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  • Research management in African universities Reports
  • This report publishes the results of the first research management programme seminar, held in Durban, South Africa, from 1-3 April 2001. The seminar brought together representatives of eleven universities - five from South Africa and six from elsewhere on the continent - deliberately chosen to reflect different levels of current provision. The purpose of the event was twofold. First, it gave participants an opportunity to benchmark current activities in detail, and identify specific areas for development. Second, it provided the programme organisers with valuable insight into the current level of activity and barriers to further progress.
  • Jasmine Sultan John Kirkland Julie Stackhouse
  • April 2001
  • Africa Research management South Africa
  • Research management
  • HIV/AIDS survey analysis Reports
  • This survey was conducted to establish the extent to which HIV/AIDS was, or was recognised as, a problem in universities around the Commonwealth, to identify some of the strategies that were in place for dealing with it, and to give examples of some of the policies that already existed. There are six appendices, including the survey questionnaire, the institutions which responded, and their responses.
  • Svava Bjarnason
  • April 2001
  • development HIV/AIDS survey
  • Gender Programme training modules 4-6: Management development for women in higher education, Volume II Tools
  • Part of the ACU Gender Programme training module series. This second volume contains the fourth, fifth, and sixth modules of the series.

    Module 4 'Managing personal and professional roles', by Indira J Parikh (Indian), deals with the multiple roles that women play in society, and the often expressed dilemma of managing all those roles and achieving a balanced life.

    Module 5 'Women and governance in higher education', by Maureen Atkinson and Angela Carryer (both British) highlights the relevance and importance of understanding and participating in university governance and assists women to develop their skills in committee and legislative work.

    Module 6 'Women's studies as a catalyst for the advancement of women in higher education', by Gwendoline Williams and Claudia Harvey (both Caribbean), aims to help create and strengthen a cadre of women leaders who, by their involvement in research, teaching, outreach and advocacy within the university system, will have the capacity to transform the currently male dominated patterns of gender relations within tertiary institutions.
  • Angela Carryer Commonwealth Secretariat Indira J Parikh Ingrid Moses Maureen Atkinson The Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • January 2000
  • gender Gender Programme module training
  • Gender
  • Gender Programme training module 7: Women and mentoring in higher education Tools
  • Part of the ACU Gender Programme training series, this is the seventh module. Produced by Colleen Chesterman (Australian), looks at the particular relevance of mentoring for higher education and argues that women, through their relatively limited access to higher management, are particularly well suited to mentoring relationships. The module examines the value of mentoring from a variety of angles, proposes training for both mentors and mentees, and considers the relative benefits of formal and informal systems.
  • Colleen Chesterman
  • January 2000
  • gender Gender Programme module training
  • Gender