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Salford Edition: Monday 5th March 2012


Ex Salford Student

Stands for NUS President

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Laura Johnson News Editor

Usman Ali, an ex-Salford student and former President of the University of Salford Students’ Union, will be standing for the position of President of the National Union of Students in the organisation’s elections this year, it has been announced. If elected, Usman, who is the current NUS Vice President Higher Education, will be leading an organisation of seven million student members – one that represents students everywhere at a national level. Usman, who spoke at this year’s Students’ Union AGM here at Salford, will be standing against current NUS President Liam Burns, current NUS Vice President Union and Development Ed Marsh, current NUS Black Students Officer Kanja Sesay, and London Metropolitan Students’ Union representative Claire Locke. The NUS elections will this year be contested against a backdrop of the

changing landscape of higher education – one which is being subject to increasing marketisation under the controversial vision of Universities minister David Willetts, and as such is affected by a huge range of student issues, from finances and housing to employability. At the NUS Media Conference last Wednesday – the very first of its type – Usman pledged that if elected he would be fighting for greater access to university – a key message that will resonate with many Salford students. “[My campaign] is about making sure that students not only get into university, but survive it,” said Usman at the conference. “It’s about making sure that access is embedded in everything we do. “I don’t believe that access to university should be about where you were born.” This focus on access contrasts sharply with the other candidates. For instance, current President Liam Burns has promised to focus on student finance if re-elected, pointing out that NUS has been among the most “vocal critics” of

partial fee-waivers as a substitute for loans and grants. “It’s about saying to VC’s, you can’t expect us to cope with [both] trebled tuition fees and hidden essential costs on campus,” said Liam. The NUS Media Conference, which brought together representatives of student media from many universities in the UK, including the Universities of Salford, Loughborough and Surrey, was intended to allow student media to scrutinise the stances and consistency of each of the candidates, and was held in London. When asked about the relevance of NUS to the lives of every day students – many of whom consider NUS to be “just a discount card” – Usman said, “NUS is a hugely powerful organisation that can influence the lives of many people. “Ninety years ago, NUS was created on the back of the first world war to tackle the issue of free education for all. “Ninety years on, we need to tackle the issue of social inclusion in education.” In response to a question which specifically referenced Vice Chancellor

Professor Martin Hall of the University of Salford, who recently accepted a bonus at a time when the University will be making at least 100 redundancies in April (more on this story on page 2) Usman said that he finds the “bonus culture” of Vice Chancellors “absolutely disgraceful.” “VC’s need to buck up their ideas,” said Usman, describing VC’s extortionate pay and bonuses as “ethically and morally wrong”. Current NUS President Liam Burns was also vocal on this issue, saying that students need to be more involved in the allocation of bonuses to senior management. “We have a government that espouses that students are at the heart of the system – prove it,” concluded Liam. The new NUS President and NUS Vice Presidents will be elected at the National Conference in April by elected student delegates, including six Salford delegates.


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Cast your vote on the new drinking referendum! By Charlotte Stephenson.

University prepares to cut 100 jobs Laura Johnson


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Analysis Callum Wright

At least 100 jobs at the University are being cut, it has emerged. In a Youtube communication to staff, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Adrian Graves, outlined the next step in the University’s transformation programme, which, thus far, has seen a restructuring of the University’s schools and colleges and a commitment to a number of new buildings on the campus, including an Arts building and new student accommodation. The next phase of the transformation programme will involve considering the roles of 220 staff, 100 of which, it is speculated, will be made redundant. “We will enter into consultations with the Trade Unions about the shape of the new Schools and the number of people who will be involved and affected by this process,” said Adrian Graves. “We think at this stage it is about 220 people overall, of which approximately 100 will ultimately

leave the University. “I need to stress of course that there will be opportunities for career progression and career advancement through the process.” A University spokesperson said: “No academic roles will be affected by the changes. The roles affected are predominantly in the 10 schools, however further additional restructuring is being carried out within Student Information Directorate and Student Life. “The University is facing challenging times in the current volatile higher education climate. We are not unique in this. “Transformation phase 2 is one of a number of initiatives that are being undertaken to ensure that the University continues to develop and thrive in future financial years.” The news comes only a month after it emerged that the Vice Chancellor had accepted a pay rise and bonus, in comparison to the pay freeze currently being experienced by most other University staff.

Fairtrade Fortnight Cassandra Ward

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Over the next two weeks, Universty of Salford students and staff will be hosting a range of events to celebrate ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’. Following the success of the event last year, staff and students have corroborated to introduce a range of initiatives, events and activities to make 2012’s Fairtrade Fortnight an even bigger hit. The fortnight kicked off with a quiz held in the International Life Centre and across the weeks, will also include quizzes, raffles and a ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ exposition. The event is also

linked to many of the green initiatives that are being run around campus that promote sustainable living, such as the ethical fashion fair and the ‘Sew Good’ Workshops. The University of Salford was awarded Fairtrade Status by the Fairtrade Foundation in January 2011 for their commitment to sourcing and supporting fair-trade products and initiatives. Fairtrade promotes better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms for farmers and workers in the developing world. In addition to the events, students can expect to see Fairtrade cocktails in Bar Yours, Fairtrade meals in all the cafe’s

Discover Islam Week kicks off at MediaCity This week saw Salford University’s Islamic Society launch a week of events to offer Salford students’ the opportunity to learn more about Islam. The ‘2009 NUS International Society of the Year’ winners, started the week with an information stand and ‘meet and greet’ held in the reception of the MediaCity campus. The launch was held with great success and the different events throughout the week, not only raised the profile of the group, but also helped to dispel a lot of the stereotypes associated with Islam, such as radicalism and the Jihad. Syed Mansoor, president of the University of Salford’s Islamic Society said: “with Islam in the limelight, constantly hounded with bad publicity and bias media campaigns, we often find wider society holding misconceptions about Muslims and Islam. “Most stereotypes created by politicians and influential figures, attack beliefs central to the creed of Muslims eg, Sharia, hijab and treatment of women.” The week held a range of events across Salford’s campuses that discussed the different elements of Islam and educated on Allah, Muhammad and the true meaning on the Qu’ran. John McKenna, a History and Politics student at Salford University said: “I had no idea that the discover Islam week was taking place until I came onto campus and saw the stand. I’m not a believer, but I am interested in the faith and a lot of the material they’re giving out is pretty informative.” Syed Mansoor added: “Discover Islam Week is our opportunity to engage in discussion to deal with negative stereotypes on campus, thus playing our part in creating a more productive and accepting community. The Islamic Society is not adverse to discussion and we will happily meet the challenge to defend and champion our beliefs against those of secular liberal values.” John McKenna said: “It’s a good idea to educate people about the faith, even if they’re not believers, as there are a lot of misconceptions around Islam it seems .”

