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UEL vice-chancellor Professor Amanda Broderick elected to ACU Council

Professor Broderick will represent an area which includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK  

The vice-chancellor and president of the University of East London (UEL), Professor Amanda Broderick, has been elected as UK representative on the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Council.

Professor Broderick was chosen in a vote by ACU members who are vice-chancellors of UK institutions. She represents an area which includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Professor Broderick will be in the post until 31 July 2022.

Professor Broderick said, “I am honoured to be elected as UK representative on the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Council. The ACU is important to the University of East London not only because many of our students are connected to Commonwealth countries, but also because there is important alignment between our institution’s evolving global engagement and ACU priorities. I look forward to serving our mutual goals of promoting and supporting excellence in higher education and raising the profile of the University of East London in this important forum.”

Dr Joanna Newman, ACU chief executive and secretary general, said, “I am delighted to welcome these new members to our Council, who represent the true diversity of our membership. Their collective experience working at the helm of some of the most innovative universities will greatly contribute to the success of the ACU, supporting the development of new programmes and initiatives that will help tackle global challenges and continue to advance the role of higher education across the Commonwealth and beyond.”

The ACU is the world’s oldest international network of universities and its mission is to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the commonwealth and beyond. It was established in 1913 and has over 500 member institutions in over 50 countries across the Commonwealth and beyond.

The ACU expands educational opportunities for students and academics across the world by managing prestigious international scholarship schemes and offering grants and fellowships to support student mobility and international research collaboration. It also acts as a forum for member universities to address key policy issues such as gender and equity, climate resilience, and peace and reconciliation; organises events and initiatives to share best practice and benchmark performance; and runs programmes to support professional and institutional development.

The Association’s Council is comprised of 20 elected members from across the Commonwealth and three co-opted members, which act as the association’s trustees. Professor Broderick takes over from the current UK representative, Professor Stuart Corbridge, vice-chancellor of Durham University, who has served two terms of elected office. She joins Professor Edward Byrne AC, president and principal of Kings College London, who is a co-opted member.