U21:Connect - December 2014

03 December 2014
The latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.

U21 news

Undergraduate research journal opportunity

The University of British Columbia’s Journal of International Affairs is a student-run, internationally-distributed undergraduate publication that showcases excellent papers selected in a blind peer and faculty review process. For twenty-nine years, the journal has published distinguished research papers written by students from a range of faculties and departments. Contributing to the journal affords students an invaluable opportunity to have their work published early in their academic careers.

In spring 2015, journal will publish its 30th edition and to celebrate it has opened up the call for papers to U21 undergraduate students, too. Details of how to submit a paper for consideration are available on the journal's website (see link below) and the deadline is Tuesday 23 December, giving students time to prepare and submit their work.



Invitation to Staff Week in Lund and Amsterdam

From 13 April to 17 April 2015, the University of Amsterdam and Lund University will host their annual International Staff Week under the theme The International Experience and Beyond.

The week is a collaboration between the two universities and an opportunity for participants from across the network to visit two universities in two countries in one week. The week will begin in Lund, Sweden and midweek, all participants will travel to the Netherlands, where the other half of the programme will take place.

The International Staff Week will be organised primarily for colleagues from partner universities who are involved in internationalisation at their own institutions. Participants from U21 universities will receive a fee waiver and do not have to pay the participation fee. Deadline for registration is 25 January 2015. For more information, please visit www.lunduniversity.lu.se/staff-week.

Lund University Summer Housing Grant

Lund University is pleased to announce its 2015 U21 Summer Housing Grant, with the aim of further strengthening and developing links with U21 partner institutions. Academic and administrative staff as well as PhD students from U21 universities are welcome to apply for free accommodation for up to four weeks during the period 15 June to 15 August 2015 at Lund University. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2015. More information is available on http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/summer-housing-grant

Fudan and Queensland forge MBA student links

Fudan University Management School and the University of Queensland Business School have come together to offer students hands-on business experience, pairing teams of its MBA students to complete real-life consulting projects to advise firms on market entry or expansion in China.

Ten students are selected for the projects, with five UQ students paired with five students from Fudan. The two groups are each briefed by the client company about their planned entry into the Chinese market or their plans for expansion there. The process, which lasts several months, ends when all ten students meet in China for the final phase to incorporate feedback from the client, complete the consulting document and prepare the final pitch.

This ties in well with U21’s developing internship project, as well as being an excellent example of how the links forged through U21 can have immediate and positive impact on students across the membership. We would be keen to hear of other similar initiatives.


U21:Discover published 

The November edition of U21:Discover is now online, with a variety of articles from people around the network.

In the Network News section, we congratulate the winners of the U21 photo competition Working Worldwide and the U21 Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) competition - both hotly-contested events. The Educational Innovation round-up includes a report on October's annual EI Conference on Personalised Learning at UNSW Australia and news of U21's newly-launched SOC Critical Thinking in Global Challenges.

Meanwhile, the Researcher Engagement articles feature reports from the recent Research Impact workshop and details of forthcoming events for Early Career Researchers, among others. The Student Experience pages report on all the student events which took place over the (northern hemisphere!) summer, including the two flagship U21 student events, the Undergraduate Research Conference and Summer School.

There's a summary of the Health Sciences Group's projects, some introductions to new faces around the network and an interesting article about how universities could or should measure Research Impact.

So download and dive in!


Happy Christmas…!

This will be the last edition of U21:Connect for the year, so we in the U21 Secretariat would like to wish all our friends, colleagues and readers around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas time and look forward to communicating with you again in 2015!

Educational Innovation

International Peer Review in Education Workshop

Under the auspices of a recent U21 Education Innovation Grant, members of the U21 network are invited to join a two-day cross-institutional workshop at the University of Hong Kong from 17 to 18 December.

The overarching goals of the workshop are to:

  • Capitalise on the 2012 U21 Award-winning work undertaken by Karen Gardner and members of the U21 Health Sciences Group
  • To establish a collaborative cross-institutional project targeting enhancement of students’ international experiences and global citizenship through online engagement.

The workshop is open to all Deans and Course Coordinators (Masters and Undergraduate) in Education Schools across the network

Further details and registration information are available at www.universitas21.com/link/IPRworkshop

Researcher Engagement

Supervisor Support & Development Workshop

Registration is now open for the U21 International Workshop on Research Supervisor Support & Development: Practices, Principles & Priorities. It will take place at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on 25 and 26 March 2015, immediately preceding the annual RE Cluster meetings.

