To excel in your studies of Politics and Contemporary History, you’ll need access to a multitude of resources. From a wide range of books and journals to a vast catalogue of online resources, we have everything you need to allow you to investigate and develop your ideas.

You’ll also be able to access a range of development and learning sessions, so you can learn how to use and access everything we have, or brush up on your IT and research skills.


Politics and Contemporary History facilities

Clifford Whitworth Library

As a History and Politics student, you’ll be based at our Peel Park campus. Here you’ll find our main library, the Clifford Whitworth Library. It houses a range of books, as well as providing access to eBooks, online databases and other archives and special databases. You’ll be able to access PCs and rent a laptop if you need to.

You’ll also be able to view the books, videos and journals on your reading lists and easily find out how best to access them.

On top of that, you’ll have access to LinkedIn Learning and thousands of online training courses across a range of subjects.

Find out more about generally about our library facilities, and also specific information for History and Politics students.

Peel Park Campus

Being based at Peel Park, you’ll be studying right next to the green space of the park itself. You’ll be close to the students’ union and the Atmosphere bar, and if you’re planning on moving away from home for your studies, Peel Park Quarter (one of the main accommodation areas) is only a couple of minutes’ walk away.

You can also catch the number 50 bus (free when you show your student ID) or jump on a train from Salford Crescent train station, and be in the centre of Manchester in a matter of minutes.

Much of your teaching will take place in the striking Peel building, Built in 1896 and designed by Henry Lord, the beautiful façade is constructed of red Accrington bricks and sculpted terracotta.

What disciplines do your History and Politics faculty specialise in?

We have experts covering a range of issues. From strategy to warfighting if you’re interested in military history, to intelligence, security and terrorism-related issues, and our academics focus on the significant issues of today. We have specialists in the First and Second World Wars and 20th Century warfare, European and Chinese foreign policy, civil wars and insurgencies, terrorism and the Islamic State, modern-day intelligence and security issues, Cold War history, online political campaigning and UK domestic politics amongst other areas.

Find more about the range of History and Politics degree courses the University of Salford offers.

How to find us

 🚂 By rail

The University of Salford has a dedicated train station, Salford Crescent. Direct services run to and from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria, as well as Blackpool, Bolton, Buxton, Blackburn, Southport, Preston and Lancaster.

🚌 By bus

Staff and current students can get around campus for free using the 50 bus. The number 50 runs every 10-15 minutes between East Didsbury and MediaCity via our Peel Park campus. You can also get to us by using services 8, 12, 26, 31, 32, X34, 36, 37, 38, 50, X61, 67, or 100. 

🚗 By car

The New Adelphi building is located in the Peel Park Campus just off the Crescent (A6). The closest campus carpark is Irwell Place car park. There are Blue Badge spaces on campus closer to the building.

Parking is chargeable 7 days a week between the hours of 9am – 6pm. After 6pm, parking is free. Please note: all university car parks us the PayByPhone App, Irwell Place has an optional Pay and Display machine.