The PARC team were delighted to be featured on FE News recently – in a piece celebrating two successful years since our launch. The team at FE News celebrated our great start, as we furthered our mission to disrupt the status quo that’s seen institutions and models from the global North dominate science and research. The coverage on the education news site served as a great testament to the ‘pioneering’ hard work being done behind the scenes here at PARC.
Professor Isabella Aboderin, Director of PARC, told FE News: “It is fantastic to see how PARC’s approach has resonated with academics at both the University of Bristol and at Universities in Africa. “We look forward to seeing the centre grow and fulfil its mission to champion true transformation in Africa research and partnerships.” The piece also featured a quote from James Alexandroff, trustee and settlor of the Perivoli Foundation, whose £1m gift helped establish the centre. He said: “The approach in the past has been to tell Africa what it needs, which some critics argue did more harm than good. Although worthy in ambition, lack of thought around implementation, feasibility and ownership has meant that outcomes are generally accepted to have fallen way short. “We are delighted to support the pioneering work of PARC in its efforts to change the nature of the dialogue between the North and the South in the hope that research institutions in Africa take evermore a leading role in deciding what is best for the Continent.”
PARC connects people and constituencies within Bristol universities, the UK, Europe and globally to support Africa’s priority agendas, with activities that include hosting discussion forums, launching partnerships, undertaking research, allocating research funding, and engaging policy at national and regional levels.
To read more about our work, and our successful two years of operation, read the story here.