The workshop aims to:

  1. help position activity: what are the current practices in Research Supervisor Support & Development within the U21 network?
  2. assist in disseminating and informing positive practice: what works and what has not worked and why?
  3. offer members an opportunity to reflect on the role of the doctorate and the corresponding role of the supervisor 

The workshop is open to all U21 colleagues who have responsibility for supervisor training and/or work in related fields (academics in Education, for example). Please disseminate the programme, available on the website, widely in your institution and forward any questions to Gemma Marakas.


Call for nominations: ECR workshop 2015

The theme for the upcoming three-day Early Career Workshop, which will run from 4 to 6 March 2015 hosted by University College Dublin, is Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The workshop is aimed at researchers from all disciplinary backgrounds.

The key objective of this workshop is to increase ECRs research capabilities and develop skills associated with career development in academia. The workshop will also have a strong focus on networking and gaining an international perspective on the role and career routes of researchers.

It is expected that each institution will conduct an internal selection process to identify the most appropriate candidates for attendance. Each university may nominate seven early career researchers: three guaranteed places and four reserve nominees (who will be offered a place at a later date if spaces are available). Please contact Gemma Marakas for information on who is running the selection process at your university. The deadline for the Secretariat to receive nominations is 23 January 2015.

Accommodation for delegates has now been reserved and an outline programme is available, please see our website for more information.


Researcher Engagement cluster meetings

The two key RE cluster groups, Researcher Leaders (RL) and Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDoGS) will be meeting at Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 25 to 27 March 2015.

All senior colleagues directly involved in oversight of research, research impact, collaborations and connections with industry are invited to attend the RL meeting during which, alongside general sharing of best practice, key topics for discussion will include:

  • Incentivising collaborations – particularly those of an interdisciplinary nature 
  • Managing research centres and institutes
  • Demonstrating the impact and relevance of research
  • Technology transfer practice 
  • Language science – a collaborative research proposal 

Senior colleagues directly involved in the oversight of Graduate Schools, graduate student experience and mobility are welcome to attend the DDoGS meeting, which will focus discussion on:

  • U21 Doctoral Mobility Project
  • Multiple career paths and embedding industry-related skills development in the doctorate
  • The ‘Intellectual Climate’ and the wider issues surrounding expectations and support in different disciplines 
  • Taught Post Graduate studies – patterns and implications of delivery
  • Internationalising the Doctoral Experience and the Doctorate – including the challenge of ‘language’

Registration is open and programmes for both meetings will be available in the new year.



Student Experience

Student Leaders’ Network meeting registration

The next Student Leaders’ Network meeting will take place at the National University of Singapore from 26 February to 1 March 2015. Taking Nurturing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges as its theme, the meeting will look at a number of topics concerning student leaders and the challenges they face, including how to enable student leadership to become more relevant and engaging to their respective student populations; how student leadership can play a role in education, student representation and student experience; and looking at ways to overcome student apathy towards student leadership.

Registration is now open and anyone interested in attending should contact their International Office. More information can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/SLN2015


International Summer School opportunities

As universities around the network finalise their 2015 Summer School plans, more opportunities are opening up to students at U21 member institutions. The Universities of Amsterdam and Glasgow have both released details of discounts to U21 students for their summer programmes.

The University of Glasgow is offering a 10% discount to all U21 students, while the University of Amsterdam has up to 80 €500 bursaries to award to U21 students wishing to study on the summer programme.

More details on these and all member universities’ summer schools can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/ISS

U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps 2015

Dates for the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps 2015 have been announced, along with details of the registration process and course information. The project, run by the University of Connecticut, gives students the opportunity to volunteer in some of the poorest rural communities in Guatemala, working directly with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses.

The programme will run from 28 June to 26 July 2015, with pre-programme courses in the preceding weeks. The deadline for nominations is Monday 9 March 2015 and further information on how to apply will be available online at www.universitas21.com/link/SEC2015 shortly.

People and places

New Rector at Lund

Professor Thorbjörn von Schantz has been appointed the new Rector of Lund University, taking over from Professor Per Eriksson who stands down from the position on 1 January 2015. Professor von Schantz is currently Pro-rector at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, having previously been Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Lund. We look forward to welcoming him to the network next year.

New International Director at UBC

Dr Adel El Zaim has been appointed as the new Executive Director, International at the University of British Columbia. Dr El Zaim comes to UBC from the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, having previously worked at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. We very much look forward to working with him in the years ahead.