February news headlines

08 February 2013
Welcome to the February ebulletin with the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.


2013 Gilbert Medal Recipient Named

We are delighted to announce that Dr Jane Knight, from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, is to receive the 2013 Gilbert Medal, in honour of her research into the international dimension of higher education. She has worked in over 60 countries with UN agencies, universities, foundations and professional organisations, and is the author of more than 80 articles on internationalisation concepts and strategies.

The Gilbert Medal, named in honour of the founder of U21, the late Professor Alan Gilbert, is awarded annually to a person of international standing, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Institutionalisation of higher education. The medal aims to celebrate some of the core objectives of the U21 network, and to increase understanding, trust and partnership between international universities.


AERA Conference, FINE and Deans of Education Meeting 2013

The Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE) is organising three free events at this year’s AERA Conference in San Francisco for students from U21 universities. The forum will be held on 26 April 2013, and FINE breakfast meetings will also be held on 28 and 30 April.


All Deans of Education (or equivalent) from U21 universities are invited to attend the next U21 Deans of Education Meeting, to be held on 27 April 2013, also at the AERA Conference in San Francisco. The symposium of the Deans of Education meeting will be titled: Investigating innovative pre-service teacher education in Australia, Scotland and the USA: metaphors and models. The meeting will start at 8am and run until noon, with the AERA Conference following on afterwards. There will also be an opportunity for Deans to meet informally over dinner that evening.

Those interested in attending should contact Group Convenor Professor David Clarke at the University of Melbourne (d.clarke@unimelb.edu.au) to register their participation. For further details please visit the U21 website.


Health Sciences Group Clinical Placement Programme Announced

The HSG is launching a Medical Clinical Placement Programme to begin in 2014. Placements will take place at nine participating universities, and students are encouraged to visit the website as soon as possible to have the greatest degree of choice in their dates and specialties.

Please visit the website to find out more information http://u21health.mty.itesm.mx/medical-clinical-placement. To register interest, or if you have any queries, please contact contact Caroline Voisine (caroline.voisine@ubc.ca).

Undergraduate Research Conference Registration Open

The University of Amsterdam invites students at U21 universities to take part in the Undergraduate Research Conference 2013, which will be held at the university from 8 to 12 July 2013. The theme of this year’s conference is: Urban Challenges – building healthy, smart and creative cities for the future. Please be sure to send your list of nominated students to URC2013@uva.nl by 15 March 2013.

For further details, please visit the U21 website http://www.universitas21.com/link/URC2013


Graduate Research Conference Details Online

The next Graduate Research Conference will take place at University College Dublin, from 19 to 22 June 2013. The theme for this year’s conference will be Energy, and this will be underpinned by three core principles:  i) A student centred focus ii) A collaborative nature and iii) Applicability to graduate employment. The three days will include expert presentations, student competitions, activity sessions, a careers workshop and external energy stakeholder site visits.

A call for participation is imminent and applications should be made to local selection panels in the student’s home university.  For further details, please visit the U21 website http://www.universitas21.com/link/GRC


McGill Principal Receives Leadership Award

Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, and former chair of the U21 network, has received the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award is one of six major distinctions presented by CASE’s chapter in north-eastern United States and eastern Canada. The award honours institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts in promoting public understanding of education, and for support of advancement at their campuses. It recognises those who have demonstrated the ability to increase their institution’s stature in the community, and to establish a positive image for their institution, while leading it to even higher levels of success.

Professor Munroe-Blum said: "I am moved at receiving this award from CASE, a most valuable and distinguished institution. CASE's advocacy for philanthropy is vital as we promote the key role of universities in society. I accept this award with great pride on behalf of the remarkable people who make up the McGill community – our faculty, staff and students, and our engaged and generous alumni and volunteers in over 180 countries."

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Professor Munroe-Blum on this outstanding achievement.



