RGU expert joins Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Advisory Panel

A Robert Gordon University (RGU) health expert has joined an influential national advisory panel which selects overseas candidates for scholarships in the United Kingdom.

Professor Iain BroomProfessor Iain Broom, Director of RGU’s Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE), has joined the Advisory Panel for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are intended for men and women of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make a significant contribution to life in their own countries when they return from study abroad.

A recent alumni study conducted for the Commission has revealed that a large number of former award holders have developed to senior levels in politics, the civil service, universities, business and the professions.

Professor Broom has joined the panel for an initial period from January 2014 to December 2016 which could then be extended for a further three years.

He said: “I’m proud to have joined the Advisory Panel for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission where I’ll be able to provide assessments of applications from candidates in my academic discipline and other closely related fields.”

There are currently in excess of 500 overseas scholars and Fellows who hold the Commission’s awards in the United Kingdom. The majority are working for higher degrees but there are also additional special categories of award offered directly to the academic staff of universities in developing countries of the Commonwealth as well as professionals coming to the UK for skills updating.

Detailed assessments by scholarship advisors play an important part in the Commission’s final selection of successful candidates.

Applicants are judged under three criteria: academic record, plan of study, including their choice of course and institution for taught courses and supervisor for research degrees, and potential impact on development or leadership potential.

Further information about the Commission and its awards can be found at:

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport