Structured Training for African Researchers (STARS) Workshop

Tuesday 19 - Wednesday 20 September, Strathmore University, Kenya

The ACU is organising this two-day workshop, which is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and hosted by ACU member Strathmore University.

Structured, institutional support for early career academics is often lacking within universities. This can substantially constrain their professional development during a particularly critical period in their career. Therefore, it is incumbent upon senior academics to take an active role in supporting their colleagues along this path.

This event will comprise a combination of talks and demonstrations interspersed with some group work, discussion sessions and case study/role play exercises.

A provisional programme is available here.

Who should attend this workshop?

Senior academics, research managers, directors of graduate schools, and anyone with a responsibility for academic staff development.

Why participate?

  • Develop strategies and tools to facilitate mainstreaming early career support within institutions.
  • Come out of the workshop feeling equipped and able to set up and run the STARS programme within your institution, either in face-to-face or distance mode.
  • Utilise shared learning and experiences from all participants.

The STARS programme

The ACU, in collaboration with experienced academics in African universities, has developed STARS - a web-based professional development training programme in research skills for early career academics. The materials are published under a Creative Commons licence so that universities can adapt and embed the academic resource to suit their own training requirements. The project has enabled the ACU to offer a robust, high quality series of online modules to universities across the developing world. This will help to bolster the next generation of academic staff in Africa and strengthen the long-term vitality of their research and teaching.

Read more about the STARS programme here.

Application process

Please fill in the application form and email it to, along with payment confirmation, by Tuesday 12 September 2017.


There is a nominal fee to pay, which includes registration fee, refreshments/lunch and course/workshop materials:

  • GBP 40 – ACU members
  • GBP 60 – Non-members

Payment must be made in advance by bank transfer - please see the application form for payment details. 

The deadline for payments is Tuesday 12 September 2017. 

Please address all payment enquiries to the ACU's Credit Control Department (email:

NB: If you are unsure of the status of your university, please refer to the ACU membership list here before registering.

Getting there

The workshop will take place at Strathmore University's campus - view venue location here.

Delegates are responsible for booking and arranging their own travel to and from the Strathmore University.


Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements, if required, and organising travel between the hotel and the Strathmore University each day. A list of accommodation suggestions in the vicinity may be found here:

A special rate has been negotiated with Summerdale Hotel and transportation to the workshop venue at Strathmore University will be offered from this hotel.

For advice on accommodation bookings, visa support invitation letters, or questions about any other local arrangements, please contact Mrs Pauline Kuria, email:, telephone: (+254) (0) 703-034000/200/300, extension 2313.

Further queries

If you have any additional queries, please contact