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06 September 18
Last month, three members of our Engage Community attended the Living Knowledge Conference 2018, in Budapest, thanks to the ACU Member Communities Conference bursaries. Here, Shamaila Farooq, from the University of Engineering and Technology, (UET) Peshawar, share’s her experience. At UET, we use outreach activities to promote academic research. Community engagement, however, is not as widely promoted. Instead, we implement ...
05 September 18
Bringing together 16 HR practitioners from across the Commonwealth, the inaugural HR Global UK Study Tour took place from 14-25 May. The tour saw participants visit HR departments in universities across the UK, attend the Universities Human Resources (UHR) Conference, and hear from various associations and HR experts. Richard Manano, an ACU bursary recipient, talks about his experience.  My experience My participation in ...
04 September 18
Last month, three members of our Engage Community attended the Living Knowledge Conference 2018, in Budapest, thanks to the ACU Member Communities Conference bursaries. Here, John Boit, from Moi University in Kenya, shares his experience. After a long flight from Nairobi, I finally touched down in Budapest, Hungary, ready for the first day of the ‘Living Knowledge Conference’.  The conference participants ...
17 August 18
The International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) brings together research management societies and associations from across the Commonwealth and beyond. The INORMS 2018 conference, themed “Promoting Global Research Management, Supporting Global Research Challenges”, was the biggest yet with over 1,100 delegates from across 45 countries. The ACU is a founding INORMS member and sits on the advisory ...
13 August 18
The recent ACU Summer School 2018, hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, asked students to work together to solve sustainability and community issues and to: Identify multifaceted urban development issues for community development Analyse key factors for sustainable community building  Develop skills to plan and design sustainable communities Generalise from the learning experiences and formulate planning and ...
13 August 18
With funding such as the £1.5bn Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) specifically focussing on international collaboration, working with overseas organisations will continue to be a focus for UK higher education institutions. While international collaboration can have many benefits, working across geographies and cultures also produces many challenges. As a relative newcomer to research administration and management, I was ...
08 August 18
As someone who was born in 1996, I have always gone through life, precariously teetering between Generation Y and Generation Z. On the one hand, I often roll my eyes when teenagers ask me for my Snapchat instead of my mobile number (I don’t even have a Snapchat – I’m so old!), but I cannot escape the fact that I will never understand the bond between Millennials and their adventurous ambition and independence. ...
07 August 18
When I think about the next generation of students, I can’t help thinking of the lyrics to a song by Cat Stevens that was part of the soundtrack of my own life 40 years ago: ‘Oh very young, what will you leave us this time?’ It’s hard to imagine all the possibilities that exist for this so-called Generation Z, and the many contributions they will make in the years to come. Our challenge, as universities, is ...
01 August 18
INORMS brings together research management societies and associations from across the world. The network enables member societies to compare their national or regional issues, and to learn from each other. The significant growth of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) congress and conference sizes in recent years, reflects the increasing role and relevance of INORMS as a platform. The INORMS 2018 ...
01 August 18
We have always aimed to be conversational, open, and helpful through our official social media channels. I've been lucky enough to run many workshops about social media inside and outside the university and it's the one thing I always relate back to – if you can't offer anything else, be a human. If you have no budget and no shiny things to fall back on, there's no reason your institution can't have a human voice. For the cost ...
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