May News Headlines

10 May 2013
Welcome to the May e-bulletin with the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.


U21 Meetings and Student Summit in Vancouver

The U21 AGM Conference is now underway in Vancouver, which is taking place alongside the Researcher Engagement Cluster meetings, the International Group meeting and the first Student Summit at the University of British Columbia. We would like to thank UBC for hosting all of these events, and for all their efforts in their organisation. We hope that all delegates have a pleasant stay in Vancouver and find the events both stimulating and enjoyable.

U21 Rankings Project 2013

The 2013 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems launched on 9 May 2013 during the U21 AGM Conference at the University of British Columbia.

The full 2013 report is now available on the U21 website, and this year the site also includes an interactive page to enable data comparison between the results for 2012 and 2013. All details of the 2012 and 2013 Rankings projects are available at

U21 will be tweeting about the project over the coming days. If you’re not already, please follow us on Twitter: @u21news

Undergraduate Research Conference 2013

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 - 12 July. The theme of this year’s conference is:Urban Challenges – building healthy, smart and creative cities for the future.

Nominated students are now asked to register directly on the University of Amsterdam URC website:

Please note that the deadline for registrations and the submission of abstracts is 15 May 2013. For further details, please visit the U21 website or contact the URC team at the University of Amsterdam (

Professional Services Leadership Forum Update

The Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham are pleased to invite senior colleagues from U21 partners to participate in the 2013 U21 Professional Services Leadership Forum to be held from 13 - 15 October 2013.

The theme of the Forum will beBuilding the sustainable university in a challenging global climate. Participants will benefit from the opportunity to explore common issues and challenges faced by senior managers in the administration of research-intensive universities; to consider strategies for talent development in university administration; and to share innovative approaches to succeeding in a global environment.

The registration form can be found on the U21 website It should be returned no later than 31 May 2013 to Jane Arrowsmith (

Educational Innovation Conference Registration Now Open

The fifth Educational Innovation Conference will take place from 31 October - 1 November 2013, at University College Dublin. The Conference will focus on contemporary challenges posed by the rapid pace of change in digital technologies and online learning in higher education. The invited keynote speaker will be Professor Diana Laurillard, Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy at London Knowledge Lab.

The Conference will provide opportunities to showcase new digital initiatives taking place across the U21 institutions, and to set up 'mini-networks' where delegates can forge new cross-institutional links to foster best practise and share ideas and resources on online and blended learning.

Registration is now open on the U21 website, to register please visit: If you have any queries, please contact Lavinia Winegar Gott (


Professor Joanne Wright joins Queensland as Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Joanne Wright recently took up a new post at the University of Queensland as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). She replaces Professor Mick McManus who is now retiring from the university. We would like to welcome Professor Wright to her new post and to the U21 network.

New Assistant Vice-Chancellor at Lund University

Associate Professor Kristina Eneroth, Vice Dean of Lund University School of Economics and Management, has been appointed Assistant Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs at Lund University. Associate Professor Eneroth will take the lead in developing strategies for Lund University’s internationalisation efforts. We welcome Associate Professor Eneroth to the U21 network.

Nottingham’s Professor Ennew returns to Malaysia Campus

Thirteen years since setting up the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus, Professor Christine Ennew has returned full-time to the country to take up the helm as CEO and Provost at UNMC. This new role provides an opportunity to develop UNMC’s position not only in Malaysia, but also across ASEAN — the association of 10 south-east Asian countries, of which Malaysia is a member. We would like to congratulate Professor Ennew on her new post on behalf of the U21 network.


Virginia President Wins National Higher Education Award

The President of the University of Virginia, Teresa A. Sullivan, received the 2013 Advocate for Higher Education Award in April, at the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit, held in Washington, D.C.

The award began in 2009 to recognise an individual who has done the most to advocate on behalf of American higher education. On behalf of the network, we would like to congratulate President Sullivan on this wonderful achievement.

Graduate Summer Institute at Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam is pleased to be hosting the 2013 Summer Institute on Global Poverty & Inclusive Development, which contributes to the growing worldwide debate among academics and professionals on the persistence of poverty and inclusive development.

The programme is open to graduate and PhD students, development practitioners and policymakers engaged in research and policies on poverty and inclusive development. It will take place 16-21 June and students from U21 universities are entitled to a scholarship of 500 Euros, reducing the tuition fee to 350 Euros.

For further information please visit the programme website, or contact

Successful Outcome for McGill’s Sustainability Projects Fund

McGill launched the Sustainability Projects Fund in 2009. One of the 99 projects supported by the fund was the Edible Campus project, which turned a formerly neglected concrete terrace into a verdant urban agricultural hub, and now the venture has racked up some impressive statistics. The project has provided vegetables for almost 15,000 meals for those in need, and has engaged 600 volunteers, all of whom received hands-on experience in urban gardening. The project has also involved five students in for-credit research and resulted in the publication of five peer-reviewed papers.

Four years on and the undergraduate Students’ Society of McGill University and the Macdonald Campus Students’ Society have both recently voted to approve the Sustainability Projects Fund for a renewed five-year mandate. U21 would like to congratulate McGill on this impressive achievement and invite other members to learn from this project.