University of Salford launches campaign to challenge public perception of research and innovation

Date: 02/07/2024
Author: University of Salford
Company: University of Salford

The University of Salford has launched  It starts in Salford, a new campaign that showcases the groundbreaking research at Salford and its impact on everyday lives.

The campaign aims to transform public perception of research and counter the misconception, revealed by CaSE*, that innovation is a luxury with little relevance to daily life.

It starts in Salford is fronted by a video (pictured) that invites viewers to take a walk in Celeste's shoes to see all the ways the University’s research impacts moments in everyday life in Salford and beyond.

It also celebrates the University’s community of researchers, with a series of videos featuring researchers demonstrating how their work shapes the world around us. The campaign highlights the University’s work across four themes; building prosperity and equity, improving sustainability, enabling healthier living and developing creativity and innovation.

Professor Penny Cook, Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor Research and Enterprise at the University of Salford, said: “At the University of Salford, we find solutions to the really hard to solve problems facing the world around us. We work with our partners to improve healthcare, help people with their energy bills, make the world sound better, boost the economy and influence policy, and more.

“We know that not everyone is aware of the role that a University plays in transforming the everyday lives of people and communities, and we hope that our new campaign will help to shine a spotlight on some of the ways that our research here in Salford is shaping the wider world.”

The campaign features researchers, colleagues and students from across the Salford community, as well as a soundtrack created by Adam Rowe, Creative Music Technology student.

The University commissioned local filmmaker, Charles Leek, to create the series featuring researchers and Greater Manchester based agency, Nectar Creative, to produce the headline video, which was shot on-location around the University’s Peel Park Campus and surrounding area in Salford.

*Source: Public Attitudes to R&D - CaSE (sciencecampaign.org.uk)