Registered:Charity No. 1184476


ADAN-UK is a charity registered by the Charity Commission for England and Wales


ADAN-UK is comprised of members who are accomplished academics within UK Universities. Under the umbrella of ADAN-UK, these members come together to generate ideas and execute charitable activities that transform livelihoods in African communities and enhance capacity among institutions of higher learning in Africa.



ADAN-UK is a charity whose members are accomplished academics in UK Universities. These members have their roots in Africa. One of the key founding motivations of ADAN-UK is to bring together individuals and organisations to energise and support African students and academics in the UK. Another, crucial motivating intentions of ADAN-UK is to bring together experiences of international organisations, diplomatic missions, government departments, to work with ADAN-UK in addressing issues affecting African youth in Africa.



Given the experience of our members, and their roles in their respective places of deployment, also having coordinated large projects before, we know that ADAN-UK is in a strong and strategic position to work with the UK Government and its representatives to advance and shape Government policy and priorities towards Africa. ADAN-UK is keen to work with the UK government to provide unprecedented insights on policy implementation in Africa to create impact in order for reach progress and change to be experienced.



We are a Charity very grounded in the grassroots issues pervading Further and Higher Education in African institutions. Ours is an intrinsic drive to partner with these institutions, and our UK hosts, to advance and improve capacity of our colleagues and institutions in Africa. Some of our initiatives have involved joint projects that pertain to curriculum review and development, joint supervision of PhD students many of whom are academic staff in African universities, and release of reference books to libraries in some universities in Africa. We partner in raising aspirations and attainment levels both for students and staff.


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These are some of the programs that we offer


ADAN-UK Annual Forum

Since 2010 ADAN-UK has held the annual forum in July that brings together new and old members to debate and discuss topical issues that touch on Africa, and, or issues that impact the members’ contribution to academia and practise...


ADAN-UK Mentorship scheme

ADAN-UK is devoted to ensuring the professional growth of academics of African origin is supported and developed. The scheme provides an environment to cultivate mentor-mentee relationships between doctoral researchers/early academics...



This scheme complements ADAN-UK’s goal to contribute to the capacity building of HE and FE institutions in Africa. Through the books4Africa initiative, ADAN-UK members collect unwanted academic books and journals in the UK, and donate them...


Widening Participation Initiative

In 2013, ADAN-UK launched the widening participation and access to higher education initiative in the UK as it became increasingly evident that the African diaspora in the UK was growing in numbers over the years; however, many had limited...



Here are some of our members

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Olayinka Lewis

Robert Gordon University

Samuel Ayertey

Arden University

Dr. Chioma Nwokoro

University of Leicester UK

Juliana Siwale

Nottingham Trent University

Moses Bosire


Winfred Onyas

University of Leicester

William Murithi

De Montfort University

Gloria Appiah

Uuniversity of Kent


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