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Salford Edition: Monday 28 November 2011


Unions call on students to support lecturer strikes

Things I didn’t know before this issue Why are the lecturers striking and what will it mean for students? Read more on page 2 ???????????????????????. Photo by Alex Eyre

What do you want to do before you die? Read more on page 4 Is marriage worth it? Nathan Thompson investigates on page 6 Which Salford sports teams won the matches this week? Find out on pages 31 and 32

Laura Johnson Editor

The University and Colleges Union (UCU), and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have asked students to support the planned day of national public sector strikes on 30 November. It’s estimated that over two and a half million public sector workers, including staff at the University of Salford, will strike on Wednesday, ostensibly because of the current pensions issue, but more generally because of the impact of government cuts on public sector workers. The TUC argues that it is unfair to expect public sector workers to pay

over £3bn extra each year in a bid to reduce the deficit, and receive worse pensions in return. In addition to this, some public sector workers are also suffering frozen pay at the moment; this, coupled with the rising cost of living, is putting public sector workers in a very difficult position. UCU calls 30 November “the biggest mobilisation of working people we’ve seen since the 1970s”. At the NUS Activism Conference in London last Saturday, Sally Hunt, the general secretary of UCU, urged students to stand by University staff on 30 November: “Two and a half million working people in this country are going to stand up and say, ‘no’. “They are going to say ‘no’ to

benefit cuts, ‘no’ to the impact that the cuts are having on women, ‘no’ to the privatisation of education… no to a government that says that ordinary working people must pay the price for something they never did. “Only if we [stand together] can we make this a country worth living in.” A spokeswoman for the TUC said: “We really do need [students’] solidarity on that day. “We would love to see you at picket lines with us, we would love to see you at rallies, and we would love to see you writing letters into the local media about how you support us.” It is down to the personal prerogative of each staff member as to whether they take strike action. So some University staff will be

working, and others will not. Some 21 unions, including the University staff union, Unison, have agreed to strike on 30 November. Any missed lectures will not be rescheduled and it’s down to each individual lecturer to decide whether or not to upload extra material onto Blackboard. A Salford student said: “Although it's obviously inconvenient for students, I feel that there really is no choice any more. The strike is not only justified, I'd say it's now a moral imperative in defence of all those students who will come after us.” The University of Salford Students’ Union will be supporting University staff in the strikes, and the Sabbatical Officers will do no political work that day.


Jodie Pritchard

NUS provide a great many services for students, but they’ve never done anything quite like the NUS Activism Conference before. So what was it all about? Salford Student Direct went along to find out… At 4am on the morning of Saturday 19 November, fifteen sleepy students boarded a minibus, driven by our very own President Caroline Dangerfield. Our destination? Goldsmiths SU in Lewisham, South London, to

attend the NUS Activism Conference. NUS hold many events for students across the country, but never before have they attempted something like this. Within the

Q&A Salford

Strike Action

Editor Laura Johnson

Right, I don’t get it. What’s happening on 30 November? On 30 November, almost three million people will strike across the country. It’s a national day of action on a scale not seen since the strikes of the 1970s.

News Editor Mark Cockroft

Arts Editor Tom Miller

Features Editor Amanda Mace

Employability Laura Johnson Your Union Laura Johnson Sport Richard Tree

Analysis Callum Wright

So why are University staff striking? They’re striking primarily because of the pensions issue. University staff pensions aren’t funded by the government – they’re paid into by staff and the University. The University are saying that they’re going to pay less into staff pensions. This is a big deal – pensions are deferred pay, not a “perk” of the job, and nobody wants to face old age poverty. In addition to this, without a good pensions scheme, no university can recruit the best lecturers. The University are refusing to negotiate on this and UCU have also claimed that the University have threatened to take UCU representatives to court unless they drop it. So UCU (the University and College Union) see no choice but to strike on 30 November. It’s the result of a resentment only exacerbated by recent University staff redundancies, the current economic landscape, and the fact that University staff have had to cope with a less than 0% pay rise despite the rising cost of living in recent years.

How will this affect me? At the time of going to print, Salford Student Direct understands that there will be no lectures on 30 November, and certain University facilities will be closed. It all depends on how many staff strike. But don’t worry, you won’t necessarily miss out – lecturers may provide catch-up services for you. In addition to this, University staff will be “working to contract”, which means they won’t work any extra time or do anything outside of working hours. University staff, particularly lecturers, work incredibly long hours and it’s thought that “working to contract” will impact on students. However, UCU are keen to stress that they are reluctant to take this action and will only persist until the University come to the negotiating table.

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What can I do? The University of Salford Students’ Union and Salford Student Direct support UCU on this issue. On 30 November, the Sabbatical Officers will do no political work, so several events scheduled for that day, including Better University, are cancelled. You can help by supporting your lecturers on the picket lines – as they did for us when we had our great National Demo against rising tuition fees and cuts in higher education last November.

context of widespread government cuts across higher education, the Conference was a melting pot of talks, debates, workshops, and training sessions, all focussed on issues which affect students in the UK today – and how we can change things. There were around 60 different sessions happening over the course of the day, so it was important to pick and choose what to go to. I attended a session which simplified the White Paper – handy, considering that the government seem to have made it almost unintelligible on purpose. I also attended a debate entitled Fund Education Not War, with speakers from the Stop the War Coalition and CND. They made some interesting points – for instance, how the government are prepared to spend billions on the replacement of a weapons system which is either going to gather dust or kill 300 million people, yet they’ll cut education – which has been proven to be directly correlated to economic growth.

I also went to a session about political apathy and how to tackle it, and a Sex Education On Trial debate which dealt, unflinchingly, with some of the issues surrounding sex education in this country. Other students attended events such as the Partner not Consumer talk, which hit back at the tendency for students to be viewed – and to view themselves – as customers rather than learners.

Laura Johnson Editor

This week, over three million people across the country will strike. Some people are expressing annoyance at the fact that services will be disrupted. Some people, therefore, can’t see the bigger picture. 30 November is about fighting back against the crippling government cuts which have been wreaked indiscriminately across the country. It’s about standing in solidarity alongside public sector workers everywhere. It’s about saying NO to the impact that cuts have on all of us – students, women, and the elderly, to name only a few. So go to the picket lines. Go to a rally. Go to a march. Stand beside your lecturers and say “No.” Thank you and apologies to the Salford Sirens, who performed for Children in Need but were not included in the article. Your performance was much appreciated.

The day ended with a session of speakers from UCU, TUC and NUS. It was so inspiring to be part of a day aimed, ultimately, at telling students that we are not passive onlookers as the government attacks everything we know. We are the change.

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Writers and artists wanted

International Society Martin Lindley

Mark Cockroft

Manchester’s Library Theatre Company is on the lookout for local writers and artists to submit their work as part of a theatre festival at The Lowry next year. Re:play, now in its fifth year, is scheduled to take place at The Lowry Studio at Salford Quays in January, where organisers are running two projects to help emerging talent showcase their work. First Stage offers playwrights the opportunity to test their work in front of an audience, with a director and actors provided as part of a workshop to perform an extract from their script.

