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Harold Riley Award presented to Salford’s Housing & Urban Studies Unit

Mar 08, 2012

The first Harold Riley Award for Leadership in Community Engagement was presented to Salford’s Housing & Urban Studies Unit last night (Wednesday, 7 March) at a special ceremony at MediaCityUK.

The newly launched Award recognises the contribution that our colleagues make to the local community and is named after one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists, Harold Riley, who has a long and close association with the University. Nominations for the award were submitted by staff, students and community organisations.
 
Social housing charity Bolton at Home nominated Salford’s Housing & Urban Studies Unit for providing training for clients with little experience of paid employment or who had been unemployed for a long time to gain the skills they need to get back into the workplace. The team were also nominated by Salford Council and Europia, a voluntary organisation
 
Salford’s Housing & Urban Studies Unit, based in Joule House, consists of a team of researchers with varied specialties who provide research and consultancy services to public and private sector clients in the fields of housing and wider urban issues.
 
Harold Riley presented the award to Professor Andy Steele who is Director of Salford’s Housing & Urban Studies Unit. Professor Steele said: “Our approach has been to provide local people, through training in community engagement techniques, with the confidence and skills to secure more permanent employment. To date around 100 people from across the North West have gone on to access paid employment and educational opportunities.”
 
Shauna Morton of Bolton at Home said: “We nominated SHUSU because a very valuable and much needed service was offered to our local community. Thanks to the project many of our people have found jobs or gone into further education.”
 
Other shortlisted nominees for last night’s Leadership in Community Engagement Award included:
 
Harriet Morgan-Shami, Arts Development Officer – Harriet has developed a number of long-term projects that continue to build strong relationships with the University and local communities during the eight years she has worked at Salford. She has also recently won a Manchester Beacon Recognition Award for her engagement work with the Broughton Trust. 
 
Brian Percival, Arts Outreach Coordinator - Brian runs the student placements programme with secondary and primary schools and over the past seven years he has co-ordinated the Vocational Mentoring in Schools project and maintains strong relations with all of the partner schools and colleges.
 
Julia Spencer, Community Engagement and Volunteering Officer - Julia coordinates the University of Salford’s Community Actions Teams and delivers student projects in a community setting to bring benefits to students, the University and the local community.
 
Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said: “We had to choose between great nominations and a very competitive shortlist.  This shows the vibrancy of community engagement at our University, and the strength of our partnerships with community organisations.”
 
Linda Richings, Community Engagement Manager, added: “I would like to congratulate all of our nominees for the Harold Riley Award. We have had some excellent examples of the community engagement work that takes place across the University and we hope to build on this for next year’s awards.”
 
The Harold Riley Award will take place every year as part of the University’s wider community engagement programme.