The University of Salford is a plate glass university based in Salford, Greater Manchester, England with approximately 20,000 registered students. The main campus is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Manchester city centre, on the A6, opposite the former home of the physicist, James Prescott Joule and the Working Class Movement Library. It is situated in 60 acres (240,000 m 2) of parkland on the banks of the River Irwell.

The University's origins can be traced to 1896 when it opened as the Royal Technical Institute, Salford. This itself resulted from a merger of the Salford Working Men's College, which was founded in 1858, and Pendleton Mechanics Institute which was founded in 1850. The Royal Technical Institute, Salford received royal letters, after the then Duke and Duchess of York (later to become King George V and Queen Mary) officiated at the opening ceremony. This event is commemorated in the university's Redbrick Peel Building. This opening allowed the word 'Royal' to be appended to name of the institute. At the start of the 20th century, mechanical engineering, chemical works, textiles and construction dominated the industrial scene in Salford. This heavily influenced the choice of subjects offered in the nine departments initially opened. These were Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Building, Dyeing, Spinning & Weaving, Domestic, and Art. Some 1,240 students registered for the first session and became students in these departments. There were 19 members of staff. In 1921 the Institute was renamed the Royal Technical College, Salford. In 1958 the institution split into two separate organisations, one remaining as the Royal Technical College, along with a break away college, the Peel Park Technical College. The latter changed its name first in 1961 to the Salford Technical Institute, before becoming the Salford College of Technology in 1970, and finally becoming University College Salford in 1992. The Royal Technical College had meanwhile become known as the Royal College of Advanced Technology. In 1963, the Government completed an inquiry into the state of higher education in the United Kingdom and produced a report known as the Robbins Committee Report. This report paved the way for the Royal College of Advanced Technology (along with a number of other Colleges of Advanced Technology) to assume university status by Royal Charter. The Royal College of Advanced Technology, became the University of Salford on 10 February 1967 when Her Majesty The Queen handed over the institution's Royal Charter. The first Vice-Chancellor was Clifford Whitworth, after whom the university's main library is named. The first chancellor was HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who remained as the university's chancellor until 1991. Prince Philip took a "keen interest" in the university whilst in office which has continued since then, with him making a visit in 2008 to see the university's award winning acoustics laboratories. In 1996, the break-away University College Salford merged with the University of Salford into a single institution.

  • His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1967”“1991)
  • Sarah, Duchess of York (1991”“1995)
  • Professor Sir Walter Bodmer (1995 - April 2005)
  • Professor Sir Martin Harris (2005”“2009)
  • Dr Irene Zubaida Khan (2009”“present)

  • Professor Clifford Whitworth (1967”“1974)
  • Professor John Harold Horlock (1974”“1981)
  • Professor Sir John Michael Ashworth (1981”“1990)
  • Professor Thomas Mutrie Husband (1990”“1997)
  • Professor Michael Harloe (1997”“2009)
  • Professor Martin Hall (2009”“present)

In 2011, the University of Salford will open a learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK. Over 1,500 students will have opportunities to work near media professionals using the very latest industry specified equipment, studios and labs. They will be studying on 39 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The BBC and possibly ITV will move to MediaCityUK in 2011.

Campus and facilities
The main Peel Park campus is less than 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) from Manchester city centre on the banks of the River Irwell, adjacent to Peel Park, which first opened on 22 August 1846 and is said to be possibly the first public park in the world. A former president of the Students' Union described Salford in 2007 as "a relaxed campus close to Manchester, but cheaper and greener." There is a mainline railway station adjacent to the campus, Salford Crescent railway station and a number of high frequency bus services to Manchester, Salford and Bolton and Liverpool along the A6. There are a number of other university facilities located within a mile of the main campus, namely the Frederick Road and Adelphi campuses. Most of the University administration is located along Salford Crescent (A6), opposite the Peel Campus. The Salford Museum and Art Gallery, said to be the first unconditionally free public library in England. is also located on the Peel Park Campus.

