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The School’s environmental research has taken a boost this year with the award of a £500,000 grant from the Wellcome Trust to undertake research into the transmission of parasitic disease. The project, led by Professor Phil Craig, builds on a 15-year collaborative programme of research involving partners from China, Japan, France and Switzerland, and will investigate whether treatment of infected dogs can prevent the transmission of a pathogenic parasite, the tapeworm Echinococcu, to humans.

School of the Built Environment After working with Salford City Football Club last year, students from the School have continued to work together in multi- disciplinary teams with community clubs and groups to support real life projects. These have included coming up with plans to renovate the Woolpack Pub in Pendleton, which served as a family-friendly local centre for the community until it closed in 2008, and designing a new facility for Macclesfield Community Amateur Sports Club. The School has recently signed an agreement with ARUP, one of the leading companies in the sector. This will see the School and ARUP working together in areas such as critical city infrastructure, building information modelling, retrofit and sustainability, and city modelling.

Many new international links have been established over the last year. The School has benefitted from British Council funding to establish a Centre of Excellence in the Built Environment in Basra, Iraq and to strengthen collaboration with Indiana State University in the USA. It has also signed an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University in the USA to collaborate on work that looks at sustainability and architecture, and this year will see the School’s Quantity Surveying undergraduate programme delivered for the first time in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Columbo School of Construction Technology.

College of Health & Social Care

School of Health, Sport & Rehabilitation Sciences In May, the Radiography Directorate launched the Susan Hall Imaging Facility. This suite of hi-tech radiography scanners will help train the next generation of radiographers to diagnose life-threatening diseases such as early and late stage cancer, as well as enabling students

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A new high-tech suite of Radiography scanners was launched in May

and academics to further their research into related issues. The facilities are named after Susan Hall, a dedicated and highly respected radiographer who worked tirelessly to support innovation in development of Radiography education and advancement in Radiography practice. The School is currently working on research projects worth around £3.1m and the expertise of its staff is informing national and international policy and development in key areas such as the stroke improvement programme, clinical excellence guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis and European management guidelines for osteo-arthritis of the knee.

The School has continued to develop worldwide partnerships, with staff from Podiatry visiting Chennai, India in February to launch a foot health clinic at Sri Ramachandra hospital. Other partnerships have resulted in many volunteer opportunities for current students, with Prosthetic and Orthotic students working with a charity in Romania to help people who have lost a limb or have limb deformity; and Occupational Therapy students going to the same country to help disadvantaged children.

School of Nursing & Midwifery Staff from the School have worked on research and innovation partnership projects with nursing and midwifery colleagues in Australia, Pakistan, Kenya, China, and 14 different European countries. Students have also been able to undertake placements in Europe,

Tanzania, the US and Australia as part of their pre-qualifying studies.

During the past year, staff and students from the School have been recognised for their work and the high quality of care they have provided to their patients and to members of the public. Four members of School staff were honoured as part of the Salford 100 Women’s Celebrations, and two colleagues were awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation travel award and the Iolanthe Research Fellowship Award

School of Social Work, Psychology & Public Health The School’s Directorate of Social Work and Social Policy were commissioned by the Children’s Workforce Development Council to develop and deliver a new, innovative approach to social work education and training in the context of a national review of social work education. Only two UK universities deliver the programme, which is leading the field in social work education.

The Directorate of Social Work and Social Policy has partnered with Deakin University in Australia, giving social work students the opportunity to undertake part of their studies in Melbourne. The first two students to take advantage of this opportunity have recently arrived in Australia.

This year has seen the first cohort of students studying on the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme delivered at Open University Hong Kong.

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