Young Salford entrepreneur s launch new business Elliot Millward THREE young men from Salford have launched a new online shop selling the finest quality retro football clothing. Bryce McDonald, Craig Brussels and Paul Roberts launched their site this week. The idea of selling COPA products in the UK was spawned when Mr McDonald was in the COPA shop in Amsterdam. “COPA products were the first thing I thought of when Craig asked me if I could think of any idea with regards to creating our own business. I've personally been to the COPA shop and it really did blow me away,” Mr McDonald explains. The three businessmen are aiming to link their website with the local community as much as possible. The website has a ‘journo corner’ which aims to promote up and coming journalists and their work. Mr Brussels said: “Obviously, we have put a lot of effort into broadening our horizons, with the aim of possibly selling the shirts of lower league football clubs. We are also open to other sports with an affiliation with a local semi-professional sports club, hopefully at the beginning of December". The idea grew at a fast rate once Mr McDonald arrived back from Amsterdam and the business has been launched sooner than they anticipated. Mr Roberts said: “We have progressed at such a rapid rate that we have surprised even ourselves. Every spare minute we could feasibly grab has been spent in discussion and in the creation of Ingenio.”

Applicants must be based in the Greater Manchester area, and scripts must have reached the end of their first draft. Work cannot be accepted if it has previously been performed elsewhere, as the project aims to find undiscovered local talent. Claire Symonds, project coordinator at the Library Theatre Company, said: “Manchester and Salford are hugely exciting places when it comes to theatre. There are the big venues, like the Royal Exchange and The Lowry, but alongside these, the two cities together offer one of the finest fringe theatre scenes in the country. “On any given night amazing plays are being written and performed in spaces above pubs, in small independent theatres, in bars, even in the crypt at St Philip’s Church in Salford.” Pitch Party is a competition open to anyone who has a story idea that they think could work on stage. The event takes place on Friday, January 20, where applicants will pitch their idea to a panel of experts, with a £1000 development support prize on offer to the winner. Miss Symonds added: “The exciting thing about these opportunities is that we are absolutely open to whatever you may have to bring. “First Stage is aimed at people

who write scripts, be they comedy, tragedy, naturalistic, experimental, ten minutes or three hours long. “Pitch Party is even wider in its scope, embracing everyone who has a creative idea that they think could work on a stage – from live literature to puppetry to digital projects to installation. If you’ve ever thought about creating something exciting, we want to hear from you.” The deadline for submissions is December 16, and entries are to be made via email to

Supporting Women in Studies Martin Lindley

Last week, on Wednesday 23 November, female students from across the university met in the Allerton building for the launch event of Supporting Women in Studies (SWIS). The main idea behind the initiative is to have a group organised for women, by women, that will “aim to provide academic and personal support to female students during their studies at the University of Salford”. In essence SWIS functions as an extension of the University’s Student Life team. Like Student Life, they are there to help you work though whatever difficulties you may come across during your time at University. Counselling, personal wellbeing and mental health advice are some of their major concerns. The key difference is that SWIS have tailored these

services to women. It’s ladies night. The goal is to create a friendly and relaxed setting when it comes to dealing with your problems, as some women feel more comfortable in the company of other women. In modern times grouping all women together, or any grouping any social identities together, is always going to attract criticism from those concerned with the varied ‘-isms’ that exist within our society. The group seem to have prepared for this by announcing a similar event for men, though this suggests a polarity between the two genders that critics may be concerned with. Ultimately though, if you or somebody you know is experiencing problems at university please do not hesitate to get in touch with SWIS or Student Life. You can also use the Students’ Union’s Advice Centre for academic problems. They are there to help and are all based in University House. and Scripts should be accompanied by a synopsis, a short biog and the contact details of each applicant. Video files, pictures and illustrations can be submitted for the Pitch Party competition to help visualise the ideas.

You may be familiar with the International Society. Its members hold residency in the International life centre, which opened midOctober of this year, as well as a main building on Oxford road in Manchester city centre. To those not familiar: the society serves as a connection for students “keen to meet new friends and discover other cultures”. The name of the society is a misnomer. Membership is open to all students; those who are here on overseas study and those who call this country home are welcome. If you are the kind of student who likes to maximise your opportunities there are benefits in joining, both socially and professionally. The society organises social trips which are a great platform to meet students from different cultures and backgrounds. Operating under the moniker “Discover the UK” you’ll

have the opportunity to visit the most notable sites in the country and, crucially, these trips will help you forge lifelong friendships with people who’ll eventually be scattered around the globe. They can also facilitate in Learning a language and the prices fall gently onto the wallet friendly side of the spectrum; with ten week courses running for as little as £40. Events are held on campus as well as at the society’s base on Oxford road. Not all the events are serious and some definitely come packaged in lighter wrapping. For those of you with festive fever it’s possible to take part in the remarkable practice of carol singing on the 7th of December or, If you should fancy, to take part in a Latin dance party happing on the 9th of December at our very own University house. Their website is www.internationalsociet If anything in this article has interested you, more details are available there, for you to browse at leisure.

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Theresa May's

"Bordergate": a fiasco? Tom Bolatch

A storm that has been brewing for a few months has finally surfaced. Bordergate, as some have affectionately and characteristically named it, reached its pinnacle this week after much debate in parliament over Mrs. May's actions to introduce a pilot scheme of more targeted border controls, rather than the blanket coverage we all are subjected to when we re-enter our country. Was it right for the Home Secretary to introduce such measures which have caused such outrage amongst those in the left of parliament, or is it just a necessary evil to ensure that our nation is safe and secure, whilst also ensuring that our visitors enter and exit calmly and quickly? After all, tourism is a vital part of our economy, with Britain being the sixth most popular destination in the world last year with 28.1 million visitors spending $30.4 billion. Of these

visitors, over 50% came specifically to see London, and therefore passed through the UK's busiest airports, where speed and efficiency are essential. In an airport such as London Heathrow, any attempt to target those that pose a greater risk to the country is greatly received, as it speeds up the flow of travellers through the airport. However, Theresa May only instructed for this pilot scheme to be tested over those passengers arriving from the European Economic Area (EEA), and not Worldwide arrivals. The chief of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) had decided, after seeing how the new, efficient scheme worked, to roll out these measures to all international arrivals, against the wishes of the Home Secretary. Would it not seem logical, then, that Brodie Clark was only attempting to make his department run as efficiently as possible, and given that there were no terrorist threats whilst this system was in place, the scheme has been a success?

