U21:Connect - November 2016

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

Welcome to this month's news from the Universitas 21 network.

U21:Connect contains the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.



U21 News

University of Nottingham spend day in UK Parliament

Nottingham in Parliament Day took place on October 25, when more than 60 Nottingham institutions and businesses, led by the University of Nottingham, came together to promote the city. Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Professor Sir David Greenaway said the event helped to improve awareness of Nottingham's research and activities and would help the university's research to have greater impact. Highlights of the event included academics from the University pitched against members of the House of Commons in an episode of University Challenge, meanwhile U21 Award winner 2014 Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff conducted live chemistry experiments with Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. To read Professor Sir David Greenaway's blog on the event, follow the link below:

University of Nottingham in Parliament

U21 members secure new research partnerships

The University of New South Wales is to collaborate with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on research projects across several sectors of information technology.The collaboration will open the doors to exchange opportunities, internships for students and access to TCS's global research facilities. The University of British Columbia have also formed a research partnership with Kal Tire to develop technology and innovative solutions for the mining tyre industry, working from UBC's Okanagan's School of Engineering. Life Sciences giant Merck have acquired access to a pioneering research tool from the University of Edinburgh for the study of early stage disease progression.

Auckland and UNSW receive research funding boost

The University of Auckland are celebrating the success of 38 of its researchers and research groups whose projects have won NZ$20.6 million in grants from the Marsden Fund, representing the best ever result for the university. Auckland Vice Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon said the awards reflected the calibre of researchers at the university and the excellence and breadth of the university's research. Meanwhile the University of New South Wales have been awarded A$47.8 million to fund 120 research projects in the latest Australian Research Council funding round. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Nicholas Fisk said the figure takes UNSW's ARC funding over A$150 million in 2016 and that much of the money was going to fund the university's Climate Change Research Centre.

University of Glasgow physicists awarded RSE President's Medal

13 scientists who played a key role in the historic first detection of gravitational waves have received the Royal Society of Edinburgh's prestigious award. The award recognises outstanding achievements from scientists working in Scotland and was awarded following a public lecture from Professor Martin Hendry, Head of Glasgow's School of Physics and Astronomy, on the science of gravitational waves. For more on the recipients, as well as reaction from Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Anton Muscatelli, please follow the link below:

RSE President's Medal



Educational Innovation

UQ teachers celebrated for transforming student experience

Provost Professor Aiden Byrne presented the university's 2016 Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to 14 UQ staff. The awards, the highlight of UQ's teaching and learning week designed to showcase and celebrate the university's teaching and learning practices, are presented in recognition of high-quality teaching and where inspirational learning environments have been created for students. For a full list of winners, including videos and reaction please follow the link below:

UQ Teaching Excellence


Researcher Engagement

2016 #U213MT winners announced

Kate Rielge van West, The University of Auckland, took first place for her thesis ‘Poi for your health: A spin on aging’. Lillian JA Olule, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus was Highly Commended for her thesis ‘Capturing signals then charging batteries’. Islam Mosa, the University of Connecticut was crowned the People's Choice winner for his thesis ‘Miniaturised Power Sources for Implantable Bioelectronics: Ultrathin Power Sources for Cardiac Pacemakers’. 2016 was a record breaking year for the U213MT, with more votes cast for the People’s Choice award than ever before, the total number of votes for 2015 being exceeded by the end of the first week of voting. The presentations are still available online at: www.u213mt.com, go take a look, we guarantee you’ll learn something new! For the full story, including words from our winners, judges and U21 Provost Professor Bairbre Redmond, follow the link below:

U21 Three Minute Thesis

Winning Videos - YouTube


Dates for Researcher Engagement Cluster meetings in 2017

The Researcher Engagement Cluster will be holding their annual meetings at University College Dublin on 20 – 22 March 2017. The Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDoGS) will hold a pre-meeting workshop on Monday 20 March on the theme ‘The Future of the Doctorate’ and have invited Professor Robert Harris, Director of Doctoral Education at the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden to join their discussions. On Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March the DDoGS and Research Leaders will meet in parallel to share best practice, and come together for a joint session to confirm plans for Cluster activities going forward. Further planning for these meetings will take place in upcoming teleconferences in November (DDoGS) and December (Research Leaders).


Student Experience

Undergraduate Research Conference update

The U21 Undergraduate Research Conference (Future Societies, Global Citizens) will take place at the University of Edinburgh on June 26 – 30 2017. Conference themes include: development, health, justice and the environment. Under each theme, students will be invited to reflect on the potential for active global citizenship in improving human rights, realising fundamental freedoms, expanding human knowledge, and driving innovation and will be encouraged to further develop and enhance their research, public speaking and networking skills. The nomination deadline for the URC is February 17 2017. For more information please contact Bernice Molloy (bernice.molloy@universitas21.com)




People & Places

Former UQ Vice-Chancellor and U21 Chair remembered

U21 were saddened to hear of the passing of Emeritus Professor John Hay AC. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Hoj paid tribute to Professor Hay, who spent three years as Chair of the U21 network, describing him as a template for a 21st Century university CEO. Our deepest condolences to Professor Hay's family from all at Universitas 21.


UConn Provost appointed as Mizzou President

Dr Mun Choi has been appointed as President of the University of Missouri, leaving his role as Provost of the University of Connecticut. Dr Choi became Provost at UConn in 2012 following his roles at the university as Dean of Engineering and as a professor of mechanical engineering. During his time at UConn, Dr Choi participated in a variety of U21 events, including annual network meetings and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.



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