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LATEST FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES (ACU)

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 www.womenofinfluence.co.nz

Latest from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

UC is a member of the ACU. Their latest news (summarised below) is 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, Philip McGowan, from Newcastle University, UK and Pamela Dube from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, writes for us about higher education and the SDGs.

It’s been nearly six years since the world’s governments agreed the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, and these 17 goals increasingly feature in our universities, in businesses and in local government. This increasing familiarity with the SDGs is critical if we are to make good progress by the 2030 deadline for meeting these environmental, social and development goals…  (see the website for the rest of the article)

Opportunities for members:

  • Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowships – applications now open
  • Register for Going Global 2021
  • Request for proposals: Market analysis of the higher education sector in Bangladesh
  • Request for proposals: Supporting research study
  • ACU Fellowships – deadline extended
  • Speak at the NMIMS-ACU International Conference on STEM Education-2021
  • Attend the Digital University Africa webinar series
  • Research and innovation for climate action – academic and university events in support of COP26
  • Blue Charter Knowledge Exchange Training Programme
  • Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships
  • Call for papers | Conversations about the journey of change: A ‘new normal’
  • Save the date: ‘Universities of the Future’ event

News

  • Taking international collaboration online: Virtual mobility projects
  • Climate Resilience Challenge Grants: advancing climate action in the Commonwealth
  • Tackling the taboo of sexual harassment

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

Latest news from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

The latest newsletter includes

  1.  A letter about the critical need for climate action and some supporting research opportunities
  2. How you can support a social media campaign #UnisForOurPlanet – download a social media kit to highlight the important work being done to tackle climate change
  3. ACU Fellowship opportunities

    “The fellowships facilitate collaboration at a distance and the creation of valuable new partnerships between member universities in different countries. From climate action to engineering, we have a wide variety of fellowships available in 2021 across different fields for ACU member university staff.”

  4.  Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants – applications now open
  5. Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – applications now open
  6.  Help evaluate applications for ACU grants – join the selection committees
  7. Take part in the Second Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education
  8. Register for the Climate Exp0 conference
  9. Join the call for participants – a global dialogue about the digital divide in higher education

News Stories

  1. COP26: a research partnership to accelerate climate action
  2. My experience as a female leader in Higher Education
  3. The ACU Review: Dialogues of difference
  4. Climate action for women, by women: Mrs Mavis Akuffobea-Essilfie

I’d welcome knowing if this is helpful to people – do you read this blog? Do let me know.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture