Salford, University of


Overall ranking: Came 78th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

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 1,500 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 220 to 320 UCAS entry points, depending on the course. Work and life experience also count for a lot.

Vital statistics: Emphasis on the practical and applied. Around 19,000 students, with 15,000 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 from 2011 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 School of Arts & Media building, costing around £50m, is due to open in early 2016. New £80m student accommodation overlooking Peel Park will open in 2015, with 2,100 bedrooms.

Teaching: 97th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 55th out of 124 for research in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 89th out of 124 with 56.3 per cent entering graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. Rooms in university-owned halls. Over 3,000 bedrooms available all within walking distance of the main campuses, providing a choice of self-catered accommodation for you to choose from £66.01 to £96.60.

Cheap to live there? Very. Private rents can be found from £65 per week, with the average student paying £77.20.

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: Higher Education Maintenance Grant's of up to £2,906 for students from households with annual incomes below£25,000. Plenty of other financial support and awards available too, including the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship for those who achieve 340 UCAS tariff points or equivalent. 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 e.g. £3.95 for a meal and drink between 4 and 7pm.

Sporting reputation: Pretty low- ranked 112th 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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