New International Director at University of Glasgow

Rachel Sandison will be joining the University of Glasgow as their new International Director on 18 March 2013. Rachel has over ten years’ experience of working within higher education, having been a Head of Marketing, Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions, and, more recently, Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Alumni Relations at the University of Aberdeen. 

Rachel will be replacing Fiona Docherty who moved to the University of New South Wales last year. We look forward to working with Rachel over the coming years.


New University Secretary and U21 Manager at University of Edinburgh

Sarah Smith has been appointed as the new University Secretary at the University of Edinburgh, and will commence her role on 18 March 2013. This position includes responsibility for all governance and planning functions, student services, development and alumni relations, and the university’s international office. Sarah has worked for the Scottish government since 2001 and has been a Visiting Professor with the School of Social and Political Science since 2007. She also spent a secondment year with the university in 2007 as Associate Vice-Principal, and was largely responsible for devising the university’s internationalisation strategy.

Sarah will be replacing Kim Waldron, who leaves on 11 March, and will also take on the role of U21 Manager for Education. We would like to thank Kim for her involvement with U21, and wish her all the best for the future.


Secretariat welcomes new Administration Manager

We are pleased to welcome Lucy Smith as the U21 Secretariat’s Administration Manager, who will be covering Clare Noakes’s maternity leave until March 2014.  Lucy has a degree in English Literature and comes from a background in publishing and is already making great strides to understand the workings of the Secretariat and the network!  Lucy can be contacted at l.smith.1@bham.ac.uk and will be making contact with colleagues around the network over the coming weeks.


Connecticut and Nottingham take top spots in ‘Green Campus’ Rankings

Two U21 universities have come out on top in the recently announced 2012 Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/. Of the 215 universities from 49 countries that were ranked, the University of Connecticut took first place, while the University of Nottingham was ranked second. This is the second consecutive year within the top three rankings for both universities. The results are computed from information provided by universities online, and this year the information was organised under six main categories: Green Statistics, Energy and Climate Change, Waste Management, Water Usage, Transportation and Education.

This reiterates our members’ commitment to sustainability, something which features strongly around the U21 network. 


International Staff Week at University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam will be hosting an International Staff Week from Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April 2013. This week is for all colleagues working at a partner university who are involved in internationalisation, and provides an opportunity to develop personal and professional skills, to participate in various social and cultural events, and to meet with staff of the University of Amsterdam. The Office of International Student Affairs is pleased to announce a full fee waiver for participants from U21 universities.

For more information visit the UvA website www.uva.nl/internationalstaffweekor email isw@uva.nl


University of Amsterdam offer Summer School Places

The University of Amsterdam has expanded its selection of international summer courses for the year 2013-2014. A comprehensive list of the available courses, which will be taught in English, can be found on the UvA website www.uva.nl/summerschool. The university will be granting up to 80 partial scholarships of €500 for students from U21 universities. The final decision on scholarships will be made by the UvA following acceptance of the candidates by one of the summer courses.

If you have any questions, please email our colleagues at UvA (summerschool@uva.nl).


Nottingham and Lund Collaboration

The University of Nottingham is to enter its first large-scale European partnership with fellow U21 member, Lund University.  The partnership will cover research collaboration, student and staff exchanges, and joint undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Professor Roger Wood, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham, said: “This will be a large-scale and broad-ranging collaboration with an excellent university, and we are hoping that it will build into our first key partnership in Europe. Both universities will benefit from the international opportunities that will open up by pooling their expertise in key areas ranging from energy-efficient buildings and environmental policy to diabetes and cancer research.”

We are delighted that two of our leading members are collaborating in this way, and would be pleased to hear of other similar initiatives.


University of Delhi Master’s Sponsorship

The University of Delhi is making the most of its connections to fellow U21 members by sponsoring college lecturers to do one year Master’s courses in the allied area of their specialisation. This year 24 places have been awarded and lecturers will be studying at: University of Nottingham (14 candidates), University of Edinburgh (4 candidates), University of Glasgow (2 candidates) and University of Birmingham (1 candidate).