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ACU Synthesis May 2019 | Supporting academic mobility and collaboration in the Commonwealth
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Mobility is a fundamental part of higher education, and scholarships and fellowships are one valuable tool to facilitate this; or in the case of early career researchers for example, they can be vital. 

Coventry University’s strategy ‘Creating Better Futures’ enshrines our commitment to building a research culture that addresses major social challenges and fosters international collaboration. 

It is this strategy that has led us to proudly host a special Coventry University ACU Fellowship. Focussing on three of our research centres and supporting collaboration with other ACU members in four countries, this fellowship is a key development opportunity. 

We are also committed to supporting our undergraduate and postgraduate students with international mobility. It is well documented that students who have a period of mobility overseas subsequently show more engagement with their course, better learning outcomes, higher levels of satisfaction with their university and better employment outcomes. In 2017/8 we topped the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency’s ranking for international student mobility for the third year running by providing more overseas experiences for our students than any other UK university.

This is another area in which Coventry has worked with the ACU; in the last two years alone we have hosted 15 Chevening scholars and 4 Commonwealth (CSC) scholars. The Chevening and CSC scholarship programmes are particularly valuable for universities as they have the potential to attract talented international students to the UK, who may be from countries that are underrepresented in the student population, thereby enhancing the international experience for all students.

Most recently, we’re also proud that Coventry PhD researcher Maurice Beseng was awarded anACU Blue Charter Fellowship to travel to the University of Buea – a fellow ACU member institution – in Cameroon to look at ‘ghost gear’ (fishing nets left in the oceans) in the context of unregulated fishing in Cameroon. It is only by working in collaboration in this way that researchers can truly address the grand challenges that we are all faced with globally. 

Making the most of your membership

Exclusive opportunities for staff and students at ACU member institutions

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – applications open!

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships offer life-changing opportunities to study for a Master’s at ACU member universities around the world. In this round, scholarships are available in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Sri Lanka.  
ACU Fellowships – last chance to apply!  

ACU Fellowships support staff at member universities to travel to another country for short periods of collaborative research and knowledge exchange, with opportunities available in a range of disciplines – including engineering, peace and reconciliation, and agriculture. Applications close on Wednesday 8 May
Commonwealth Medical Fellowships – apply by Monday 13 May

Talented and motivated mid-career medical staff from low and middle income countries (LMICs) are invited to apply for Commonwealth Medical Fellowships. Designed to develop and enhance fellows’ clinical skills, these fellowships provide 4-6 months placements at a UK approved university hospital. 

News from the ACU

Highlights from across our network 

This month has seen us develop our fellowships offering, announce new funding to expand our Blue Charter programme, and host the latest in our series of workshops supporting early career academics at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Read more below:

Sector news

Higher education news from around the Commonwealth and beyond

This month, we bring you a selection of recent reports focusing on student mobility and international education. 
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