And the Conversation continues...
Mar 13, 2018
Thanks to all those who came along to our Salford Conversations event in Maxwell Hall yesterday. Colleagues from across the University came together to consider how we could improve our collaboration with industry, what barriers were stopping us and what one thing we could do to make a difference.
The session drew upon the learning from the previous Salford Conversation led by Professor Neil Fowler, as well as two earlier Leading at Salford sessions.
Associate Dean from the School of Arts and Media Dr Janice Allan welcomed colleagues and outlined the format of the event. She set the scene of how from humble and inauspicious beginnings, the city of Salford rose up to become a pioneer in so many areas – famous for the first gas-lit street, the first free public library to name just a couple – all projects and improvements to benefit local people. Just as we are an anchor institution in the community today. She highlighted some of our famous alumni and just some of the colleagues across Schools and professional services who were all making a difference…daring, inspiring, achieving and making things happen.
Janice was followed by newly-appointed Associate Director for Human Resources Operations and Service Delivery Jane Shearsmith. Jane described how HR were addressing the priorities colleagues had raised at recent events such as workforce planning, career development, health and wellbeing and helping early career researchers grow and stay together with balancing the teaching, research and other duties of academic staff. They were also considering the best way to support colleagues who wanted to continue to work at the University, but did not want to progress upwards – how they could help their continuing professional development in their current posts.
Alumnus, Ali Nowroozi owner of Masumi Headwear shared the secret of his success - keeping the vision and reason he set up his business at the forefront of his mind. His company, which markets headwear for people suffering from hair loss, partners with famous names like the Teenage Cancer Trust and The Christie Hospitals. He talked about the valuable collaboration he has experienced with the University of Salford and how he felt supported since graduating in Business Management here in 2009. He was proud to be able to support the University now by taking on apprentices and sharing his acquired knowledge.
The Salford Conversations series provides a great opportunity for colleagues to network and have their say on the main things that matter to them. Over 70 colleagues got the opportunity yesterday to talk about the behaviours which they felt really make a difference to getting things done at Salford. They also discussed some of the barriers we face and how to get over them. The key themes from these conversations will be fed back to the Leadership teams, and will help to shape the work the HR teams are focusing on
Learning and Development Specialist Robert Ritchie who organised the event said: “Salford Conversations is a great way to make real connections with colleagues from across the University with whom you otherwise might not come into contact. There are some amazing examples of good practice here at Salford; these sessions provide an opportunity to learn from each other, share expertise and think more creatively”
Keep your eyes peeled for an invite for our next Salford Conversation on 18 April at MediaCityUK - coming soon to US News.
Take a look at our Flickr album of the event by clicking the image below and scrolling from left to right.