Major investment projects
The university has embarked on a £150 million programme of investment, to deliver new buildings and carry out major refurbishment projects. These include:
  • £22m Mary Seacole Building the purpose-built five storey facility for the Faculty of Health & Social Care.
  • £10m Lady Hale Building for the Salford Law School. The whole building acts as its own night storage heating and cooling system thanks to a "Termodeck" system.
  • £10m Innovation Forum Building
  • Joule Physics Laboratory provides a suite of new, purpose-built physics teaching laboratories and is named after James Prescott Joule, whose former home is situated opposite the Peel Building.
  • Due to be completed in 2011 - A new building for the university's Faculty of Arts, Media & Social Sciences designed by 3XN Architects on the MediaCityUK site in Salford Quays - which will be home to five BBC departments.
  • Significant investment in IT facilities, with the setting up of wireless networks in many buildings across campus.
  • Improvements/refurbishment of facilities for the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Environment.

Research and development centres
  • The United National Institute for Prosthetics & Orthotics Development is located in the University's Prosthetics & Orthotics division of its School of Health, Sport & Rehabilitation Sciences. It is the only Prosthetics and Orthotics higher education provider in England.
  • The KidsCan Children's Cancer Research Centre is located in the University's John Armstrong Welsh Laboratories at the Centre for Biochemistry, Drug Design and Cancer Research. It was established in 2002 to develop treatments with fewer side effects for children and young adults.

Peel Hall
With seating for nearly 400 people, Peel Hall hosts many musical performances and is the main venue for the midday recitals. The hall is housed in the Peel Building, a red brick and terracotta Victorian building located on the Peel Park Campus.

Robert Powell Theatre
The university's Robert Powell Theatre, named after the Salford actor, mostly stages live performances of modern works and participatory work for younger audiences.

Maxwell Hall
Situated at the front of Peel Park Campus, the Maxwell Hall plays host to concerts and recitals. The building contains an upper hall and a lower hall which together can seat up to 1020.

Chapman Gallery
Situated in the heart of the Peel Park Campus, the Chapman Gallery hosts a wide range of modern and contemporary art exhibitions which showcase the work of up and coming artists, university staff, students and the community of Salford.

Tom Husband Leisure Centre
Situated on the Peel Park Campus and adjacent to the Students' Union, the leisure centre boasts a gym, 25m swimming pool, sauna and spa, squash courts, climbing wall, and a multi-use sports hall.

Adelphi Studio Theatre
The Adelphi Studio Theatre is a small theatre venue based in the School of Music, Media and Performance's Adelphi Building.

The university is organised into three colleges, each of which is sub-divided into schools:
  • College of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History
  • School of Languages
  • Salford Law School
  • School of Media, Music & Performance
  • Salford Business School
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  • College of Health & Social Care
    • School of Social Work, Psychology & Public Health
    • School of Health, Sport & Rehabilitation Sciences
    • School of Nursing & Midwifery
      • NB " The University's Faculty of Health & Social Care has strong links with teaching NHS hospitals in the north west of England and maintains a presence at the Salford Royal Hospital.
  • College of Science & Technology
    • School of Computing, Science & Engineering
    • School of Environment & Life Sciences
    • School of the Built Environment
International students come from China, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Greece, Nigeria, the Irish Republic and Malaysia. With its three colleges, 12 schools, nearly 20,000 students, and over 2,500 staff, Salford had a turnover of some £156m in 2006/07. The university is a founding member of the Northern Consortium of universities. In October 2008 it was announced that compulsory redundancies are likely at the university as part of a plan to save £12.5 million over three years. A notice by the university registrar said that Salford needed to invest £300 million in university estate and £40 million in moving the arts and media faculty to the "MediaCityUK" site at Salford Quays, where the BBC is to establish its northern headquarters. The notice went on to say that that these additional costs came in the context of a number of pressures: salary bills that had "exceeded the university's expectations"; a "serious problem" with student retention; the "credit crunch"; and three "seriously underperforming" schools. Affected schools include the School of Nursing, Salford Business School and the School of Community Health Sciences and Social Care .

