March news headlines

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


First Student Summit to be held at University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is pleased to welcome student delegates to the first Universitas 21Student Summit, to be held immediately before the Annual General Meeting, from 7-9 May 2013.

Member universities are invited to send undergraduate and first year Masters students to this event, which will include networking opportunities with other student representatives of U21 member universities, and the chance to work collaboratively together to create a presentation to be made at the Presidential Symposium.

To register, please visit the event page on the U21 site:

Any queries should be directed to Jola Lekich (

University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis initiative comes to U21

First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®) challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Building on the success of the Trans-Tasman competition, a U21 Grand Final is now planned for 2013. Each participating member will hold their own internal 3MT® to select a local winner who will then be put forward for the U21 final, to be judged by an international panel consisting of industry and academic professionals. The winner will receive a bursary to visit a U21 university of their choice, to benefit their research or on-going career development.

For more information please contact Gemma Marakas (

Paper submitted to United Nations by Health Sciences Group

The U21 Health Sciences Group, together with their students who make up the Millennium Development Goals Group, has submitted a paper to the United Nations.

In light of the work that has been done by the U21 UNMDG group over the past five years, it was decided that they should participate in the consultation to explain their project and results, and also to make some recommendations for the post-2015 UN agenda. The paper was one of the 100 accepted and published on the website. Contributions were also received from individuals, UN organisations, governments, research centres, civil society, and the private sector.

The UNMDG Group paper can be accessed at

International Student Experience Open House in Auckland

The University of Auckland will be welcoming U21 colleagues to an Open House event on 25-26 March 2013, to discuss and share experiences on international student integration.

The event will be of interest to staff leading and working within student services, international offices and student support. Those intending to come to Auckland for the Open House should contact Libby Passau (  giving their name, title and university.

FINE and Deans of Education Meeting Reminder

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. Please contact the FINE leadership team ( with any queries.

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. Those interested in attending should contact Group Convenor Professor David Clarke at the University of Melbourne ( to register their participation. 

Registration Now Open for Researcher Engagement Meetings in Vancouver

Registration is now open for the two Researcher Engagement cluster meetings taking place at the University of British Columbia in May 2013. The Research Leaders' group and the Deans & Directors of Graduate Studies group will be meeting in parallel sessions on Monday 6 May and the morning of Tuesday 7 May, coming together on the Tuesday afternoon for discussions concerning the whole RE cluster and its plans for the coming year.

Those interested in attending should register on the U21 website:

Please contact Gemma Marakas ( with any queries. 

2013 Student Mobility Network Meeting in St Louis

The next Student Mobility Network meeting will take place at Washington University in St Louis from 23-24 May, prior to the 2013 NAFSA Conference.

Registration is now available directly on the U21 event page:

Please contact Sue Dengate ( for more information.

Graduate Research Conference Registration Open

The fourth Graduate Research Conference will be hosted by University College Dublin from 19-22 June 2013. Each member university is invited to nominate up to three graduate research students to participate across the three themes of this event:Energy systems,Energy policy andEnergy solutions.

Registration for the GRC is now open, and more details can be found on the U21 event page:

The deadline for submitting nominations is 2 April. Please contact Damian Flynn ( with any queries.

2013 Professional Services Leadership Forum

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 to Jane Arrowsmith (

U21 Educational Innovation Conference in Dublin

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 information will be available on the U21 website soon.

Please contact Lavinia Winegar Gott with any queries (


New Principal Designate at McGill University

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Suzanne Fortier has been selected as McGill’s latest Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Her five-year term will begin in early September 2013. We look forward to working with Dr. Fortier and welcome her to the U21 network.

Professor Heather Munroe-Blum’s second and final term concludes at McGill on June 30, 2013. Professor Munroe-Blum chaired the network from 2006-2007, and we would like to thank the Professor for her contributions to U21, both at McGill and in her previous roles in Canada, and wish her good luck for the future.

New Vice President International and U21 Manager joins Korea University

Professor Sung Jin Kang has been appointed as the new Vice President International and U21 Manager at Korea University. This is Professor Kang’s second post as a U21 Manager, so we would like to welcome him back to the U21 network, and look forward to working with him again over the coming months.

We thank Professor Shinwha Lee for her dedication to U21, and wish her good luck for the future.

University of Queensland Welcomes New Dean of Graduate Studies

Professor Al McEwan, who specialises in chemical biology and molecular microbiology, took up the post of Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Queensland on 1 March. We welcome Professor McEwan to U21 and the DDoGs Group.

Professor McEwan replaced Professor Zlatko Skrbis, who we would like to thank for his commitment to U21.


Nottingham Wins International Strategy Award

The University of Nottingham has reinforced its reputation as a truly global university with a win for its international strategy at the inaugural Guardian University Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of Britain’s universities and act as a benchmark for excellence across the higher education sector. Entries were assessed for innovation, originality and the ability to replicate.

Nottingham won for its international strategy which encompasses the creation of research partnerships, an extensive network of global commercial partners and two campuses in Asia.

New Scholarships Page on U21 Website

The Secretariat is pleased to announce a new web page to advertise scholarships available from our members. The page lists upcoming events and opportunities, such as summer schools, which offer a direct benefit to students at U21 institutions.

If you would like to submit a scholarship opportunity for the page from your university, please contact Lucy Smith (