Education in the City (of Salford)

By Apr.09, 2010

This is a very interesting video with our Vice-chancellor talking about our University and the city in which it is hosted. It is really inspiring to hear about the  role of research and community engagement in the context of the  University of Salford. How can research(ers) help the surrounding community?  How can we help the regeneration of our city?   How important is it to make our work accessible? …

Some good food for thought here… Do have a look at the video, and share your thoughts! 😉

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3 thoughts on “Education in the City (of Salford)

  1. 10 years ago  

    Yes, take the direct route. I don’t think its as hard as people may think. You just ask people. You can go out and knock on peoples doors and tell them you want to talk to them about living in the area. I’ve done this loads of times. Some people will talk to you and some people won’t. Its not hard. Phone up community organisations and tell them you want to talk to them about something. Again, I’ve done this loads of times – it’s not complicated. People will tell you stuff if you just ask them, we don’t need to read books and organise committees to do that.

    Raising expectations is difficult though. As a University we are looking after our own interests by ‘improving’ the community and are in danger of continuing to impose our own will upon those with less structural power than us so we need to be careful. But this is where the VC was spot on – its got to come from the community and respect to the top man for pointing this out. So lets put aside our own agendas, assumptions and prejudices and just build up a relationship and be prepared to play the long game – its going to take longer than a political term, the tenure of a group of senior academics and management types, and a load of other folks with good intentions to reverse the social and economic decline of the city.

  2. 10 years ago  

    True!
    The difficulty is always how we ‘reach’ the community so we are able to raise their “expectations and self-efficacy”. Any examples on that ? 😉

  3. 10 years ago  

    Its a good video. He’s done his homework on the place hasn’t he?

    Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall if/when Marx and Engels were drinking down the road.

    In answer to your question, we can help regenerate the city by focusing on the social side of regeneration first. Housing is one thing but raising expectations and self-efficacy is another.

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