How Callum Sees It

Before I Die

The right wing press have a lot to answer for, going after a story which suits their traditionalist values. This new pilot system was working. The Home Secretary may not have wanted it rolled out across all entries into the UK just yet, but if the scheme was a success it would have been made common policy before long anyway. Surely it is better to have a scheme which targets only those who appear to pose a threat to the safety of Britain, and not simply to have a blanket plan to "suspect all of terrorism". Newspapers which

adopt such a hard line stance on immigration would surely appreciate such an approach, as it would leave "good British people" free to enter the country without any hassle; so they should really think before they jump on their usual "The UKBA has let in millions of terrorists" headline. As for Theresa May, she has been put in the spotlight for an issue which is renowned for its "eggshell" territory; that is to say, whatever the Home Secretary may decide, she will be attacked for by either the right wing or

her left wing opposition. She had devised a method of border control which was more appropriate to our second decade of the 21st century, and Brodie Clark implemented it as he saw fit. The country was, and still is, safe; so what's the problem? Finally, at the risk of sounding all ‘Daily Mail', stop wasting money on inquests, Mr Cameron, and for once in your life concentrate on fixing the problems at hand rather than bowing to the pressure of Labour buffoons such as Mr. Miliband.

Is Philanthropy Dead In the Current Economic Climate?

Callum Wright Analysis Editor Layla Adnan

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Earlier this year, Candy Chang transformed a rundown civic centre in New Orleans to the stuff of dreams. Chang didn’t demolish the building and re-build or renovate it; she certainly didn’t have the budget for that. But what Chang did do was turn a neglected space into a piece of interactive art work, something which, as some of you may remember, I am a firm lover of, from when I discussed Ai Weiwei and Thomas Struth towards the end of the last academic year. Chang created the ‘Before I Die’ project: an entire wall of a building coated in blackboard paint. Passers-by can list their hopes, dreams, and aspirations in chalk. ‘Before I die I want to…’ tags every line and is followed by likely stories such as ‘be on Broadway’, ‘sing for millions’, and ‘be remembered’. However, amongst these usual suspects there are ‘see true equality’, ‘understand why I am here’ and ‘truly love’. Chang created the wall after the death of a close one, when she began to ask herself what she wanted from life. Bucket lists are now common, as people make plans in their busy and hectic lives to do everything they want to do before they ‘kick the

bucket’. Mine is quite simple: settle down and start a family. For most, this isn’t such a big thing, but for me, this is what I’ve grown up wanting, and in today’s world, is something I will meet a lot of controversy over but will fight tooth and nail for. I’d be interested to see what your answer to the question posed by Chang is, so I would like it if you went onto our Facebook page (Salford Student-Direct) and responded to the question. Alternatively, e-mail myself at so I can compile it with the others. The main focus of Chang’s experiment was to bring the surrounding communities together, and that’s what we should be aiming to do here at Salford. We have all seen the ‘I <3 MCR’ and ‘I <3 Salford’ campaigns following the riots, so think of this as an extension of that. Go on. You know you want to.

You may have watched the recent video of toddler Wang Yue being run over in southern China after wandering away from her mother, a local market stall tender. As two-year-old Wang Yue crossed the road, she didn’t see the van coming towards her. After running over her body, the van driver realised she was under his vehicle and paused, only to carry on driving and allow the back wheels of his van to crush her. Although this itself is shocking, what seems most sickening is while the child lay in a pool of her own blood, another van ran over her legs and eighteen people walked past her, some refusing to acknowledge her and some swerving around her on bicycles. Eventually, a woman picked her up and pulled her to the side of the road, which has led her to be announced a hero and be rewarded 10000 Yuan (approximately £1000) for this “heroic act”. Although this was a good act and potentially kept the young girl from being run over by more vehicles, isn’t this the least any normal human being would do when seeing a two-year-old in such pain?

It’s thought that people did not help because past good Samaritans have either been blamed for the incident or charged hospital fees, and many people are already struggling financially in the Chinese economic divide between rich and poor. But is there really an excuse for people to become emotionally robotic and dehumanised because of money? Has money really got all this power? Even though China is approximately 9000 km away from the UK, is Britain heading for the same immoral attitude due to our current economic climate? With jobs becoming scarce and taxes increasing, the media continues to perpetuate divides by blaming the most vulnerable: single mums, immigrants, youths, and people on benefits, causing people to become segregated rather than think of ways they could help each other. Money could have been a dominant factor in the heartrending story of Sareena Ali, who died in Queens Hospital, Romford from a ruptured womb following the birth of her stillborn child. Midwives reportedly attached an oxygen mask to her that wasn’t connected and another apparently complained that she

had “finished her shift”. Sareena is one of five women who have died in the past 18 months due to extreme cases of neglect. This, in my opinion, could reflect midwives not wanting to work any “extra” to what they have been paid for, even in the extreme case of someone dying. (Although it’s important to note that this only reflects a select few midwives rather than the whole of Britain.) There is hope. Despite the financial struggle, many people have come together to support Children in Need which, this year’s live broadcast, raised a massive £26,332,334 (8 million more than last year’s live event). Another remarkable public service I have come across is the Emergency Food Bank in Liverpool. It aims to provide food for people in crisis, for example people receiving a delay on welfare benefits, redundancy, or personal sickness. In the nine weeks since opening, it has already fed 100 people. It’s funded by the government, volunteers, and the community donating food and money. This shows that a lot of people in Britain today react with generosity and compassion when they see people in suffering, rather than turning a blind eye.

05 Salford Edition: Monday 28 November 2011

Beverley Knight – Soul UK Tour, live at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall Young Tan

Even with the number of young, fresh, blue and soul-inspired singers on the rise today, Beverley Knight, the UK’s undeniable Queen of Soul, is still holding on to her crown. She is currently touring up and down the country to support her seventh studio album, Soul UK, an album of covers of British jazz, blues, soul and funk artists and their songs. Throughout the ninety minute show, Beverley sang, rocked, jumped and gyrated her way around the stage, mainly to a selection of tracks from said album, such as ‘Mama Used To Say’, ‘Southern Freeez’ and ‘Fairplay’, but also included a number of songs from her back catalogue. ‘Greatest Day’, ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’, ‘Keep This Fire Burning’, the footstomping ‘Come As You Are’, and a gorgeous acoustic version of ‘Sista Sista’, seemed to be the



most well-known and most popular songs on the set list. Standout performances came from the big ballads, with ‘One More Try’ and ‘Always and Forever’ being the most heartfelt, as well as the night’s closing song, ‘Cuddly Toy’. A notable absence however, was one of Knight’s biggest hits, her top-twenty charting cover of the classic Erma Franklin song ‘Piece Of My Heart’, which was replaced by some perhaps lesser known songs from previous album. That aside, the concert overall was almost faultless. Beverley proved once again that her warm, soulful voice is a force to be reckoned with, whether she’s belting out and getting funky with an upbeat song or pouring her heart out on a slow number. Her enthusiastic attitude definitely helped whip the crowd into a frenzy, encouraging the 2,500 strong audience to sing along, wave their arms and dance around. Not that they needed much encouragement. At thirty-eight years old, Knight still has the energy, stamina and even body that could give the newbies a run for their money, and she still sounds as technically perfect and on point as ever. While the likes of Adele and other newer soul artists are great as well, ain’t nobody gonna take Bev’s crown! It’s just a shame she’s so underrated in comparison…

