Manchester Bee

Date published: May 16, 2018

Minute's silence to mark first anniversary of Manchester Arena attack

The UK Government has announced that there will be a minute’s silence at 2.30pm on Tuesday 22 May to mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack.

The University of Salford will stand together with the nation and the people of Manchester to observe this moment of reflection to remember those who lost their lives on that day, and the hundreds of other individuals also affected.

We will gather on the grassed area outside University House from 2.20pm, joined by University Chaplains who will lead a short address before the silence takes place at 2.30pm.

Staff and students at MediaCityUK will gather in the Egg Suite at 2.20pm and speakers will begin at 2.25pm.

Staff running meetings, events or classes are being encouraged to schedule a suitable break at this time. Exams scheduled for 2pm will proceed as planned without interruption.

Additional support

If you need support, we’re here for you. Wellbeing drop-ins will be offered in the Faith Centre room FC002 where you can talk to a professional in a safe space:

  • Monday 21 May 1-2pm
  • Tuesday 22 May 10-12pm

A Chaplaincy drop-in will take place in the multi-faith room, on the first floor of the Faith Centre at 2.45-3.30pm on Tuesday 22 May.

Outside of these hours, you can visit the askUS desk in University House or call 0161 295 0023 to arrange an appointment.

Quiet rooms for prayer, reflection and contemplation are available across campus in the following spaces (opening times can be found online):

  • The Faith Centre – Chapel, Quiet Room and Muslim Prayer Hall
  • Allerton room 324 and 321
  • Maxwell room 212
  • MCUK room 324

As the anniversary falls within Ramadhan, there will be a daily breaking of the fast at around 9.30pm at the Faith Centre. This is a daily communal gathering that is open to all to share food and friendship.

The university maintains its zero tolerance stance to hate crime. If you’ve witnessed discrimination or hate crime, or have been a victim, there are a number of ways you can report it:

  • Call Greater Manchester Police on 999 for emergency help (or 101 for non-emergency help)
  • Call the Manchester City Council’s Hate Crime Report Line on 08000 830 007
  • Report it to True Vision (www.report-it.org.uk) anonymously
  • Report it to a Third Party Reporting Centre; find one in your area here.

Community Activities

The City of Manchester will be hosting a number of community focussed, public events leading up to, on and around Tuesday 22 May, including a mass singalong in the city centre and a Tree of Hope Trail. More information can be found at the link below:

Manchester Together programme of events

A Memorial Mass led by Bishop John Arnold will take place in Salford Catholic Cathedral, Chapel Street, Salford at 7pm on Tuesday 22 May to pray for the victims and all affected by the Manchester Arena attack.

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