The latest newsletter includes:
- 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.
- Registration for ‘Voices of the Blue Charter: A marine plastics research showcase’.
- Applications open for ACU Summer School 2021: ‘Urban disasters: Vulnerability and resilience in a pandemic’ with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.
- International Higher Education Forum 2021: Keeping higher education global
- THE Impact and Innovation Summit
- Opportunities to get involved with the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort
- 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)
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
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:
- The potential of technology to combat gender inequality.
- Opportunity to host the 2022 and 2023 ACU Summer Schools
- Deliver a virtual mobility project with another ACU member university
- A virtual mobility survey
- Take part in the Second IAU Global Survey on the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education’
- Amplify your university’s climate work in the lead-up to COP26
- International Green Gown Awards – apply by 31 March
- 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
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Thank you for submitting your feedback and views on the shape and structure of UC, this has all been given to the Vice-Chancellor to read.
Further to the Vice-Chancellor’s messages, the below opportunities are available for you to join workshops in person. The purpose of these workshops are to contribute further to the discussion about the questions asked by the VC:
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The latest monthly member update can be viewed on the Association of Commonwealth Universities website.
|COP26 Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort – applications now open|
|We are seeking 24 experienced climate and environment researchers based in ACU member universities to join the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort. Throughout 2021, this unique Cohort will work together with experts from across the Commonwealth to identify opportunities to engage and influence on issues of climate and environment in the lead up to COP26. The ACU and the British Council are working in partnership to establish this opportunity for rising-star climate and environment researchers seeking to enhance their leadership and knowledge exchange skills.|
Applications close on 31 January 2021 at 23:59 (UTC)
|The ACU-DUT Virtual Engagement toolkit is here!|
|The ACU is pleased to launch a new ACU-Durban University of Technology (DUT) Toolkit for Virtual Engagement for International Student Exchange. The toolkit is the first in a series of member-led resources designed to support peer-to-peer learning, and the development of new virtual student exchange collaborations – drawing on DUT’s longstanding experience.|
|Apply for a Commonwealth Peace & Reconciliation Challenge Grant |
|Applications are closing soon for Commonwealth Peace & Reconciliation Challenge Grants. Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grants will support projects advancing peace, reconciliation, and indigenous knowledge. Four grants, up to a maximum value of GBP 2,500 each, will be available for ACU members to meet the costs of a diverse range of projects.|
Applications close on 22 January 2021 at 23:59 (UTC)
|Early Career Conference Grants|
|For emerging academics, taking part in an international conference can have a profound impact on their teaching and research. The ACU’s Early Career Conference Grants help to ensure that more emerging researchers – and the universities that employ them – can benefit from these valuable opportunities. To reflect the current times, this year’s grants will solely fund participation in virtual (online) conferences.|
Applications close on Tuesday 9 February at 16:00 (UTC)
|Blue Charter Knowledge Exchange Training Programme|
|This bespoke course aims to help enhance the impact of research dissemination activities undertaken by early-career researchers working in the field of marine science. Researchers may be nominated to enrol in the training, and those who complete the course may also apply for up to GBP 2,000 under the Blue Charter Knowledge Exchange Grant Scheme designed to support researchers in the practical application of the skills they learned.|
The deadline for nomination is 27 January 2021 at 23:59 (UTC)