and Fairtrade promotions in the shops and around campus. Wednesday 7th March, will host the Fairtrade Tea Party; a fun and informative session to educate people on what fairtrade is and what more can be done to support workers and farmers in the developing world and promote fair-trade across campus and beyond the university. The event is totally free of charge and goody-bags will be given out during the tea party, however places are limited and so anyone interested in attending should contact

OVER the next two weeks, the Student Union will be holding a referendum regarding drinking on campus. This is an opportunity to directly influence the policy direction of the Students’ Union. There will be a vote on whether we as a Union should adopt a policy for the responsible retailing and consumption of alcohol on campus. The policy will also cover areas that govern the acceptable behaviour of students on campus. This will run alongside a secondary referendum to poll whether students feel that the university should improve its social and study provisions. Voting will commence on the 9th March and will close on the 15th March, running at the same time as the Student Union elections. Casting a vote can be easily done via blackboard at any time during the voting period, by simply voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to express your views on the proposed drinking on campus and behaviour of student policies. Results of the referenda will be announced on the 15th of March. Sophie Atkinson, Vice President of Health and Social Care, will be leading the ‘yes’ campaign. She said: “I believe that the policy will make the Student Union bar a safe, fun space for all.” If the policy is voted in and gets put into place, it will be written with the student council, ensuring that it stays fair and democratic. There is also the opportunity to vote ‘no’ on the drinking referenda. Joe Woods who is leading the ‘no’ campaign, was unavailable at the time we went to press. It is down to Salford students to decide which way the referenda go. So every vote counts to decide if an alcohol policy should be put in place or not, or indeed if the University should make a better provision for social and study space. If you want to have your say, make sure your vote is counted! To find out more about both referenda, turn to page 6.

Good luck to Usman.

Editor’s Note Laura Johnson Editor

This week I went to an NUS Media Conference in London. NUS is an organisation that is often not seen by many Salford students, but the decisions it makes influence student life across the country – and now a Salford student is standing to be the leader of it.

At the conference the issue of mental health within the student population was raised. It’s an issue which is often either dismissed or not taken into account, but nonetheless effects many students in lots of different ways, particularly as austerity measures begin to have real impacts on students’ lives and the pressure to find work and succeed becomes heavier. Here at Student Direct we want to hear your stories and opinions about mental health at university. Send them to the usual email address at

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Brief Film Screening Cassandra Ward

From Monday 5th March, students will be able to view a monthly screening of a variety of classic films, free of charge with free popcorn! The films will be screened in the International Life Centre at University House, and will be kicking off with the 1997 English classic; ‘The Full Monty’, set in Sheffield. Films will be shown on the first Monday of every month and future screenings will include a range of classics from around the globe. Although the event is free of charge, you will need to confirm your attendance prior to going along to ensure the event isn’t oversubscribed. You can do this online, via the Student Channel.

Ivory Towers Tuition fees could be cut by £3000 without increasing public spending Ben Clay

New analysis by the governments Office of Budget Responsibility has undermined the entire basis for increasing maximum undergraduate fees to £9000. Higher tuition fees will cost the government more money than it saves by ending its teaching grants to universities, because the rise in fees will add 0.65 percent to the Consumer Price Index of inflation. Many government financial commitments such as benefits and salary and pension contributions are linked to the CPI, and tuition fees make up one of the internationally agreed items in its basket of goods and services, so when the CPI increases, so does government spending According to calculations by Simon Ward, the chief economist at Henderson Global Investors, based upon an estimate of average fees of £8200 in September 2012, this

would cost £2.2 billion a year by 2015-16. Policy research journalist William Cullerne Bown asked the OBR to examine the effects of tuition fee rises on the CPI. Estimating that fees after waivers will average £8,100, the Office of Budget Responsibility said; “We judge that the average increase in tuition fees in 2012 could add around 0.2 percentage points to CPI inflation in the fourth quarter of 2012.” According to Mr Bown, the CPI effect also works in reverse; “Cut tuition fees abruptly and the index goes down, along with spending on pensions and welfare.” This means that reducing fees to £6,000, if applied to new and existing students in the next academic year, would cut the Consumer Price Index by about 0.35 per cent, saving around £0.9 billion per year: “Throw in savings on loan defaults, access and the National Scholarship Scheme and it should be possible to cut fees and cut public spending,” he said.

Expansion of student numbers mainly benefited the middle classes, says report Ben Clay

Attempts by successive governments to provide better access to higher education for working class youngsters have failed, according to the latest academic research. Understanding Society, the world’s largest longitudinal study, shows only a five per cent increase in degrees among children of routine and manual workers. The number of middle class graduates has increase twice as fast in the same period. Professor Peter Elias, one of the

reports authors, warned that attempts to provide better access to higher education to those from less privileged backgrounds have failed; “The findings reflect in part the restructuring of the UK economy over the last 40 years, which has seen a decline in manual occupations and an increase in white collar jobs,” he said. Unfortunately Prof Elias believes the research reveals; “little evidence that the much vaunted policy ambition; to provide better access to higher education to those from less privileged backgrounds, has been successful.” Analysis of 34,000 adults

between the ages of 22-49, by the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, reveal that it is the children of the middle classes that have benefited most from the expansion of higher education over the last 15 years. Students whose parents had ‘managerial and professional’ jobs rose by ten percent Those with parents who had ‘intermediate occupations’ such as clerical and sales jobs or those running small businesses increased by 11 percent. It is the children of white collar workers that account for the major

Spend OFFA cash on internships, says Wilson report Ben Clay

Money for widening access to universities should be used to pay for internships for students, according to a major review of the links between business and universities. Sir Tim Wilson believes all undergraduates should be offered a “structured, universityapproved” internship to make them more employable.

He waded into the controversy on internships with his government commissioned Review of Business University Collaboration, saying that if companies do not pay for internships, universities should bear the cost rather than allowing them to be the privilege of the wealthy. Every undergraduate should be offered an internship lasting 10 to 12 weeks, with PhD and postdoctoral researchers offered eight to 12 week placements.

The number of courses with sandwich years should be expanded using mechanisms to be determined by the Higher Education Funding Council for England Universities should not charge more than £1,000 for a sandwich year in industry, and interest on student loans should be suspended during such periods, according to the report. Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, Professor Wilson published his findings on the 28th of February.

