The ACUNS Secretariat is being hosted by, and at, the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) of Coventry University (CU) since July 2018.  Professor Lorraine Elliott, Past Chair of the ACUNS Board of Directors, welcomed the appointment of Coventry University and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations as the new host institution for the Secretariat. She stated:

“I am confident that the Centre will make an important contribution to ACUNS as we continue to build our global outreach to UN scholars and practitioners and work to strengthen our membership base in the Global South while also maintaining our important and enduring links with the UN Secretariat in New York. As Executive Director, Professor Noortmann will bring a suite of experience and knowledge of the UN system to his role”.

CTPSR is Coventry University’s leading university research centre. The Centre is committed to valuing diversity, collaboration, constructive dialogue and support between its members and partners.  It strives to respond to the complex local and global challenges facing contemporary societies, with research that is underpinned by integrity, courage and excellence, and to create opportunities through research and education that have positive impacts on the groups and institutions they engage with.

CTPSR’s socio-political engagement makes it, to put it in the words of its Director Prof. Mike Hardy: “much more than its scholarship”. In many ways CTPSR is committed to spiralling academic research into policy advocacy and actionable solutions at all levels of society. CTPSR; it is committed to “to work for and with individuals, communities and organisations, and to research and teaching that must be impactful and transformative”.

Previous hosts of ACUNS include Wilfrid Laurier University, Dartmouth College, Brown University and Yale University. For the first time in 30 years, the Council will be hosted outside North America. Stepping into the threads of its illustrious predecessors and taking ACUNS to the next level of excellence is a task that suits Coventry University and that speaks to CU’s global ambition.

The new Secretariat staff  Prof. Math Noortmann, Dr. Gwenith Cross and Ms. Cynthia Oroma, is delighted to be part of such an inspiring and aspiring academic environment.