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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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Chairing Sessions Training

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

Workshop aims:

  • Experience in the role of chair
  • Practice communication and direction
  • Gain insight into the judging process
  • An opportunity to ask questions
  • Increase your confidence and performance ahead of chairing sessions at SPARC
  • Obtain useful tools and techniques to manage speakers and audiences
17th Jun 2019 2:00pm-4:00pmMaxwell room 719

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Staff & Student Training
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

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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

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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
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

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Staff & Student Training
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

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Conference
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
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 very the 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
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
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:

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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 very the 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

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