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Those Blasted Homosexuals – Dagnabbit… Callum Wright

Oh, would you look at that… Those ones are in the news again. You know those *gays*… They’re at it again. Calling for equality, when in actual fact, they’re not like *us*. Did you hear? They’re campaigning for same-sex marriage, well – whatever next? Let’s just let them marry their pat lapdog next! That’s all they want. Bestiality to be legal. Oh, and necrophilia. They want to bum your family cockatiel and your great-great-grandfather at the same time. And it won’t just stop at a little bit of dry humping – oh no, they want to go all the way, on your coffee table. Absurd as the above might sound, and I would like to make it very clear that I do not agree with the above (if my stance was not already clear enough from my two years’ worth of writing for Salford Student Direct), this is actually the prejudiced view that some people have. Most importantly, these bigots aren’t just your next door neighbour, they’re in the limelight – they’re at the focus of the media. Rick Santorum. Christina Odone. Archbishop Carey. These

people are actually being given the light of day for saying things like this. Admittedly, perhaps I’m not helping matters by giving them the light of day here too – but I’m not typing furiously because of what they have to say, because of what they believe. Because, whether I agree with it or not, they’re fully entitled to have their opinions in modern day society. It is totally acceptable for them to have their hugely bigoted, narrow minded, and warped views. Why? Because, just because I’m ‘a gay’ does not mean that I’m intolerant to homophobic propaganda. If anything, I revel in it. Firstly, because I know that not everyone shares these views – heck, I have a hard time believing that they themselves actually believe what they’re saying, and secondly, because they don’t seem to understand that they’re actually helping the plight of LGBT groups more than they are doing them harm. Yes, by highlighting the absurdity of their own arguments, these homophobic nutcases are actually making rational, neutral people turn away from their ‘sodomy is wrong’ plight. It would be worth putting myself against these naysayers to sexual orientation equality – considering I am

BWVAKTBOOM Callum Wright Analysis Editor

chaste and have chosen this lifestyle until marriage I have yet to commit the act which ‘the Lord condemns’. So, am I currently just basking in limbo because I have the ‘intent’? By the same token, I imagine I’m partying hard in purgatory with a majority of Santorum’s voters, as surveys suggest that over 60% of straight men have had homoerotic fantasies. Now, if my plan to settle down with one person that I love for the rest of my life renders me in purgatory, surely these 60% of men should be with me for having these fantasies whilst in ‘normal’ relationships. My intent to have sodomy is no greater than theirs as it stands at present, and, furthermore, at least I won’t be committing adultery in the same instance. Anyway, I’m going off topic here – what I want to conclude with is ‘thanks’. I want to extend my gratitude to the likes of Santorum and Odune for unconsciously and inadvertently doing more good to the LGBT cause in the space of sounding like morons than many of us will do across our lifetimes. Keep up the good work.

Have you seen the new advertising campaign by American animal rights organisation ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA)? With it comes attached the slogan ‘boyfriend went vegan and knocked the bottom out of me’, or ‘BWVAKTBOOM’ which implies that by going vegan, men experience an increased libido – and get distinctly better in bed. This advert has sparked a lot of controversy as people claim it advocates ‘sexual assault’. The video shows a girlfriend wearing a neck brace walking through the streets back to her boyfriend carrying a bag of vegetables. Flash back to the moment that resulted in her being put in the cervical collar and we see her moving forward and backward on her hands and knees as the compere describes her now vegan boyfriend as a ‘tantric porn star’ (not that I’m sure I agree with going ‘doggy’ forming a part of Tantra – but that’s beside the point). Admittedly I can see where the naysayers are coming from – at first the advert screams out sexual assault and domestic violence. Except for a few important points. The girlfriend seems to be quite contentedly walking back to her home bearing the fruits and legumes she has bought for her boyfriend. Upon entry, her boyfriend shows genuine concern

The 4G revolution You may have heard the buzzword for 2012 in the telecommunications industry is ‘4G’, or ‘Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology’, but what is this revolutionary new product that we're all supposed to be raving on about, and why is it being pushed through so fast by the British government and telecom agents?

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Tom Bolatch

4G, the 'step-up' from 3G that all of us will be familiar with, is coming whether we like it or not. I expect there are those of you that will be shouting at me now "I know what 4G is, please don't lecture me!" which is fine, if your degree resides in the Newton building. But for us that spend the majority of our time elsewhere, and for those who don't really understand what 3G, or even 2G is, then let me give you a quick debriefing to fill you in. It simply stands for the

generation of mobile technology that we currently use. 2G is what we used to send texts and phone calls since the millennium, and still use in some rural parts of Britain today. 3G is a higher bandwidth, which enables our phones to get a fairly decent internet connection, and has been responsible for the boom in smartphones across the world; not to mention bringing the internet to certain rural parts of the undeveloped world, connecting them for the first time. Now it's time for our fourth generation, or 4G, which will bring a boost to the speed of our internet connections. In certain cases, 4G will enable mobile

companies to compete with home broadband providers, as the speeds will be on par or faster than that of your home line. "Where are they getting all these spare airwaves from?" I hear you say. Well, I'm sure you've all heard of the digital television switchover: it just so happens that 4G runs straight through all our old analogue channels, so they're being converted to digital this year, then the old ones switched off so that the way is clear for the new technology to take hold.

Now that you're all clued up on the phenomenon, I can begin. Why do we need a 4G connection, when for everyday purposes 3G is more than plentiful? And why, when you can barely get 3G signal in the majority country, would the phone companies move onto a new technology? It all seems a little premature for me. Surely the biggest telecoms companies, O2 and Vodafone, would ensure that the rollout of 3G was countrywide, so that they can switch off 2G, before moving onto the next? I find it a little

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for her safety as he asks if she is ok, to which she responds by throwing the vegetables at him and stripping off – all before walking towards him, a sly smirk on her face, in a seductive manner. In what sense does this evidently consensual act link to sexual assault? If anything, as you cannot see if the boyfriend is consenting or not it should be seen to be assault on his person. Upon finding out that your child gets hyperactive having eaten a tube of smarties, do you remove them from his diet or overload him with them in an attempt to avoid the hyperactivity? The girlfriend is obviously consenting to, not only the sex itself, but by supplying her boyfriend with the ‘tools’ of which he needs to ‘perform’ in the way she has now seen, the manner in which the act is done! By no means do I agree with everything PETA does – it does some pretty crazy stunts. I do however agree that it only works to undermine our true grievances when we call out ‘wolf’ when there’s actually nothing at all wrong. nonsensical to have three vastly different telecoms technologies operating at the same time. The government has promised to make broadband an essential for the modern era, bringing it into all the UK's homes. To this end, it sees 4G as a cost effective way to implement this. But then, there are homes without mobile signal, and they will require a substantial investment in infrastructure to allow 4G to reach them. Take my Dad, for example, situated in a hamlet in the Lake District. When I go to visit, I have no broadband and I get one bar of signal on my phone once every 5 hours. If you walk to the top of the fell you'll get a full 3G signal. Why would any commercial organisation invest thousands to make 4G available to a hamlet of about five houses? It is poor business sense to do so. Perhaps it's time to think more about ensuring 3G is spread evenly across town and country before any new investment in technology is even considered. Think before you act, please: the country is not in economic boom, we cannot afford it. 4G could be something for the cities to enjoy, but at least let the villages catch up with its predecessor.



