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The University of Salford is a plate glass university based in Salfordmarker, Greater Manchestermarker, Englandmarker with approximately 20,000 registered students. The main campus is about west of Manchester city centremarker, on the A6, opposite the former home of the physicist, James Prescott Joule and the Working Class Movement Librarymarker. It is situated in 60 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Irwell.


The university was founded in 1896 as the Royal Technical Institute, Salford following a merger of the Salfordmarker Working Men's College founded in 1858 and Pendleton Mechanics Institute founded in 1850. The Institute received royal letters, allowing the word 'Royal' to be appended, with the then Duke and Duchess of York (later to become King George V and Queen Mary) officiating at the opening ceremony.

At the turn of the 20th century, mechanical engineering, chemical works, textiles and construction dominated the industrial scene in Salfordmarker and led the choice of subjects on offer. Initially, students became part of one of nine departments: Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics, Building, Dyeing, Spinning & Weaving, Domestic, and Art. 1,240 students registered for the first session, and there were only 19 members of staff.

In 1921 the Institute was renamed the Royal Technical College, Salford, but in 1958 the institution split into two separate organisations. The break away college became the Peel Park Technical College but changed its name first to Salford Technical Institute in 1961, then to Salford College of Technology in 1970, and finally to University College Salford in 1992.

In 1963, the Government completed an inquiry into the state of higher education in the United Kingdommarker and produced a report known as the Robbins Committee Report. It was this that 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, went on to become the University of Salford on 10 February, 1967 when Her Majesty The Queen handed over the 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 (est.1958) and the University of Salford (est.1967) were formally merged into the single institution that makes the university what it is today.

List of Chancellors

List of Vice-Chancellors

  • 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)


The Peel Building
The Maxwell Building as seen from the Crescent.

The university is organised into four faculties, each of which is sub-divided into schools:

  • Faculty of Arts, Media & Social Sciences
    • School of Art & Design
    • School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History
    • School of Languages
    • School of Media, Music & Performance

  • Faculty of Business, Law & the Built Environment

  • Faculty 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 Hospitalmarker.

  • Faculty of Science, Engineering & Environment
    • School of Computing, Science & Engineering
    • School of Environment & Life Sciences

The university today

The university has established a successful global presence, with some 3,300 international students choosing to study there with significant numbers coming from Chinamarker, Indiamarker, Pakistanmarker, Cyprusmarker, Greecemarker, Nigeriamarker, the Irish Republic and Malaysiamarker. With its four faculties, twelve schools, thirteen research institutes, nearly 20,000 students, and over 2,500 staff, Salford had a turnover of some £156m in 2006/07 and has placed itself strongly in serving the needs of industry and commerce.The University of Salford is on the leading edge of research innovation in many fields, including virtual reality, magnetics and optics, genetic algorithms, building design and prosthetics.The university is also a founding member of the Northern Consortium.

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 "Media City" site at Salford Quaysmarker, 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 university is the self-styled university of 'limitless possibilities', and has given equal priority to enterprise alongside teaching and research for the past decade. Its commitment to making learning relevant to the outside world has contributed to the university being ranked in the top ten (out of all UK universities) for teaching excellence and top in the North West by a report in the journal Quality in Higher Education. According to the The Times, Salford "averaged 21 points out of 24 from 1996 onwards" on teaching quality grades, "with perfect scores for politics and biological sciences.". The newspaper also however, ranks Salford lowest out of all pre-1992 universities.

Campus and facilities

The Maxwell Building on the edge of the Peel Park Campus.
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 Parkmarker, 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 stationmarker and a number of high frequency bus services to Manchester, Salford and Boltonmarker and Liverpoolmarker 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 Gallerymarker, 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, who's 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 Mediacity:uk site in Salford Quaysmarker - which will be home to five BBC departments and some of the world’s biggest companies in broadcasting and new media.
  • 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.

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 1,200.

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, swimming pool, sauna and spa, squash courts, climbing wall, snooker room 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.

Student life

Horlock and Constantine Courts on the Peel Campus


The university provides five self-catered halls of residence accommodating students from all of the faculties and schools of the university. Four of the sites are owned and run by the university, whereas the Seaford Road iQ Village is owned and run by CRM Ltd in partnership with the university. All accommodation includes free gym membership and free internet access.

  • 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 CourtsThese 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 CourtsConstantine 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 stationmarker. Adjacent Horlock Court comprises 168 rooms in 14 houses.

Bramall and Matthias CourtsThese 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 VillageThe student village is the largest area of accommodation, housing up to 1,600 students, and is situated on the site of the old Manchester Racecoursemarker. At the centre of the site is the SU bar and nightclub, the Pavilion (or 'Pav'). 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 and the Pav's three bars, dance floors, pool tables and large sports plasma screens. 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 Broughtonmarker, including takeaways and local shops.

Seaford RoadThis 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.

The University of Salford 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, shops and bars (including a night club and live music venue) and offers its own gym and swimming pool for student and staff use.

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.

Notable academics

See also :Category:Academics of the University of Salford

Notable alumni

See also :Category:Alumni of the University of Salford



Media, Entertainment & Design


The University has held a link for Physiotherapy with the Professional Footballers' Association since the 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.





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  2. Manchester Evening News Royals visit Manchester 28 February, 2008 Retrieved on 25 September 2008
  3. Faculty of Arts, Media & Social Sciences
  4. School of Art & Design
  5. School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History
  6. School of Languages
  7. School of Media, Music & Performance
  8. Faculty of Business, Law & the Built Environment
  9. School of the Built Environment
  10. Salford Business School
  11. Salford Law School
  12. Faculty of Health & Social Care
  13. School of Social Work, Psychology & Public Health
  14. School of Health, Sport & Rehabilitation Sciences
  15. School of Nursing & Midwifery
  16. Faculty of Science, Engineering & Environment
  17. School of Computing, Science & Engineering
  18. School of Environment & Life Sciences
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  24. Physics at the University of Salford
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  26. CLV Salford website
  27. "Racecourse opponents hold meeting" BBC News
  28. "Careers after football: former players tell us how they made the grade!" Professional Footballers' Association
  29. "Premier League Learning News: Now is the time to plan for future", Premier League Learning


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