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On top of her training programme in the UK, she had to fly to Hungary once a fortnight to compete in the toughest domestic league in Europe, as well qualifying for the FINA World League. All this and a first class honours degree too!

In May, students from the English and Creative Writing and English, Drama and Performance programmes presented their original work to a packed house at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. The event included adaptations of Burgess’s work, poetry inspired by city walks, readings of three original scripts, and performances of innovative poetry and prose which were all performed or written by current students.

School of Languages Earlier this year the School learnt that it’s taught postgraduate programmes in Translating and in Translating for International Business had been selected by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Translation to join its “European Masters in Translation” network of programmes. As one of only eleven translation programmes in the country to be part of the network, membership constitutes a stamp of approval which reflects not only the programmes’ rigorous academic standards but also their vocational orientation and professional relevance.

In May, the School held a very successful workshop on the role and relevance of translating and interpreting to the protection of human rights. The workshop included talks by interpreters from the United Nation, users of language services from Greater Manchester Police, and representatives of the Red Cross, among others.

School of Media, Music & Performance In April 2011, two students from the BA (Hons) Physical and Dance Theatre programme gained a place to perform at The National Student Drama Festival. Rosie Hynes and Craig Bennett spent a week at the festival and their duet ‘What Do you Want From Me?’ won the Judges’ Commendation for Dance Theatre Award. Craig Bennett, the choreographer of the work shown at the festival, has subsequently been chosen as Choreographic Director for the project ensemble which is made up of the best and brightest talents from the National Student Drama Festival 2011. The work was performed at the Latitude Festival in July 2011.

In June, alumnus and Music Directorate staff member Joe Duddell (BA Band Musicianship, 1994) conducted a unique concert collaboration with dubstep group Nero and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in their brand new MediaCityUK Facility. This was broadcast live on the BBC and reached an audience of millions.

Earlier this year, Sir David Attenborough visited the University to give a Master Class to the current cohort of MA Wildlife Documentary students. This was a unique opportunity to meet and discuss wildlife film-making with arguably the most prominent wildlife film-maker in the world.

School of Environment & Life Sciences This year the School’s Biomedical Sciences undergraduate programme was officially accredited by the professional body, The Institute of Biomedical Science, providing a route for students to join the Health Professions Council register.

Two lecturers in Wildlife are celebrating the publication of two seminal books. Dr Paul Rees has written a key introductory textbook for students on animal management and wildlife conservation, while Dr Robert Jehle’s book researches the Crested Newt, one of the UK’s best known native species.

This year Biomedical Sciences achieved official accreditation from the IBMS

College of Science & Technology

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

The School has launched an Audio Research Partnership with the BBC, which will see staff in the Acoustics Research Centre working closely with the BBC’s Research & Development team to explore new methods of broadcasting. By combining the expertise of world-leading academics with the practical industrial knowledge of BBC R&D engineers, this partnership will significantly advance the field of audio research for broadcasting. At the Northwest Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) New Talent Awards event held on Tuesday 3rd February 2011, Salford postgraduate student Sathyakumar Sharma was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle Trophy and the University was awarded the Best North West University Trophy.

It has been a year of remarkable success for students and graduates from the MA Wildlife Documentary Production programme. Current student Amber Earnes won the Best Documentary and Best Cinematography prizes in the National Student Film Festival 2011 for her film ‘Where the Wild Things Were’, while 2010 graduate Justine Allan won the Postgraduate Entertainment category of the Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards 2011 with her film Çreatures of the Compost’.

Alumni Magazine 2011


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