SPARC 2018 logo

SPARC 2018

SPARC (Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference) is taking place 4 - 5 July 2018 at MediaCityUK and will form part of a wider ‘Festival of Research’ event taking place throughout June and July on campus. 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 theme for SPARC 2018 will be ‘Collaboration and Internationalisation’. 


4 July 2018, Ali Nowroozi (Masumi Headwear)

Ali Nowroozi is a Salford Business School graduate, an entrepreneur and founder of his own company Avakino Limited – Masumi Headwear. Ali's company designs, makes and distributes headwear for people with hair loss: you can find out more about them at After only 6 months in
trade, they already supply many hospitals - including The Christie Hospital
Manchester - along with 40 salons in the UK, and their distribution network covers  in New York, Spain, France, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Finland. Masumi Headware are also an exclusive designer and supplier to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Ali is working in partnership with Salford on our ICZ agenda and is delighted to be gicing the keynote address on day one of SPARC "I owe a lot to my university for what they have done for me, and I am so happy that I can now give something back in return. Salford University for me is like a small, friendly, community which is able to create and lead you to worldwide opportunities."

5 July 2018, Dr Kirsty Fairclough (University of Salford)

Salford's very own Dr Kirsty Fairclough (Associate Dean Research, School of Arts & Media) will deliver SPARC 2018's second keynote speech. Kirsty has published widely on popular culture and representations of women and is the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture. (I.B Tauris). Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals. She has made several television and radio appearances and lectured internationally on popular culture and feminism, notably at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, The University of Copenhagen, Columbia College Chicago, Middle Tennessee State University, Unisinos, Brazil and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania.

Kirsty has significant experience in international partnership development, particularly in North America and is the founder of the Salford Popular Culture Conference series with international partner universities, including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years. Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult Television. University of Salford (May 2015), Mad Men: The Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, (May 2016) and Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince held at the University of Salford in May 2017.



4pm, 4th June 2018














Submission of final PowerPoint presentations and posters for printing (Please note: you must submit presentations and posters one month in advance, you will not be permitted to bring these on the day.)

Please note posters should be A1 sized, a link to the university templates can be found here:

A quick guide to designing academic posters can be found here:

A good alternative to posters is infographics – these are eye-catching and allows you to tell the story of your research easily and get your message across without lots of text. Here’s a quick guide:

Free tool for designing infographics:

Oral Presentations:
Presentations should be no longer than five slides, a guide to designing effective PowerPoint presentations can be found here:

A quick guide to using PowerPoint for Presentations:

Further training on giving confident presentations is available on 26th June:

4pm, 4th June 2018

Last call for PGR chairs. Chairs and judges will then be allocated, allocations will be communicated the week of the training session (25th June), alongside an information pack and instructions.

2-4pm, 25th June 2018 PGR Chair training - the training is essential for all those new to chairing or co-chairing.
Week commencing 25th June 2018 An electronic copy of the Abstract booklet will be made available. Please encourage your supervisory team and other partners, contacts to attend see your talk or poster and take part in the wider event.
26th June 2018 Confidence Building for Public Speaking training
10-11am, 2nd July 2018 3MT finalists have the opportunity to practice their talks and gain feedback prior to the live event taking place during SPARC.
3rd July 2018 SPARC Presentation Practice Sessions: rooms will be available for presentation practice. Drop in 8am - 6pm.
4th & 5th July SPARC2018! All PGRs are expected to attend and invite supervisors, friends and family. Preseneters do not need to register their attendance, but all visitors should book a place at for security and catering purposes.
The social media hashtag for the event is #SPARC2018.
Week commencing 9th July 2018 Communication on how to collect posters and follow up resources distribution.


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