Salman Iqbal had always dreamt of working for an airline. In planning out his educational journey, he wanted to choose a university that would give him the skills and knowledge to do so.
The University of Salford is where countless more like Salman have arrived as students with the same goal. Located just minutes from Manchester, Salford is the ideal destination for the ambitious student. It has 125 years of experience in creating forward-thinking, industry-ready graduates.
At Salford, Salman and his peers are exposed to industry-oriented practices whilst they gain an undergraduate degree. Learning is hands-on, where theory is supplemented with practical sessions, real-world projects, field trips or sessions with guest speakers, helping students up to date with the latest workplace trends.
“As part of my course, we had to undertake a team project every year, which was great as it allowed us to be creative, work as a team and deliver on the topics we were most interested in,” he says.
Salman also took a placement as part of his engineering programme, something that is offered on most undergraduate programmes at the University of Salford to help them graduate with the work-ready skills they need to develop their career.
This experience gave Salman his first taste of working in an engineering environment. This placement and the well-rounded support he received from the University of Salford helped him achieve his ambition, as he landed a job at Etihad Airways. He says “The careers services at Salford were a great help in my final year. They reviewed my CV, did some mock interviews with me, and advised me on how to be prepared for some tricky questions that graduates may be asked.”
Students like Salman are treated to a multi-million-pound campus that is designed to enhance their learning. Take students in the School of Health and Society, for example. Facilities here reflect real working environments — from a digital imaging suite to support the teaching of radiographic skills to a modern and interactive healthcare simulation suite. Many clinics and services are open to the public. This allows students to develop their skills in a safe environment under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
International nurses who seek to top their previous studies up with Level Six modules can study the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top Up). Through clinical development and research exposure, they can gain a bachelor’s degree with honours in as little as a year.
Facilities provided by the School of Science, Engineering and Environment are no less impressive. The university has invested in a brand new 65 million pounds hub that promotes innovation, discovery and sustainability. Here, students have access to a physical environment that employs cutting-edge construction techniques and technologies. You can find high-tech facilities such as the Morson Maker Space: the digital fabrication hub for learning engineering skills.
Salman is thrilled with this. “I also loved the facilities, for example the wind tunnel and flight simulator, which enabled us to integrate theory with practical elements.”
They are supported by a multitude of other world-class laboratories and facilities as well as those provided by external industry partnerships. For example, BSc Biomedical Science students visit local pathology laboratories and learn from external NHS specialists and biomedical scientists.
Studying at Salford means possibly working with your future employer, right on your doorstep. The city is home to countless organisations and businesses that the University of Salford partner with to create a functioning and conscious society. This provides students with opportunities to collaborate with industry, solve real-world problems and grow their network.
This was the case for Ololade Obaji who studies BSc Computer Science at Salford. “I met with someone during the Manchester Tech Festival who owns a VR company called Heavy Masses,” he says. “He invited me to his office to give me an insight into the workplace and I was honoured to work shadow him for a day. Witnessing what they do, this first-hand experience was brilliant for me. They talked me through their day-to-day activities, and they showed me their latest project.”
Salford Business School students work on business simulations and live projects set by industry partners. Portfolios are designed to be flexible to include placements and industry experience. For example, BSc (Hons) Business Management with Innovation and Technology students use practice-based digital tools alongside a challenging academic curriculum to get ahead of technological advances in business.
Those on the BSc (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management programme gain a qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development. This is important in ensuring one’s studies are reflective of the industry’s best practices and the current needs of employers.
Searching for an arts-based education that is grounded in nurturing new talent? Salford’s New Adelphi building is the home of art, fashion, performance and music students. This 55 million pound sustainable and accessible hub combines collaborative teaching methods and a blend of digital and traditional facilities created with industry insight.
Salford is also the only university to have a campus at MediaCity, a 200-acre mixed-use space that houses one of the country’s leading digital and media hubs. Students can meet companies such as the BBC, ITV, Kellogg’s and more from the get-go, learning in a high-paced environment that reflects the demands of the industry. It’s certainly an experience students in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology will benefit from in their future careers.
Journalism student Lars Magnus Igland Røys praises Salford’s unique location and connections with employers for his success in getting his dream job.
“I had work experience at some of the biggest names in the industry, for me that was in sports with BBC Radio Manchester and at Manchester United,” says Røys. “If it wasn’t for the University of Salford, I wouldn’t have gathered all of that experience. Which was one of the main points in me just recently getting a full-time sports reporter job in Norway.”