U21: Connect - March 2014

06 March 2014
Welcome to the March e-bulletin with the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network


Registration Reminder for Glasgow AGM

Registrations are open for the 2014 Annual Network Meeting, Presidential Symposium and related business meetings, to be held at the University of Glasgow from 14-16 May. The Presidential Symposium will take place on the theme:The Shape of the University of the Future.

Please visit the event page for details of how to register, suggested hotel accommodation and to download the programme outline.


The event will also incorporate a separate meeting for the HR Group which will take place on 15 May, and delegates attending this meeting should also register via this page.

Please note that the deadline for booking the recommended hotel accommodation is 11 April 2014.

Please contact Lucy Smith (l.smith.1@bham.ac.uk) with any queries up 14 March and Clare Noakes (c.e.noakes@bham.ac.uk) with any queries from 14 March onwards.

Registrations Now Open for 2014 Student Summit

The second annual Student Summit will be held from 13-15 May at the University of Glasgow.

The event will again run alongside the U21 Annual Network Meeting and Presidential Symposium and aims to give students a stronger voice within the U21 network. The Summit will focus on the theme:How can universities best prepare students for careers of the future? 

Member universities are invited to nominate up to three students to attend the Summit, using their own selection criteria.

A full programme and details of how to register are available on the event page:


Registrations close on 11 April 2014.

Please contact Lesley McKay(Lesley.Mckay.2@glasgow.ac.uk) with any queries.

Last Chance to Register for Researcher Engagement Meetings

Registrations are open for the two Researcher Engagement cluster meetings, taking place at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from 3-4 April 2014.

The Research Leaders' group and the Deans  & Directors of Graduate Studies group will be meeting in parallel sessions.

For more information, including draft agendas for both meetings and details of how to register and book the suggested hotel accommodation please visit:


Please contact Gemma Marakas (g.marakas@bham.ac.uk) with any queries.

Undergraduate Research Conference Website Now Live

The 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference will be hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 7-11 July 2014, on the theme:Food Safety: from farm to table.

SJTU invites all U21 partner universities to nominate three undergraduate students to attend the conference. Students will also be required to design posters or provide oral presentations on the theme. Nominations close on 15 April.

An event programme, accommodation information and details of how to nominate students are all available via the event page: www.universitas21.com/link/urc2014

Please contact Ms Jianzhen Zheng with any queries: (Jianzhen.zheng@sjtu.edu.cn).

Paper Deadline Approaching for First Doctoral Law Forum

The first U21 Doctoral Law Forum will be held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on 26 April 2014 and elegates are invited to submit papers on any law topic.

Delegates wishing to register or submit a paper should contact Mrs Li Zichan (U21LawForum@gmail.com) no later than 12 March 2014.

For further details, including recommended accommodation information, please visit the event page: www.universitas21.com/link/2014lawforum

Nominations for Social Entrepreneur Corps Programme Close Soon

Following two successful years of the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps programme (SEC), the University of Connecticut has announced plans to run the event again in 2014. The programme is based in Guatemala and allows students interested in international development to work directly with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses. Auckland student Nicola Carroll took part in the 2013 programme and said of her time “Participating in the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps was an incredible and unforgettable experience. I never thought it possible to accomplish and learn so much in just one month.”

The 2014 programme will run from 26 May – 18 July and is divided into pre-arrival preparation in a virtual classroom, followed by in-country orientation and field work.

Full event information, including the programme and details of how to register, is now available on the U21 website: www.universitas21.com/link/sec2014

Each U21 institution is invited to submit one guaranteed and up to two ranked reserve student nominations. Please contact Zahra Ali (zahra.ali@uconn.edu) to request a nomination form. All forms must be returned to Zahra by 10 March 2014.

FINE & Deans of Education at AERA 2014


The Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE) is organising three free events at this year’s AERA Conference in Philadelphia for students from U21 universities. The Forum will be held on 2 April 2014, and FINE breakfast meetings will be held on 4 and 6 April. Further information including locations and timings can be found on the event webpage:


If you would like to attend any of these events or wish to find out more, please contact the FINE Leadership team (fine.u21@gmail.com).

Deans of Education

All Deans of Education (or equivalent) from U21 universities are invited to attend the next U21 Deans of Education Meeting, to be held on the morning of 3 April 2014 at the AERA Conference in Philadelphia. Those interested in attending should contact Group Convener Professor David Clarke (d.clarke@unimelb.edu.au) for more information or to register their participation. 


Nomination Deadline Approaching for First Health Sciences Summer School

The inaugural Health Sciences Summer School will run from 7-18 July 2014, hosted by The University of Auckland on the theme:Substance Misuse Studies - A Harm Reduction Approach.

The HS Summer School is targeted at students who have completed at least two years of study within a health sciences discipline. Auckland can also accept up to five academics to facilitate groups during the Summer School. Student nominations close 21 March and staff nominations close 14 March.


Please contact Caroline Voisine with any queries (caroline.voisine@ubc.ca).


Clare Noakes to Return as U21 Administration Manager

Clare Noakes is returning to her role as Administration Manager for the network on 10 March 2014, following a period of maternity leave. Current Administration Manager, Lucy Smith, will begin handing over to Clare shortly and will be leaving on 14 March 2014. We look forward to welcoming Clare back to the network.

CSHE Appoints Melbourne’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) has appointed the University of Melbourne’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), and U21 Academic Lead for the Educational Innovation Cluster, Professor Philippa Pattison as their new Director. Melbourne’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, said that Professor Pattison will “guide the Centre in its important work shaping policy and practices in teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on leading professional development.” On behalf of U21 we congratulate Professor Pattison and Melbourne on this appointment.


Ohio State Wins Senator Paul Simon Award

The Ohio State University is one of only four American institutions to be awarded the 2014 NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalisation, which recognises institutions for overall excellence in internationalisation efforts. The Simon Award is universally considered the most prestigious award for comprehensive internationalisation in the United States. Ohio State’s Interim President, Joseph A. Alutto, said “It is an honour to be recognised for our efforts to integrate international experiences into our teaching and research mission”.

McGill Researcher Awarded Dan David Prize

Dr Brenda Milner, an active researcher at the age of 95 at McGill University, has been awarded the 2014 Dan David Prize for her fundamental contributions to the science of memory and the brain. Dr Milner is widely recognised as one of the founders of cognitive neuroscience. On receiving news of her award she said “I am absolutely delighted to have received the Dan David Prize…I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Dan David Foundation and the review committee for this tribute.”

U21 Members Top Choice for UK Graduate Employers

The UK’s top investment banks, law firms and consultancies have cited all four of U21’s UK members (Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Nottingham) within the country’s top 25 universities for graduate employers. The study, which was conducted by High Fliers Research, also listed the University of Nottingham in the number one spot. Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at Nottingham, said “This is terrific news for our students and alumni — it confirms that The University of Nottingham is delivering the global graduates that employers are looking for”.

If you would like to submit a story for the next e-bulletin, please send it to Clare Noakes (c.e.noakes@bham.ac.uk) by 28 March 2014.