Teaching quality
The Times newspaper ranked Salford 84th out of 114 UK institutions. The university’s School of the Built Environment is currently ranked in the UK top ten according to the Times UK University League Table.


Student life

Students' Union
University House on the Peel Park Campus is home to the University of Salford Students' Union (USSU). As well as representing students, the union plays host to a number of services, including shops and a bar The Two Cities Boat Race The Two Cities Boat Race is an annual boat race which has been running since 1972. It is now an established event in the sporting and social calendar of Salford and Manchester. The event is also significant for the amount of work put in by volunteers from both universities, to help with event set-up, stewarding, and programme selling, raising money for many different charities. In 2007 the recipient of the proceeds was SPARKS, a charity which supports medical research for children. UAU Champions In the season 1971”“72 the University Rugby League club won the UAU Championship beating Sheffield University in the final at The Willows, the home of Salford Rugby League Club.

There are five self-catered halls of residence accommodating students from all of the faculties and schools of the university.
  • Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts
  • Horlock and Constantine Courts
  • Bramall and Matthias Courts
  • Castle Irwell Student Village
  • Seaford Road iQ Student Quarter
Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts These two blocks of flats contain 755 rooms in total, and each flat is shared between two, three or four people. The flats are the closest accommodation to Salford Shopping City in Pendleton ”“ colloquially referred to as 'the Precinct'. Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts were sold by the University of Salford to Campus Living Villages in December 2008. Horlock and Constantine Courts Constantine Court is the only en suite university-owned accommodation, consisting of 80 rooms in seven houses. This accommodation is located in the centre of the main university campus, and is situated close to the Students' Union shop, a bank and Salford Crescent railway station. Adjacent Horlock Court comprises 168 rooms in 14 houses. Bramall and Matthias Courts These flats are located close to the Adelphi Campus. Bramall is typically occupied by undergraduates, whereas Matthias tends to be postgraduates. Matthias flats are usually shared between two or three people, and Bramall flats are shared between two, three or four. Bramall and Mathias Courts are now owned by Campus Living Villages. Castle Irwell Student Village The student village is the largest area of accommodation, housing up to 1,600 students, and is situated on the site of the old Manchester Racecourse. There are both houses (shared between 10-12 people) and flats (six people). Castle Irwell is a popular choice for first years, due to the cheap rent. There are also grass rugby and football pitches and several floodlit AstroTurf pitches used in society meetings and varsity rags. This accommodation is the furthest from the main university campus but is served by a free university bus, running every half an hour. A taxi rank is situated outside Castle Irwell and it is near to various amenities in Lower Broughton, including takeaways and local shops. IQ Student Quarter Seaford Road iQ Village is owned and run by CRM Ltd in partnership with the university. This is the newest accommodation site, consisting of a square of houses around a central reception, lounge and laundry building. Each house contains six flats, which are typically shared by six people with en suite bathrooms. The site also has 'deluxe' rooms available for an extra cost. This accommodation is very close to Castle Irwell. The site includes a purpose built SPAR, Subway, and two takeaways. The halls are also served by the free university bus.

Notable academics
  • Professor Allan Boardman: Physicist
  • Peter Brandon OBE: Professor in the Built Environment
  • Professor Ralph Darlington: Employment Relations
  • Trevor Cox: Acoustic engineer and broadcaster
  • Professor David Forrest: Economist; specialist in Gambling Studies
  • Mathias Fuchs: Game Art and Game Studies
  • Professor Peter Graham: Professor of Composition
  • Eric Grove: naval historian and defence analyst
  • Johnny Marr: Visiting Professor of Music
  • John Robb: Visiting fellow and Professor of Popular Culture
  • Duncan Steel, world-renowned expert in space science

