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Gender Grant opportunities – Association of Commonwealth Universities

Applications are now open for ACU Gender Grants 2021. 

Grants of up to GBP 1,000 each are available for staff at ACU member universities to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality on campus.

To date, the grants have funded a wide range of impactful projects including a network to support the career development of emerging female academics, and a mobile app to combat sexual and gender-based violence on campus.

Now entering its fifth year, the ACU Gender Grants help members to meet the costs of a diverse range of initiatives, workshops, and events in areas such as:

  • Supporting women in leadership
  • Raising awareness of sexual harassment and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives
  • Supporting women in science and research
  • Creating effective institutional policies
  • Mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum

How to apply

Please visit our website and complete the online application form. 

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 October 2021 at 16:00 UTC.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Best wishes, Kudzai Muronzi, ACU Gender Programme.


UC is a member of the ACU. Information about their latest news, opportunities (including grants and funding) and events are available on their website.

During this challenging time, in which the world is navigating a global pandemic, we need to revisit some of our human values and build strong relationships and safety nets in the family, community and society.

Human values like respect, trust, support, love and peace in our homes, places of work, schools and community are very critical. We all want to live in a society that is safe and where the rights of everyone – irrespective of gender, race, religion, age and marital status – are protected. However, the continuing rise in sexual harassment and bullying on university campuses across the world has highlighted the need for a more proactive approach to intervene and educate staff, students and society.

In 2019, the University of the South Pacific (USP) received an ACU Gender Grant to fund a new learning initiative aimed at promoting gender equality, increasing awareness of sexual harassment, and creating a safer, more equitable university environment. This is the first time in USP’s history that we are actively engaging with students and staff of national and regional campuses to create awareness and have positive conversations on the topic under the direction of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Committee….  see the rest on the website

You can also read 

  • ACU Gender Grants 2021 – applications are now open
  • ACU Ambassador Summit: Creating and assessing research impact
  • Register for ‘The path to research leadership in Africa and India’
  • ACU grants calendar 2021-2022 

And more.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

Latest from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

UC is a member of the ACU. Information about their latest news, opportunities (including grants and funding) and events are available on their website.

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


UC is a member of the ACU. Their latest news (summarised below) is available on their website.

This month:

  1. Haseeb Md Irfanullah from the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh writes for us about the importance of research-to-action projects, which he is facilitating for the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort
  2. Help us show the world what universities are doing for our planet
  3. HR in HE Community Challenge Grants – applications now open
  4. UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021 – SDG Learn workshop with the SDG Academy
  5. The Internationalist podcast – series two out now!
  6. Call for expressions of interest: Climate-U research affiliate opportunity
  7. PhD opportunity: Advance your research on Commonwealth themes with a Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentship
  8. What skills do students and staff need for the digital future?
  9. Using insects to fight food insecurity
  10. Digital transformation in higher education: past and present
  11. Finding local solutions to global problems: Dr Salom Gnana Thanga Vincent.  At the University of Kerala, professor and Blue Charter alumna Dr Salom Vincent is tackling unchecked plastic waste accumulation from the bottom up. Witnessing the growing plastics crisis, Salom – a biologist by training – applied for a Blue Charter Fellowship to pursue marine plastics research in search of solutions.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

2021 Women of Influence

The search for 2021 Women of Influence continues! We would like to encourage everyone to nominate an incredible wāhine they know who helps making Aotearoa a better place, especially as we have so many here at UC. 

There are ten award categories that can be entered into, and you have until 16 August to make your nomination. 

The Women of Influence programme is also hosting its annual Speaker Series in July and early August, with breakfast events in Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Please find details for the Christchurch Speaker Series here>

These events provide great networking opportunities for your work teams, colleagues and friends with a stellar lineup of speakers and hosts that make for an engaging and thought-provoking morning –  a great way to get out of the office for a couple of hours and come away feeling inspired!

For more about the speaker lineup and to book tickets, as well as more about nominations, visit