Lianne La Havas St Phillips Church, Salford, Patrick Kinsella

Album Review

Sleeper Agent Celebrasion Tom Miller

There has been a disturbing trend recently from some US bands to release their albums in the States first, months before releasing them worldwide. What with the world being so much smaller nowadays thanks to the Internet, and P2P file sharing, there is literally no point in this unless you want to make less sales. We at Salford Student Direct are no record label of course; there must be very valid reasons behind this, and as soon as we find out we will be the first to splash it on our 5th page. It’s safe to say this album was bought as an import. Sleeper Agent are a rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky. It’s a small town that somehow manages to possess quite a vibrant music scene. It even has it’s own festival Starry Nights. Celebrasion is Sleeper Agent’s debut album, a barrage of guitar rock mixed up with just the right amount of punk aggression and pop sensibilities to perhaps propel them somewhere further. Let’s be honest, when we have to wait around for another band to reform to keep our rock addiction happily plodding along, a fresh new band like Sleeper Agent are just the

right medicine. The 12 track, 35 minute album (with only 4 songs breaking three minutes) is everything you need from this garage rock sextet. Frontwoman Alex Kendel is just 18, with the rest of the band in their 20s, and is currently adding to the list of female singers with balls. Opening track and single “Get It Daddy” has come and gone before you know it, smashing you in the face with huge guitars, powerful drums and a chorus to get you off your arse and into the pit. “Force a Smile” and “Shuga Cane” suitably carry on the noise addiction, before

the big pop chorus comes out on “Love Blood”. Tony Smith’s role, who is sort of the backing singer and sort of the second lead singer (there are plenty of lead lines for him, it just feels more like Kendel is waiting around the corner to smack you one if you suggest otherwise. Musically speaking.) cannot be understated, there’s a whole exciting feeling of a singalong punk rock album with his vocals. Ballad “That’s My Baby” is, without doubt, a freaking tune. The fact we have these fine young things from the arse end of nowhere (even if it is a

wonderful nowhere to be the arse end of) coming up with such a sound already only speaks volumes for the future. So yeah, the album is great. The band show plenty of promise. Until it’s released over here you can always explore for an import, although the price is a bit steep. We’re still checking out the rationale of not releasing it here sooner. Sleeper Agent have all the potential to be one hell of a band. This is a good start, an honest kick ass rock n roll album that punches you in the heart as much as it gets you on the dancefloor.

Since Lianne La Havas appeared on Jools Holland a few weeks back, the banks really have broken as waves of support continue to flood the internet mainland. This was demonstrated by the fact that the gig was moved from the sparsely populated ‘The Castle’ to the eerie yet atmospheric ‘St Phillips Church.’ The church was just as worthy of recommendation, as the woman who took to the alter, getting served pints by a vicar and taking a pew on church benches. Throws the audience into the surreal, were a voice as beautiful as Lianne’s can add to the already immense idealism. After growing anticipation, the singer and guitarist finally arrived on stage. The singer opened with her lead single ‘No Room for Doubt’ a song which secured her position as support for Bon Iver, it was also named as Nick Grimshaw’s record of the week, her voice and charm began to fill every crevasse and arch throughout the chapel. Lianne’s sermon was somewhat different to the normal Sunday sermon, as she ironically said before playing ‘Tease Me’ that she would not explain the song’s meaning because we were in a church. The piano led ‘Gone’ was an indelible highlight, one of the many songs about the woe caused by a past partner, her angelic voice however was allowed to sour over simple piano chords, and to make the audience aware of the presence of a rare talent. The final song however embodied everything that is wonderful about Lianne, ‘Age’ weaves heartbreak and charm around a simple yet enchanting melody, where she naively sings ‘Is it such a problem if he’s old as long as he does whatever he’s told.’ This was followed by a standing ovation, and a singer lost for words. To think a former Paloma Faith backing singer could go onto enchant a full church - how wonderful.



Marriage…really? Nathan Thompson

Just how big is the question, ‘Do you take this man/woman as your lawfully wedded husband/boss?’ Even though in effect it is just a piece of paper that makes a break-up much harder, why do both men and

women put such stock into whether or not to take the plunge? Love? Money? Pregnancy? The increasing likelihood of not dying alone? All the above? In fact all the above probably does cover it, but why should it? Love is not dependent on marriage to survive. The money pay-off is only really a

factor if you are then planning on getting divorced. Most relationship experts would probably be against getting married purely for a baby’s sake and as for dying alone, well sorry but everybody does, no one goes with you unless you die at the exact same time and even then plenty of people would agree this is far from a certainty. So, why do we do it? Putting aside the wonderful, warm goody-goody feeling brought on by that small

amount of jewellery now adorning your beloved’s finger, what are the bad things about marriage? 1. Expense. Marriages can cost thousands. Everybody knows this but it is a fair one to start with. According to <> the average cost of a UK wedding in 2011 is £18,605. This is a lot; just think what you could do with that. There is an easy way around this, of course: elope 2. Pressure. A marriage can put a great deal of pressure on a relationship. The first year of marriage is commonly believed to be the worst. The amount of adjustments the couple has to do is huge, again there are ways to make this easier but that label of ‘married’ is enough to make anyone a bit under. 3. Restraint. One person for the rest of your life – maybe – and people always forget the maybe. You might be bored of being a bachelor/bachelorette, but remember you can also become bored of marriage as well. The question about whether or not marriage has a negative side is without question. There are some things that you’d sooner not think about when getting into a marriage, but…do you care? Marriage is something that if you want it, you want it. It might not be logical, but then what’s fun that is? So if you don’t want to, don’t, if you do, let the champagne flow, the music pound and the rice fly.

A patch of earth

Reggae Reggae Fraud Carl Spurling

Successful ‘Dragon’s Den’ millionaire Levi Roots has been left less jolly than usual after it was recently revealed the recipe for his popular reggae sauce was ‘borrowed’ from a friend. With this controversy fresh in the news it’s time to look back at some of the Den’s other successes and failures.

Suckle-Teats ...hollow plastic breasts from men who want to breast feed. Both Theo and Duncan were keen to try the device out and leapt at the chance to suckle from 58 year old inventor Barry Dunlop. After admitting the experience was ‘magic’ neither invested. Mr Dunlop has gone on to develop an 11 teat version for suckling whole football teams at half time.

Jobs for Bears Entrepreneur Carol Fisher’s pitch was cut short after business partner and co-creator of the scheme, Ian Corville broke free from the control of his handler and had to be sedated. Despite this Carol and Ian received a £40,000 investment from Duncan Bannatyne who now employs many bears through the scheme as personal trainers in his gyms.

