U21:Connect - August 2016

23 May 2016
The latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.

Welcome to the August edition of U21 Connect, featuring all the latest news and items of interest from the Universitas 21 network.



New U21 Provost announced as part of academic leadership change

Professor Bairbre Redmond of University College Dublin has been announced as U21 Provost.

The title ‘Provost’ better describes the chief academic and executive role she will hold.

Bairbre will be seconded into this role for two years from 1 October 2016.

She is known to many across the network having served as UCD’s U21 Senior Leader for the past four years and as Academic Lead for the U21 Educational Innovation cluster since early 2014.

Many thanks go to Professor Eva Wiberg for her contributions while serving as Executive Director, she returns to her demanding position as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Lund University at the end of October.

As U21 Provost, Bairbre has been invited to speak on ‘the place of global networks in reimagining the future university’ at the third annual Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Universities Summit, held in partnership with the University of Johannesburg on 30 November - 2 December 2016.


Rankings author meets with Malaysian Education officials to discuss U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems

Professor Ross Williams, the University of Melbourne, met with senior officials of the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia.

He met with the Minister on 15 August in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the U21 rankings which were released for a fifth consecutive year in May.

For more on the 2016 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education System, please click the link below:

U21 Rankings


21 member universities feature in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ARWU rankings table

16 members were ranked in the top 200, 8 of which came in the top 100 with UBC (34), Melbourne (40) and Edinburgh (41) placed in the top 50 universities.

The highest rising member was the University of Queensland which jumped 22 places from 2015 to rank in 55th place.

In total, 500 universities are ranked from across the world based on six indicators. These include the number of staff and alumni who won awards and the number of articles published in the prestigious journals ‘Nature’ and ‘Science’.

For full details of the ARWU ranking, click the link below:




U21 Senior Leaders' Group meeting - Hotel booking deadline 2 September!

Registration is still open for the U21 Senior Leaders’ Meeting at the University of Edinburgh on 5 – 7 October 2016.

Details of how to book your hotel room are available via the 'SLG Meeting' link below, the agreed rate will be available until 2 September only.

Registration for the meeting, which is open to members of the Senior Leaders Group, closes on the 21stSeptember.

A full itinerary will be available shortly, please keep an eye on the website for further updates or contact Ben Griffiths in the U21 Secretariat (ben.griffiths@universitas21.com).

SLG Meeting

Register Here



Educational Innovation

Educational Innovation Conference Registration deadline 26 September

The EI Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham on 26 - 28 October.

The aim of the conference is to allow U21 colleagues to come together with international experts to design a ‘Position Statement’ on the unique features of research-led teaching/education in a contemporary research-intensive university.

This work will be presented to Presidents at the Annual General Meeting in May 2017.

To register please follow the 'Register Here' link below and for more information including a revised programme, please follow the EI Conference link:

Register Here
EI Conference



Researcher Engagement

UNSW Australia announce new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Nicholas Fisk takes over from Professor Les Field who was promoted to Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor earlier this year.

Professor Fisk’s research background is in developmental biology and maternal-fetal medicine with a focus on placental stem cell applications.

He will join the Research Leaders Group and we look forward to working with him going forward.

UNSW Research Leader


Research Collaboration Group meeting update

UNSW Australia will host the Research Collaboration Group meeting on 8-9 September.

The Group have been looking at research strengths and existing collaborations.

Additional topics for discussion at the meeting include publication data analysis and seed funding opportunities.

RCG Meeting



Student Experience

New Student Experience Cluster Manager

Bernice Molloy joined as SE Cluster Manager at the beginning of August for three months in the first instance.

She has recently returned to Ireland from a period working at the University of Calgary in Canada, helping to set up the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning there.

She will be based at UCD and can be contacted at bernice.molloy@universitas21.com


U21 Student Mobility meeting – Nottingham

Taking advantage of the EAIE meeting in the UK, colleagues working in Student Mobility will be meeting at the University of Nottingham on 12 September.

The meeting will continue work on drafting U21 quality standards for student mobility, focussing on pre-departure, academic integration, in-country support and credit transfer.

The aim is to complete the next stage of this project which began with a series of workshops in Denver in May.

Further information about the workshop in Nottingham will be available on our website and anyone interested in knowing more should contact Bernice Molloy (bernice.molloy@universitas21.com)



People and places

UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal to move on in 2018

Professor Ihron Rensburg has announced he is to step down as Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Johannesburg in early 2018, after 10 years in charge.

The transition to a new Vice Chancellor is to be managed over the coming year, with UJ benefitting from Prof Rensburg’s expertise, knowledge and leadership until early 2018.

For full details, please follow the link below:

Professor Ihron Rensburg


UNSW launches Study Abroad Research Practicum (SARP) programme

The SARP is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students from overseas institutions to undertake short-term research visits at UNSW.

This program allows for visits of up to 12 months. Tuition fees are set at AUS$1,000 per 6 months and is a great option for students wishing to get research/internship experience over their university breaks.

Further information is available via the link below:

UNSW Study Abroad Research Practicum


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Head of Researcher Development & Assistant Director, Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh

The post holder will oversee the IAD's extensive range of support for doctoral students, early career academics, PhD supervisors and Principal Investigators.

Working closely with senior University colleagues you will provide strategic leadership for researcher development, building strong collaborations within and beyond the University.

For full details of the position, please follow the link below and search for vacancy reference 036851:

Head of Researcher Development - University of Edinburgh