What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Southern researchers?

Last month, as part of a wider researcher study, we asked researchers about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their research. We share some key findings from a new paper analysing the responses we received.

Two Research4Life users during a workshop in Papua New Guinea, December 2019.

Research4Life selects INASP to evaluate user experiences

Independent and wide-ranging research into user experiences will inform Research4Life’s future work in reducing the knowledge gap between researchers in industrialized nations and those in low- and middle-income countries.

Equitable knowledge ecosystems – even more important during global crises

Knowledge and evidence are essential to find solutions that can address global challenges and transform lives. And challenges such as tackling a global pandemic highlight the urgency of supporting an equitable knowledge ecosystem in which all of the talent can be unleashed so that sustainable solutions can be found.

Group work during a face-to-face training of trainers workshop.

Adapting to continue higher education support amidst a pandemic

Work to support pedagogy changes in higher education faces challenges when the universities themselves are closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mai Skovgaard and Tabitha Buchner describe how upcoming work within the TESCEA partnership is being adapted for a technology-led environment.

Going digital – What we have learnt about online learning approaches

As the world looks to online alternatives to previously face-to-face teaching, collaborating and information exchange, we share a roundup of learning and advice from our digital learning specialists Joanna Wild, Andy Nobes, Veronika Schaeffler and Ravi Murugesan.

Enabling social change from changes in higher education

Last week the leadership team of the Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa partnership met to reflect on our first two years and look ahead to ensuring lasting impact. Jon Harle shares some of the reflections and the implications for wider society.

Increasing the flexibility of AuthorAID MOOCs with learning pathways

Over the past two years, we have been introducing more flexibility and customization in our online courses. Ravi Murugesan shares some of the impact of 'learning pathways' for recent AuthorAID course participants.

Joining together to redress university gender imbalances

Meeting together, sharing experiences, finding a collective voice to tackle gender inequity in research and higher education, in Ethiopia and Uganda.

Understanding the skills gaps between higher education and the workplace in East Africa

There can be gaps between the skills students learn in university and the skills desired by employers. Joanna Wild discusses the development of a skills matrix to help identify and guide approaches to address the skills gaps in East Africa.

The expertise of the JAG members aligns with the courses being redesigned.

Employer engagement and its role in higher-education course redesign

Strengthening links between universities, employers and the wider community is important for ensuring that graduates leave university with the skills they need for employment and positive participation in society. David Monk of Gulu University in Uganda explains the role of Joint Advisory Groups in the TESCEA partnership.