Senior Leaders' Group

Senior Leaders - University of Auckland
Senior Leaders 2019

Each member university nominates one senior member of staff as a U21 Senior Leader, to take an active liaison role with the U21 network and the network administration. The U21 Senior Leader, with support in their own university, acts a channel of communication, ensuring that relevant colleagues in their own university are informed about opportunities for students and staff arising from membership of U21.

Typically, the Senior Leader holds a very senior post in their university with sufficient seniority to speak and make decisions on behalf of their own university and sufficient awareness of the international higher education policy and strategy to be able to contribute to the network’s debates and decision making. The Provost works closely with Senior Leaders and particularly with the Chair of the Senior Leaders' Network. The Senior Leaders meet twice a year in face-to-face meetings.

Chair of the Senior Leaders' Group

Professor Norman Tien

Key Contact


  • University of Maryland

    The 2019 U21 AGM and Annual Presidential Meetings took place at the University of Maryland, from 1 - 3 May 2019. 

    All Presidents and Vice Chancellors of U21 member universities, along with U21 Senior Leaders, were invited to attend the 2019 Annual Network Meeting and Presidential Symposium, hosted by the University of Maryland.

    1-3 May 2019
  • University of Auckland

    The 2019 Senior Leaders' meeting took place at the University of Auckland 23-25 October 2019.

    This was open to all U21 Senior Leaders from member institutions, or university delegates participating on behalf of their Senior Leader.

    23 - 25 October 2019
  • University of Zurich 4

    Cancelled with regret, however U21 and the University of Zurich have produced a set of online resources has been produced on the theme of Sustainable Universities: Sustainable University Networks

    6th - 8th May 2020
  • Applause

    A new U21 Global Leadership course for emerging university leaders.

  • People talking

    We are looking forward to the 2021 Annual Meeting and AGM, which will once again be held virtually. 

    May 2021
  • RISE Logo

    RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is U21’s international showcase of student achievement in sustainability and social innovation. The initiative is designed to accelerate the scale and impact of student-led projects by connecting them with a network of experts in academia and industry.

    The showcase exhibits all student projects in the RISE 20/21 final that are seeking support from across the U21 network.

Representative Group