Development Training and Engagement

Development Training and engagement is a key part of the Commonwealth Scholarship award. The CSC aims to equip Commonwealth Scholars with the skills to effect real development impact on their return home, as well as to create a community of motivated Commonwealth Scholars through an extensive programme of training and networking.

CSC Virtual Engagement Programme

With the unfolding Covid-19 crisis in the UK, the CSC took the decision in mid-March 2020 to cancel all planned face to face events until further notice to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our Scholars and staff involved in delivering these events, and to comply with Government guidance.

In response to this change we commenced our Virtual Engagement Programme of events, activities and training to provide alternative ways for Scholars and Fellows to continue networking and developing their professional skills in an online space.

Virtual site visits

Throughout 2020 and 2021 we hosted a large number of virtual site visits at institutions across the UK, inviting Scholars and Fellows to talk about their research and experiences of studying with CSC staff and Commissioners. These site visits have offered Scholars and Fellows a chance to connect with their peers and raise questions with CSC staff in an informal setting.

We will be continuing our virtual site visits and look forward to following Scholars’ progress during their studies.

Understanding Development Impact training

In May 2020 we launched our ‘Understanding Development Impact’ training on FutureLearn for all Scholars. This training introduces Scholars to some of the key concepts in development today and provides approaches and tools to help Scholars achieve development impact through their work.

We have seen a significant number of Scholars progress through the ‘Understanding Development Impact’ training and improve their professional skills and development understanding whilst also connecting with fellow Scholars through topic discussions and peer review activities.

Virtual Development Training Programme workshops

The knowledge and skills that Scholars acquire in ‘Understanding Development Impact’ training feeds into the CSC’s virtual Development Training Programme workshops which run throughout the academic year to prepare Scholars for the projects and careers they will undertake after their scholarship.

The workshops cover a broad range of topics from public engagement and networking skills through to understanding cultural intelligence and planning for social impact. The skills training that Scholars receive during these workshops enables them to make meaningful contributions in their professional field and effect real development impact in their post-scholarship work.

Please visit to the CSC Events page to find out more about the development training and engagement opportunities we have coming up this year.

Creating your Learning Portfolio

As you progress through the Development Training Programme, we encourage you to complete a Learning Portfolio to record your reflections and consolidate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the ‘Understanding Development Impact’ training and the Development Training workshops this year.

We have designed a Learning Portfolio template to signpost the key learning steps in the training and guide you through completing the exercises and reflections.

Virtual Development Training Programme 2020-21!

Our Development Training Programme has now come to an end for the 2020-21 academic year. Thank you to everyone who has attended the workshops – we hope that these sessions have provided you with valuable knowledge and skills as well as opportunities for networking to assist in your development impact and post-scholarship projects. We will contact all the attendees shortly and are looking forward to receiving your reflections on this year’s training in your completed Learning Portfolios.

Please see below for a list of workshops that took place this year:

Writing for development
Communicating to increase the impact of your research (part 1 and part 2)
Preparing for social impact: strategy planning
5 years on from the SDGs
Public engagement project
Mastering networking
Research proposal and grant writing for development impact (part 1 and part 2)
Research project management
Leadership models and decision making
Influencing and overcoming barriers
Social enterprise
Social entrepreneurship: launching your own project
Developing great professional skills
Writing and communicating in diverse teams
Transitioning to a career
Social entrepreneurship: impact and evaluation (part 1 and part 2)