Notable alumni

  • Michael Atchia: Mauritian academician, former Chief and Programme Director with the United Nations Environment Programme
  • Professor Richard Barnett: Vice-Chancellor, University of Ulster
  • Sydney Chapman: British mathematician and geophysicist
  • Robert Lomas: writer, business studies and science academic, Freemasonry researcher
  • Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail bin Hj Duraman, former Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
  • Professor Susan Price: Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University

  • Andy Bond: Former Chief Executive of Asda
  • Howard Graham: accountant, entrepreneur, and businessman.
  • Keith Ludeman: Chief Executive of the Go-Ahead Group
  • Chris Moyes: Former Chief Executive of the Go-Ahead Group
  • Richard Parry-Jones former group vice president-Global Product Development, and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company
  • Mohammad Hashem Pesaran: British- Iranian economist.
  • Mark Saunders: Current Chief Executive of Habitat

Media, Entertainment & Design
  • Sophie Abelson: Actress
  • Ross Adams; Actor on BBC3 TV series The Gemma Factor
  • Emma Atkins: Actress
  • Chris Bisson: Actor
  • Richard Boardman & James Cook, members of Delphic
  • Wes Butters: Writer and radio broadcaster
  • Nigel Clarke: Associate Composer to the Band of HM Grenadier Guards
  • Trisha Cooper: Radio trainer, producer and broadcaster
  • Rasshied Din: Designer, including of the Princess Diana memorial museum at Althorp
  • Rudi Dharmalingam: Actor
  • Sophia Di Martino: Actress
  • Andrew Diey: Electronic musician, sound designer and record producer
  • Jason Done: Actor
  • Christopher Eccleston: Actor " the ninth Doctor Who
  • Steve Edge: Comedian and actor
  • Albert Finney: Honorary degree July 13, 1979.
  • Liam Fray: singer-songwriter with The Courteeners (studied at the university, but didn't complete)
  • Stephen Fretwell: Musician (studied at the university, but didn't complete)
  • Ante Giskeødegård: musician, member of Norwegian pop band The Margarets
  • James Gourlay: conductor and internationally renowned tuba soloist
  • Shobna Gulati: Actress
  • John Hammond: BBC weather presenter
  • Matt Healy; Actor
  • Joanna Higson: Actress
  • Rob James-Collier: Actor
  • Sara Jones: Actress, promoter and Miss Manchester 2009
  • Peter Kay: Comedian
  • Sir Ben Kingsley: Actor
  • Frances Lennon MBE: Artist
  • Long-view: British band formed here
  • John Vernon Lord: Illustrator & author
  • L. S. Lowry: Awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1975 - also studied at the technical college.
  • Karl Lucas: Comedian.Writer.Actor
  • Conor McNamara: Football commentator for the BBC
  • Jason Manford: Manchester comedian and Perrier nominee
  • Sarfraz Manzoor: Writer, journalist and documentary maker
  • Kristyna Myles: Singer-songwriter (studied Popular Music and Recording)
  • Karl Newton: TV Producer/Editor
  • Gitau wa Njenga: Journalist and founder of Jambo Magazine
  • Jon Ormerod: Punk rock singer
  • Maxine Peake: Actress
  • Nigel Pivaro: former Coronation Street actor
  • Jen Pringle: TV presenter on Channel 5 children's show Milkshake!
  • Samantha Siddall: Actress
  • Richard Smith: Scottish screenwriter and film director
  • Rosie Smith: Former keyboardist in Cradle of Filth
  • Ash Soan: Drummer in Del Amitri, Faithless and Squeeze as well as session musician
  • Jim Sturgess: Actor
  • Jonathan Thompson: TV Presenter for shows on SKY, BBC & Nickelodeon
  • Kaye Wragg: Actress
  • Neil Yates: Jazz and folk musician
  • Faithless, Doves, Elbow, Delphic, Oceansize and Fingathing members also studied on the Popular Music and Recording course
  • Everything Everything: Two members of the band studied at the University

  • Major General Bill Moore CBE 1976-79.

