ACU Fellowships, Benchmarking, Conference Grants, and Professional Development Opportunities

As a member, you and your university are part of an international network of over 500 institutions in 40 countries. The ACU provides a range of opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals and universities to learn about, discuss, and tackle the key issues in higher education today. Below is a round-up of such opportunities, for your benefit.

The following funding opportunities are independent of and not administered by York International or York University. Please ensure that you read the eligibility criteria of the opportunities you are interested in and apply accordingly.


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Organizing for change: How can higher education meet the changing needs of employment?
The seminar will explore the role of higher education in driving economic change and creating skilled, work-ready graduates. This will be discussed in the context of challenges, such as rising global youth unemployment and ever increasing university student numbers. As an organization, we appreciate the huge demands now being placed on higher education institutions to produce graduates capable of meeting the requirements of employment, and we recognize that universities throughout the Commonwealth are producing much best practice in the field. We believe this deserves exposure to a wider audience.

The ACU are offering around 20 fully-funded places (travel, accommodation and conference costs), exclusively to our member institutions.

Participants should be individuals who are driving effective change in the area of graduate employment (most likely at senior management level) and / or those who have introduced novel practices that can be shared with universities throughout the Commonwealth.

Applications close on Sunday, 30 July 2017.

Two New Hong Kong Jockey Club Fellowships Launched
The ACU is pleased to offer two new fellowships which will provide opportunities for university staff mobility into and out of Hong Kong, thanks to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The fellowships will enable the sharing of research knowledge and professional expertise between our Hong Kong members – the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Open University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong – and ACU members in other countries.

The inward fellowship is for a staff member from an ACU member university in any country other than Hong Kong to travel to one of the three Hong Kong institutions. The outward fellowship is for a staff member from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Open University of Hong Kong, or the University of Hong Kong to travel to an ACU member university in any country other than Hong Kong.

Applications close on Friday, 12 May 2017.

ACU Titular Fellowship
This is a great opportunity for university staff to create and strengthen links with other member institutions and to share research expertise and professional best practice. Eleven fellowships are available. Some are limited to specific subject areas or hosted by specific institutions.

Eleven fellowships are available. Some are limited to specific subject areas or hosted by specific institutions.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 May 2017.

Take Our Course in University Administrative Practice
Applications are now open for a brand new ACU course aimed at supporting the professional development of mid-level university administrators across the Commonwealth. The ACU has worked with the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) to develop and design a course which enables administrators to exchange experience, consider real-life examples, and develop innovative solutions.

Administrators at a mid-level in their career, e.g. Assistant Registrar or equivalent rank, are invited to apply.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 17 April 2017.

Last Chance to Apply for 2017 Early Career Academic Grants
Early Career Academic Grants provide funding of up to GBP 2,000 for academic staff within 10 years of the start of their career to participate in a conference in a Commonwealth country other than their own. The grants are intended for early career staff who have not previously had the opportunity for international professional travel. Since the scheme began in 2013, staff from 71 member institutions have benefited from the grants.

A minimum of 30 grants are on offer in 2017.

Applications close on Sunday 2 April 2017.

Benchmark Your Institution's Performance With ACU Measures
The ACU’s annual online benchmarking exercise for university management – ACU Measures – is open for data collection.  ACU Measures is a unique opportunity for member institutions to benchmark their performance in key areas of university management in a confidential and non-competitive way.
In order to benchmark, you first need to participate by inputting your institution's data – the more institutions taking part, the better the benchmarking will be.