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Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Blue Charter Fellowships 2019



Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is now accepting applications from Post-PhD research staff or PhD students at ACU member institutions in any Commonwealth country for its 2019 Blue Charter Fellowships. The deadline for submission of applications for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Blue Charter Fellowships is 16th June, 2019.

As part of the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research & Innovation Framework (MPRIF), through generous funding from Waitrose & Partners, the ACU is launching a second round of our Blue Charter Fellowship Programme that will provide 10 academic fellows with placements of up to 6-months at ACU member universities across the Commonwealth, as well as in industry.

These fellowships will support world-class research and innovation in marine plastics, and help fulfil the objectives of the MPRIF.

The fellowships will last up to 6 months and must take place between 1 September 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Blue Charter Fellowships Research Areas.

Research and research translation areas will cover the broad area of marine plastics, specifically the following priority areas of the MPRIF:

  • preventing plastics from getting into the sea
  • developing alternatives to plastics
  • the potential for cleaning up the seas

ACU Blue Charter Fellowships Eligibility.

    • Applicants must be Post-PhD research staff or PhD students at ACU member institutions in any Commonwealth country;
    • Applications from early career researchers (ECRs) are particularly welcomed. Early career is defined as current PhD students, researchers up to 10 years post-PhD, and also researchers who are returning to academic work following a career break;
  • Applicants from any discipline will be considered, as long as they can demonstrate how their work relates to one or more of the three areas outlined above
  • The fellowship must take place at an ACU member institution, or in industry, outside the fellow’s country of residence. A list of institutions and supervisors who have expressed interest in hosting a Fellow is available on the Host Institutions page
  • Fellows are expected to be highly skilled and motivated researchers whose proposed research topic is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to wider impact beyond the academic community
  • Applicants must submit proof that the host institution is happy to host their fellowship as part of the application process
  • Applicants based in Asia or Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are particularly encouraged to apply

ACU Blue Charter Fellowships Value.

  • Fellows will receive a grant of up to £14,000 GBP to cover travel, accommodation, sustenance, travel insurance, vaccinations and visa costs.
  • All fellows will also receive a research grant of £4,000 GBP for research costs associated with the Fellowship. This can also be used to contribute to conference participation associated with the fellowship work.
  • Mentoring: Fellows who are ECRs will be assigned a specialist mentor at a third-party institution, which is not their home or host institution, who will provide support and advice during the fellowship.

How to Apply Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Blue Charter Fellowships.

Please complete the online application form by midnight UTC+1 on Sunday 16 June 2019.

As part of the application, applicants must submit the following:

  • CV
  • Reference from their home university head of department / supervisor
  • Letter of support from their host university or industry collaborator / supervisor

They must also respond to the following questions:

  • Summarise the collaborative work you plan to carry out during the fellowship. This should be written for an audience without prior knowledge of the subject, and must not be overly technical. Any abbreviations or specialist terms must be explained. (200-300 words)
  • If this is an existing collaboration, briefly describe the work carried out to date (100-150 words)
  • Describe how the work carried out during and after the fellowship will contribute to the Commonwealth Blue Charter (100-150 words)
  • Describe the likely impact of your research globally, nationally and locally. Think about who will benefit from the work, considering both academic and social impact. (200-300 words)
  • List the planned outcomes and outputs of the fellowship. This could be in the form of journal articles, conference participation, grant applications, media, community or policy engagement, exchange agreements with your host institution, etc. (50-150 words)
  • How will the Fellowship help you to overcome barriers you are facing in carrying out your research at your home institution? (200-300 words)
  • Please provide a brief outline of how you plan to communicate your research to relevant stakeholders in order to maximise the potential impact of your research (200-300 words)
  • What motivates you to apply for the fellowship, and why did you choose your current field of research? (100-150 words)



Zuckerberg Did Not Ignore Personal Data Issues, Says Facebook Mgt




Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not knowingly violate an agreement with the regulator supervising the company’s management of users’ personal data, the social media giant said on Wednesday as it addressed an issue that has been under federal investigation for the past year.

Facebookwas required to provide the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with emails, some from 2012, suggesting that Zuckerberg was personally aware of but neglected to address the fact that external applications had access to massive amounts of personal data withoutFacebookusers’ knowledge, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The newspaper added that it did not have access to the documents but that anonymous sources had described their contents.

“We have fully cooperated with the FTC’s investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files,” said aFacebookspokesperson.

“At no point did Mark or any otherFacebookemployee knowingly violate the company’s obligations under the FTC consent order nor do any emails exist that indicate they did.”

The FTC reopened investigations into whetherFacebookviolated a 2011 settlement with the regulator on protecting user data following revelations last year that personal data from tens of millions of users was hijacked by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica as it worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The 2011 court-approved agreement requiredFacebookto notify users when it shares data with third parties and bars the social network from deceptive practices.