The University has held a link for Physiotherapy with the Professional Footballers' Association since 1991. As of 2007 over 70 former professional footballers have graduated from Salford. In 2009 the PFA reported that they had 33 members undertaking the programme at the University.
  • Nigel Adkins: current manager of Southampton.
  • Ritchie Barber: Silver Olympic medalist in Swimming at the 2000 Summer Paralympics.
  • Chris Banks, physiotherapist at Stoke City.
  • Andy Barr: most recently Head Physiotherapist at Bolton Wanderers.
  • Matt Barrass
  • Gregg Blundell: current Physiotherapist with Barrow.
  • Jon Bowden
  • Jeff Clarke
  • Lee Collins
  • Marc Czuczman: Senior Physiotherapist at Oldham Athletic.
  • Neil Davies
  • Simon Farnworth
  • Tony Faulkner: Director of Performance Management at Blackburn Rovers
  • Neil Foster: former England cricketer who played in 29 Tests and 48 ODIs from 1983 to 1993.
  • Ashley Fickling
  • Wayne Gill
  • Rick Holden
  • Phil Horner: physiotherapist with Blackpool F.C.
  • Mark Kilty
  • Paul Lake: currently on the medical staff with Bolton Wanderers.
  • Dennis Leman
  • Andrew Lovelock: former Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra player.
  • Steve Macauley
  • Lee Martin: physiotherapist with Tranmere Rovers.
  • David Moore: physiotherapist with Grimsby Town.
  • Jamie Murphy
  • Joe O'Neill
  • Keith Oakes
  • Jamie Oldroyd: former Hartlepool United player.
  • Les Parry: current manager of Tranmere Rovers.
  • Richie Partridge
  • Mel Pejic
  • Jamie Pipe: former Derbyshire professional cricketer.
  • Jamie Pitman : currently Hereford United physiotherapist.
  • Mick Rathbone: former Head of Sports Medicine at Everton.
  • Nicky Reid: completed two degrees in Sports Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy.
  • Andy Renshaw: Academy Physiotherapist with Liverpool F.C.
  • Phil Robinson
  • Derek Ryan: Irish former international squash player.
  • Paul Showler
  • Gary Stevens: former England international.
  • Rob Swire: chief physiotherapist at Manchester United.
  • Mark Taylor
  • Paul Teather
  • Stuart Walker: currently a physiotherapist at Aston Villa.
  • Steve Whitehall
  • Jon Whitney: club physiotherapist at Walsall.
  • Ian Wilkinson
  • Robert Woodhead: former Blackburn Rovers player.
  • Rodger Wylde: physiotherapist for Stockport County.

  • Qassim Afzal: Liberal Democrat politician
  • Anwar Choudhury: British diplomat, former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh
  • David Clark, Baron Clark of Windermere
  • Stuart Drummond: Three times elected mayor of Hartlepool
  • Andrew Gwynne: Labour Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish
  • George Howarth: Labour Member of Parliament for Knowsley North and Sefton East
  • Sam Hurst: Conservative Party politician; youngest elected councillor (England) 2008 on Bury Council (See Bury Council election, 2008)
  • Barbara Keeley: Labour Member of Parliament for Worsley and Eccles South
  • Ruth Turner: Labour political advisor; co-founder of The Big Issue in the North
  • André Walker: British political and media figure
  • Maxine Wrigley: Chief Executive of A National Voice

  • Professor Darwin Cadlwell: Research Director, Italian Institute of Technology, key person in iCub project
  • B. N. Suresh (Byrana Nagappa Suresh): Indian aerospace scientist; 2002 recipient of Padma Shri

  • Ieuan Evans: former international rugby union player for Wales
  • Su Maozhen: Assistant coach of the Chinese Olympic football team for Beijing Olympics. Current head coach of U-20 national team
  • Paul Smith: Rugby league player who played in the Super League with Huddersfield Giants
  • Norman Whiteside: former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer who studied Podiatry


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