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Salford is based on a leafy, riverside campus only one and half miles (3km) from Manchester city centre, giving you the best of both worlds.
The town of Salford is known for its inland port, the Salford Quays, which is now home to CBBC and BBC Sport, with Salford's Media students learning cheek by jowl with media professionals and independent creative, digital and media organisations
The city of Manchester is a twenty-minute walk away, and after London it's the UK's fastest growing city, whilst also being surprisingly affordable. From nightlife, shopping, food and football, to culture, history and architecture, Manchester has everything you'll ever need as a student.
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Salford University is based around four campuses. Three are located within a 10 minute walk of each other, with a free campus bus service, while the fourth, at MediaCity, is connected via a free bus service that runs every 10 minutes.
Peel Park Campus
The main Peel Park campus is less than 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre, located on the banks of the River Irwell, and adjacent to the green, open spaces of Peel Park. It is well connected by buses and Salford Cresent railway station is adjacent to the campus. Peel Park is the base for the majority of the University's courses. The newly renovated Chapman building offers six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and open study spaces and a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.
The library; Student Life, the one-stop-shop for student support; the Students’ Union and Students’ Union bar and cafe; some student accommodation; and the leisure centre are also based on this campus.
The new digital learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, is right next to the BBC and house over 1,000 students working alongside hundreds of media professionals and independent creative, digital and media organisations. Subjects taught at MediaCityUK include Creative Media and computer-related courses.
Frederick Road Campus
Salford's £22m Health & Social Care building is based on the Frederick Road campus and is home to state-of-the-art facilities including practice clinics, hospital ward facilities and a human performance lab. Subjects based at Frederick Road include Counselling and Psychotherapy, Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, and Social Work and Social Policy.
The Adelphi Campus is home the Salford's Arts & Media school. Subjects based at Adelphi Campus include Art and Design, Music and Performing Arts. The University is currently investing £55m in the New Adelphi Building which will open to students and staff in 2016. This building will be home to the School of Arts & Meida and its facilities will include new lecture theatres and learning spaces, a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces.
Salford University originated in 1896 with the opening of the Royal Technical Institute, Salford. 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 offer, including Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Building, Dyeing, Spinning & Weaving, Domestic and Art.
After a split into two organisations, and a number of name changes, in 1967 as a consequence of the Robbins Report, it became the University of Salford.
In October 2011, the university opened a learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK, where media organisations, such as the BBC, are housed. Over 1,500 students will have opportunities to work near media professionals using the latest industry specified equipment, studios and laboratories.
- School of Arts & Media
- School of the Built Environment
- School of Computing, Science & Engineering
- School of Environment & Life Sciences
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
- Salford Business School
In the 2014 REF 50% of Salford's research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, with Social Work and Social Policy; Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials; and Environment doing especially well.
International & Industrial Opportunities
There are opportunities for international and industrial placements.
UK Students (2022/2023)
The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship of £2,000 in the first year of your course is available to students who achieve ABB at A-level or equivalent.
The Salford Student Bursay worth £3,000 is awarded to students who are Greater Manchester residents with a declared household income of £25,000 or less. Awards are via a cash payment of £1,000 in years one, two and three of study.
There are four libraries with resources including module reading lists compiled by your tutor available through a single system, exam papers for the last 5 years, over 320,000 e-books available 24 hours a day, university archives and special collections, and the University of Salford’s Institutional Repository, an on-line database showcasing research that is carried out by researchers at the university. The libraries also have study zone areas where you can either work in silence by yourself, or with others.
The university also hosts PC suites in all the libraries and other buildings around campus.
Salford boasts a Sports Centre with a five lane swimming pool, where you can also canoe and scuba dive, sauna and spa, four air-conditioned gyms with fitness equipment, a wide range of fitness classes from circuit training to yoga, a sports hall with basketball, netball and badminton courts and a five aside football pitch, an indoor climbing wall, and instructors to help you set up a fitness programme or test your fitness. The university also has astroturf pitches and grass pitches, as well as a boating club.
Media at the university includes Shock Radio which broadcasts live every day, and the Salfordian Newspaper, an on-line student newspaper constantly looking for writers, photographers and proof-readers, and USSU TV, the TV station that the union is currently in the process of setting up.
Within the university, you’ll have the opportunity to play in one of their intramural leagues, or in their free weekly sports sessions, with sport including cricket, badminton, basketball, squash, table tennis, touch rugby, rounders and volleyball.
