Development Training and Engagement Programme 2019-2020

Background

Development Training is a key part of the Commonwealth Scholarship award. The CSC aims to equip Commonwealth Scholars with the skills to effect real development impact on their return home, as well as to create a community of motivated Commonwealth Scholars through an extensive programme of training and networking.

CSC Virtual Engagement Programme

With the unfolding Covid-19 crisis in the UK, the CSC took the decision in mid-March to cancel all planned face to face events for the rest of the academic year to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our Scholars and staff involved in delivering these events, and to comply with Government guidance.

In response to this change we commenced our Virtual Engagement Programme of events, activities and training for the 2020 academic year to provide alternative ways for Scholars and Fellows to continue networking and developing their professional skills in an online space.

Virtual site visits

We hosted a large number of virtual site visits at institutions across the UK during May, June and July, where Scholars and Fellows were invited to talk about their their work and experiences of studying during the UK lockdown period with CSC staff and Commissioners. These site visits offered Scholars and Fellows a chance to connect with their peers and raise questions with CSC staff in an informal setting.

We virtual site visits with Scholars and Fellows in Bath, Belfast, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow  Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Norwich, and Warwick to name a few. We hope to keep up this regular contact with Scholars and Fellows at their universities through further site visits in new academic year.

Understanding Development Impact training

In May we launched the ‘Understanding Development Impact’ training on FutureLearn for all Scholars. The training introduced some of the key concepts in development today and provided approaches for Scholars to achieve development impact through their work.

The response to the ‘Understanding Development Impact’ training has been overwhelmingly positive and we saw a significant number of Scholars take up this opportunity to improve their professional skills and development understanding whilst connecting with fellow Scholars.

Virtual Development Training Workshops

Throughout the summer we have also taken our development training workshops online and have run several successful virtual workshops for Scholars and Fellows between May and August in collaboration with our educational providers. The workshops have covered a number of topics including how to approach public engagement, understanding cultural intelligence and reflecting on the SDGs.

There are further workshops scheduled during August and September to build on this skills and development training programme. Please visit to the CSC Events Calendar web page to find out more about past workshops and the training opportunities we have coming up.

If you wish to let us know how Covid-19 has changed your research arrangements, or how you have been involved in the fight to tackle Covid-19, we would be very glad to hear from you. Please email engage@cscuk.org.uk for any interesting stories you would like to share.

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