African Universities’ Research Approaches (AURA) Capacity Development Programme

The African Universities' Research Approaches programme (AURA) seeks to strengthen research and teaching practices in Sub-Saharan Africa.

AURA, led by the Institute of Development Studies in partnership with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa and Loughborough University, will work with up to nine universities in Sub-Saharan Africa to enrich the research and teaching practices of academics working in health, agriculture and the environment. The overarching aim of the programme is to address the continent-wide goals of supporting universities to transform Africa through investments in people-centred innovations that will bring about economic prosperity and democratic and responsive governance.

AURA brings together the collective knowledge of researchers and educators based in the global south and north to co-create a context-specific educational framework that will enable academics with heavy teaching workloads to undertake research, and enhance the research capacity of their students. In doing so, the programme will respond to the need for locally generated research knowledge by skilled researchers (and graduates); and support academics to nurture effective research and information capabilities in research-led, teaching and learning environments.

AURA is funded by UKAid and will be implemented over three and half years, starting in November 2014. During that time the programme will produce a teaching and learning framework that will be shared with other institutions across Africa and other parts of the world; develop two online e-learning courses; and host three virtual learning events.

For more information about the project, contact the AURA Project Manager, Siobhan Duvigneau: s.duvigneau@ids.ac.uk

Visit the AURA Programme website and blog

Key contact

Photo of Siobhan Duvigneau, British Library for Development Studies

T: +44 (0)1273 915796

E: s.duvigneau@ids.ac.uk

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Emma Greengrass is the Learning Coordinator within the Open Knowledge and Digital Services unit at IDS

T: +44 (0)1273 915825

E: e.greengrass@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jagdeep Shokar

T: +44 (0)1273 915800

E: j.shokar@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Valentina Cattane

T: +44 (0)1273 915821

E: v.cattane@ids.ac.uk

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Partner organisations

Partner researchers

Contact:
Gracian Chimwaza
E:
gracian@itoca.org
Website:
http://www.itoca.org/
Contact:
Dr Mark Hepworth
T:
+44 (0)1509 223039
E:
m.hepworth@lboro.ac.uk
Website:
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/staff/profiles/hepworthmark/hepworth-mark-.html
Project Dates:
November 2014 - Ongoing
Project Status:
Open
Total project value:
£ 2,000,000
Funder:
UKaid
Research Themes / Programmes:
Information and communication technologies