ACU Equitable Research Partnerships Toolkit - Launch Event

An online showcase of our new collection of research relationship resources.

25 Apr 2023
11:00 - 12:00 UTC

Virtual event

Dial in for an exclusive first look at our new practical toolkit, expertly designed to cultivate equitable higher education research partnerships that function on a fair and level playing field.


Partnerships of all types have become increasingly popular in higher education, especially since the United Nations embraced the notion in its sustainable development agenda. Universities are increasingly expected to conduct research in collaboration with international partners, as well as utilising other types of partnerships. 

Informed by research conducted with a range of equitable research partnership stakeholders and experts, this new ACU toolkit focuses on stimulating critical thinking and dialogue about what equity means and might ‘look like’ in a research partnership, as well as practical actions that can be implemented to enhance equity.

The toolkit builds on the growing body of guidelines and principles, that call for increased equity in research partnerships, but have to date provided little advice on how to translate these principles into actions. 

Launch Event

Learn more about the catalyst for the creation of the toolkit, as well as listening in on summary discussions about who it's for and how and when to use it. We'll also show you how to navigate the toolkit and you'll have the chance to put your questions to the team behind the project. 


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Michelle Brear (PhD)

Michelle Brear (PhD) is a participatory health and development research and writing specialist with a PhD in Public Health. She has extensive experience implementing complex mixed-method social science research in low- and middle- income countries, with the aim of understanding how the community contexts in which health and development interventions are implemented, influence participatory processes and their expected and unexpected health and development outcomes. Michelle is co-creator of the ACU Equitable Research Partnerships toolkit.


Dr Therina Theron

Dr Therina Theron is Senior Director: Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, a role she's held since 2008. She is the immediate past-President and serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). She also serves as Chair of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) and co-Chair of the ACU's Supporting Research Community steering committee. 

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Dr Joanna Newman

Dr Joanna Newman MBE FRSA is Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She is the ACU's first female Secretary General. Joanna’s career has been in the service of British and international higher education. Before joining the ACU in 2017, she was Vice-Principal (International) at King’s College London. Prior to that she was Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit (now known as Universities UK International) and previously Head of Higher Education at the British Library.

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