Salford, University of



Overall ranking: Came 84th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: Opened by the Duke and Duchess of York, later George V and Queen Mary. In the fifties it became a college of advanced technology, and in 1967 a university. It merged with University College Salford in 1996.

Address: Western edge of Manchester, a mile and a half from Manchester city centre. A new campus at MediaCityUK opened in October 2011.

Ambience: Campus university in a buzzing city, reputedly with the biggest student population in Europe. Green site in leafy Peel Park. Modern and dynamic at MediaCityUK, where students from a range of courses rub shoulders with industry bigwigs from the BBC and ITV.

Who's the boss? Professor Martin Hall, a British-born industrial archaeologist, formerly at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Prospectus: 0161 295 4545 or request one online here.

UCAS code: S03

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Requirements range from 240 to 320 UCAS entry points, depending on the course.

Vital statistics: Emphasis on the practical and applied, with over 12,200 undergraduates. Strong links with industry mean tailor-made courses, industrial placements and consultancy links.

Added value: With one of the largest media schools in the UK, the University of Salford is a crucial training ground for the next generation of broadcasters. The university has been leasing 103,000 sq ft at the MediaCityUK development, home to five BBC departments including sport and BBC Radio 5 Live. The university centre allows students and academics from all areas of the university to benefit from high-tech facilities located right next to the BBC buildings. Sports rehabilitation centre treats many of the north of England's sports teams.

A new development being constructed, the Gateway Project building, will "provide an aesthetically pleasing welcome for staff and students alighting from Salford Crescent railway station and act as an attractive gateway to the campus." Expected to be ready in 2016, it will also host a new School of Arts & Media building, costing around £50m, along with hosting other facilities including recording and photography studios, cafe areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres. 

New £80m student accommodation overlooking Peel Park is expected to open in 2015, with 2,100 bedrooms. For the soap aficionados out there, the university has built the Energy House- a full-size traditional Coronation Street-style terraced house built in a laboratory to study domestic energy consumption. In a world first, the house is fitted as a typical working home, built in the same style as a 4.5m pre-1920 UK home, with fully functioning water, gas and electricity supplies. Academics at the university are conducting tests inside the house to gauge how its energy consumption varies depending on variable factors and conditions.

Salford have also introduced an avalanche of new courses. New undergrad courses include architecture, English language and creative music technology. Over 20 new post grad courses too, including biomedical science, social policy and cancer survivorship. To see the full list of new subjects, click here.

Teaching: 110th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 81st out of 123 with 59.1 per cent entering graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. The range for university accommodation for 2014/15 is from £67.48 to £92.96

Cheap to live there? Very. Private rents start at around £65.

Transport links: Salford Crescent station is actually on campus. Buses to city centre. Free bus service between the main campus and MediaCityUK.

Fees: Salford charges an average fee for home and EU full-time undergraduates of £9,000.

Bursaries: Plenty of financial support and awards available, including the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship of £2,000 for those who achieve ABB at A-level or equivalent. Other financial fancies include the Salford National Scholarship Programme, which awards students from households earning under £25,000 a £2,000 discount on their tuition fees and a further £1,000 cash award. See here for further details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Two bars, club nights, film nights and a theatre on campus. With Manchester on your doorstep, you'll never be short of ideas for nights out.

Price of a pint: Prices hang around the £3 in Manchester but there are regular drinks promotions in the union bar.

Sporting reputation: Pretty low, but still climbing the ranks- ranked 88th in the current BUCS league.

Notable societies: Almost Famous caters for all aspects of theatre, while the Salford Shimmies regularly indulge in a bit of belly-dancing. Fluid is the circus skills group and The Salfordian is the student media platform.

Glittering alumni: LS Lowry, painter; Peter Kay, comedian; Andy Bond, CEO of Asda; Emma Atkins, actress; Christopher Eccleston, who took the lead role in the BBC's Doctor Who revival; Sir Ben Kingsley, actor; Norman Whiteside, footballer and podiatrist.

Alternative prospectus: Check out the ratings given to various aspects of life at Salford by current students on What Uni? here.

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