Connect and communicate: academic engagement with modern media

40 Commonwealth Master’s Scholars took part in an interactive workshop at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, in March 2015, to explore the changing 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.

The culmination of the workshop was the Commonwealth Scholars radio session, in which groups created a topical radio podcast for a specified audience, reinforcing the importance of high quality, concise communications targeted to specific audiences.

Photos from the event are available on Flickr and the podcasts can be found below.

Challenges to student participation in higher education

Audience: universities

  • Grace Banda (Malawi, MSc Information Systems Management, University of Greenwich)
  • Avanka Fernando (Sri Lanka, MPhil Social Media and Urban Sociology, Cambridge Newnham)
  • Siddhant Gupta (India, MSc Communications and Signal Processing, Imperial College London)
  • Abel M’kulama (Zambia, MSc Information Management, University of Sheffield)
  • Vanessa Mosenge (Cameroon, MSc Media and International Development, University of East Anglia)
  • Selene Solis (Belize, MA Sociocultural Linguistics, Goldsmiths, University of London)

CS Radio - Group 1

Educating adolescents for an inclusive future

Audience: 14-16 year olds

  • Archi Biswas (Bangladesh, MA Global Development, University of Leeds)
  • Ahsan Yousaf Chaudhary (Pakistan, MSc International Relations, University of Bristol)
  • HuiYin Chuah (Malaysia, MSc Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Kaushalya Madugalla (Sri Lanka, LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Mmannyana Margaret Mokgachane (Botswana, MSc Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford)
  • Balikisu Osman (Ghana, MSc International Development (Poverty, Inequality and Development), University of Birmingham)
  • Mosiuoa Ramakoele (Lesotho, MSc Gender, Birkbeck, University of London)

CS Radio - Group 2

Stigmatisation of people with mental health disorders

Audience: news and mass media

  • James Abrokwah (Ghana, MSc Applied Clinical Psychology, University of Worcester)
  • Precious Ahabwe (Uganda, MSc Speech Difficulties, University of Sheffield)
  • Audra Bolton (Jamaica, MSc Family and Child Psychology, University of Chester)
  • Somie Mezue (Nigeria, MSc Infection and Immunity, University of Leicester)
  • Okechukwu Onwukwe (Nigeria, MSc Medical Diagnostics, Cranfield University)
  • Bernice Tali (Ghana, MSc Analytical and Forensic Chemistry, University of Hull)

CS Radio - Group 3

Dealing with stigma around Ebola – a conversation

Audience: communities

  • Dr Joshua Arthur (Ghana, MSc Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Eugene Aanienang Kpinee(Ghana, MPH Public Health, University of Nottingham)
  • Rawlance Ndejjo (Uganda, MSc Environmental Health, University of the West of England)
  • Temitope Ojedokun (Nigeria, MSc Public health-health promotion, Leeds Beckett University)
  • Dr Mandar Paradkar (India, MPH Public Health, Cardiff University)
  • Muneerah Zainodin (Malaysia, MSc Community Water and Sanitation, Cranfield University)

CS Radio - Group 4

Engaging the public through modern media

Audience: policymakers

  • Flavia Anyiko (Uganda, MSc Transport Planning and Engineering, University of Leeds)
  • Wesley Chibamba (Zambia, MA Governance and Public Policy, University of Sheffield)
  • Shiraz Hassan (Pakistan, MSc Sustainable Development and Environment Management, Liverpool Hope University)
  • Saanya Jain (India, MSc Actuarial Management, City University)
  • Zia Ul Hassan Khan (Pakistan, MSc Behavioral Economics, University of Essex)
  • Martin Munene (Kenya, MSc Disasters, Adaptation and Development, King’s College London)

CS Radio - Group 5

Housing and urbanisation

Audience: end users of research

Listen to podcast

  • Zilper Michelle Abong’o (Kenya, MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment, University College London)
  • Stephen Ajadi (Nigeria, MSc Design Innovation & Sustainability, Cranfield University)
  • Khadija Amir (Pakistan, MSc Sustainable Development, University of Exeter)
  • Donnex Ndhlovu Mtambo (Malawi, MSc Climate Change and Development, University of Sussex)
  • Ngao Mubanga (Zambia, MSc Economics with reference to Environment and Development, SOAS, University of London)
  • Geoffrey Mwedde (Uganda, MSc Conservation Science, Imperial College London)
  • Manik Kumar Saha (Bangladesh, MSc Environment and Sustainable Development, University College London)

CS Radio - Group 6