After three and half years at The Association of Commonwealth Universities I have moved to the Department for Education: the UK government’s ministerial department responsible for education from early years to university.
My new post is in the Strategic Analysis and Research Division (SARD), a team within the DfE focused on cross-cutting and complex research, including some of the longer-term projects the Department manages (e.g. longitudinal surveys). In particular, I am working on social mobility and disadvantage: a strong connection to the last few years’ of research on international scholarship programmes.
The usual caveats about this website apply: all views (such as there are any…) are my own and do not reflect either the DfE’s work or official positions in any way.
How can we understand the outcomes of international scholarship programmes? And what shapes the long-term impact of programmes on their alumni and society? These were the central questions posed to a panel of experts at the NAFSA Association of International Educators annual conference in Boston, last month.
After the conference I published a few thoughts on the ACU’s website.
“Trajectories and impact of UK Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Programme alumni: Interim quantitative analysis”
A major facet of the CSC Evaluation Team’s work over the past year has been the collation and analysis of data from a four-year alumni survey exercise, running 2012-2015. The research aims to chart the trajectories and impact of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows since the inception of the programme in the late-1950s. Although data collection continues, the current data corpus is sufficient for interim quantitative analysis and a report has been produced.
The interim report is now available on the CSCUK website.