Should the Students’ Union adopt a policy covering responsible retailing and consumption of alcohol, together with the acceptable behaviour of students in our venues? Sophie Atkinson


Referenda The Students’ Union will be holding two referenda this year – one on the Students’ Union’s alcohol policy, and one on the provision of social space within the University. We asked four students what they thought about the referenda Should the University improve its provision of areas for both social and study space? Amanda Mace


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When our university’s media school took up residence at Media City UK last year, the Features Section of this newspaper swiftly began to busy itself with discovering fresh complimentary adjectives to describe the move. Although its growing pains were highlighted appropriately (cough, Mr. Midgley, cough), our praise for one of the institution’s boldest developments was widespread and enthusiastic. The once-beloved and bustling Adelphi campus truly pales in comparison. Boasting both highstandard technical facilities and a snazzy interior, Salford’s academic media base at the Quays should not be overlooked. One merit of a modern university blueprint is an emphasis on the importance of social and study space. Excellent class facilities, as anyone enrolled on a practical based degree will agree, are a vital asset to any educational establishment. But what of the independent study required of every student? Although it varies greatly between courses, most of us are aware that our chances of meeting deadlines ultimately depend on work completed outside of the lecture hall. When a deadline looms threaten-

ingly over one shoulder, the smartest option is to knuckle down until progress is made. It is here that a study environment is incredibly important. Working at home is often impractical. Though comforting and convenient, a familiar environment can be very distracting. Certainly, beginning a challenging essay in the same room as a stack of DVDs is a rather maddening prospect. Therefore it is within a university environment that many of us work best. With large seating areas on every floor - most of which include plug sockets - the facilities at MediaCity UK certainly demonstrate an understanding of this idea. To effectively benefit its students, our university must take note of its successes and make appropriate improvements in every campus.

NO Should the University increase its provision of study space? I don’t think so. I’m not a spokesperson for the University and I’m not antistudent, but nonetheless, I don’t think the above proposition is one the University should pursue. I don’t see study space and social space as an issue within the University. There is plenty of study space which is simply not utilised; many rooms intended for that purpose lie empty, while libraries remain packed. Rather than

devoting precious resources to extending its provision of study space, perhaps the University should consider better advertising the space it already has. Perhaps students should be more proactive about seeking out space, booking rooms well in advance. I oppose this motion for another reason. To sort out the study and social space “problem” would distract from the many wider issues that the University are already trying to ignore – for example, the financial mess which it has found itself in after committing itself to the expensive MediaCity UK project, to the detriment of other departments; the reshuffling of many courses; the restructuring of the departments which will lead to the loss of 100 jobs at the University. Students can deal with a lack of social and study space – they can study elsewhere. But can they deal with a lack of resources in their departments and a general lack of funding leading to a deterioration of the quality of learning they’re receiving? Can they deal with the loss of admin and teaching staff, leading to further problems of communication among the schools and poor timetabling? Can they cope with an IT system which simply does not work? Within the context of a plethora of problems at the University at the moment, the idea that the University should try and extend its provision of social and study space is both, I believe, an expensive and an unmanageable one. No. Instead, the University should focus on the problems that really affect the lives of students. If you can’t get a table in the library, you’ll get over it. If you can’t study your course properly because the expert in your field has been made redundant, I’m quite sure you won’t.

Students Unions across the country have responsible alcohol policies, focussing on the sensible retailing of alcohol in their premises, and this is one of the motivations I had for bringing such a policy to our Union too. Our Students’ Union bar has a legal license to serve alcohol, but unlike average bars and pubs, we have an additional responsibility to safeguard the student members that use our bar. The Students’ Union is responsible for the welfare of its members, and by this token I want them to have a safe environment to socialise in. The Students’ Union also exists to welcome students to the university. Within our diverse demographic here at the Students’ Union we have students who drink but equally we have students who don’t. I want to make sure our Union welcomes both. It is important to make clear that this policy will not be restrictive in any way. In other words students will not be being monitored in their consumption of alcohol; the policy would be more about making sure that students’ behaviour does not get out of hand and cause harm to other people or themselves. A Students’ Union alcohol policy, in short, would make it explicit what behaviour was acceptable, and what behaviour wasn’t – making a safer and fun atmosphere for everyone in the Students’ Union bar. I also think that the Students’ Union should make it explicit what the consequences of being drunk and disorderly are. The consequences can be very serious, potentially threatening future careers. On a more personal note, I believe it’s important to do whatever we can to demolish the culture of getting paralytic and being sick at the end of the night. This policy will hopefully dilute that culture and the future will see students with a responsible attitude to drinking – an attitude that will see them being allowed to get drunk and have a good time but not to the extent they are getting into fights, puking up and not being able to remember a thing in the morning. Every aspect of this process will be democratic. The question is being asked of Salford students: do you want this policy? If passed, it will be written with both the Student Council and the consultation of students. Any student can attend Student Council and make their opinions known about the issue. Sophie Atkinson will be running the “yes” campaign for this referendum

Hannah Garrigan

NO The proposed policy certainly appears logical; the stereotypical student lifestyle does entail a lot of alcohol consumption and so it follows that people should be educated on the health and safety risks. Even so, I do not believe this should be a priority of the Union. There a numerous health and safety awareness campaigns aimed at students already in place, and I believe they are effective. They are appropriately emphasised during Welcome Week and

I also think that the Students’ Union should make it explicit what the consequences of being drunk and disorderly are. The consequences can be very serious, potentially threatening future careers.

festive seasons and it is up to the individual how they respond to such campaigns. As for the second aspect of the policy: ‘acceptable behaviour of students in our venues’ I find this insulting and outrageous. It is neither the responsibility nor the place of the Union to teach us how to behave. If the Union invokes this policy they will be crossing boundaries and taking on a paternal role, as well as a wasting time and money that could be put to better use in other areas that desperately need it. Have you been to the social nights at Bar Yours run by the Students’ Union? A quick overview reveals drinking games, for which there are alcoholic prizes and special offers at the bar, and to be honest they are a good laugh; it seems a tad hypocritical to propose such a policy. The Students’ Union should provide a range of social activities for students, if there is alcohol involved it is up to you to decide how much you consume and how to conduct yourself.

