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Update from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

The latest newsletter includes:

  1. Information on a four-week long virtual global health elective course in a collaborative online international learning model from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  2. Registration for ‘Voices of the Blue Charter: A marine plastics research showcase’.
  3. Applications open for ACU Summer School 2021: ‘Urban disasters: Vulnerability and resilience in a pandemic’ with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.
  4. International Higher Education Forum 2021: Keeping higher education global
  5.  THE Impact and Innovation Summit
  6.  Opportunities to get involved with the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort
  7.  Deliver a virtual training workshop –  “We are seeking proposals from staff based at member universities to deliver a virtual training workshop on research-to-action for the Cohort. This workshop will equip researchers with the practical knowledge and skills they can apply to design and deliver their own research-to-action projects. A total of GBP 2,500 (plus VAT if applicable) is available to deliver this workshop.”   Deadline: 16 April at 09:00 (UTC + 1)
  8. Call for a research-to-action facilitator – “We are also seeking a senior climate-focused academic based at an ACU member university to support the researchers in developing five peer-led research-to-action projects. As a core component of the programme, these research-to-action projects will provide the Cohort with an opportunity to work across borders and disciplines, and work towards bridging the evidence-to-policy gap in their communities and beyond.”  Deadline: 16 April at 09:00 (UTC + 1)

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

News and opportunities from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Kia ora colleagues

Please see the latest newsletter on the ACU website. There is a lot in this issue for those with an interest in the areas of sexual harassment, gender inequity, climate change and sustainability so please let your relevant colleagues know.

The newsletter includes:

  1. The potential of technology to combat gender inequality.
  2. Opportunity to host the 2022 and 2023 ACU Summer Schools
  3. Deliver a virtual mobility project with another ACU member university
  4. A virtual mobility survey
  5. Take part in the Second IAU Global Survey on the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education’
  6. Amplify your university’s climate work in the lead-up to COP26
  7. International Green Gown Awards – apply by 31 March
  8. Opportunities to get involved with the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort

Plus a number of events as well as articles on “Tackling the taboo of sexual harassment”, “Choosing to challenge gender bias and inequity to build a better world”, and “No-bystander training for a safer city”.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture


Latest news from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Make the most of our membership of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Included this in this month’s newsletter:

Plus some articles and podcasts that may be of interest.

Karen Mather, People and Culture (formerly HR)

ACU Synthesis – news and opportunities

The latest monthly member update can be viewed on the Association of Commonwealth Universities website.


COP26 Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – applications now open
Apply now
The ACU-DUT Virtual Engagement toolkit is here!
Access the toolkit 
Apply for a Commonwealth Peace & Reconciliation Challenge Grant 
Apply now


Early Career Conference Grants
Find out more
Blue Charter Knowledge Exchange Training Programme
Find out more

Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – an invitation to participate

The VC has received the following invitation from the Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and encourages UC staff to participate.

“In the lead up to COP26, the ACU has partnered with the British Council to launch the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – a platform for local researchers to bring multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise to a global stage, build international collaborations, and work with experts to influence on issues related to climate and environment in their communities and beyond.

We are seeking 24 rising-star climate and environment researchers to form the cohort, and as an ACU Council member, I’d like to ask you to share this opportunity with your network and recommend outstanding research talents to apply.

We are especially keen that experienced researchers from the Commonwealth’s most climate-vulnerable regions take part in this opportunity to advocate on behalf of local concerns.

 Benefits of the cohort

ACU members involved in the cohort will have opportunities to enhance the contribution of their researchers to the SDGs and access a platform for partnership development on climate-related issues (i.e. via the ACU’s Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network), resulting in potential new research collaborations.

Throughout 2021, successful applicants will benefit from funded attendance at COP26 in Glasgow (travel restrictions permitting), attend expert-led training to strengthen leadership skills, engage with climate change policy dialogues, connect with other bright minds in the field, and complete a peer-led research-to-action project with seed funding.”