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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


Feedback – art or science?

Is feedback an art or a science?

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Workshops following feedback on UC’s organisational structure

Kia ora koutou,

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:

  • What structural arrangements may best enable our academic mission and aspirations?
  • How should we oversee academic planning at a University level e.g. our curriculum, our approach to teaching, learning and assessment, and our research strategy?
  • What is the best relationship between our academy and our service units to enhance effectiveness as a university, enabling greater cohesion and reducing duplication?

These workshops are for any academic and professional/general staff who are not on Academic Board. Light refreshments will be available during the session, and we ask that you bring your own full water bottle. If you would like to attend, please register by Thursday 11 February so we can ensure there is enough seating and catering.

An Academic Board workshop is also scheduled for 12 February. Board members will have already received their invitation. However if they are unable to attend that workshop, they are welcome to register for a workshop listed above.

Please direct any questions to

The VC’s communications can be found here:

Ngā mihi nui

ACU Synthesis – news and opportunities

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


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