Gender over Race? Equity and inclusion in higher education

While universities are focusing on addressing gender inequality, Kalwant Bhopal and Holly Hendersonfind that there is little imperative to also address race and racism in the academy. They summarise the findings of a new study on the experiences of higher education staff working towards the Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter. This post originally appeared on the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog Current scholarship on race in the UK academy consistently highlights the pervasiveness of institutional racism, despite the presence of equality and diversity policies and the 2010 Equalities Act. Institutional racism works in overt and…continue reading →

Africa Diaspora Academic Network (ADAN-UK) Annual Meeting

Date: Monday 1st July 2019 Theme: Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa:  Priorities, Strategies, and Challenges Venue:     Room GR170, Greenbank Building, Victoria Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE As the meeting centres on the Impact Agenda, we aim to: exchange experience on capturing impact across disciplines;discuss the contexts of measuring and reporting impact in the African setting; contribute to the policy discourse on research impact in Africa; anddevelop research ideas and projects for further funding. Attendance is free! Kindly confirm your participation with us by registering at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/africa-diaspora-academic-network-adan-uk-annual-meeting-tickets-62570068760 ADAN-UK is…continue reading →

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 10th Biennial Conference

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 10th Biennial Conference - ICOM UK Curated by Dana Andrew on May 6, 2019 Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 10th Biennial Conference The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia Remembrance, Renaissance, Revolution: The Meaning of Freedom in the African World Over Time and Space November 5-9, 2019 Click HERE for more information. The year 2019 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the origins of slavery in what became the United States with the arrival of approximately twenty Africans in modern-day Jamestown, Virginia…continue reading →

African research in danger due to low prioritisation

By Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] The future of research in Africa is in jeopardy unless adequate management of national scientific research systems is done, a meeting has heard. Experts at the meeting said that inadequate management of national scientific research systems is frustrating researchers in Africa and other developing countries. Top researchers from developed and developing countries at a meeting held by the International Council for Science held in Nigeria last month (7-8 March) noted that the limited availability of research positions, the lack of adequate research laboratories and high-performance technical platforms are…continue reading →

Power imbalances ‘still harming North-South alliances’

By Jan Piotrowski Researchers from developing countries still exert far too little influence in North-South collaborations, which leads to projects pursuing Western goals and values, and undermines scientific capacity building in the global South, a study has found. Project agendas are routinely set by Northern agencies and institutions, leaving partners from low-income countries on the fringes during the planning, implementation and publication of research, according to the study presented at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) conference last week (23-26 June), in Bonn, Germany. This disenfranchises Southern researchers, says…continue reading →

Benefiting from Africa’s brain migration

By Jon Spaull Every year, thousands of highly educated Africans, including many of the continent’s brightest academics and scholars, leave the continent to pursue careers in the developed world. For years, debate has centred on how Sub-Saharan Africa can retain its academic talent and stem the flow of this ‘brain drain’. More recently, though, there has been a re-evaluation: maybe this exodus is not necessarily detrimental to Africa’s development and might instead lead to capacity building in the continent. In a world of ever-increasing connectivity, mobility and international collaboration, migration is not one way…continue reading →

Calls for change in Africa’s higher education

By Anita Makri The ‘how’ might be contested but there’s agreement on one thing: universities need reform to help drive development. Higher education is increasingly important to Africa’s drive for development and knowledge-based economies. Having more PhD holders in research and teaching is widely seen as key to producing the intellectual power for this drive. But it’s an uphill battle. After decades of donors and governments focusing investments on primary and secondary education, under-resourced universities struggle to keep researchers from seeking greener pastures abroad. Our Spotlight — part of a broader collaboration with…continue reading →

African countries urged to strengthen research ties

By Linda Nordling [CAPE TOWN] African academics are backing a drive to establish closer research and higher-education ties between countries on the continent to boost its development. The vision is set out in a document finalised last month (January) by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) — with the support of the African Union and the Association of African Universities — and recently seen by SciDev.Net. It is similar to European initiatives such as the degree-harmonising Bologna Process and the European Research Area (ERA), which aim to increase Europe's…continue reading →

Making higher education work for Africa: Facts and figures

By Irene Friesenhahn Sub-Saharan Africa is struggling to produce more and better trained graduates. Irene Friesenhahn explains. For decades, donors and policymakers have focused on primary and secondary education as the key to development and poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa. But until recently they have been reducing funding for tertiary education. Only since the 1990s has higher education’s importance for socio-economic development come to the fore, becoming part of the political agenda in many African countries. [1,2] Lidia Brito talks to Kaz Janowski about the role of higher education systems in producing people…continue reading →

Annual Meeting – Interactive academic engagement with higher education in Africa

ADAN-UK Annual Meeting.  Date: 3rd July 2014. Venue: Room A76, Business School North, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, NG8 1BB.   Time:  12.00 - 4.00 pm The Workshop Theme: “Higher Education: Making Positive Change through Policy Transformation, Partnership and Mentoring.” We have also lined up an exciting panel of speakers and panel discussants who have vast experiences interacting with HE and Policy-Makers in Africa. We look forward to learning from them how we as academics and researchers can engage in HE and Policy partnerships with greater impact. Limited spaces remaining – to avoid disappointments contact judy.muthuri@nottingham.ac.uk to…continue reading →