The Boliet™ Kelly Oldham

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‘X’ marks the spot. I’d love to say ‘for treasure’, but near Clifford Whitworth, that isn’t the case. It’s my first year at the University of Salford, and I opted for a leisurely stroll around the campus to get my bearings. I couldn’t help but notice the tree stumps that dot the field opposite the library. They make it look somewhat like a desolate playground. There are a few survivors that I imagine are stubbornly holding on, with roots set as deep as they can to force them away from the surface. I think of them clinging desperately onto anything that may offer a stable purchase, quite possibly disturbing the foundations of the surrounding buildings. No. I’m not psychotic. I am very much aware that we don’t live in Fern Gully (although I’d love to). I do however find it quite saddening the lengths we humans go to in the name of growth and development. Or even just preservation. Despite these trees being around far longer than ‘us’ in some cases, we still enthusiastically rip them up to protect the world we’ve built up around them. Whilst I stand and watch Kerry

Morrison with her cart diligently monitoring growth within a selected patch of earth, I can also see from the same vantage the destruction happening within another. According to the university’s comments on sustainability (FAQ section), this cull of the tree population is in the interests of providing “adequate open space and opportunities for surveillance, and to help improve security.” I had no idea a tree could be so bothersome! And yet, Dr Mark Johnston on

Urban Nature says: “Without trees, our towns and cities would be very desolate, unhealthy and sterile places.” Whilst I appreciate the university isn’t a town or city, it is still a community that I believe would benefit from the therapeutic and calming effects of a good old bit of green (nature my dear, not drugs). Plus, trees make remarkable backrests and offer shade for us sun-shy folk on a summer’s day, when all you want to do is sit and read outdoors. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not

going to bind myself to their trunks like a tree-hugging environmentalist. However fun that may turn out to be. I’m also not going to set up picket fences and brandish placards declaring: “Save our trees!” I’m not even going to send around leaflets and urge people to support ‘green issues’. For a start, it’s far too cold in these winter months. But I can’t help but wonder what other prices we must pay for pursuing further education, and are they justifiable?

When part time plumber Don Hughes entered the den in 2007 stating ‘I bet you lot thought nobody could improve on the bloody toilet!’ it turned out he hadn’t either. ‘The Boliet™’ consisted of a standard toilet with the addition of boiling water to keep the bowl sterile, to combat scalding ‘splash-back’ Hughes had improvised a mesh cage to catch waste so it could be safely lowered into the water from the outside (like a deep fat fryer). The device even included a seive for those who needed to retrieve items or were ‘just curious’. The Boliet failed to gain an investment as it was, in the words of Theo Paphitis ‘shit’.

Beef Eggs The dragons were faced with another case of fraud when students from the University of Birmingham presented them with a cow reared to lay beef eggs. The project was designed to produce meat vegetarians would be happy with eating. After failing to produce a pig which strings of sausages could be milked out of, the biology students presented the ‘beef egg’ idea, which was later found to have been faked.

27 Salford Edition: Monday 28 November 2011

Bryony Pearce

With exam and coursework deadlines fast approaching, my top advice for dealing with deadline stress seems more than fitting for this time of the year! Although we all start the academic year in high spirits and confident we will keep on top of our workload...I’m sure by now everyone has experienced that this just doesn’t always happen. So here are my strategies to get organised and meet all of your deadlines...minus the stress! Although I occasionally get laughed at for doing it, I find creating a checklist really handy. It allows you to order your tasks in levels of importance so that you get the work done for earlier deadlines first, and also makes sure that you don’t miss anything

out-if you’ve done a thorough checklist that is! And as the weeks progress, it gives you a secret sense of achievement as you tick the boxes off, knowing that your that bit closer to completing your project. If you find yourself stuck deliberating on what to do, don’t hesitate going to teachers or fellow students, class mates are more than likely feeling the same as you, so help each other! Too much time is often wasted by people delaying the work they need to do simply because they find it too hard or just don’t know what they’re doing, so by cutting out this dead time you will save yourself hours of stress by finishing your assignment that little bit earlier. Don’t do too much at once. I for one find the thought of sitting at a desk for hours on end very daunting, and definitely off-

putting. At times it sways me away from doing the work at all, so instead, break it up. Rather than cramming a weeks worth of self study into one day, break that time up into small sections to cover everyday, this is much less intimidating, and you will more than likely find that the quality of your work will improve as your mind wont stray like it would if you were forcing it to

concentrate on the same thing for hours on end. If you find yourself getting stressed, take a break. Carrying on will only further your frustration and will in turn hinder your work, this doesn’t mean to say not to come back to it though! Sometimes just five or ten minutes away from the desk are enough to clear your head and get yourself in the right

frame of mind again. So just take a walk, grab a bite to eat or something to drink...what ever works best for you! And finally, always aim to finish your assignment a few days or even a week before the deadline. This way you will be sure not to run out of time, it can account for any unforeseen delays, and allows plenty of time to re-check your work.


Coping with deadline stress

Am I a closet technophobe? Nathan Thompson

Christmas market returns to Manchester Desislava Bozukova

The night was falling, the day was coming to its end. It was getting dark in Manchester. It was not cold, it was not raining, it was not windy – it was the perfect time for a night out in the centre. The city was calling for the searching souls to reveal for them some of its hidden mysteries, and this time the spot light was pointing at the Big Bright Santa who keeps an eye on the recently opened Christmas market. It was not hard to find the market – one only has to follow

the steady stream of people and their chatter, which were getting louder and louder with every step. There are several streets that are a part of the event, but the heart of it is a small square which was overflowed by elderly people, children, teenagers, sweethearts, foreigner...In fact, entering the market was quite a challenge. Everybody was keen to get to the source of the smells which were teasing the senses. Different flavours of hot chocolate, pancakes, patisseries, gigantic cup cakes, muffins, lollipops and apples. For those with a sweet tooth, the market offers all types of chocolate. There’s locally sourced hot

dogs, sesame rings, and various types of meat cooked in traditional and international recipes. There were also different sorts of fromage(cheese), jams, wine. Apart from the food (which is hard to be left unnoticed) there were lots of souvenirs, t-shirts, accessories, hand made jewellery, mugs, plants, flowers and so many other wonderful things. The Christmas market runs through Manchester city centre from 17th November until 21st December, so feel free to visit it. It is a very colourful place which brings a feeling of joy, happiness, and last but not least, a sense of Christmas.

It seems, nowadays, if you are a teenaged/early twenties person, and you don’t have at least one piece of technology in your possession that starts with an ‘i’ then you are behind the times. If you object to the constant dependency on social networking sites such as ‘bebo’, ‘myspace’ and the current social network super-star ‘facebook, then you instantly become a social leper, reliant on wordof-mouth to inform you of the latest goings on with family and friends, a form of communication that is increasingly on the wane. Or are you even more against the march of t e c h n o l o g i c a l communication and refuse even the most basic needs such as a mobile phone or an email address? Do you think the internet is an evil that should be avoided lest it corrupt you? If you do, I am sorry. You are going to feel very lonely, very quickly and you will fall behind, if you haven’t already. With the technological importance and convenience brought about by Tim Berners-Lee’s invention (really! He did invent the internet, look him up), the World-Wide-Web is a snare that you cannot escape from unscathed. Businesses rely on it,

education institutes rely on it to talk to students (we know all about that don’t we?), even organised religions aren’t afraid of making the most out of the internet, offering online confessionals and accepting ‘paypal’ donations. Not to mention the benefit the web has granted the porn industry (you know I had to mention it eventually.) Emails alone are thought to number approximately 247 billion world-wide each day! Although around 80% are thought to be spam. From cooking recipes to bomb-making, the internet is frighteningly full of whatever information you need. Type in ‘Hire-a-Killer’ in google and web-sites offering just that service pops up (I did not access these sites and it is strongly recommended you stay away from them also). If you know how to search you can even buy black market products (again something that you should not search for) such as exotic, endangered pets and narcotics. It is clear that the internet has its benefits, but in the face of these benefits are we ignoring the flip side of the coin. The dangers of online surfing are well broadcasted, but do we turn a deaf ear to them while smiling as we watch ‘Surprised kitty’ on youtube? Or am I just paranoid? Am I just…falling behind?

