Latest from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

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Each month, an individual at a different ACU member institution is invited to write the introduction for this newsletter, providing an opportunity to highlight different perspectives. This month, Chetna Duggal from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India writes for us about the pandemic and mental health.

The psychosocial reverberations of the COVID-19 pandemic have put immense pressure on an already overburdened mental health care system in India. To support individuals and families in crisis, therapists and counsellors switched to remote methods of reaching out to clients and started volunteering through COVID-dedicated helplines. Being on the frontlines and providing psychosocial first aid to those in crisis over extended hours in a new format, while themselves fearing the risk of COVID-19 for our own family members, left many practitioners feeling exhausted, burnt-out and emotionally vulnerable…. (see the website for the rest of the article)

Opportunities for members

  • COP26 opportunities bulletin
  • Join the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network Steering Committee
  • ACU grants calendar 2021-2022 now available 
  • Catch up on series two of The Internationalist podcast


  • Facebook Live: A student perspective on urban disasters, vulnerability, risk and resilience
  • Submission of abstracts: NMIMS-ACU International Conference on STEM Education-2021
  • Register for ‘Conversations about the new normal’ virtual event

And more.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture