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University of Salford

2015 League Table Ranking 84
2015 Overall Score 582
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Entry Standards 328 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.36 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 995 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.91 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 445 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 59.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 77.6 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 64.3 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 47.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The University’s past is rooted in the great Industrial Revolution of the 19th century which changed the world. The original University of Salford, then called the Salford Technical Institute, was founded in 1896 to meet the demands of the thriving industries in the region at that time.
  • In 1921 the Institute was renamed the Royal Technical College, later splitting into two separate organisations which became the University of Salford in 1967, and the University College Salford in 1992 respectively.
  • The two universities finally merged into a single institution in 1996 – exactly 100 years after the formation of the original Royal Technical Institute.

Location and Transport

  • The University is located just 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre, set predominantly on one large campus in 60 acres of parkland with the River Irwell running through it.
  • Our new state-of-the-art facility, focused on media and digital teaching and learning, is based at MediaCityUK which is located 2 miles from the campus and 4 miles from Manchester city centre.
  • A free bus service runs between the University and MediaCityUK; another free service runs between the main campus, car parks and accommodation.
  • Salford Crescent railway station is on our doorstep, offering frequent direct trains to Manchester and Manchester Airport with excellent links to destinations across the UK. There are also frequent bus services into Manchester.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements are between 220 and 320 UCAS tariff points for degree entry; slightly lower for foundation degrees.
  • Full details of the entry requirements for individual courses can be found in the University prospectus and on the website
  • Salford is committed to widening access to higher education for all parts of the community and is proud to be in the top 10 HE institutions for widening participation for all applicants.
  • For those without formal qualifications, we offer an assessment service to assess individual potential to succeed at university: support is provided pre-test to ensure candidates are appropriately prepared.

Student Mix

The 18,485 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Giving our students the best start for a successful career is an important part of our proposition, with three-quarters of our undergraduate courses offering the opportunity of work or study exchange placements in the UK and abroad.
  • We recognise the importance of flexible learning options, including part-time and distance learning study.
  • You can begin your further study at a number of different times in the year; our postgraduate courses offer varying start dates, through from September to March.

Teaching Standards

  • Achieving employability is an important part of the student experience. We have a long–established track record of successful relations with business and industry, leading to work placements for our students with a raft of partners from major companies to local businesses.
  • Close collaboration with business and industry is at the heart of our course development, to ensure your learning is relevant to the real world. Many of our tutors are industry consultants and practitioners – for example, our Trauma and Orthopedics course is delivered by practicing orthopedic consultants, radiologists, sports physicians and specialist physiotherapists.
  • High profile visiting lecturers provide an insight in to potential career pathways, and you'll have the opportunity to learn from successful practitioners in your subject area, such as former Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr, and David Threlfall, who plays Frank Gallagher in Shameless.
  • Our courses are accredited by external professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, the British Psychological Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Research Standards

  • Research Fortnight's Research Power league table rated the University's Built Environment research first in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Information and Library Management was ranked second in its subject area. Both were judged by the government to have 25% of their research in the world-leading 4* category.
  • 83% of the University's research was judged to be of international standard in the government's latest RAE. What's more, 12% was judged to be world-leading – at the very cutting edge of its discipline.
  • Overall, the University was ranked 48 out of 158 universities in the Research Fortnight power ranking tables, placing Salford in the top third of UK Universities.
  • Research and enterprise initiatives combine for impact. A great example is our Energy House, a unique fully-functional terraced house built inside a climate-controlled lab where academics work alongside global and local energy-related businesses on research testing to address current energy issues and develop the latest energy efficiency products.

Academic Strengths

  • Many of our courses are accredited by a professional body – when you graduate, you’ll receive a recognised qualification and membership of the professional organisation in your chosen field. Accrediting bodies include RICS, CIM, NUJ, AMBA, CIPS, EPAS, CIPD, IME, CIOB and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • The University of Salford is the north west’s largest provider of health and social care education and training with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including an on-site podiatry clinic, human performance laboratory and a digital imaging suite.
  • We are the only university with a campus at MediaCityUK – the centre of the media, digital and creative industry in the UK. Our neighbours there include the BBC and ITV.
  • We have one of the UK's most eminent schools for the built environment, and the UK's largest research institute in this sector. We consistently achieve top scores in research league tables, putting us at the forefront of teaching and research in one of the largest industries in the UK. This offers excellent employment prospects for our students.
  • Our School of Arts and Media is one of the largest of its kind in the country with lecturers who are experienced professionals, practitioners and researchers, many of whom are active in the fields in which they teach, providing contemporary and practical teaching.  
  • Science and engineering is a traditional strength of the University, with particular highlights including acoustics and aeronautical engineering.

Student Facilities

  • We provide a dedicated website, where students can find information on every aspect of their university life, plus help and support on a wide range of student issues, including finances, visas, wellbeing and disability.
  • Extensive library facilities and resources are located across the wi-fi enabled campus, including a state-of-the-art facility at MediaCityUK, with more than 600,000 printed books, 400,000 e-books and 35,000 e-journals. Our cutting-edge resource discovery tool allows access to all our academic resources from a single online search programme.
  • The Library has a subject-specialist member of staff for each School, providing training and helping our students to make the most of thigh-quality resources available.
  • More than 800 open access student PCs and printing facilities are provided across the campus, with an easy-to-use online system located on the student pages of our website that reveals where available PCs are located; 240 laptops are also available for loan within libraries.
  • We offer 24-hour access to our largest library all year round; all libraries offer both silent areas and spaces for working with others. The main library has received the Customer Service Excellence Award for its high standards of service.