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Cheap Recipe of the Week

Society Spotlight

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The University of Salford’s LGBT Society is still relatively new and small but continuously growing and making itself known within the university and even across Salford and Manchester. Young Tan

. It is open to anyone and everyone, whether you identify yourself as an LGBT person or not, or are just unsure of your own sexuality. They operate a strict noouting policy, so you will not have to worry about your sexuality and

identity being revealed outside of the society without your consent. The LGBT Society meets every Tuesday at 8pm in Boardroom 1 at University House where they engage in friendly banter, games, watching films, and talking about topics regarding the LGBT society within the university and outside, to name but a few activities. They regularly arrange other events,

Our agony aunt says:

Dear Cheater Each week, our agony aunt helps you with your sex and relationship problems.

I’m in my first year at university. I’m in a relationship with a guy that I really like, but he lives at home in Edinburgh so we don’t see each other very much. Before I came to university he told me he would stand by me whatever happened, and he says he loves me, but I’m finding it difficult to adjust to a long distance relationship. Last week I was out with my flatmates when I met a

Mechanical Engineering student who just took my breath away. We kissed and then he invited me back to his. We didn’t go “all the way” but we got to second base before I made him stop. He even made me toast afterwards! Is this cheating? I’m so confused. I think it might be love. Help!

I’ve been assured by Aunt Wiki that “second base” is “aggressive stimulation between the neck and waist, usually shirtless or under the shirt”. University romances are not necessarily doomed to failure. Some people have met the loves of their lives at university and gone on to marry in Maxwell Hall. Others have sworn they’ll stick by their partners only to jump on the first lecherous first-year that passes by. So if you like your boyfriend enough, you might be able to make it work. But do you like your boyfriend enough? It sounds to me as though you’re already bored by his protestations of love, which, let’s face it, wear thin after a time. So it all boils down to this: do you want a long-distance relationship with a guy who loves you? Or do you want a passing lust with somebody who doesn’t love you, but more importantly can provide you with toast postcoitus? (Aunt Wiki’s extensive knowledge of sexual puns does not extend to post-second base nouns, alas.) If you don’t tread carefully, you’ll end up with neither boy. Good luck! Victoria xxxx

P.S. What is second base, anyway?

P.S. If it was toast with Nutella, then I’m astonished you didn’t go right to fourth base…

including campaigns and nights out, usually along Manchester’s famous Canal Street. Membership is only £2 for the year. The society is also on the lookout for more committee members to get involved in helping and they are especially seeking a Co-Chair, Treasurer, Liaison Officer and Fresher’s Rep. If you are interested in joining or would like to find out more about the society, please contact any one of the current committee members: Charlie Bridgman, Lizzie Carey, Harriet Phipps, Chezi Harper and Tanya Vedernikova. You can also contact them via the society’s Facebook page ( TSociety) and Twitter account (@salfordlgbt).

Granola Amy Hughes

NOTE: If you don’t have measuring cups, simply use a tea cup for 1 cup or ¾ of the average sized mug. INGREDIENTS: • Three cups oats • ½ cup sugar • 1 ½ teaspoons golden syrup (add more to taste) • ½ cup sunflower oil • ½ cup water • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon salt • 1 cup almonds • 1 cup raisins

• Any other nuts, seeds, or dried fruit as you see fit. METHOD: 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, except for the oats, almonds and raisins. 3. Stir in the oats and mix well. 4. Pour mixture into a shallow baking tray. 5. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. 6. Add the raisins and almonds when cool. 7. Store in a container and keep in a dry place and eat when you like!

29 Salford Edition: Monday 28 November 2011

Over the last few years it has become increasingly apparent that a degree is not necessarily a ticket to better prospects and higher-paid jobs. Graduate unemployment is at its highest, with over 1 in 4 graduates from 2007 still out of full time work. Such statistics, however, teach us that employability is a far more complex animal than the acquisition of a piece of paper. These days,

How to…. get a career mentor Jodie Pritchard

If you are a final year undergraduate student who is beginning to panic about entering the world of work, fear not. The University of Salford Careers and Employability department, based in University House, have a solution. They’re looking for students who feel as though they have a particular barrier to employment to join a new mentoring scheme. The scheme will run from January – May 2012. Successful applicants will be assigned a successful Salford graduate – a business professional who will help them maximise their career potential and make the most of their opportunities. Students will be able to learn what employers look for when hiring graduates and they’ll also get an “insiders” perspective of the recruitment process.

employers aren’t just looking for a good degree grade – they’re increasingly on the look out for skills and experience. It’s essential to utilise your time here at university and take the opportunity to improve your CV and repertoire of skills. Luckily, both the University and the Students’ Union provide services to help you with that.

Additionally, successful applicants will have access to networking opportunities which would have been previously been closed to them. The deadline for applications is on Wednesday 30 November. For more information or to submit an application please visit the BEAMS website: age/BEAMS.

Cover Letter Tip of the Week Have a paragraph about why they should pick you. Pick two or three things you know the job requires of you and give specific examples of how you have demonstrated this in the past – i.e. good grades, customer service skills or a placement.

Date for

Where? HSBC Manchester Job title: Internship Closing date 31/01/2012 Salary: £350 per week Additional salary info Up to £3k bonus paid at end of placement Job description The internship involves a variety of work and roles. The internship gives successful applicants the chance to shadow current employees in key roles within the company. Successful applicants will the opportunity to observe these employees in action at work; they will also have the opportunity to ask them questions and receive advice on the technical aspects of their role. Each intern will be given a personal project that adds to the value of the business area. This project could be a research and innovation project considering ways to improve branch

performance or customer service; or interns might be tasked with identifying new business opportunities or organizing a local business networking event. Successful applicants will be encouraged to collaborate on a fundraising project with other interns, in partnership with our Graduate Communities Committee. From spectacular socials to sporting challenges, the Committee delivers a unique programme of charitable and community initiatives. Person requirements Applicants will need to be achieving at 2:1 level or higher, and have ‘A’ grades in both Maths and English at GCSE. Some previous work experience is also important. Applicants should have leadership potential; the company would like to see evidence that applicants have held a position of responsibility either at school or university. Determination and enthusiasm to learn and achieve are essential

qualities you’ll need to demonstrate during the application process, and throughout the internship. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following principles: Dependable and doing the right thing Open to different ideas and cultures Connected with our customers, the community and each other Applicants should be able to display the highest standards of integrity, with a commitment to quality, competence and truth.

