Celebrating with our Saudi PhD researchers

The School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford, joined Saudi students to celebrate 85 years of the Saudi Kingdom. The day was filled with knowledge exchange, networking opportunities, and lots of fun. #SalSaudiDay


  1. Our School has a good reputation in encouraging students from different cultural backgrounds to develop a cohesive and collegiate PGR community. We provide a home to 120 postdoctoral students, including a vibrant community of PhD researchers from Saudi Arabia. The postgraduate students organised the 'Saudi Day' celebrations, sharing their real life experiences of Saudi culture with University staff, students and special guests (Mr Basim Muhandis, Saudi Embassy UK & Saudi UK club). People dressed in the native Arabic dress, gained a deeper understanding of Saudi way of life, traditional food, henna tattoos and music.
  2. The Dean of School, Professor Tony Warne opened the event and then featured the day in his weekly blog. He stated: "It was a wonderful day and I was so proud of the hard work of our students in organising and facilitating the day – it was brilliant!" (more:  http://tonywarne.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/a-flying-visit-to-raffles-but-there-is.html )
  3. Special guest, Basim Muhandis of the Saudi Embassy UK & Gill Colgan, Associate Dean Recruitment and Internationalisation in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences cuts the ribbon to officially open the Exhibition.
  4. Saudi UK joined Salford Saudi Day as special guests
  5. Professor Tony Long, supervisor and mentor of a large number of Saudi students joined the celebrations too. He kindly agreed to talk about his work:
    "Saudi doctoral students working with CYP@Salford and who are supervised by me and my colleagues undertake research studies in their own country to improve outcomes for children. Example of projects include: 'improving knowledge and self-care ability of primary school children with asthma', 'improving school teachers’ understanding and ability to attend to the needs of children with diabetes', 'optimising nurses’ management of post-operative pain for children in Saudi hospitals', and establishing the effectiveness of an obesity prevention programme to improve healthy eating habits among Saudi' schoolchildren'."
  6. The event combined insights from the Saudi achievements in education and health care.