Our ICZs

Our Single Strategic Priority

At Salford we do things differently.

We’re ahead of the game. We work with business and public services to forge the future together.

We challenge traditional teaching that produces silo thinking by restricting students and academics to a particular School.

Our vision statement declares: “By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships we will lead the way in real world experiences, preparing students for life.”

Our ambition is to create a single, cohesive University community with employers entirely wrapped around it.

That is why Industry Collaboration Zones are the University’s single strategic priority.

The ICZs build on our areas of expertise in key industry sectors:

  • digital & creative
  • engineering & environments
  • sport
  • health, wellbeing & society

The ICZs will, through our existing and new exceptional industry partnerships, provide a real-world approach to learning with a flexible, industry informed and research based curriculum. The ICZs will ensure:

  • Every student benefits from work-based learning that is an integral part of their course. We will build on this excellent foundation of the current work experience offer to prepare students for employment, equipping them with the necessary skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
  • Every teaching programme will be co-created with industry – across the private, public and third sectors – and will be delivered flexibly. We will work with employers to design our courses to meet their future needs, whether that is healthcare in 2025 or computing science in 2030.
  • All research and enterprise activities will be grounded in the needs of industry and contribute to meeting a range of global challenges. Working within the Research Excellence Framework, we will build on the far-reaching impact of our research to meets the needs of business, the public and third sectors and wider society.

Our ambition is that Salford will become the destination of choice for high quality students who will have exceptional levels of employability when they graduate.

Our graduates will be able to apply their practical skills in the workplace and they will bring technical and professional expertise to their employers, helping to achieve and exceed their organisational goals.

The University will support the ICZ principles in all its activities in order to ensure the maximum contribution is made to them across the institution.

Find out more by reading the Programme Brief below, watching the videos or reading the blogs.

ICZ blogs

To see the latest ICZ blog (pictured), please click the image or go to http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/icz/2016/11/18/my-first-blog-and-its-not-about-bob-dylan/

Once there, you can read all the previous blogs, by using the menu bar to the right

On this page, you can also find the Programme Brief and videos from the ICZ Thought Leaders below.

Employee ICZ Programme Brief




PDF version Please click here to access a pdf of the Programme Brief, or view above for a page turner option.

Thought Leader videos

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1. Tony Warne, ICZ Programme Director and Associate PVC (issued 24.5.2016)

2. Professor Robin Barger, Founding Executive Director of the Studio for International Media & Technology (issued 3.6.16)

3. Dean of Students, Dr Sam Grogan (issued 7.6.16)

4. Academic Developer, Amina Helal (issued 14.6.16)

COO Networking Session - ICZs 10 June 2016

Simon Chadwick, Professor in Sports Enterprise and Thought Leader (issued 28.6.16)

Neil Currie, Director of Engineering responsible for the new Maker Space and Thought Leader (issued 6.7.16)

Gordon Fletcher of Salford Business School and Thought Leader (issued 12.7.16)

Announcing the four development leads - Jennifer Hinsley, ICZ Programme Manager issued 18.7.16