Our Game-changers

As Official partner of the Games, we have had the opportunity to nominate University of Birmingham Batonbearers in key countries across the Commonwealth. These people personify the University’s Game-Changing values, and strive to make a difference in society or sport.

Alvin Ho

Singapore batonbearer Alvin Ho standing with his daughter and wifeAlvin is a University of Birmingham (Singapore) MBA alumnus and was one of the University of Birmingham’s Batonbearers when the Baton visited Singapore in January. A Health and Wellness entrepreneur, Alvin runs the company Fitivate which comprises of a team of healthcare professionals who have come together to develop a platform that aims to empower the community with holistic wellness knowledge. He is also COO of VitaCare Medical group. Having over a decade of weightlifting experience and having personally witnessed how dramatically quality of life can be improved through maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Alvin aspires to help individuals keep fit in an increasingly demanding society. In 2016 he was awarded the Singapore's 10 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness Aged 40 and Under by the Singapore Business Review.

Vinisha Umashankar

Vinisha is a Grade 10 student from Tamil Nadu, India, an innovator and an environmentalist. She was the University of Birmingham’s Batonbearer when the Baton visited India in January. She is best known for being an earth-shot prize finalist and for delivering an exceptional speech at the COP 26 conference. The solar ironing cart, which she invented when she was 12 years old, uses solar panels to power a steam iron box and eliminates the need for coal, which is traditionally used to heat the irons. She received admiration from global leaders for her powerful speech at COP 26 on the importance of climate change. In her speech, she urged world leaders to stop talking and start acting, as well as reminding them how monumental their actions would be for her generation.

University of Birmingham Chancellor chats with young award-winning Indian inventor

Bernard Tan

Batonbearer Alvin Ho running with the baton

Philanthropist Bernard Tan is a University of Birmingham alumnus, where he studied Economics and Political Science. Bernard was a University of Birmingham Batonbearer, alongside Alvin Ho, when the Baton visited Singapore.

He is the Country President (Singapore) for Sinar Mas which is a brand of companies active in seven business pillars: Pulp & Paper, Agri-business and Food, Financial Services, Developer and Real Estate, Communications and Technology, Energy and Infrastructure and Healthcare. He is also the Deputy President of the Football Association of Singapore and sits on the board of a sport school in Singapore. Bernard is celebrated for his leadership in sustainable business.

Opportunities

Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme

In recognition of our role in the B2022 Commonwealth Games and as Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay, International Sector, we are strengthening our collaboration across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme is an exciting opportunity for early career researchers from commonwealth countries to spend up to three months at the University of Birmingham working with academics on identified research projects.

We welcome applications to any subject area, but particularly encourage applications within the broad areas of Health and Life Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sustainability, and Global Challenges.