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.

Apply for an ACU Titular Fellowship

Academic and professional staff at ACU member universities are invited to apply for an ACU Titular Fellowship. These fellowships provide funding of up to GBP 5,000 for a collaborative international research or fact-finding visit, either to a member university overseas or in industry, commerce, or public service.

ACU Titular Fellowships are 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.

The deadline for applications is Friday 12 May 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.

Rather than seeking to rank institutions, ACU Measures helps universities to compare and contrast their practices and policies with their peers, supporting senior university management in decision-making and strategic planning.

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.


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.

This year, the course will start in June 2017, with pre- and post-workshop assignments and discussions taking place via email and an online platform. A face-to-face workshop will be held at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria from 14-18 August 2017. The entire course takes six months to complete.

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.


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 fellowships provide funding of up to GBP 5,000 for a collaborative research or fact-finding visit by an academic or professional university staff member. 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.


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.