Birmingham Commonwealth Association Education Focus Group

Its Terms Of Reference – October 2017


  • Exploit opportunities to collaborate and cooperate with other Commonwealth Institutions for our mutual benefit.
  • Work with the associations two other focus groups, Trade and Business and Diaspora, in areas of common interest and common benefit.
  • Promote throughout the Commonwealth the internationalisation of curricula and research.
  • Promote and support the Midlands as a place for Commonwealth Students to come and study.
  • Work collaboratively across member institutions to promote the Midlands further and higher education offer.

What is fundamental however is that the group needs to be OUTCOME driven. It needs to understand what Commonwealth Academic Establishments want, decide upon a clear mandate and upon agreed objectives within agreed timescales with realisable tangible gains for its partners.

The Committee should also, as requested, assist with BCA wide events. It should plan at least 12 months ahead and be creative in its thought process liaising with other organisations/BCA Focus Groups as required to achieve its objectives /outcomes.

The committee may also consider and organise a yearly award to be presented at the annual Commonwealth Day Dinner.

 It should fully consider/document all proposals it intends to act upon and put in place a ‘critical path’ and, as required, a risk assessment.


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Councillor Diane Donaldson – B’ham City Council
A BCA Strategic Partner
BCA Ambassador
Councillor Mohammed Aikhlaq MBE – B’ham City Council