Connect and communicate: academic engagement with modern media

44 Commonwealth Master’s Scholars attended the Connect and Communicate workshop held at the historic and scenic Cumberland Lodge in March 2016. The workshop considered the evolving channels for communication, the role of the media in connecting with communities, and the ways in which academia is attempting to bridge the gap between universities and society.

Scholars had the chance to network with each other and key organisations involved in public engagement, communication, and media. The main project for the Scholars throughout the workshop was to create an engaging radio podcast on a key issue, targeted at a specified audience. These podcasts were presented and recorded on the final day of the workshop.

Pictures from the workshop can be found on the CSC Flickr and the recordings of the fantastic podcasts can be accessed below.

From theory to practice: bringing engineering into reality

Audience: Universities

  • Saleha Asad (Pakistan, MSc Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde)
  • Kumba Conteh (Sierra Leone, MSc Sustainable Engineering, Loughborough University)
  • Abbie-Gayle Johnson (Jamaica, MSc Tourism Management, Bournemouth University)
  • Benedict Ocran (Ghana, MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development, UCL Institute of Education)
  • Neema Opiyo (Tanzania, MSc Construction Project Management, University of Manchester)
  • Salim Salim (Tanzania, MSc Advanced Computer Science, University of Manchester)
  • Osman Yansaneh (Sierra Leone, MSc Petroleum, Oil and Gas: Chemical Engineering & Technology, University of Hull)
  • Jude Yong Yeh (Cameroon, MSc Logistics and Operations Management, Cardiff University)

Equality in the classroom

Audience: Young people (aged 14-16)

  • Farhaan Ahmed (Bangladesh, LLM Law, University of Cambridge)
  • Bridget Alichie (Nigeria, MA Development and Rights, Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Cinderella Anena (Uganda, MSc Global Development and Gender, University of Leeds)
  • Anna Imalwa (Namibia, MA Education, Gender and International Development, Institute of Education)
  • Justin Jos (India, LLM International Human Rights Law, University of Exeter)
  • Debra Milligan (South Africa, MSc Wellbeing in International Development and Public Policy, University of Bath)
  • Bulugu Nkanga (Tanzania, MA International Relations and Security, University of Westminster)
  • Simone Walker (Jamaica, LLM International Law and Sustainable Development, University of Strathclyde)

The bad cop in the dissemination of scientific information – the media or science?

Audience: News/mass media

  • Abigail Amoah (Ghana, MSc Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology, University of Nottingham)
  • Dieudonne Che (Cameroon, MSc Molecular Medicine, University of Sheffield)
  • Chima Robert (Nigeria, MSc Forensic Science, University of Hull)
  • Bilal Shahid (Pakistan, MSc Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, University of Manchester)
  • Selvaganapathy Swaminathan (India , MSc Sustainable Energy Systems, London South Bank University)
  • Indhu Varatharajan (India, MSc Planetary Science, University College London)

Tuberculosis in the UK

Audience: Public service broadcasting/communities

  • Abdul-Majeed Ahmed (Ghana, Health Economics & Health Policy, University of Birmingham)
  • Rael Akakoro (Uganda, MPH Public Health, University of Liverpool in London)
  • Yvonne Chigumira (Zimbabwe, MBA Healthcare Management, Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Mouyelele Haufiku (Namibia, MPH Public Health, University of Dundee)
  • Samson Mfuyeni (Malawi, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion, Bangor University)
  • Gloria Ngaiza (Tanzania, MSc Global Health and Development, University College London)
  • Zubair Shams (Bangladesh, MSc Global Health, Queen Margaret University)

Policy 2.0: Looking for a paradigm shift

Audience: Policy makers

  • George Adongo (Ghana, MSc Economics for Natural Resource and Environmental Management, Cranfield University)
  • Angela Asante (Ghana, MSc Urban and Regional Planning, Heriot-Watt University)
  • Philip Kazibwe (Uganda, MSc Road Management and Engineering, University of Birmingham)
  • Stefan Knights (Guyana, MSc Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews)
  • Lucy Manasseh (Kenya, MSc Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, Northumbria University)
  • Muwana Mwananongolo (Zambia, MSc Developmental Economics, University of East Anglia)
  • Shobhit Srivastava (India, MSc Economics for Natural Resource and Environmental Management, Cranfield University)
  • Caitlin Tonkin (South Africa, MSc Africa and International Development, University of Edinburgh)

Sustainable consumption and production

Expert practitioners/ end users of research

  • Abbas Agbaje (Nigeria, MSc Sustainable Environmental Management, University of Greenwich)
  • Alison Alfred (Dominica, Environment & Sustainable Development, University of Glasgow)
  • Ahsan Bokhari (Pakistan, MSc Climate Change Science and Policy, University of Bristol)
  • Betzy Bowen (Kenya, MSc Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology, Keele University)
  • Md. Humayain Kabir (Bangladesh, MSc Climate Change, University of East Anglia)
  • Solomon Onwuegbu (Nigeria, MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management, University of East Anglia)
  • Emaediong Uko (Nigeria, MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, Lancaster University)