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News from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Included below:

  • Internationalisation and the challenges and opportunities for international offices going forward.
  • Policy brief featuring recommendations for governments and universities to take swift action to ensure no one is left behind in the shift online.
  • Funding – gender initiative grants and fellowship funding.
  • Librarians – virtual conference.
  • Sustainable Urbanisation Programme news.

Almost six months into the global pandemic, the impacts upon universities have been – and continue to be – profound.

In response, universities – and the individuals and offices within them – have shown incredible resilience in adapting and innovating to advance their teaching and learning, research, and service missions. Those particularly responsible for internationalisation within their institutions are no exception.

The ACU recently convened a group of internationalisation leaders from six member universities to reflect upon the challenges and opportunities for international offices going forward.

These leaders shared experiences of the ways in which their work had changed significantly. The need for more virtual internationalisation opportunities in the wake of limited mobility activities (a traditional mainstay of universities’ internationalisation efforts) is one key example.

Collectively, they agreed that internationalisation remains a core priority for their respective universities. Indeed, this period has highlighted the critical importance of, for instance, cross-cultural learning and transnational research collaboration. The ACU will be taking these discussions forward through its member Champions.

My own work with the ACU so far this year has shown me the value of the symbiotic relationship between international university networks and individual universities.

Networks, for their part, connect, convene, innovate, and advocate to create the right opportunities for their members for the times we are in. This, in turn, allows universities to focus upon what they do best – directly engaging their students, researchers, and communities.

I invite you to review this issue of Synthesis – and the ACU’s latest activities – to see how such a synergy is playing out in real time. With its online events, Networks and Communities, programming, and UN engagement, the ACU has built an international structure of opportunities. Members can then select those that advance their particular priorities.

While calls for transparency and effectiveness predate, of course, the pandemic, they have become louder during recent months. Judicious engagement in international networks by universities can help all achieve their goals. I look forward to future opportunities to work with the ACU to help convene and support universities as they navigate this new landscape in higher education.

Kind regards, Professor Ian Rowlands,
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability,
University of Waterloo, Canada

A snapshot of digital engagement in Commonwealth universities 

The results of the ACU’s recent digital engagement survey highlight a stubborn digital divide and its impact on higher education. Our new policy brief features recommendations for governments and universities to take swift action to ensure no one is left behind in the shift online.

ACU Gender Grants 2020 – applications now open!

10 ACU Gender Grants, up to a maximum value of GBP 1,000 each, are now available to staff at ACU member universities who are working to promote gender equity and equality in their institutions. The deadline for applications is 20 September 2020, 11.59 pm (BST).

ACU Fellowships – coming soon

Applications will open this month for ACU Fellowships, aimed at academic and professional staff of ACU member universities in any country to promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas. These virtual fellowships will support collaboration at a distance and enable the creation of valuable new partnerships, as part of the ACU Digital Now strategy.

From zero to hero: Rising to the challenge in a time of crisis

The ACU is partnering with the University of Johannesburg’s Library for their virtual conference ‘From zero to hero: Rising to the challenge in a time of crisis’, on 14-15 September 2020.This conference will focus on the changing roles of librarians in the transforming landscape of information science in a time of global disruption.

Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme

‘The Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme was a great learning experience where I understood multiple stakeholders’ perspectives on a range of issues surrounding urban development. Such initiatives can push for more innovation and collaboration, which is significant in addressing any crisis.’ – Rohit Pradeep Lahoti, 2019 Commonwealth Scholar

This programme of online events on the important issue of sustainable urbanisation was curated by the ACU and our partners.

For all information go to the ACU home page.

Ka kite anō au i a kōrua Karen Mather, People and Culture

Boss Coffee Comedy Club tickets are on sale now!

The Boss Coffee Comedy Club: Wednesday 15 July 2020, 7PM to 10PM at Haere-roa.

BOSS Coffee presents Comedy Club, a fun-filled night out featuring some of New Zealand’s funniest comedians live in the Ngaio Marsh Theatre! The event is part of UCSA’s Re-Orientation lineup.

Public tickets (‘no mates’) are now on sale, and UC staff are very welcome.

GET TICKETS

About our lineup

Eli Matthewson: In 2017, Eli was nominated for New Zealand’s top comedy honour The Fred Award. He’s also head writer of Have You Been Paying Attention?

James Roque: Nominated for the Fred Award for Best Show in 2019 NZ Comedy Fest.  James boasts a heap of television credits, including appearances on 7 Days.

Georgie Sivier: Winner of The South Island Raw final in her first year of comedy, Georgie’s been the the queen of sharp absurdity ever since.

James Mustapic: James’s satirical dry style and cutting observations have landed him roles on the Spinoff and made him a two-time Billy T nominee.

Liv McKenzie: Liv was crowned the Best Newcomer at the 2019 NZ Comedy Festival (plus she’s a Christchurch local).

Financial Planning Seminar – “Getting Set Up” – Under 35 age group

New Zealand Financial Planning (NZFP) are offering UC Staff the opportunity to attend a range of free seminars. The aim of the seminars is to put practical tools in front of people so they can make informed choices and better understand the options they have to create their financial independence and manage their wealth.

This seminar covers things that are key to getting started for those early in their careers and working lives.

  • KiwiSaver
  • Estate Planning
  • Insurances
  • Debt management (including student loans)

Tuesday 21 July 2020
12pm to 1.30pm
Jack Erskine 121

Registration

Please register your interest for this seminar by contacting Shelley Dick, via email or phone (03) 375 4040.


 

Financial Wellbeing – Free one hour seminar

Financial Wellbeing – Looking after your finances in a time of disruption

David McBrearty from New Zealand Financial Planning has generously offered  his time to provide information and answer questions around current financial support in this time of uncertainty.

Join him between 1.30pm-2.30pm on Tuesday 19 May.

No need to register. Please add this in your calendar and join the Zoom meeting using the following details:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84021474214?pwd=NEdTbEd4WnNvRDZPOHN0a1Z2TkVTdz09
Meeting ID: 840 2147 4214
Password: 968151

Please email any questions or areas you would like covered through to Marjorie Blake and I will send these through as anonymous questions through to David to cover.

Association of Commonwealth Universities – series of free virtual events

Kia ora colleagues I have received the following through our membership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Please promote – the topics are wide, covering:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Research management
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Library
  • HR, and more.

Given the time zone differences, these times are unlikely to suit you. I note from their website that the sessions will be recorded and I can get copies so let me know if you are interested in that. I hope everyone is staying well, Karen

“International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work.  We are committed to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond.

COVID-19 continues to heavily impact higher education across the globe. To support member universities as they adapt to this changing world, we are offering a free series of virtual events to share best practice and guidance. Featuring webinars and Q&As, the events will touch on a variety of topics relating to HR, teaching and learning, research management, the SDGs, and more.

Stay connected with colleagues across the Commonwealth. Register online to attend one or more of the following webinars:

Moving assessments online – lessons learned | 12 May, 15:00 BST

Managing a research office in lockdown | 20 May, 14:00 BST 

HR in HE responding to the COVID-19 crisis | 27 May, 12:00 BST

University libraries beyond the campus walls | 3 June, 14:00 BST

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.   If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards, The ACU.”