A painting of two women athletes embracing after a match, by Teni Abodunrin

Read the latest issue of The ACU Review: Sport and peace

Published on 13 July 2022

With the Commonwealth Games just weeks away, the latest issue of our magazine, The ACU Review, explores how sport can be used as an instrument of peace, reconciliation and healing across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Academics from around the world share their insights and experiences – both on sport’s power to bring people together but also to deepen divisions among us. Although sport is the lens, many articles are also vivid accounts of division, displacement, and exclusion - and how these can affect the life chances of entire generations.

Introducing this issue, the ACU’s Chief Executive and Secretary General, Joanna Newman, notes: ‘Many articles are a stark reminder that millions of young people across the Commonwealth are still denied the opportunities they need to thrive and reach their potential. Sport – with thoughtful, considered engagement from its leaders and organisations – is positioned as having not only the potential, but also a responsibility, to engage with social issues and the immense global challenges that define our time.’

This latest issue is the fifth edition of the magazine, which offers a meeting place for ideas and diverse perspectives from around the world. Published both in print and online, it’s a platform for ACU member universities from across the Commonwealth to share insights and experiences, to experiment with ideas, and spark debate, while allowing a wide international readership to learn from their insights.

Each issue explores a particular theme, chosen to reflect the history, challenges, and diverse nature of the Commonwealth, and the value of higher education to society. Previous editions – all freely available online – have explored how humankind can rethink its relationship with the natural world, how universities are helping to protect, promote and preserve indigenous languages, the art and science of public mental health, and why universities should broaden their intellectual horizons to include a far wider range of perspectives.

Read the latest issue online now