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  • Unlocking the potential: new opportunities for Commonwealth libraries Reports
  • This first report of the ACU's Libraries and Information Network draws on a survey undertaken in 2008, and highlights the key role that libraries play, the challenges that they face, and their future potential. Libraries are delivering new and innovative services, are embracing changes in their role and responsibilities, and are securing greater support from within their institutions. They are doing this despite increasing pressures and growing demand. Substantial challenges remain, however; not least is the need for libraries and librarians to ensure that they are better positioned to make the most of new technologies.
  • Jonathan Harle
  • February 2009
  • access digital governance information libraries survey training
  • Research management
  • Workshop report: Strengthening Research Management Structures in African Universities Reports
  • A workshop on the Carnegie Programme to Strengthen Research Management Structures in African Universities was held from 11-12 May 2007 at the North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, following a benchmarking survey conducted by the ACU. All the participating universities (five Carnegie partner universities, four MacArthur Foundation partner universities, and four additional ACU member universities) participated in the initial benchmarking survey. The survey was intended to assess the level of research management activity and to develop a future programme of action. The report unpacks the content exchanged in each of these sessions based on a process of having two or three short introductory presentations on the topic, considering some discussion points to narrow down the discussions, and summarising the outcomes on the particular topic in terms of a qualitative discussion or a graphical model.
  • Anton Botha John Kirkland Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe Paul Waugaman Peter van Eldik
  • May 2007
  • Carnegie Research management South Africa
  • Research management
  • International research management: benchmarking programme Reports
  • The benchmarking exercise reported in this document sought to facilitate this process amongst 15 universities from nine countries. In most cases, as responses from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa suggested, the basic issues were familiar. There was much common ground in the environment in which universities were operating, and the processes that they were developing in response to this. The exercise utilised a benchmarking process, unique to the ACU and designed specifically for use in university management processes.
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • May 2006
  • benchmarking HEFCE Research management
  • Research management