August News Headlines

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


Registration Opens for October Managers’ Meeting

The next Managers’ meeting will take place from 16-18 October 2013 and will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam. The October Managers’ meeting provides an opportunity for U21 Managers to meet and review network strategies and activities. The core Managers’ meeting will take place from 16-17 October.

This year’s event is unique as there will also be a special session taking place on Friday 18 October to discuss two major EU programmes: Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. This session will be led by Dr Marnix Surgeon, Policy Advisor in the Research and Innovation Directorate of the European Union. Friday’s session is also open to others from the network. If you are not a U21 Manager and would like to attend this session, please contact the U21 Manager at your institution prior to registering.

To find out more about this event, including a programme outline and details of how to register, please visit the event page on the U21 website:

Next FINE Networking Breakfasts Announced

Following on from the success of similar events, the Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE) is organising two more free networking breakfast events at the upcoming EARLI and ECER conferences. These events are a good way to network and exchange ideas and future collaborations and are aimed at U21 post-graduate education students.

The first breakfast is taking place at the EARLI Conference in Munich, Germany on 28 August 2013 and the second breakfast at the ECER Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 September 2013.

More information about the venue details will be announced in due course, so be sure to check the U21 event page for details. If you would like to attend either or both of these events, or if you have any queries, please contact the FINE leadership team at

Upcoming Health Sciences Meetings in September

Annual Meeting

This year’s Health Sciences Group meeting will take place from 4-6 September 2013 and will be hosted by University College Dublin. It will explore two main themes:The Digital Revolution and the Era of the e-Patient and Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Patient Safety.

For more information about this event, including a programme outline and details of how to register, please visit:

Please note that there are also two U21 Health Sciences ‘pre-events’ prior to this meeting also taking place in Dublin, detailed below.

Doctoral Student Forum

The UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems is hosting this which focuses on the theme of:The Potential for Collaborative Research. The Forum will take place on 2-3September.Please note that abstract submission forthis event is now closed and an updatedprogramme, including the names of thestudents selected will be available on thefollowing page shortly:

UNMDG Workshop

This will take place on 3 September at UCD. All delegates attending the Health Sciences Annual Meeting are invited to attend. To find out more about the U21 UNMDG initiative, please visit the dedicated website at: ;

An outline of this Workshop can be found on the Health Sciences Group website:

If you have any queries regarding these events, please contact Caroline Voisine (


McGill’s Interim Principal Announced

Professor Heather Munroe-Blum officially left McGill University on 30 June 2013 and her successor, Dr Suzanne Fortier, will begin her term as Principal on 5 September 2013. McGill’s Board of Governors have named Professor Anthony C. Masi, Provost of the University, to be Acting Principal of McGill from 1 July 2013 to 4 September 2013.

Dublin Elect New President

The Governing Authority of University College Dublin has approved the appointment of Professor Andrew J Deeks as President of University College Dublin from January 2014. Professor Deeks will succeed Dr Hugh Brady, whose ten-year tenure finishes at the end of December 2013. A graduate in civil engineering from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Professor Deeks joins UCD from Durham University, where he is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science).

Change of Research Roles at Birmingham

Following Professor Adam Tickell’s move to Provost, Vice-Principal and U21 Manager, Professor Malcolm Press will be taking on the role of Pro- Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Transfer on 1 September and will continue Professor Adam Tickell’s work with the U21 Researcher Engagement cluster. Dr Gavin Schaffer was appointed Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Birmingham in July 2013 and is a now a member of the DDoGs group. Dr Schaffer replaces Professor Brian Ford-Lloyd who will be retiring from the university.


International Leadership Conference

An International Leadership Conference on the themeManaging Global Universitiesis being led by the University of Nottingham and will take place in Ningbo, China from 4-7 November 2013. This intensive four-day programme of presentations, workshops and discussions is for senior managers and leaders of universities worldwide, who intend to develop a strong global presence. The registration deadline is 18 October and U21 members are eligible for a discount of £200 off the full conference fee.

For more information please visit: or contact Nina Taggart (

Teaching Collaboration with Ethiopian University

A collaboration between U21 and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia began as part of the U21 Water for Sustainable Cities project, which was spearheaded by the University of Connecticut. Although this project has now finished, the collaboration is still going strong and Addis Ababa is currently looking for instructors within U21 to teach Operations Management and Renewable Energy Engineering and Management M.Sc. courses in Ethiopia. Instructors are required to complete three weeks of teaching between September 2013 and September 2014. Full details of the courses can be found here:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Mekonnen Gebremichael ( Mary Kelly-Quinn from University College Dublin and Dr Sara Kazemi Yazdi from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus have both participated in the project. We hope to publish an article about their experience in the next U21 newsletter.