ISP Good Practice Guides

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The Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) programme is an initiative of the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Managed by the ACU, the programme worked to strengthen climate change research within sub-Saharan Africa through an innovative dual approach: supporting individual academics to undertake research, while also working with universities to improve their capacity to support and promote quality research.

To this end, between 2014-2017, 97 CIRCLE Visiting Fellowships (CVF) were completed while 31 institutions participated in the CIRCLE ISP.

To capture learning from the programme, Vitae and ACU have collaborated to develop the CIRCLE ISP Good Practice Guides to support institutions to develop and implement their own institutional strengthening programme and enhance support for early-career researchers.

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Designing an Effective Institutional Strengthening Programme for Researcher Career Development 

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Engaging people with your Institutional Strengthening Programme

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Enhancing Institutional Researcher Development Programmes

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Approaches to Mentoring and Setting Up an Institutional Mentoring Programme