Within the Students’ Union there’s Bar Yours, the sports bar, and the lounge bar with WiFi access. Cafe Yours gives you the opportunity to relax and surf the internet alone or with friends.
Religion & Facilities
The University Faith Centre based in University House supports the students and staff religious obligations while studying and working at University of Salford.
The purpose of the Faith Centre is to support the spiritual wellbeing of students and staff and to increase our understanding of respect for religious beliefs and practices. It does so by providing opportunities for members of the University community to reflect, worship, contemplate, teach and learn, read and study, celebrate, mourn, engage in dialogue and interact on a daily basis.
Health & Wellbeing
The University’s Counselling and Wellbeing Service provides a range of free and confidential services to students who are experiencing mental or emotional distress to support them in their studies and empower them to achieve their potential by addressing some of their personal concerns. This includes wellbeing advice to help them to find ways of coping with the everyday stresses and strains of life and counselling for a variety of reasons such as relationship issues, bereavement, anxiety and stress, anger, self-image and self-esteem, gender and sexuality, loneliness and isolation, and unhappiness and depression.
The university doesn’t have its own health centre, however they suggest doctors for students to register with.
The university’s Disability Advisors can make sure students have the assistance they need in lectures and exams, provide equipment loans and help them apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances funding. Disabled students make up over 10% of Salford students.
The Careers and Employability service can help with your career planning and development, improve your study skills, help you search for job vacancies, work experience and voluntary work, and improve your employability.
They offer enterprise courses for entrepreneurial students, while three quarters of their programmes give you the opportunity to go on work or study placements in the UK and abroad.
The Employer Liaison team offers thousands of opportunities every year for Salford students and graduates, as well as links with more than 200 voluntary organisations, providing a wide variety of volunteering opportunities.
The Salford Student Life Award is open to all students and is supported by a network of employers. It recognises and evidences the skills and experience that you build up alongside your studies, which will help you to stand out from the crowd when you graduate.
The Study Skills Team provides opportunities for all students to learn about different approaches and techniques to improve achievement. This includes workshops on academic writing skills, presentations, managing time, and referencing as well as a series of easy to read Study Skills Basics on topics such as plagiarism, group work, revision and exams.
The University of Salford Community Action Teams support and promote community action and volunteering, with opportunities including the Community Interpreters Project which involves bi-lingual students helping those that speak little or no English to help them access the wealth of support offered in Salford, and the Environment Team which involves helping out locally and around campus with various environment and conservation activities, including allotments, nature walks, and clean-ups.
Self-catered (per week) (2021/2022)
Salford has over 2,4000 bedrooms available that are all either on campus or a short walk from the main university campus, providing a range of self-catered accommodation options for you to choose from. All accommodation offers furnished, self-catered student flats of 2-10 bedrooms and rent includes Wi-Fi, all utilities, on-site staff, regular social events, 24-hour security, contents insurance and the use of on-site facilities.
Peel Park Quarter is a brand new £81m accommodation development offering state of the art student living across 1,367 en-suite rooms. Residents have access to onsite facilities including a cinema and games room, gym, group study lounges and launderette.
Bramall Court is located next to the Adelphi Campus, making it ideal for those studying music or performing arts and is just a 10-minute walk into Manchester City Centre. This accommodation offers two, three and four bedroom flats with a choice of room sizes including standard, large and extra-large. There’s also space to relax with friends with a large social and games room with Sky TV.
The John Lester and Eddie Colman Court site is located across the road from Allerton Building, making it an ideal choice for those studying nursing and healthcare. This accommodation is also the closest halls to the MediaCityUK campus which makes it popular with students from all courses. These flats underwent a refurbishment during the summer of 2009 and improvements include multiple social areas, a games room with Sky TV, a library room and free on-site gym. Flat sizes vary from two, three and four bedrooms, and a limited number of three bedroom flats also include a lounge.
English Language Requirements
In general, you will need at least an IELTS 6.0 for an undergraduate course. There may also be further restrictions, for example, “Subject to IELTS 6.5 with a score in the writing of 6.5,” and individual courses will state a minimum level.
Salford offers a range of scholarships for high achieving students, having awarded over £1.5 million in scholarships to international students over the last two years. Scholarships available include the Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship, worth either £3000 or £5000 depending on the programme you enroll on.
Student Life has a whole range of services to help international students from learning about life in the UK, renewing your visa, or getting a part time job.