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Kaye Neylon

As I meandered through the shelves of endless glossy magazines, I noticed the evernotorious National Enquirer. What shocked me about its latest over the top tabloid-style cover were the images plastered across it. Proudly emblazoned in bold letters was ‘WHITNEY: THE LAST PHOTO’. Accompanying the attentiongrabbing headline was an image which both shocked and intrigued me. There laid in state was the recently deceased Whitney Houston. I was not quite sure what shocked me more, the fact that someone close to the Houston family had taken this image and sold it to the highest bidder, or that a publication had the audacity to splash it across its front cover. While it may sell copies by the tens of thousands, this is a woman who died an untimely death and deserved to be laid to rest in peace. On a deeper note, Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, aged only eighteen, does not deserve to have her mother’s dead body gracing the covers of any

Ethics are something that seem to be lacking in journalism today. publication. Given a wellpublicised breakdown and the aftermath of Houston’s death, the child of any parent, famous or not, deserves the privacy to grieve privately. On this occasion the right was removed in the most unethical way possible. Speaking from a student journalist’s point of view, I can almost see the (ill) logic behind why the National Enquirer chose to buy the image. If they had not, then someone else would have, and that would result in money being lost. And that is essentially what it comes down to - money. Magazines and newspapers all

sell their souls and disregard their ethics at the sight of a big fat cheque, to the point of printing images of dead celebrities to squeeze the last drop of fame from their corpse. The images taken from within the family-run Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey have gained huge notoriety, with an army of Houston’s fans taking to internet blogs and fan pages to express their disgust at the publication’s decision to print them. The respected owner of the funeral home was quick to announce that none of her

An unfair advantage Hannah Garrigan

When I was at college I was asked the golden question by my teacher: ‘what do you want to do after University?’ When I told him I wanted to be a barrister he soon crushed my dreams with two harsh

words: ‘Don’t bother.’ Not your typical motivational speech, but upon quizzing his pessimistic statement I could see his point: there is a strong class division in the legal profession and since I had attended a state school and sixth form college, the chances of me making it to the bar were slim. Success in the legal

profession is barred by what is referred to as ‘the old boys network’, which sees attendance of private school and family connections endorse a successful application. An applicant may have a multitude of fantastic grades, reams of extra curricular attendance and outstanding references, but can still be held back by social

close-knit staff were responsible for neither taking nor selling the images of Houston laid to rest in her open casket. At the other end of the spectrum and speaking as someone who is very close to their mother, I don’t think I could ever recover from a betrayal such as this. Grieving for the loss of someone close to you is devastating enough. Ethics are something that seem to be lacking in journalism today. The act of fact checking, sourcing credible stories and abiding by the media regulations are a

thing of the past and in its place is a black hole. And sucked into it are the morals, ethics and decency of today’s “journalism“. If magazine circulation figures are anything to go by, we are fascinated by the carcrash life of Britney Spears, the rollercoaster weight of various soap stars, footballer’s affairs with family members and now, it would seem, the suffering of a teenage girl and the body of her deceased mother. If I have one message it would be this. The only way is ethics.

issues. Those outside of the inner circle, without the ‘correct’ social and educational background of the privileged classes, will lack the required social networking required to be a success in the legal field. The former chairman of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) put it simply - “Nice butdim applicants often prevailed over the merit and endeavours of those who were less socially advantaged.” Amongst law students the message given seems to be that it is not what you know, but who you know. I have spoken to some of Salford Law School’s students, and many agree that there is still a class system in place which prevents them from attaining the career they seek. Many have opted to take different career routes due to social prejudices they feel are against them. A few students had already been refused placements on this basis- one girl was told that not attending a private school meant that firms ‘could not guarantee the quality of her education’; another student was told ‘not to waste her money’ on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) because employers would not deem Salford University as ‘good enough’ no matter what her grades were

like at the end of her degree. Legislation and social attitudes forces firms to ensure that an ‘equal opportunities’ policy is in place. This, to some extent, has led to diversion within the legal profession, but not nearly enough. The profession remains to be dominated by white middle class males and although statistics from The Bar Council show a sharp increase in the number of female Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) solicitors and barristers, these figures also indicate that the inclusion still only applies to the higher classes, ‘as a result of the preference of employers for the graduates of ‘old’ universities, sections of society are filtered out of the profession’ according to research from the University of Westminster. Students who make a conscious decision to attend a ‘less prestigious’ University, or study closer to home to keep their debt at a minimum are disadvantaged. And with an increase in student’s fees deterring young people from a lower socio-economic background from attending University at all, any progress already made in attempting to make the legal profession more diverse is certain to regress.


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Think twice about junk food

The Round Up

Tammy Facey

Paul Roberts Firstly, the Brit awards. Although they were overshadowed by the Adele incident, there were a couple of other things that didn’t go to plan that night. After Coldplay’s opening performance host James Cordon proudly announced, ‘…and from here onwards the acts only get bigger’. Is there anyone bigger than Coldplay at the moment? ‘…we’ve got Olly Murs!’ Obviously not. One Direction kindly thanked Radio One Listeners for an award voted for by listeners of Capital FM. Maybe they were just in shock for winning best song. I still can’t work out why they went up to collect that award as they had very little involvement in it – apart from turning up to a recording studio and reading some lyrics they had just seen for the first time into a microphone, of course. Jack Whitehall fluffed his line up when hosting an award. This surprises me as he is usually so good at reading things that others have written for him (or other comedians have written for themselves).

In other news, scientists have announced that the male chromosome (Y) is diminishing. Apparently it has been withering for some time but it has only just been discovered. Typical male chromosome, keeping to itself and not bothering anyone. We have also seen the launch of the Sun on Sunday. Page two saw a short paragraph in which they claimed that ‘The Sun tries to report accurately but mistakes can be made’. This uses the technique of passive wording to mislead: mistakes ‘can be made’, not ‘…but we can make mistakes’. They also include an address to contact them about corrections they may

need to make. I might contact them and point out the bit about having ‘a commitment to honest journalism’ contains some faults. Surprisingly Katie Price has been given her own column, clearly forgetting about the weird mix of sympathy and hate the Sun has directed at her in the past. I’m also surprised as I didn’t know she could write. They have stuck with the traditional Sun puns (that do not quite work) covering Nelson Mandela’s stomach surgery with ‘Mandely Belly’ forgetting that it is spelt ‘Deli’ and Nelson Mandela isn’t Indian, but hey, anything for a joke.

