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New Doctoral School for Salford

Jun 28, 2019

Professor Karl Dayson

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Salford has a new Doctoral School.

The establishment of a Doctoral School is a key component of Salford’s research strategy, supporting sustainable growth in PGR recruitment and timely completions. The Doctoral School will offer a virtual platform and a base from which to deliver our new vision for postgraduate research. This resource complements discipline-specific provision in academic Schools, connecting students with a whole-institution approach to training and support, focused on wellbeing and successful outcomes.

Now that the right structures are in place, the Doctoral School will work to:

  • Offer a clear profile and status for doctoral candidates, contributing to more effective marketing and recruitment; a unified platform to celebrate our research
  • Provide a central hub of information and guidance for postgraduate students, academic and professional services staff; driving the development of the University’s PGR and Research processes and data management systems
  • Facilitate a single sense of identity and better integration into the wider research community beyond individual research groups, which will in turn encourage cross-disciplinary networking, new research collaborations and interdisciplinary working.

Colleagues may already have noticed the refreshed training available to students and supervisors, as well as a suite of innovative wellbeing activities, including a Doctoral School choir. Ursula Hurley, Director of the Doctoral School, said: “this is a great opportunity to support and celebrate our diverse PGR community. We are working closely with our postgraduate researchers to develop a world-class offer, which equips them to address global challenges.”

PhD candidate Katrin Kugler, student representative and member of the Doctoral School steering group, said: "With all that is happening at the moment - setting up a choir, social events, and focusing on well-being - I can already see how good the Doctoral School will be."

The Doctoral School will launch externally during Salford’s Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, as part of our Festival of Research in July 2019. For more information, or to get involved, please contact Ursula Hurley: /  ‎@SalfordPGRs  /

We want to attract as many colleagues and PhD students as possible to our launch event on Thursday 4 July at Media City, which is the culmination of this year’s SPARC conference ( The full itinerary for our external launch event at Media City can be seen below.


Thursday 4 July 17:20 – 20:00

Conference Social: Doctoral School Launch

Venue: Media City ground floor

17.20 Drinks and Cake Reception – Celebrate the end of the conference and the launch of our Doctoral School with your drink of choice (cava or fruit juice) and some very special sweets treats created just for SPARC.

17.50 Goodie Bag Give Away – Make sure you get your hands on some essential Salford study gear.

18:00 Rook and the Ravens (45 mins) – “Young, bold and unfathomably talented” do not miss this live performance from the Dark Peak’s finest, playing rock and pop tunes that you’ll know and love!

18:45 Hot Bowl Food Buffet – While the band take a break, fuel up on our hot bowl food buffet.
19:15 Rook and the Ravens (45 mins) – Round off the conference with one final blast of live music that will have you dancing all the way home.


I am sure you will all join me in supporting the Doctoral School’s development.

Kind regards

Professor Karl Dayson, Dean of Research