Location Spinningfields, Manchester Working hours Full-time Contract Fixed term Duration 1-3 months To apply and for more vacancies, visit

(Ideal for Drama Students)

your diary Law Futures – 30th November (1.00pm to 4.00pm) – Lady Hale Building

Where? National Trust (Dunham Massey) What? Costumed Interpreters (Actors required)


Closing Date: 13/12/2011

tip of the Week

Salary: £6.20 ph What does it involve? The role will involve meeting and talking to visitors in costume playing the part of an Edwardian Servant. The role will also involve Revealing details of Edwardian life and the life of servants to parks visitors and also act short scenes in front of visitors that provide insight into the past at Dunham to our visitors in a fun and entertaining way. Skills required for the role are: -An outgoing personality -An interest in acting -An interest in history -Willing to work with the public How long? 7-12 months To apply or to view more vacancies, visit

Kirsty Booth

If you have a credit card and really can’t afford to max it out, drop it in a glass of water and put it in the freezer. If you really want something, it will take a while for the water to thaw, giving you plenty of time to talk yourself out of the more irrational “needs”.


Internship of the Week

Job of the Week


Employability Intro

This is great for finding volunteering opportunities in the area, whether you’re looking for career-focussed volunteering or volunteering for music events.


Your Union

Contact Details

The Measure Going Up Raising £350 for Children in Need! Taking students down to London in a minibus to go to NUS Activism 2011

Going Down Christina Kennedy Vice President of Arts and Social Sciences Twitter: @SalfordVPCASS

Caroline Dangerfield President of the University of Salford Students’ Union Twitter: @SalfordPres

Your Students’ Union is led by students for the benefit of students. Although we are independent of the University, every Salford student is automatically a member of the Students' Union. Our aim is to enhance students’ lives, and we do this by representing your views on student life to the University and by providing you with all the support you need to make the most of your time at Salford. The Students’ Union is led by four students known as the Sabbatical Officers, who

ensure that your interests are placed firmly at the heart of the services and activities we

Sophie Atkinson Vice President of Health and Social Care Twitter: @SalfordVPHSC deliver. Sabbatical Officers (or Sabbs) are students who have been elected to lead the Union, which means that they work full-time, all year round to make sure your student experience is the best it can be! The Sabbatical Officer team is made up of a President and three Vice-Presidents, and each Vice President (or VP) represents students in one of the University’s Colleges (see diagram below for explanation). This means that whatever you study, there is a Sabbatical Officer working to represent you. As a campaigning organisation, we

Tom Doyle Vice President of Science and Technology Twitter: @SalfordVPST

also make sure that we use student views and opinions to lobby for changes and improvements to the University’s systems. As well as the important representation and campaigning we undertake, your Union also offers numerous ways to make friends and socialise through activities and entertainments programmes running all year. Getting involved in the Union can also help you develop the skills and experience to stand out from the crowd when you graduate. You could even help to produce this newpaper!

Student Council meeting – November What’s Student Council?

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Oh? So what did they discuss? The primary issue of this meeting was the strikes which will take place on 30 November, and whether or not the Students’ Union should support University staff and their union, UCU, in the strike action. UCU Chair at the Salford branch, Chris Shehe, came to speak to the Council about it.

Oh right. So did they agree? Yep. You can read more about the strikes and how they will affect students on page 2 of this issue, where they’re discussed in more detail.

OK. So what else was discussed? The Student Council also considered a motion from council member Liam McLoughlin, who suggested that the Union should oppose the University’s car-parking permit plans.

Top Tweets SalfordPres Caroline Dangerfield Was really great to speak to a couple of students in depth about their backgrounds and why they chose to come here. Very interesting.

SalfordPres Caroline Dangerfield I really wish people would stop treating students as if they are a disease to be got rid of! It's a complete generalisation and it's unfair!

What? I’m not going through this again. Visit to find out what Student Council is.

Alright, alright! No need to be snappy. So what have Student Council been doing? Well, on Wednesday 23 November it was the second Student Council meeting of the academic year and the first meeting with newly elected member Joseph Bijster.

Coming out of University training feeling twice as confused as when you went in

SalfordPres Caroline Dangerfield Good Luck to all of @salfordsu 's Sports Groups who are playing in @BUCSsport matches this afternoon! #gosalford


Erm, hang on, I think I know this one. Is it the scrutinising body of the Students’ Union? So it scrutinises what the Sabbatical Officers do and decides which direction the Union goes in? Yes! Here’s a gold star.

Getting up at 4am to go down to NUS Activism. Caroline’s heroic driving skillz saved the day, however.

SalfordVPHSC SophieAtkinson Just enjoyed a nice GOAL (Go Out And Listen) session with students in Allerton Building. Topic : Examination Feedback. Pleasant chats. Why? Well, this is a commuter university. Most people travel in using their cars, so if the University reduce car parking spaces, this will impact negatively on students and the local community. Student Council agreed to support this measure and the Sabbatical Officers will now go ahead and lobby the University about the issue.

Anything else? The Student Council approved suggestions that the Union should pursue the environmental policy, upping their grade from bronze to a silver. They’ve also agreed that the Students’ Union should lobby the University for better placement consistency – some courses offer support for those students on placement, others don’t. Finally, there was discussion about Better University, which has now been cancelled.

When’s the next meeting? It’s on Tuesday 7 February 2012.

How do I submit an issue? You can submit an issue by speaking to one of your Sabbatical Officers. Visit for more information.

SalfordVPHSC SophieAtkinson Thoroughly enjoyed Student Rep Social no.2 last night. Lots of good ideas flowing and nice people :D SalfordVPHSC SophieAtkinson Having a lovely Birthday in Salford Students' Union today. My desk has been showered with lovely gifts and decorations. Thank you all :D

Win of the Week Your Students’ Union was on national TV! Well done to Melissa Kabluczenko and Sophie Atkinson for telling the nation, live, how much we managed to raise for Children in Need!

31 Salford Edition: Monday 28 November 2011

Salford Women’s Rugby Union is searching for new members. Women’s Rugby

On Saturday 19 November, the University of Salford Boat club boarded a coach to Chester to compete in the BUCS North West indoor rowing Championships. This was a chance for Salford to show off their talents and we certainly managed this. Rowing We were able to compete in all events, Senior Women (2km), Senior Men (2km), Lightweight (2km), Novice (1km) and relay teams (3km). We started off with the novice women’s crew who proved very successful with all competitors getting into the finals and Harriet Cornick winning the bronze medal We then went onto the novice men’s category where we again had a strong group. All of the novice boys reached the final

but narrowly missed out on medals, still showing Salford to be a strong team. The Lightweight category proved to be a tough test for our two competitors Rachael Anderson and Andrew Pass, but once again Salford showed their tenacity to achieve with Andrew Pass achieving a Bronze medal. Next up was the chance of the senior boys to showcase their skill and determination over 2km. The senior men’s heavyweight category was again a very tough test for

Salford, with two GB competitors to contend with. This obviously didn’t scare off our boys and George Holgate proved this coming in third and winning the Bronze medal, just seconds behind the GB boys. The final race of the day was left to the senior men’s relay team, consisting of TJ Hollis, George Holgate, Yasha Bobash and Edward Piercy. The boys faced some very strong competition, a team from Manchester consisting of three GB boys as well as the other universities, Chester, Keele and

Liverpool who had proved tough competition throughout the day. The boys weren’t fazed by this and over 3km they came in third, a fantastic team effort. An overall tough test for Salford University Boat club but once again we proved we are in it to win it. If you find this article has tickled your taste buds, join in with rowing at Salford University. For more information please contact the fresher captains, Rachael Anderson (07835054871) and TJ Hollis (07843198575).