The investigation could result in a record fine running into billions of dollars.

Despite the controversies, some 2.7 billion people use at least one of the “family” of the company’s applications, including the coreFacebooknetwork, Instagram, and messaging applications WhatsApp and Messenge


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Top 100 Best Universities in Nigeria | 2019 Nigerian University Ranking




Based on the ranking released by Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain, we present you the top 100 universities in Nigeria for the year 2019.

Top 100 Universities in Nigeria 2019.

ranking World Rank University
1 1145 University of Ibadan
2 2125 University of Nigeria
3 2244 Obafemi Awolowo University
4 2291 Covenant University Ota
5 2341 Ahmadu Bello University
6 2583 University of Lagos
7 2784 Federal University of Technology Minna
8 2786 University of Ilorin
9 2999 University of Port Harcourt
10 3117 Federal University of Technology Akure
11 3479 Adekunle Ajasin University
12 3703 Federal University of Technology Owerri
13 3721 University of Benin
14 3737 University of Agriculture Abeokuta
15 3768 Lagos State University
16 3805 University of Uyo
17 3812 University of Jos
18 3823 Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
19 3829 Bayero University Kano
20 3928 University of Calabar
21 3983 Olabisi Onabanjo University (Ogun State University)
22 4037 Rivers State University of Science & Technology
23 4077 Nnamdi Azikiwe University
24 4267 University of Abuja
25 4400 University of Maiduguri
26 4683 Usmanu Danfodiyo University
27 4935 (1) Ebonyi State University
28 5298 American University of Nigeria
29 5375 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
30 5524 (1) Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike
31 5677 Delta State University Nigeria
32 6344 Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi
33 6359 Federal University Oye Ekiti Ekiti State
34 6435 Niger Delta University
35 6472 Cross River State University of Science & Technology Calabar
36 6744 Benue State University
37 6805 Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti (University of Ado Ekiti)
38 6805 Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun
39 6889 Abia State University Uturu
40 7020 Landmark University
41 7231 African University of Science & Technology Abuja
42 7271 Babcock University
43 7440 Technical University Ibadan
44 7518 Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo FUNAI
45 7572 Osun State University
46 7602 Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma
47 7738 Redeemer’s University
48 7794 Enugu State University of Science & Technology
49 7801 Joseph Ayo Babalola University
50 7956 Imo State University Owerri
51 8152 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University (Katsina State University)
52 8388 Kwara State University
53 8493 Federal University Dutsin Ma
54 8720 Kogi State University
55 8755 Bowen University
56 9046 Lagos Business School Pan Atlantic University
57 9064 Federal University Otuoke Bayelsa
58 9121 Auchi Polytechnic
59 9153 Federal University Dutse Jigawa State
60 9451 Akwa Ibom State University of Technology
61 9677 Nasarawa State University
62 9770 Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna
63 9992 Yaba College of Technology
64 9992 Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (Federal University of Technology)
65 9992 Pan African University Lagos
66 10008 Edo State Polytechnic Usen
67 10092 Edo University Iyamho
68 10106 Lead City University Ibadan
69 10226 Federal University Lokoja Kogi State
70 10361 Adeleke University Ede
71 10456 Tai Solarin University of Education
72 10480 Ajayi Crowther University Oyo
73 10523 Godfrey Okoye University
74 10886 Kebbi State University Kebbi
75 10977 Rivers State College of Arts and Science Rumuola
76 11057 Igbinedion University Okada
77 11121 Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai
78 11176 Kaduna State University
79 11288 Federal Polytechnic Ilaro
80 11313 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (Anambra State University of Science & Technology Uli)
81 11478 University of Medical Sciences Ondo
82 11553 Taraba State University Jalingo
83 11750 Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri
84 11755 Al Hikmah University Ilorin
85 11820 Federal Polytechnic Ede
86 11863 Benson Idahosa University
87 11943 Ondo State University of Science & Technology Okitipupa
88 11957 Federal University Lafia Nasarawa State
89 11973 Bingham University New Karu
90 11980 Elizade University Ilara Mokin
91 12033 Bauchi State University Gadau
92 12143 Nile University of Nigeria (Nigerian Turkish Nile University Abuja)
93 12169 Polytechnic Ibadan
94 12378 Kano University of Science & Technology Wudil
95 12384 Lagos State Polytechnic
96 12407 Federal University Kashere Gombe State
97 12459 Federal University Wukari Taraba State
98 12821 Baze University Kuchigoro
99 12856 Yobe State University (Bukar Abba Ibrahim University Damaturu)
100 12892 Northwest University Kano

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