The Pendleton Together Partnership
- Published: Thursday, 05 May 2016 12:49
- Written by University of Salford
University, industry and community collaboration: working towards economical and societal impact through knowledge transfer, evidence-based decision making, and student creativity delivering improved efficiencies for all.
The University of Salford is a strategic partner in ‘Pendleton Together’, a £650 million regeneration project designed to completely transform the Pendleton area of Salford.
The project is being delivered by the University of Salford, Pendleton Together consortium, led by housing organisation – Together Housing Group, building and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat.
Over 13,000 residents live in the area which was in the bottom 1% of the UK for health deprivation and had only 41% of working age residents in employment. The partnership is committed to creating change through local jobs and training opportunities, providing support to families and improving health and well-being.
The ambitious project, which will see more than 1,600 energy efficient new homes built and 1,250 existing homes refurbished, will include a re-invigorated park and new useable green spaces, new sports pitches and a new theatre square.
The University delivers a number of research projects as part of the partnership covering ecological sustainability, healthcare, energy, archaeology, technology, digital solutions and Dementia Friendly independent living. This approach enables us to use its academic and research expertise and student talent to underpin and help shape the future direction of Pendleton Together initiative.
An example of a research project is our Digital Health collaboration with the Director of Health at Salford City Council and GPs to develop a digital health dashboard. This would give each resident access to their health information, enable them to video conference with their GP, and even allow both patient and GP to monitor health issues such as blood sugar levels for diabetes patients.
It will greatly benefit residents who find it difficult to leave their own homes such as those who have a disability or are in independent living. It will also help reduce the calls to GPs surgeries and free up capacity.
Importantly the partnership sits at the heart of the University’s new vision:
Helen Marshall, Vice Chancellor, University of Salford said:
“By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships we will lead the way in real world experiences preparing students for life.”
Our approach means we can support the council and the partners in delivering evidence-based decisions based on academic research and also engage the students with real life issues and problem solving tasks.
The industry partnership with the Pendleton Together consortium is innovative and inspiring given its breadth (with over 25 cross disciplinary research projects being delivered across 7 schools within the University) and depth, through the long term economical and societal impact on people and place in Pendleton.
Since the University joined the Pendleton Together partnership 18 months ago, the University has developed a Pendleton Model which engages academia, place, and people through a creative industry partnership.