If you are a woman who enjoys keeping active and has some spare time on your hands, then please contact the team or come to a training session. The team welcomes women from all backgrounds and experiences, even if you have never played the sport before! Many of the team members on joining had never held a rugby ball before, let alone played the game or knew the rules. When asked ‘Don’t you get hurt when you play a match?’ the response is often ‘No!’ due to being given good advice and training in preparation for matches. Training is held on Castle Irwell Playing Fields (behind

the Pav) every Monday evening between 5:45 and 8pm. On Thursday evenings at 7pm the team meet outside Castle Irwell to join the Eccles Ladies training session which helps to increase player’s fitness and skills. BUCs league matches occur on Wednesday afternoons and are followed by team socials, where the team meet after a match and have fun, which is not to be missed. If you’re interested in giving the team a try: Hop on the University campus bus and come down to a Monday training session Find us on Facebook at: Salford University Women’s Rugby Union Send a message to:

Last week saw the University’s badminton team compete in a knock-out BUCS tournament. Badminton The tournament was in Nottingham and sixteen teams in total took part, including players that were real professionals such as Lim Kenn.

Salford managed to get to the third round before they were knocked out by Edinburgh. Well done to all of the players who took part in the tournament.

Photos: Richard Meftah

Squash Salford 1sts 2 v 1 UCLAN 2nds Richard Tree

This week’s

fixtures Women's Rugby Union(Cup): Leeds Met Carnegie 2nd VS Salford 1st Women's Hockey(Cup): Bangor 1st VS Salford 1st Men's Rugby Union(Cup): MMU Cheshire 1st VS Salford 2nd Women's Football(Cup): Liverpool 1st VS Salford 1st Men's Hockey(League): Liverpool 3rd VS Salford 1st Men's Football(League): Edge Hill 3rd VS Salford 2nd Men's Football(League): Manchester Met 1st VS Salford 1st Men's Football(League): Manchester Met 4th VS Salford 3rd Women's Netball(League): Keele 3rd VS Salford 2nd Men's Rugby League(League): Chester (Chester) 1st VS Salford 1st

A first victory of the season for Salfords squash team came after a great effort from the lads. In a difficult opening match up, Darren Nobbs pushed his opponent all the way to the 5th and final set after scrapping for results of 7-11, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10 before losing 1-11 in the decider. It was the longest and arguably the most demanding of all the matches played, Darren holding his leads well under pressure in the second and fourth sets. Salford captain Oli Comyn also took his match into the 5th set before a grandstand finish, which Oli won with a terrific drop shot. Losing the first and third sets 3-11, Oli showed a huge helping of mental toughness which gave him victories in the second and fourth, 11-5 and 11-9. A final set victory of 11-9, after a long and tiring rally, sealed the win. This took the overall score between the Universities to 1-1 with one match to play. Rob Williams quickly impressed with his excellent range of shots and awesome power, breezing to an 11-5 victory in the opening set. His excellent recovery strokes against the back wall kept his opponent guessing. Rob dropped points in the second set but still managed an 11-8 win. The third set ended prematurely at 2-0, as the UCLAN opponent conceded the match, giving Salford an overall victory. Captain Oli commented after the match – “It’s our first win which is a big positive. We’re looking to push on and achieve more good results like that. Again fitness was an issue today, so we’ll be working on that.” The squash team are looking for new members, if you’re interested drop a quick email to

Netball Salford 1st 23 v 46 Lancaster 2nd Jack Machin

Salford's netball 1st team was second best to a strong team from Lancaster. Currently sitting at the bottom of their league, they played admirably but were simply not clinical enough in attack to score a victory. The first quarter was reasonably even with both teams scoring in quick succession. However Salford indiscipline lead to Lancaster taking a slight lead at the end of the play with the score at 8-10. Neither side took full advantage of their opportunities on goal and the home team, despite getting into dangerous positions were not able to convert these into points. In the second period of play it was Lancaster who dominated,

Men’s Football Salford 1st 3 vs 2 MMU Cheshire 2nd Jack Machin

The men's football first team scored a decent victory against the MMU Cheshire second team. It was a closely fought tie that came alive in the second half and could have easily gone the other way. The first half was a fairly dull affair with Salford starting strongly and dominating possession in the opening minutes before Cheshire settled into the game. The home side looked more

Salford were unable to get the ball away from their own goal and struggled to retain possession. Towards the end of the quarter Salford were static and any possible attacking play was well read and intercepted by the Lancaster defence. After a quick regroup it looked like the game was about to turn around, there was more drive and crucially more noise coming from the home team, however once the whistle had blown it was all Lancaster again. The away team was simply more organised and whenever their two goal scoring players received the ball it was inevitable that they'd score. The third quarter end with the scores standing at 20-37. It was more of the same in the final quarter. Salford was unable to find a way behind the Lancaster defence, and was not strong enough in their own defending. The team was second best in every aspect and the final score of 23-46 is a fair reflection of the game.

dangerous in front of the goal with several chances being created from excellent crossing play, but the strikers lacked an end product. Cheshire were the first to score after a defensive lapse from Salford let the MMU forward run right through them. This goal was the spark the game needed however and a reply came quickly for Salford's right midfielder Mike Leary to get on the end of a cross and put the ball in the back of the net. The rest of the first half was uneventful, with very little communication going on within the home side, the strikers were not working as a unit and inconsistent delivery from midfield left the forwards not knowing whether they

Photos: Richard Meftah


Photos: Richard Meftah


were running onto long balls or receiving the ball to feet and then beating a defender. At half time, with the score at 1-1, Salford regrouped, addressed their disjointed play and were a far better team in the second half. Cheshire seemed to have done the same as both teams had improved after the break. Despite some excellent chances early on for the home team it was Cheshire who were the first to score in the second half, but Salford were quick on the rebound and levelled the score minutes later with a goal by striker Paul Flanagan. From here Salford were winning everything in midfield and as such were dominating the game. A third

goal from the home side, again scored by Mike Neary put them ahead at 3-2. After a period of great play, Salford should have been 4 or 5 ahead, but were denied after a few unlucky misses and good saves The communication issues that had dogged the first half were nonexistent and the team were altogether more organised. They saw out the rest of the half maintaining the one goal lead in a good defensive display. The man of the match was an easy pick, midfielder Mike Neary, who had a decent game in front of the goal but also put in an excellent shift defensively. Salford worked tirelessly and fully deserved their win.


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