U21:Connect - August 2014

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

U21 news


2015 Gilbert Medal & U21 Award nominations open

The U21 Awards and the Gilbert Medal have been awarded since 2012 and are designed to celebrate outstanding contributions to internationalisation of higher education, both within and outside of the U21 network. Nominations for both accolades in 2015 are now open and everyone around the U21 network is invited to put people forward as U21 Award candidates.

The U21 Awards are awarded to individuals from within the U21 network. They recognise individual efforts towards particularly innovative or extraordinary projects which further internationalisation, or sustained and prolonged contribution to building relations between U21 members to support internationalisation. Two awards are presented annually at the U21 AGM.

The Gilbert Medal is presented to someone outside the U21 network. This award recognises outstanding and significant achievement in the internationalisation of higher education on a global scale. One Gilbert Medal is presented annually at the U21 AGM.

The deadline for both the U21 Award and the Gilbert Medal nominations is 19 September 2014 and further details of how to nominate people can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/gilbertmedal

Two U21 Internships

At the 2014 AGM in Glasgow, one resounding theme arising from the students there was the desire for more internships to be made available. In response, a number of U21 universities are looking into ways of providing these opportunities and U21, centrally, has also created two temporary internships – one at undergraduate level and one at graduate level. The U21 Student Experience cluster has already employed Martin Bain from the University of Glasgow as an intern for the (UK) summer, supporting the work of Sue Dengate, Student Experience cluster manager, to develop a much wider U21 internship scheme.

Meanwhile the Researcher Engagement cluster has just started the search for a graduate intern to do some work looking at the doctoral mobility opportunities at U21 universities. Anyone interested in the graduate internship should contact their Graduate School in the first instance. The closing date for this is 13 August 2014.

U21:Discover online

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

In the Network News section, read about the 2014 U21 Award recipients, our new Chair and an example of how to engage U21-active staff and students around your campus. The Educational Innovation round-up includes an update on U21's SOC (Shared Online Course) and reports from the recent Deans of Education Group and FINE meetings. Meanwhile, the Researcher Engagement articles feature the launch of the U21 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and a number of forthcoming events for researchers, young and established. The Student Experience pages look at some life-changing experiences offered by U21 and updates on some of the SE activities around the network. There's a summary of the Health Sciences Group's projects, a number of changes within the U21 Managers' group and an interesting Back Page Interview with Professor William Brustein of The Ohio State University.

All in all, there's a lot to read!

U21 staff, students and alumni in the Commonwealth Games

133 staff, students and alumni from around the network represented their countries in the Commonwealth Games, the multi international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, which concluded in Glasgow at the weekend. The universities of Auckland, Birmingham, British Columbia, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Johannesburg, Nottingham and Queensland and were all represented, winning 5 gold, 9 silver and 17 bronze medals between them.
Commemorating the First World War

One hundred years ago this week, the world was plunged into the First World War. A number of our members are commemorating this important and tragic event in a variety of ways.

The University of Glasgow is delivering a World War One (WW1) MOOC with the BBC; the University of Maryland has an interesting piece about inventions which came out of WW1 technologies (http://alumni.umd.edu/s/1132/1col.aspx?sid=1132&gid=1&pgid=2759 ); the University of Queensland is naming a scholarship in honour of one of their previous graduates who served in WW1 as a nurse (http://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2014/07/uq-scholarship-honours-wwi-nurse).

There are many more around the network, providing tangible and valuable ways to remember the many millions of people who were killed in this dark period of history.
Educational Innovation
EI Conference and workshops

Details about the forthcoming Educational Innovation Conference and associated workshops have now been published on the U21 website. The conference, which takes place from 23 to 24 October 2014 at UNSW Australia is on the theme of Personalised Learning, and includes keynote addresses by leaders of their field, among them Professor Simon Bates (University of British Columbia) on Personalised Learning: Implications for curricula, staff and students; Professor Simon Buckingham Shum (University of Technology, Sydney) on The role of data and learning analytics in the personalisation of learning; and Professor Eric Grimson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on Developing institutional capacity and implications for development of institutional infrastructure in personalisation of learning. New this to year's conference will be a fourth keynote, offered by a panel of students, who will address questions around the personalisation of learning from a their perspective. All the keynotes addresses will be streamed live online.

