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

May 16, 2018

A minute's silence will take place on Tuesday 22 May at 2.30pm
A minute's silence will take place on Tuesday 22 May at 2.30pm

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 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. Colleagues 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 encouraged to schedule a suitable break at this time. Exams scheduled for 2pm will proceed as planned without interruption.

Additional support on the day

Support for staff is available through the employee assist programme, more information about counselling and the other services on offer can be found here

Wellbeing drop ins will be offered in the Faith Centre room FC002 for students to talk to a professional in a safe space on the following dates:

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

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

Outside of these hours students 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 in the following spaces, opening times can be found here:

  • 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 from 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.  The following links may be helpful for staff and students who wish to report a recent or historical hate incident:

If a student is a victim of a hate incident or crime

If a student experiences bullying or harassment

Guidance for students on bullying & harassment

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 here.

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