Collection is pleased to announce the launch of our latest co-commission Everything I Have Is Yours.

Join us at the preview of this ambitious film and sound work by Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) that looks back to the first decade of the UK pop charts (1952-62). Exhibiting at Salford Museum and Art Gallery Everything I Have Is Yours has been commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Contemporary Art Society, University of Salford Art Collection and Castlefield Gallery.  Presented by Contemporary Art Society, Mbili Foundation and the University of Salford.

3rd Jul 2019 6:00pm-8:00pmSalford Museum and art Gallery

No booking required: just drop in!

Cafe Research
The Living Library

Do you have a burning question for our experts? Now is your opportunity to ask!

Some of Salford’s top researchers will become Living Books for visitors to ‘borrow’ over tea and coffee. Our 'Living Books' will tell you about their research, answer your questions, and share their passion. Take this unique opportunity to chat to our experts and get the lowdown on the very latest developments in a wide variety research topics, from the history of Manchester to cutting edge radiography!

9th Jul 2019 12:00pm-2:00pmClifford Whitworth Library

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Cafe Research
Working Class Movement Library Tours

Behind the scenes tours of the Working Class Movement Library.

The Working Class Movement Library exists to tell the story of people's fight for a better world. This is not dreary politics, grey men in grey suits telling half truths. It's a place of ideas, of questions and of demands. The collection covers everything from working life to political life, to union life, to sporting life. It's full of stuff to inspire you to investigate, and to spur you on to participate. Plus it’s right opposite the University – and it’s completely free for everyone to use!

Book your tickets online for one of the following slots:

10th Jul 2019 11:00am-3:00pmWorking Class Movement Library

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Cafe Research

Contact

Get in touch

We would love to hear from you…

Email: festivalofresearch@salford.ac.uk

Twitter: @Festivalofrese1
Facebook: Festival of Research

Join the conversation #salfordresearchfest