Oh, it’s just this once… That little phrase resounding in the back of our heads as we dial the takeaway number. You’ve kept your new year’s resolution and been exercising like you mean it, with a healthy diet to boot. But it’s late, you’re hungry and can’t be bothered to cook. This dilemma is one I faced numerous times in my first year as a student (with no leftovers Mum had put in the fridge). Invariably a takeaway is called and you tuck in with your housemates or by yourself. Surely a little indulgence now and again never hurt anyone? Well, actually, it did. One day of eating ‘bad’ foods won’t necessarily make you fat if it’s just a ‘one off’, but it does affect your insides. My twin sister and I recently took part in an experiment for ITV where I ate healthy foods for one day and she ate unhealthy foods (takeaways, chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks, etc). After an early start we were

ravenous by mid morning. My sister surprisingly however, could not finish a chocolate bar because she felt like she already had a sugar high from the fizzy drink consumed earlier that morning. I was genuinely shocked, everyone loves chocolate, but she claimed sickness and had to try to eat it later. After a full day of excess sugar, salt and fat my twin said she felt bloated, tired and drained, whereas I felt like myself, happy and energised. Our blood pressure was taken at the end of the day and our cholesterol levels measured. My arteries were wide and clean with 80% oxygenated blood to unoxygenated blood. The doctor even said you can’t get better than this; this is what people should aim for. My sister’s blood however, was 50/50. Her cholesterol had risen by 20% and she had more fat lipids in her blood. So maybe think twice about that high salt, high fat, high sugar meal you’re about to order. Your insides will thank you for it.

NUS – National Union of Students or National Union of Sabbatical Officers? Laura Johnson What is NUS? Ask many Salford students and you’ll be confronted with a blank stare, or perhaps a “Isn’t it a discount card?” This is unsurprising. There are so many higher education acronyms – HEFCE, USSU, WP – the list continues – and many Salford students juggle part-time work, family life, commuting and other commitments with their degree courses. Put simply, students have better things to do with their time than keep up with a national organisation that has little impact on their day-to-day lives. NUS is the National Union of Students, an organisation that represents students and fights for their rights on a national level – and yes, has a discount card. It’s an ambitious and dynamic organisation with a membership of seven million students. NUS is many things to many different people, but it can be justifiably claimed that to a certain extent, the acronym should be short for “National Union of Sabbatical Officers”, not “National Union of Students”. How far does NUS engage with ordinary students as opposed to Sabbatical Officers? And if it is indeed the case that NUS doesn’t really appeal to ordinary students, then how far can it be claimed that NUS represents ALL students nationally? NUS President Liam Burns recently said at a press conference, “The relevance of NUS to students cannot be disputed.” But how far is this true? Students who are engaged with their Student Union, who nominate themselves for elections, who care about students’ rights and truly believe they can make a difference, might be able to identify with the wider student community outside of

their Students’ Union – and thus with NUS. But what relevance does NUS have to an ordinary, unengaged, non-activist student who doesn’t vote in Union elections, doesn’t concern themselves with student rights, and for whom university is a means to an end? In other words, what relevance does NUS have to the majority of Salford students? The answer to these questions are twofold. Firstly, the actions of NUS impact on the lives of students everywhere, whether they’re engaged or not. Every student in the country can identify with student finance problems, and with access to university. NUS actively campaigns on these issues – and many more – and influences the kind of change that can be felt by every student in the country. It’s also not entirely fair to criticise NUS for failing to engage students, and indeed to a certain extent the onus is on Sabbatical Officers, not NUS, to do this. NUS inspires Sabbatical Officers all over the country to believe they can change their destiny as students – if Sabbatical Officers aren’t passing this on to students, then this isn’t necessarily a failing of NUS itself. It’s also not entirely fair to criticise NUS for failing to engage with students – after all, it has motivated thousands of students to come out and protest at various demonstrations over the course of history, most recently the National Demo about tuition fees in 2010. It also recently held NUS Activism, a conference for ordinary, unengaged students to learn how to become effective activists. NUS does have an impact on your life, whether you know about it or not. And the issues it tackles do matter. Don’t know what NUS is? Perhaps you should Google it.

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Lattitude Global Volunteering

When I grow up I want to be a… marketing executive Last week, it was announced that unemployment figures had risen to some 2.67 million. Laura Johnson talks to Liz Bromley, Head of Student Life, about how you can avoid becoming another statistic Kirsty Booth

A what? A marketing executive is someone who manages and communicates the marketing messages of a company and the promotion of that company’s “brand”. Oh, OK. So what qualifications and skills do I need to work in marketing? A degree in business and marketing

would be beneficial, but graduates of all stripes have gone into marketing. What skills do I need? You need to be a great communicator, good at organisation, and fantastic at networking – amongst other things! What would my roles include? You’d be responsible for liaising and networking with a range of stakeholders, e.g. customers, colleagues, suppliers and partner organizations. You’d communicate

with target audiences and manage customer relationships, manage the production of marketing materials, conduct market research, and develop marketing strategies and plans. You’d also need to manage budgets and evaluate the success of marketing campaigns. (Source: Where do I start? Go to or visit Careers & Employability in University House.

Work Experience Position of the Week Qualify with ACCAACCA Location Wales, East of England, Greater London, West Midlands, East Midlands, North East, North West, South West, South East, Yorkshire and the Humber Salary Competitive salary Closing date 03/09/2012 Contract Permanent Working hours Full-time Job description ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, offers a future that is diverse, challenging and full of opportunity. Qualifying with ACCA is your first step towards a successful career in accountancy, business and finance. The breadth of the ACCA Qualification makes it the perfect platform to launch any business career, and you will have the opportunity to acquire technical skills that employers are now demanding. Our qualification gives you the transferable

skills you need, so that in the long-term you can apply for finance roles in any sector, in any business, anywhere in the world. There are three equally important elements to qualifying as an ACCA accountant - exams, practical experience and an online ethics module. The ACCA Qualification really does give you recognition and the power to choose your own career path to success. You can choose how you study, how often you sit your exams and where you get your relevant practical experience. Your study options include full-time courses, part-time day or evening courses, distance learning, weekend courses and revision courses. You can choose from a variety of different study options. ACCA's flexible approach equals freedom. Internships at university can count towards the practical experience requirements of the qualification and enhance employability. Also, exemptions from a relevant degree means fewer exams to sit. As the contract isn't tied into a training contract you can take your hard work with

you whenever you move jobs. ACCA is the largest and fastest growing international accountancy body, with over 424,000 students and 147,000 members in 170 countries. The ACCA Qualification is an established route to professional status, and globally you will be in demand for your finance and accounting knowledge, regardless of employment sector. Company information ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, is the global body for professional accountants. Qualification and experience requirements Any. All graduates from recognised universities can register, and those with relevant degrees could qualify for exemptions from some of the exams.

