June News Headlines

03 June 2013
Welcome to the June e-bulletin with the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.


U21 Welcomes Three New Members

U21 is pleased to announce that the University of Johannesburg, the University of Maryland and The Ohio State University joined the network on 10 May at the 2013 AGM, held at the University of British Columbia.

The U21 network now incorporates a total of 27 members, and the three new additions serve to strengthen existing links in North America, and to establish new ones in South Africa.

The network now has an even greater geographic spread over 17 countries and will benefit significantly from the new inclusion of these three important universities. The opportunities that these partnerships will create both for new and existing members of the network are eagerly anticipated.

For more information about all three new members, please visit:


Registration Now Open for Annual Health Sciences Meeting

Registration for the U21 Health Sciences Annual Meeting, taking place at University College Dublin from 2 – 6 September 2013, has now opened.

This year’s meeting will explore two main themes:

  • The Digital Revolution and the Era of the e-Patient
  • Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Patient Safety

Please visit the Health Sciences website to find more information about the event, including a preliminary agenda as well as links to register and book accommodation:


Educational Innovation Conference Update

The fifth Educational Innovation Conference will take place from 31 October - 1 November 2013, at University College Dublin. The Conference will focus on contemporary challenges posed by the rapid pace of change in digital technologies and online learning in higher education. The invited keynote speaker will be Professor Diana Laurillard, Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy at London Knowledge Lab. New for 2013, all presentations and discussions during the Conference will be streamed live and available to watch on the UCD website.

To register please visit: http://www.universitas21.com/link/eic2013. Please note that registration is limited to three delegates per member institution.

If you have any queries, please contact Lavinia Winegar Gott (law6x@virginia.edu). 

Extended Deadline for HSG Summer School Proposals

The U21 Health Sciences Group is developing a proposal for a U21 Summer School for Health Science students. They are looking for member institutions to host the HSG Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015.

The central theme of the HSG Summer School will be determined by the host institution applicant, but it is expected that it should include some exposure to practice within the host country and be interdisciplinary in nature. Institutions may elect to work with faculty exclusively from their own institution, or seek expertise within other U21 members. Joint proposals are welcomed from institutions in the same region.

The deadline for submitting proposals has now been extended to 7 June 2013, and selected universities will be announced by 26 July 2013.

For more information please visit http://www.u21health.org/summer-school or contact Caroline Voisine (caroline.voisine@ubc.ca).


Chair of the Network Appointed

U21 is delighted to announce that Professor Fred Hilmer was appointed Chair ofUniversitas 21 on 10 May, at the 2013 AGM. Professor Hilmer is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales.  Prior to joining UNSW, Professor Hilmer was Chief Executive Officer at John Fairfax Holdings Limited from 1998 – 2005. On behalf of all at U21 we would like to congratulate Professor Hilmer on his new post. We also pass on our appreciation and thanks to Dr Hugh Brady who has been Chair of our network from 2012-2013.

New U21 Manager at Glasgow

Rachel Sandison, who joined the University of Glasgow as International Director earlier this year, was appointed U21 Manager at the institution at the beginning of June 2013. Her recent appointment follows on from Professor Andrea Nolan who has now left Glasgow to become Principal of Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. We are delighted that Rachel will become more actively involved in our network and thank Professor Nolan for her committment during her time as U21 Manager.

Change of U21 Manager at University of British Columbia

We are pleased to welcome Patricia Stevens as the new U21 Manager at the University of British Columbia. Patricia is Executive Director to the Office of the President and began her role as U21 Manager at the beginning of June 2013. Previous UBC U21 Manager, Helen Pennant, left UBC at the end of May. We would like to thank Helen for her contribution to the network and wish her well for the future.

New Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at Melbourne

Leading international medical researcher Professor Stephen Smith has been appointed Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Professor Smith led the establishment of the first Academic Health Science Centre in the UK while Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and then served simultaneously for four years as Chief Executive of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Professor Smith will start at the University of Melbourne in September. He succeeds Professor James Angus AO who is retiring after nearly a decade leading the Faculty. We would like to congratulate Professor Smith on his new post on behalf of the U21 network.


Latest Sustainability Journal Features U21 members

A Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production onAdvancing Sustainable Urban Transformationhas recently been published and includes contributions from many researchers at U21 members, and is edited by Kes McCormick, Stefan Anderberg, Lars Coenen and Lena Neij all based at Lund University.

This Special Volume explores structural transformation processes that can effectively direct urban development towards ambitious sustainability goals. It includes 20 articles with contributions from over 50 authors and contains 130 surveyed examples of urban initiatives on sustainability in many countries around the world.

 The journal is available to download at the link below: