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The University is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Ulloa for a 3 month traineeship at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens Associate Campus, which will complete her MSc in Environmental Education at the University of Almeria. Elizabeth, who is originally from Chile, will be assisting the Alameda’s Education Team with all aspects of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens’ education programme, focusing on children aged 7 to 12. The programme of study includes activities related to the use of recycled materials in gardening, horticulture for self-consumption and exploring the role of plants and invertebrates in the natural environment, amongst others.

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme to support exchange of students, researchers and staff for education and training purposes, providing a unique opportunity for Europeans to study and gain experience abroad. Following the award of the Erasmus Charter of Higher Education, the University is delighted be part of the Erasmus+ community, which will help strengthening collaboration ties with other Higher Education Institutions internationally.


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On the 7th of April 2017 The University of Gibraltar officially launched the Gibraltar Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme which is part of the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The CSFP was established in 1859 and to date has benefitted over 30,000 individuals from universities around the globe and is considered one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world.

The scholarship was launched at the University by the Chief Minister, The Hon Fabian Picardo QC, who said that the Scholarship is the beginning of the fulfilment of the potential of the University of Gibraltar of which HM Government of Gibraltar continues to support and will raise the standing of the University and of Gibraltar internationally in a Commonwealth context.

Also attending the launch was The Rt. Hon. Lord Luce (Chancellor of the University), Professor Daniella Tilbury (Vice Chancellor of the University), Professor John Wood (Former Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities), Dr John Cortes (Minister for Education) and the Governor Lt. Gen. Edward Davies among other invited guests. The chosen scholar will spend three years in Gibraltar contributing to a core area of the University as a PhD researcher and will receive financial aid including annual return flights to their country of residence and a monthly stipend.

Following on from the reception after the official launch of the Gibraltar PhD Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, the Commonwealth of Learning international seminar got underway. The seminar focused on the core issues relating to learning, change and engagement with the Commonwealth family. It addressed issues in light of Brexit regarding the future relationship and strengthening of ties between Gibraltar and the Commonwealth. The session was open to the public and featured key note addresses from Dr Alistair Niven and Professor John wood and a panel discussion chaired by Professor Daniella Tilbury which included Dr Niven and Professor Wood and also the Rt. Hon. Lord Luce and Mr Peter Montegriffo QC.



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Power of Words in association with The Institute of Directors (IoD) and collaboration with the University of Gibraltar are providing Professional Director Training and Development.

What is The Institute of Directors (IoD)?

The IoD has been supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903. As the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, they are dedicated to supporting business professionals, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice.

Supporting leaders in their professional development and providing qualifications to enhance their career and business aspirations, with certified training. Enhancing and helping businesses of all sizes to access these essential skills, advocating high standards of excellence and professionalism in the boardroom, those that are essential for leaders and businesses to succeed.

Key benefits for you and your organisation

Whether you’re already on the board, newly appointed, aspire to a seat on the board, have already or are planning a portfolio Non-Executive career, or want to improve performance with fresh insight.

The IoD qualifications will equip you with the core knowledge and awareness needed to function effectively as a Director or Non Executive Director (NED) and give you the opportunity to:


  • Meet course leaders and guest speakers with unique experience within the boardroom and wider business
  • Experience an interactive approach with real-world case studies, practical examples and scenarios
  • take advantage of opportunities for focused peer-learning and networking
  • Access cutting-edge content underpinned by a solid foundation of professional research and theory
  • Achieve an understanding of best practice and practical application in the workplace


2017 Dates Days Award Module
7th April 1 Role of the Non-Executive Director
26th 27th April 2 The Role of the Director and the Board
16th 17th 18th May 3 Finance for the Non-Financial Director
13th 14th 15th June 3 The Directors role in strategy and marketing
11th 12th July 2 The Directors role in leading the organisation

The Role of the Director and the Board 2-day course: You will gain understanding of the role and responsibilities of a director in a quickly changing world. Whether you have entered a new role on the board, are aspiring to a board position or would like an opportunity to refresh your knowledge and reflect on your existing role, to help you develop greater capability.

Director’s Role in Strategy & Marketing 3-day course: During these three days you will gain a practical understanding of the board’s role in developing strategy, learn how to create value for your key stakeholders, appreciate the importance of market analysis and strategic decision-making, and effectively prepare for the implementation of strategies that support and enhance your organisation’s vision and values you.

Directors Role Leading the Organisation 2-day course: You will gain a practical understanding of leading people through strategy implementation. During the course you will have the opportunity to assess different leadership and decision-making techniques, identify ways of handling resistance to change and evaluate how all of these can be applied in your own organisation and contribute to its increased success.

Finance for Non-Financial Directors 3-day course: By attending this course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the financial health of your business, appreciate the financial impact of the board’s strategic decisions and be able to identify the director’s legal obligations in relation to finance.


Bookings and Fees

All IoD Bookings, registration and course fees are to be paid directly by you to Power of Words. Full details and to book online


To find out more please visit:


To discuss any details and special discounts and offers please contact:

Pete Yeoman +350 5780 6000

Gabrielle Gache +44 7970 545895


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An International Seminar to Celebrate the Launch of the Gibraltar Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme

7th April 2017, 1:45 pm at the University of Gibraltar, Europa Point Campus


The University of Gibraltar is delighted to be hosting an international seminar on the ‘Commonwealth of Learning’, celebrating the launch of the Gibraltar Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme.

The seminar aims to focus on the core issues relating to learning, change and engagement with the Commonwealth family. Given Brexit, and current discussions around Article 50, the seminar will be addressing issues regarding the future relationship and possible strengthening of ties between Gibraltar and the Commonwealth.

Confirmed speakers for the seminar include:

  • Professor John Wood CBE FREng, Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
  • Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera, Director, Institute for Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies
  • Dr Alastair Niven LVO OBE, University of Oxford, Trustee for the Council for Education in the Commonwealth and a specialist in Commonwealth and post-colonial literature.
  • Lord Luce, the Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar, who will also be chairing a panel discussion session.
  • Peter Montegriffo QC, Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Gibraltar Branch and a member of the University’s Board of Governors.
  • Professor Daniella Tilbury, Commonwealth Scholar, Vice-Chancellor and CEO, University of Gibraltar.

Click here to book your free place.


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The University of Gibraltar and The Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society are pleased to announce that Rebecca Gabay has been awarded the scheme’s inaugural bursary of £1000. Ms Janet Whiteley, Director of ‘The Friends’ said she is delighted to present the Award to Rebecca Gabay, a very worthy recipient.

The bursary scheme was launched in June 2016 and was made available through open competition to any postgraduate student of the University who is undertaking history (including natural history) and heritage-related study and research. A total of three applications were submitted for the bursary, all which underwent an exhaustive selection process by the University’s Research and Research Degrees Committee, who made the final recommendation.

Ms Gabay’s study is focused on the literature of Gibraltar. She is documenting all of the fictional texts that have been written by Gibraltarians, and exploring them in relation to Gibraltar and its people.

Ms Gabay plans to use the bursary money to attend relevant academic conferences which will further her research, and enhance her understanding of Gibraltar’s literary heritage.

The bursary scheme will open again this semester and all postgraduate students at the University are invited to apply.