To apply for any of these opportunities or to find out more please visit

Apply now Location Worldwide Additional location details Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand Closing date Continuous recruitment Period Fixed term Working hours Full-time Job description Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth educational development charity that believes everybody should have the opportunity to experience a volunteer placement. We help young people from developed and developing countries to volunteer and make sure our placements deliver sustainable value for the children, communities and institutions that volunteers work in. We match every volunteer to a placement that really needs their skills and where they can have the most benefit as part of a larger, ongoing programme. Lattitude Global Volunteering does not offer 'voluntourism'; the efforts of the volunteers are both needed and appreciated and volunteers do make a lasting difference. Lasting between 3 and 12 months, the placements are unique, structured and rewarding; they are designed to allow a complete immersion in the culture, encouraging a positive and productive relationship between the volunteer and the host, to the maximum benefit of both. We support our volunteers throughout the application, selection and matching process, during the placement and after a volunteer returns. We have relationships with Embassies and High Commissions in the countries to which we send volunteers and have dedicated local representatives in each country who work with hosts and volunteers to make sure both get the most from the placement and to resolve any incidents that may occur. Since 1972, Lattitude Global Volunteering have been sending young people to volunteer around the world; we are dedicated to the educational development of volunteers and the host communities we work with.

Date for your diary The College of Health and Social Care Careers Fair– Wednesday 14th March, 12pm – 2pm, Allerton Hall, Allerton Building.

CV Do’s

and Don’ts Don’t use too many lists Include specific skills, such as languages, administrative or computing skills, in a separate section in your CV. Don't relist them for every job you've used them in. This is particularly so for IT work - lists of tools and packages make dull reading and won't make you stand out from other people with the same abilities. Source: www.bradleycvs.c

Interview Tip of the Week Be ready for relative trivia like 'what's your idea of a great weekend?’ or unexpected openers: 'why do you like the look of this job?’ Prepare answers to any trick questions you could think of, things like 'why do you want to leave your present job?’ and 'what are your worst weaknesses?’ Source: www.cvmasterclass. com


Volunteering Opportunity of the Week

Money-saving tip of the Week Bleed your radiators If yours need bleeding they'll be warmer at the bottom than at the top. This means air is trapped and the water won't be circulating round properly. To bleed your radiators, turn your heating off, then open the bleed key (turn it anti-clockwise) and close it when water starts to come out. Make sure you've got a towel or cloth ready to catch the drips as they come out. Also be careful - the water can be hot. With your radiators working properly you'll be able to have your heating turned down a touch, or not on for as long. Source:


Your Union

Contact Details 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 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

Vice President of Arts and Social Sciences Twitter: @SalfordVPCASS President of the University of Salford Students’ Union Twitter: @SalfordPres Vice President of Health and Social Care Twitter: @SalfordVPHSC Vice President of Science and Technology Twitter: @SalfordVPST

Meeting of the Week Vice President Arts and Social Sciences What? Publishing Timetables and Managing Space Where? Humphrey Booth House Why? At this meeting we discussed the University’s plans to move to a new system, ePortal, where students should be able to access their timetables from September. This is a brand new system which will hopefully allow students to access their timetable rather than having different ways

of doing so from course to course. The University are working on their systems of timabling so that they are also more aware of the attributes of each room when they are booking classes into them, to ensure the size, layout and equipment is appropriate for that class.

Hidden Course Costs Your Sabbatical Officers have been out and about talking to students about hidden course costs. Christina spoke to a third year Modern European Languages student, who said: “I have had to buy lots of films because the Language Resource Centre is never open long enough to work around classes and be able to watch the ones supplied there.” Meanwhile, Sophie spoke to a second-year Nursing student who said, ““I had to pay £170 for additional books on my course.” Caroline spoke to a third year Journalism student who said, “We have to buy lots of DVD’s for video and radio projects and have to do a lot

of printing in colour for our magazine work. Costs like this really add up and it would have been helpful to know about them in advance so it wasn’t such a surprise when lots of my money had to be used on stuff to do with my course!” Meanwhile, it seems Hidden Course costs are becoming a big issue nationally as well as at Salford. It’s one of the issues that NUS are raising this year at a national level. Liam Burns, President of NUS, said at a conference last week that it’s time for universities to “come clean” about hidden course costs. “It’s about saying to VC’s, you can’t expect us to cope with trebled tuition fees and then hidden essential costs on campus,” he said.

Your Candidates Announced! Voting is via Blackboard once more and opens on Friday 9 March, closing on Thursday 15 March. We’ve had a fantastic response to our call for candidates for the Students’ Union Elections. In total, 47 Salford students have put themselves forward for a position. So get ready for an exciting battle as they each try to persuade you to vote for them. We will be publishing a little bit about each of the Sabbatical candidates in next week’s edition of Salford Student Direct and you can find out all about all of the candidates on the website at Christina Kennedy James Walsh

Daryl Pilling Elisaveta Prodromova Mishal Saeed

Vice Presidents

Student Trustee

Charlene Bridgman Robin Crosby Dilip Das Tom Doyle Rose Hannan David Heaton Nicol Herta Matt Hoffbrand Adam Hughes Joe Kirwin Sucheta Marne Riain McAuley Robert Midgley

Malik Hakeem Ben Hampson Todd Hewitt Heather Lyons Zainab Minhas Abdullah Mousa Efosa Paul Ogbeni Chrissy Patman


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Student Council Muftau Akintoye Muhammad Ali Aslam Holly Brunt

Vice President Science and Technology

Going Up Nominations in the Student Led Teaching Awards Student Experience Reports! See them on our website Curly/spiral fries in Bar and Cafe Yours!

Going Down

Issue of the Month 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 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!

The Measure

Cameron Craigie Sonia Ekuase Amy Fairclough Tracy Lara Graham John Hart Laura Hill Megan Hughes Ahsan Jawaad Elliot Johnson Almantas Kireilis Ross Malloy Liam McLoughlin Rebecca Morgan Rohan Nair Daniel Rhodes-Mumby Oscar Rodmell Samuel Runcieman Ryan Snape

People who have normal chips in Bar Yours (why would you have them instead of curly fries!) Rubbish login times on uni computers! The Blue Peter Garden! It’s tiny!

