TNE impact case study: The University of Liverpool and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), University of Liverpool
Collaboration type:
Scholarship Funding
SDG Goals:
(4) Quality Education
United Kingdom
Lynn Evans - Strategic Director Liverpool Online, Vickie Bates - Director of Studies MPH (online)

Background and overview of the case study

This case study is about the global impact of the partnership between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and the University of Liverpool. Since 2012, we have been able to offer over 50 Commonwealth Scholarships to our online Master of Public Health Students located in Commonwealth Countries around the World. Since 2016, 29 Commonwealth scholars have successfully completed the MPH programme.

Impact and value

The Commonwealth Scholarships enable widening participation and access to a high quality, accredited and Globally recognised Master of Public Health degree who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. The online MPH programme equips graduates with the necessary skills and expertise to be valuable public health professionals, increasing their employability and improving career progression. Our Commonwealth graduates have the ability and opportunity to make real change and impact on improving the health of populations in developing countries. The programme content has been developed to align with the UN sustainable development goals, most specifically in modules such as Programme and Policy Challenges in Low Income Countries, Preventing and Managing Communicable Disease, Managing Crises and Disasters. Health Inequalities is a theme that runs through all modules. 

Some examples of career progression of successful Commonwealth graduates and the impact they have on working towards the SDGs include 

  • [Student A], who graduated in December 2020. Since graduating, [Student A] has worked for the Ministry of Health in Kampala and the World Health Organisation in Uganda. 
  • [Student B], who graduated in July 2020. Since graduating, [Student B] conducted a quantitative research dissertation on the outcomes of vacuum assisted deliveries conducted by non-specialist medical doctors in a rural district hospital in South Africa. This was the first time this research has been conducted in Africa. This research aided the promotion of these delivery functions in rural areas where caesarean deliveries are not available or not as safe. 
  • [Student C], who founded the NGO 'Health Aid For All Initiative'
  • [Student D], who is now the director of Global Refuge International, an NGO aiming to offer humanitarian aid to refugees in multiple countries around the world.

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