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27 June 19
The ‘Community University Partnership Programme’ (CUPP), created by the University of Brighton, began in 2003. The aim of the project is to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between the university and its local communities, with a focus on working with more disadvantaged communities. Over the last 15 years CUPP has worked with over 200 academics, 5000 students and 750 community partners, and has become central to ...
19 June 19
The transformative power of higher education and the opportunities it generates, has never required an explanation for me personally, nor the countless number of forced migrants (refugees, asylum seekers – anyone who has been forcibly displaced) I have had the privilege to work with. What does require explanation is why these opportunities, in spite of academic ability and ambition, are so challenging to access if your life ...
12 June 19
The Millennium Development Goals (elapsed in 2015) have come and gone and since been replaced with an expanded and extended set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), numbering 17 in total. Of these 17 goals, seven focus on living within our means. Indeed goals 11-17 all emphasise this – from the need for Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11), to Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12), Life Below Water (Goal ...
31 May 19
Waking up at 6am and heading to the busy, bustling Fiji fish markets was how the majority of my days in Suva began. Walking up and down the seafood stalls, greeted by the different fish mongers who had well and truly begun to recognise me, trying to spot the species I needed for sampling. It was here that I met my namesake or 'yaca' as the Fijian's like to call it... her name was Nina (just like me) and she was my go-to fish ...
13 May 19
"Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community." - the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mental health is now high on the global agenda. Research shows that physical health and susceptibility to disease is exacerbated by a poor ...
10 May 19
With fresh experiences from the HR Global Innovations UK Tour in May 2018 and the resolve to be a HR change agent in higher education, my participation in the 8th ACU HR in HE Community Conference at the University of Waterloo, Canada, provided me with a golden opportunity to share insights from my own university: Kyambogo University in Uganda. Despite delays in acquiring a Canadian visa, I was still able to present one of my ...
09 May 19
Plastic Pollution is a problem that is a result of human activity and is becoming more problematic as new information is made available each year about its associated effects in the environment, and the threat it poses to human health. When people think of plastics, it shouldn't be about pieces of plastics floating around in our ocean, or littered around on our streets. Today, we know that the reach of plastics is so vast that it is ...
02 May 19
Only 4% of plastic pollution research has been carried out on the African continent; that is a pretty serious knowledge gap. Our current global models of plastic movement in the oceans are missing a huge potential source point, so we need to find out how much is originating from Africa as soon as possible. This was the broad basis for my Blue Charter Fellowship, which was hosted by the Sustainable Seas Trust in South Africa earlier ...
03 April 19
I remember eagerly anticipating the email from the ACU in mid-November 2018, which was to let me know whether my application for a Blue Charter Fellowship had been successful or not. When I finally received the email, before I could make sense of the contents, I located the famous congratulatory line 'We are excited to let you know that your application was successful'! I leapt out of my chair and danced around my room in excitement ...
01 April 19
Working around plastics and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is something very new for me. My journey began with the 2018 Summer School hosted by the ACU at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). As a participant, I got the opportunity to explore the wider canvas of debates around sustainability and its importance in the present times. In particular, the engagement with diverse participants from various countries and ...
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