Top Tweets ************ @SalfordPres Then had a quick chat to our sports groups about how they got on in their matches today. Generally we did well! Yay! #win ************ @SalfordVPST just had an Anchorman moment "SUIT SHOPPING" *jump* Yay! and nobody in the office got it. ************ @SalfordVPHSC @SalfordVPCASS is doing a cracking job chairing #betteruniversityforum :D


Photo: Richard Meftah

Salford Edition: Monday 5 March 2012

The men’s football last week played Manchester Metropolitan University on Castle Irwell.


Nike Training Club Richard Tree

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A new fitness club at Salford University looks to improve Ladies health on campus. Nike Training Club is starting at Allerton Hall, every Tuesday evening, from five to six o’ clock. Set up by instructor Mike Bach, he explained what happens on the Tuesday evening classes. “We start with a really functional warm up, to get people prepared for it. But the biggest part of the class is looking at three components.



Salford 3rds 21 – 27 Glyndwr 2nds


Richard Tree


After a couple of weeks away, the netballers wanted to build upon their excellent 36-20 win over 2nd place Edge Hill. A nervy opening period preyed upon the teams mid table status, both nervously looking over their

To use exercise that gets women lean, getting them toned, and also getting them a bit stronger as well. We use exercises across different areas in a 50 minute routine and then a warm down.” Focusing on cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone, the club also goes on a group run on Wednesday evenings around Rusholme. The Nike Training club aims to bring a social element to exercise, in a low pressure environment. Lorna Evans, a Manchester University student, is looking for more members. “I would say that almost all

the women here at Nike Training Club would never consider joining a gym. It’s too much of a stuffy environment. Here at NTC we are inclusive; no matter what level of fitness you are at we can accommodate you.” The class is free to join, there’s no specific requirements on dress code, just wear what you’re comfortable exercising in. To get in touch with Nike Training Club, find them on Facebook and simply join the group. Alternatively, you can e m a i l

shoulders at the foot of the table. The visitors managed to gain the upper hand, intercepting Salford’s more expansive passing before hitting on quick, simple counter attacks. Glyndwr took a narrow lead into the first interval. Salford reacted with a better second period, scoring within moments of the whistle. The home side began to cut out their errors while forcing them upon their opponents. Both Goal Attack and Goal Scorer were now comfortably outscoring their opposite numbers.

Salford squared the game going into the third quarter. The match as a contest really came alive in the third quarter, both sides going for broke. This merely resulted in deadlock, with the game going to a decisive final quarter. Where Salford faltered and tired, Glyndwr soldiered on in the remaining minutes; opening a small lead which they held on to until the end. Defeat this time leaves Salford 6th in the table, with not long left until the end of the season.


Salford 1sts 3 – 5 Liverpool 3rds Richard Tree

A late double salvo condemned the men’s hockey team to a second straight defeat, all but extinguishing any thoughts of

Last week’s

Scores This week’s

fixtures Women's Badminton Edge Hill 1st VS Salford 1st Men's Badminton Liverpool Hope 1st VS Salford 2nd Women's Basketball Edge Hill 1st VS Salford 1st Men's Football Chester (Chester) 1st VS Salford 1st Women's Football Salford 1st VS Cumbria 1st Men's Football Salford 2nd VS Bolton 2nd Men's Football Salford 3rd VS Edge Hill 2nd Men's Hockey Lancaster 2nd VS Salford 1st Women's Hockey Salford 2nd VS Chester (Chester) 2nd

Women's Badminton(League): Salford 1st v w/o Manchester 2nd Men's Basketball(League): Liverpool 1st 73 - 83 Salford 1st Women's Netball(League): Salford 1st 16 - 51 Liverpool 3rd Women's Hockey(League): Salford 2nd 2 - 0 Keele 2nd Men's Basketball(League): Liverpool 2nd 46 - 58 Salford 2nd Men's Hockey(League): Salford 2nd 0 - 2 Chester (Warrington) 1st Women's Netball(League): Salford 3rd 21 - 27 Glyndwr 2nd Women's Rugby Union(League): Liverpool Hope 1st 45 - 0 Salford 1st Men's Hockey(League): Salford 1st 3 - 5 Liverpool 3rd

promotion. Amongst boisterous support from the Ladies team, Salford took the lead thanks to Warren Hood. Liverpool found a quick equaliser, making an exciting opening 20 minutes. As the game settled and pace slowed a little, Salford patiently created chances to score. Sam Taylor had the best of the opportunities but his shot hit the post. Will Charlesworth then took advantage of some controversial umpiring. Normally his missed swing out on the right flank would have been considered an infringement for dangerous play, but the whistle never went. Making a connection the second time around, his centre found Sam Taylor whose effort was denied by the opposition goalkeeper. Brent Smith followed up to put Salford into the lead. Liverpool snatched an almost instant equaliser from a penalty corner. The visitors had two more chances to turn the game around without scoring. A late cross missed everyone as it tantalisingly rolled across the Salford goalmouth, and a speculative long range effort from the visitors was seen wide. The score was 2-2 at half time. The visitors had their own support via the Ladies of Keele University, backed by some questionable music taste. Nevertheless, it was Salford who looked the more likely to take the initiative thanks to some excellent 1 touch passing. The visitor’s keeper was sent sprawling, but Jonny Towers couldn’t quite manage to convert the chance.

Photo: Richard Meftah

Photo: Richard Meftah

Sport Mens Hockey


The Men’s rugby Union team score a winning try against MMU Cheshire on Castle Irwell.

Salford kept up the pressure, but were denied a corner controversially. As the home side were protesting, Liverpool countered quickly. Unfortunately Ally Stokes deflected a shot into his own net, but only minutes later a penalty corner was superbly flicked into the Liverpool net by Michael Fearn. Looking for a fourth, Jonny Towers managed to round the

keeper, but his finish was cleared off the line. Liverpool were ruthless on the counter attack, moving forward with purpose. Outnumbering Salford’s defenders, they took a 4-3 lead 20 minutes into the second half. The visitors midfield began to control possession, keeping the game in Salford’s half. A decisive 5th goal for Liverpool came from outside the D, the shot

finding its way through a crowd of Salford defenders. Will Charlesworth made one last individual effort, his shot going just wide after beating two Liverpool defenders. Warren Hood and Brett Smith were carried off with knee and ankle injuries as the game came to a scrappy close. A Liverpool player ended the afternoon in A & E after a suspected head injury.

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