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SPARC (Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference) is taking place from the 27 - 29 June 2017.

The conference is a forum for developing research, offering a space for postgraduate researchers from all disciplines to exchange ideas. Taking part will enable you to actively engage with Salford’s PGR community, while also developing confidence and presentation skills at the same time. The focus of this year’s conference is on the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations with the strapline ‘Retrospect and Prospects’, so we particularly welcome proposals around the theme of looking both forward and back. 


27th June, Prof David Brettle

Prof David BrettleWe are delighted to announce that Professor David Brettle will be the keynote speaker for day one of SPARC with his presentation entitled 'A Curious Mind'. David studied here at Salford as an undergraduate - gaining his Bsc in Computational Physics - before undergoing his postgraduate research at Leeds University, where his thesis title was 'Assessment of inherent ability to detect clinical abnormalities in images'. He is now President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Head of Medical Physics and Engineering at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and an Honorary Professor of Health Sciences at Salford. In addition, David is a successful inventor in the area of medical imaging and radiation protection.



28th June, Geoff Thompson MBE

On day two we will be joined by internationally recognised speaker Geoff Thompson MBE. Geoff is a five times World United Karate Organisation champion and holder of over 50 national and international titles. In 1988, he was a participant in the government's review of sport in the inner cities following the urban riots that swept through the UK. 

Geoff is the founder and executive chairman of the Youth Charter, and has spent 15 years developing policies and innovative approaches looking at the role of sport, art and cultural activities and their social impact in addressing anti-social youth behaviour, child obesity, weapon and gang culture. He is ideally placed to demonstrate how government, businesses and other organisations can maximise their effectiveness in realising the potential of young people and the wider community. Geoff's role at the University of Salford within the Industrial Collaboration Zone for Sport will help shape the University's future.

29th June, Dr Benjamin Halligan

Dr Benjamin Halligan is the Director of the Doctoral College of the University of Wolverhampton. His publications include Michael Reeves (2003) and Desires for Reality: Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film (2016) and six co-edited collections, including The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (2016), co-edited with University of Salford colleagues.

'Let Me Introduce Myself: Creating and Maintaining Your Online Profile as a PhD Researcher'
Your years as a research student offer a unique opportunity to establish an evolving and nuanced online profile, which can be invaluable in terms of gaining employment after your PhD. This talk will outline the do's and don'ts, taking in social media use, blogging and vlogging, networking and Twittering, and building and using archives based on your research.



For any queries, please contact in the first instance. You can also contact Davina Whitnall or Tracy Ireland in Research & Enterprise.