The day before the conference, two workshops will be held, open to all attending the EI conference. The first is entitled "Virtual Mobility and Shared Learning" and will be lead by Dr Sue Rigby and Amy Woodgate of the University of Edinburgh and the second on "Rewarding Teaching Excellence" will be run by Professor Graeme Aitken of the University of Auckland.

Each U21 member institution is invited to nominate up to three senior policy makers/strategists to attend the conference and full details can be found at www.universitas21.com/link/EIconference2014

Please note: the booking deadline to secure hotel accommodation is Thursday 18 September.
Researcher Engagement

Graduate Internship offered

The Researcher Engagement cluster has just started the search for a graduate intern to do some work looking at the doctoral mobility opportunities at U21 universities. The internship is for 8 to 10 weeks and will be line-managed by someone at the student’s home university. Anyone interested in the graduate internship should contact their Graduate School in the first instance.

Research Impact workshop

The U21 Research Impact Workshop takes place this month from 12 to 13 August, hosted by UNSW Australia. 25 delegates from ten institutions are registered and will spend two days looking at ways of measuring research impact, using the concept of Engagement Metrics as a means of measuring how effectively universities transfer knowledge to research users, and sharing experience of what works best to deliver ‘reach’ and ‘significance’ in research.

The final programme is now available on the U21 website and a full report from the event will be available in the coming months.

Graduate Research Conference

The U21 Graduate Research Conference was hosted by the University of Auckland in early July. Forty two research candidates from around the network attended the conference; 31 gave oral presentations and 11 presented posters. A full report will be available on the website in the coming months and will be published in the next edition of U21:Discover.


Student Experience

A busy U21 summer 

The 2014 U21 Summer School, themed Shaping the Future City, took place at UNSW Australia. 100 students and 15 staff members from 23 member institutions enjoyed this very successful event in Sydney.

At roughly the same time, 64 representatives from 18 members attended the successful Undergraduate Research Conference at the Xuhui and Minhang campuses of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The theme of Food safety: from farm to table evoked some lively discussions with the winning presentations ranging from Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease to The global, trade and political implications of food security.

On the other side of the world, a small but enthusiastic cohort of students travelled to Guatemala to take part in the 2014 Social Entrepreneur Programme organised by the University of Connecticut. Students from Connecticut, Birmingham, Fudan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Maryland, and New South Wales participated in the program. Bucky Glickley from the organisation that places the students in Guatemala reported: “The students really dug deep into their projects this year and the results/impacts have been awesome.”

Reports from all three events will be available on the website in the coming months.



SE student internship

Martin Bain, a fourth year student studying history and politics at the University of Glasgow, has joined the Student Experience cluster as an intern to work on the cluster’s project to develop a wider U21 student internship scheme across the network. Martin will be researching the internships schemes that already exist across the network and their associated visa requirements in each constituency. Results from the project will be collated into a report which will provide valuable information and assist with the implementation of a U21 scheme. Martin is working closely with Professor Frank Coton and Jane Weir at Glasgow, and Sue Dengate in the U21 Secretariat. If your institutions offers a student internship programme, Martin would be very pleased to hear from you. Martin’s e-mail address at Glasgow is 105738B@student.gla.ac.uk


People & places
Professor Sir David Greenaway new Chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, has been named chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees. CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. Professor Greenaway has served as a CASE Europe trustee for the past two years. His commitment to advancement extends to participating in the university's Life Cycle project, launched in 2011 to support "Nottingham: Impact," the institutional fundraising campaign which aims to raise £150m for a range of university priorities, which we have reported on in previous issues.

UBC Learning Environments workshop
The University of British Columbia is holding a Learning Environments Workshop to which all U21 members are warmly invited. Although not a U21 event, the workshop will be similar in nature to the previous U21 Learning Environment Design Forum and takes place from 3 to 7 November 2014 at UBC’s main Vancouver campus. More details can be found online at http://ctlt.ubc.ca/2014/07/29/reshaping-the-campus-experience-learning-design-environment-workshop/