ACU Commonwealth Summer School 2017

ACU Commonwealth Summer School 2017

Creating greener narratives through the environmental arts and humanities

Saturday 5 - Sunday 13 August 2017
Bath Spa University, UK

The ACU Commonwealth Summer School – now in its seventh year – is an opportunity for talented university students from around the Commonwealth to come together for an exciting week of expert lectures, group work, field trips, skills development and social events.

Highlights from the 2016 Summer School, hosted by the University of Rwanda, can be found here and here.

The Environmental Humanities

The 2017 Summer School will explore interrelationships between humans and other living beings, and between cultural practices and environmental problems – and will look at how these can be examined through different academic disciplines and creative arts. Bath Spa University is a world leader in research and teaching in these areas, and is therefore ideally placed to lead this discussion.

More information on this year's theme and the host university is available here

Take a look at the draft programme for more detail about what you can expect. 


Confirmed speakers include the following:

  • Dr Husna Ahmad OBE – CEO, Global One
  • Dr Martha Akawa-Shikufa – Deputy Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Namibia
  • Professor Irma Eloff – Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Professor Owain Jones – Professor of Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University
  • Dr Paul Reid-Bowen – Senior Lecturer, Study of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, Bath Spa University
  • Martin Palmer – CEO of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation
  • Professor Kate Rigby – Research Centre for Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University
  • Professor Sian Sullivan – Professor of Environment and Cultures, Bath Spa University
  • Professor Anita Taylor – Dean, Bath School of Art and Design, UK

Who can attend?

The Summer School is open to participants who are either current postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral) or final year undergraduate students studying at any university in a Commonwealth country, plus students from ACU member institutions in Hong Kong and Zimbabwe. If you are an undergraduate student, you must have already started your final year of studies at the time of application.

The Summer School is a small and friendly event, with delegate numbers capped at 45. It is an interdisciplinary event and students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Students who have already attended an ACU Commonwealth Summer School in a previous year are not eligible to attend.

Costs, bursaries and visa information

Registration fees are:

  • £350 (GBP) for participants from ACU member universities 
  • £450 (GBP) for participants from Commonwealth universities which are not ACU members

A number of bursaries are available for students from ACU member universities. Further information on registration fees and bursaries is available here

How to apply

Applications closed on Wednesday 15 February 2017. All applicants will be notified of the results by the end of April.