Disability Services

  • Student Life has a full support service including specialist, professional wellbeing advisers, in disability and physical and mental health.
  • Our excellent accessibility and support are reflected in a comparison of UK universities where we are ranked 26thout of 163 for the percentage of students who declare a disability
  • Contact the Disability Service via email; by phone on 0161 295 9000; fax on 0161 295 2018; text only phone (for deaf/hearing impaired) 07749 651 108, or visit the website at www.advice.salford.ac.uk/disability.

Students' Union

  • Every student at the University of Salford is automatically a member of the Students’ Union, so there is nothing to join and all the services are provided for free. The Unions’ mission is to enhance students’ lives, ensuring University is the amazing, life-changing experience it should be.
  • The most important way in which the Students’ Union can make a positive difference is by working in collaboration with the University, advising on matters students would like to change, then working together on solutions.
  • Every College has a Sabbatical Officer dedicated to gathering feedback from students and working with the University to ensure that their needs are met.
  • Student-led media at Salford is completely directed by students. There are great opportunities to work for our weekly newspaper, the Salfordian, and for Salford's own Shock Radio.
  • The Students' Union Advice Centre offers independent, friendly and professional advice and specialises in academic-related issues.
  • The Union runs a bar and café on the main campus, and three shops provide everything you need for daily University life.


  • There’s lots going on each week, with 25 of our sports teams competing with other universities from across the north west every Wednesday.
  • We have astroturf pitches for football, hockey and rugby, and grass pitches for football and rugby; the Sports Centre on the main University campus is equipped with a 25m swimming pool, 4 fitness studios with regular classes for all fitness levels, conditioning and strength rooms, a climbing wall, 2 squash courts and a large multi-purpose sports hall. Prices start from £20 for annual membership.
  • The Students’ Union operates over 80 sports and activity groups, from performing arts to snow sports. Students who don't have the time to commit to a group can participate in our pay-as-you-go, no commitment Give Sport a Go programme, which is completely free.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Our ambitious programme of campus improvement began in 2006 with the purpose-built Mary Seacole building for health and social care students, boasting state-of-the-art human performance labs. The new Salford Business School opened in September 2007, providing a smart learning environment; our capital investment plan continues to gain momentum as we weave a range of innovative social and learning space solutions across the campus. All initiatives are designed to support the development of a vibrant 24-hour campus culture within the next two years.
  • A new multi-million pound building is in development on the main campus which will feature arts and media facilities including a theatre, studio space and practice space plus innovative social learning areas. This fantastic new space is due to open early in 2016.
  • A major development of 2,000 new student rooms on campus is due to be completed in 2015. Overlooking the historic Peel Park, these new residences will be an important part of the 24-hour life on campus we are working to create, along with shops, restaurants and cafes.
  • Our main lecture facilities have benefited from a complete face lift. Students now enjoy six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with views across the campus.
  • We are the only University to have a major presence at MediaCityUK. Our new building is right next door to six national BBC departments including Sport and Children’s; ITV and a growing number of creative, media and film companies are also close neighbours. With over 100,000 sq ft of space, 1,500 students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in a creatively charged environment as they study for creative, digital, business and media courses.
  • The Student Life department, a one-stop shop where students go for advice on anything from careers to finance, recently had a £3-million refit to provide the best possible environment to care and support for our students with counseling rooms, social areas and a one-stop-shop advice desk.


Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Part-time, vacation-period, placement, voluntary and graduate job opportunities can be accessed through the University’s Careers and Employability Service. In 2012–13 the team sourced and promoted 2,762 employment opportunities, requiring a total of 16,843 recruits. A dedicated team of staff source and promote employment opportunities all year round and students are actively encouraged to take part, in order to boost their employability.
  • On-campus recruitment fairs are delivered from October to February to provide opportunities for students and graduates to meet, impress and learn from employers. These include general events that provide opportunities to engage with local employers offering part-time jobs, and sector specific events that provide opportunities to meet employers.
  • Advice and guidance is available from Careers and Employability across all subjects with support for developing job seeking skills, CVs and interview techniques. Careers advice and information is available to University of Salford students and graduates for life, years beyond graduation – all designed to provide you with real competitive advantages for the world of employment.

Notable Alumni

We are incredibly proud of our successful alumni, who have gone on to achieve great things after their time with us. This is a selection of some names you may recognise:

  • Andy Bond – former Chief Executive of Asda.
  • Professor Darwin Caldwell – Research Director, Italian Institute of Technology, key person in iCub project.
  • Anwar Choudhury – British diplomat, former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
  • Christopher Eccleston – actor.
  • Ieuan Evans – former international rugby union player for Wales.
  • John Hammond – BBC presenter.
  • Peter Kay – comedian.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley – actor.
  • Jason Manford – Manchester comedian and Perrier nominee.
  • Sarfraz Manzoor – writer, journalist and documentary maker.
  • Kristyna Myles – singer-songwriter.
  • Karl Newton – Executive Producer at ITV Studios.
  • Jim Sturgess – actor.
  • B. N. Suresh (Byrana Nagappa Suresh) – Indian aerospace scientist; 2002 recipient of Padma Shri.
  • Norman Whiteside – former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer.
  • Maxine Wrigley – Chief Executive of A National Voice.

For further information

  • www.salford.ac.uk
  • course-enquiries@salford.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)161 295 5000
  • University of Salford
    Greater Manchester
    M5 4WT
UCAS Code S03

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