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60th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission: Research Impact Event

A woman standing next to her research poster

Rose Shikuri Munyendo Okilo, a Commonwealth Scholar from Kenya and an exhibitor

2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, and the CSC has planned various celebratory activities to take place throughout the year. The largest of the anniversary activities so far has been the Research Impact Event, which took place at the Royal Society in London on 16 May 2019.

Fifteen of our Commonwealth Scholars enjoyed the opportunity to display posters and artefacts demonstrating their current research, while giving impressive explanations of the in-country impact to approximately 100 senior academics, Parliamentarians and wider CSC stakeholders. We were also treated to several ‘TED’-style talks from Alumni during the evening.

The event opened with introductory remarks by Richard Middleton, the Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Speakers included Caroline Read, Director of International Relations at the Department for International Development, Professor Richard Catlow, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society, and Mark Ruglys, Head of Engagement for Global Science and Innovation at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The speeches were followed by a presentation of the Taylor & Francis Best Journal Article Prize, a competition to help showcase the development impact of the research of Commonwealth Scholars and alumni. The two winners of the prize were Ruksana Rimi, a Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh, studying for a DPhil Climate Change at the University of Oxford, and Fred Ikanda, a Commonwealth Scholar from Kenya, who studied for a PhD Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

The event closed with a speech by Professor Anne Anderson, the Deputy Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Many thanks to all those who helped showcase the diversity of the research being funded by the CSC, which is having such a positive impact on lives throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

Pictures from the event can be found on the CSC Flickr.


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