Six Nigerian lecturers receive British Council grants to visit UK universities

SIX lecturers from Nigerian universities have been awarded £33,090 as research travel grants to the UK by the British Council under an educational enhancement programme aimed at improving ties between bodies in the two countries.

Under the arrangement, the academics who are recipients of the grants would be visiting and undertaking their projects between 2014 and 2015. Desmond Omovie, of the British Council in Nigeria, said that the funds would take care of the recipients’ travel, visas, insurance, accommodation and subsistence costs.
He added that the grant would assist the lecturers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration with UK universities. According to Mr Omovie, the development would also build research capacity in Nigeria and enhance the researchers’ career opportunities.


Mr Omovie added: “Research collaboration is essential for the global knowledge economy, and it has been shown that internationally mobile researchers tend to be more productive. Furthermore, a shared research interest can help to build trust and relationships between people from very different backgrounds and cultures.


“It is in this regard that we are taking advantage of this position as an intercultural relations organisation with global expertise in higher education, to awarded research travel grants to six university lecturers in Nigeria for research. This will require them to visits and partner with UK universities under the Researcher Links programme.”


He pointed out that among the beneficiaries are Professor Benjamin Aribisala of the University of Lagos, who would be visiting the Heriot-Watt University in the UK, while Dr Temitope Omolola of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, would be visiting University of Southampton. In addition, Dr Ayodeji Johnson of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, would be visiting University of Nottingham, while Dr Athanasius Manji of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola would visit Bangor University and Dr Taiwo Bamigboye of the Obafemi Awolowo University, would visit the University of Bradford.


According to Mr Omovie, Professor Murtala Sagagi of the Bayero University Kano, would also benefit from the grant and would be visiting the University of Wolverhampton. He added that the British Council would continue to partner with Nigeria in the development of its education sector and the country in general, as part of its contribution to improving the standard of living in Africa.