Two young faculty, Emmanuel Ofori and Cecilia Smith from the Departments of Chemical Pathology and Pathology respectively of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences have been named as recipients of the Association of Commonwealth University small grants for early career academics. The grant is to support them to travel and participate in conferences.

The awards were launched to mark the centenary of the Association, which is the oldest international association of universities in the world.  They are available to early career staff at member universities who have not previously had the opportunity to travel to other Commonwealth countries as part of their professional development, and are typically used for attendance at an academic conference, or visit to a potential collaborator. The programme ties in with an ACU focus on assisting member institutions in attracting, retaining and developing their early career academic staff.

University of Ghana is one of over five hundred members of the Association, spread over fifty countries.  Further details of the Association’s work, including details of the next round of early career awards, can be found on the ACU web site To see a list of the 38 awardees visit[0]=news/list

Meanwhile the Vice-Chancellor has sent congratulatory messages to all the recipients.  He hoped that the grant will support them to travel and participate in conferences or visit any potential collaborators of their Departments or Schools.