Dr John Kirkland

John Kirkland

Dr John Kirkland OBE is Deputy Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He also serves as Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, and the Chevening Secretariat – the UK government’s three main international scholarship schemes.

John has 25 years’ experience of higher education management at a senior level, in both developed and developing country contexts. His particular interests include universities and international development, the management of university research, capacity building, and staff and student mobility. He has undertaken consultancy and project work for organisations including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), AUSAID, European Commission, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Commonwealth Secretariat, World Bank, and MasterCard Foundation.

Prior to joining the ACU, John was Secretary of the UK National Institute for Economic and Social Research from 1994-1999, and Director of the Research Services Bureau at Brunel University from 1988-1994. He also obtained his doctorate from Brunel in 1989.

John is a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England, a Member of the Board of the University of London International Academy, and a Member of Brunel University Court. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to international scholarships and Commonwealth universities.

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