September News Headlines

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


New EI Position Paper Released

The Educational Innovation cluster is pleased to announce the publication of its third Position Paper:  Universities Challenged:  The Impact of Digital Technology on Teaching and Learning. The cluster commissioned Professor Jon Morgan of the Department, of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of Auckland, to write the publication and contribute to its existing series of thought-provoking papers around topics of current interest in educational innovation. A fourth Position Paper on the subject of Learning Analytics is also planned for publication later this year.

All Educational Innovation Position Papers can be downloaded from the U21 website:

Student Mobility Network EAIE Lunch Announced

An informal lunch for members of the Student Mobility Network will be held during the EAIE Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. The lunch will take place at the Taksim MetroPark Hotel Restaurant on Wednesday 11 September at 12pm. Please visit the event page for more information:

Managers’ Meeting Registration Reminder

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:

EI Conference Registration Reminder

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:

Please note that registration is limited to three delegates per member institution.

If you have any queries, please contact Lavinia Winegar Gott (

Early Career Researchers’ Workshop Update

The next ECR Workshop will take place from 2-3 December 2013 at Tecnológico de Monterrey, with the theme: ‘Innovative Technologies: From Research to Impact on Society’.

This workshop will bring together Early Career Researchers within the first eight years of the award of their PhD from across the U21 network within the broad discipline of ‘Technology’, and will provide the opportunity for delegates to network, build skills and share cutting edge projects.

Each university may nominate seven early career researchers (three guaranteed and four reserve nominees) from their own institution.

For more details about the workshop, including a programme outline, hotel information and the nomination procedure, please visit the U21 event page:

If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact Dr Gemma Marakas (


Lund University Welcomes New International Director

Richard Stenelo became the new International Director at Lund University on 1 July 2013. He is responsible for external projects, international marketing and recruitment, student experience and mobility and strategic partnerships and networks. Richard is also Deputy Executive Director for External Relations at Lund University. We would like to congratulate Richard on his new post on behalf of the U21 network.

New Members Embrace Researcher Engagement

The Researcher Engagement cluster is pleased to confirm that Johannesburg, Maryland and Ohio State have now all put forward representatives to engage with the Research Leaders and DDoGS groups.

From the University of Johannesburg, Dr Mandlenkosi Innocent Msibi, Executive Director Research and Post-Graduate Studies, will represent the university in both the Research Leaders and DDoGS groups.

The University of Maryland has selected Professor Charles Caramello, Dean of the Graduate School, to take part in the DDoGS group, and Professor Patrick O’Shea, Vice President for Research, to participate in the Research Leaders Group.

Professor Patrick Osmer, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate School at The Ohio State University, will be working with the DDoGs group, and Dr Caroline Whitacre, Vice President for Research, will represent Ohio State in the Research Leaders Group.

We welcome all these individuals to the U21 network and look forward to their contributions to the RE cluster. To find out more about the cluster please visit its webpage on the U21 site:


U21 Members Shine in Latest University Rankings

23 U21 members have been featured in the top 500 Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013. Maryland, UBC, Edinburgh, Melbourne, McGill, Ohio State, Nottingham and Queensland all made it into the top 100, while Amsterdam, Birmingham, Lund, UNSW, Singapore and Virginia made it into the top 150. The Ranking was formulated by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and has been released annually since 2003. The ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution. More than 1000 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published on the web. You can find the full results on the ARWU website:

Nottingham’s Research Income at All-Time High

Nottingham won more than £170 million in new grants in the past financial year, thanks largely to a doubling in the value grants and contracts going to the Faculty of Engineering and a jump of nearly 40 per cent for the faculty of medical and health sciences. The value of awards from research councils rose by 87 per cent and those from industry by 21 per cent. Saul Tendler, PVC for research, called the figures “a true reflection of Nottingham’s outstanding and world-changing research.”

Queensland’s Global Change Institute Welcomes New Sustainable Workplace

The Global Change Institute (GCI) based at the University of Queensland is an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. Its new AUD$32 million headquarters opened on 28 August and meets the world's most advanced levels of sustainability. UQ President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Høj, said of the new building:

“It is designed to work with the natural environment and it will operate as a zero-energy and zero-carbon workplace…It will be naturally ventilated for most of the year and generate and store all its own power on-site through renewable solar energy sources. All excess power will be delivered back to the national grid.”

The Global Change Institute is hosting several seminars and events to celebrate the opening of the building through to mid-October.