U21 2022 Presidential Symposium and AGM

U21 2022 Presidential Symposium and AGM: The Leaders of the Future.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Presidential Symposium and AGM, which will be hosted by the University of Birmingham on their campus in Birmingham, UK. 

The 2022 Presidential Symposium and AGM, The Leaders of the Future, will reflect on how the knowledge, ideas and opportunities within the U21 network will be key to supporting our students to build a better future.  

Selly Oak Campus UoB
University of Birmingham Selly Oak Campus

All Presidents and Vice Chancellors of U21 member universities, along with U21 Senior Leaders and Cluster Steering Groups, are invited to attend this annual opportunity to meet with peers to discuss matters of importance to the network and to shape the forthcoming year's agenda.  



The covid-19 pandemic has affected all parts of our societies. Arguably, it is the young who have been hit the hardest, with their learning disrupted; with their entry into working life hampered; having to face the consequences as economies recover from the shock and deal with the impact on mental health and well-being. Our students have demonstrated remarkable adaptability, innovation and resilience in the face of the crisis. We have a generation that has been forged rather than marred by the pandemic.

The 2022 U21 Presidential Symposium, The Leaders of the Future, will reflect on how the knowledge, ideas and opportunities within the U21 network will be key to supporting our students to build a better future.

Topics will include:

  • What is the future of learning for tomorrows leaders, following the rapid transition to hybrid and blended teaching, and changes to our understanding of learning?
  • What is the future of work for this generation of students, given the evidence that covid-19 has accelerated trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation?
  • What are the future skills that our students need to be leaders in the decades ahead? How will the required capabilities differ from those held by leaders in the past?
  • What do future leaders look like? How can we ensure that the next generation of leaders is more inclusive, equitable and diverse than in the past?
  • What is the future of learning for the leaders of tomorrow, following the rapid transition to hybrid and blended teaching, and our reformed understanding of learning?
  • What is the future of work for this generation of students, especially given the impact of covid-19 on existing trends towards remote work, e-commerce, and automation?  

A full programme will be made available soon, please see the below timetable for preliminary information on meetings and social events (please note, dates have been confirmed however programme details may be subject to change):

Table for AGM



Edgbaston Park Hotel

The new University Hotel offers modern, contemporary en-suite bedrooms with free Wi-Fi, just a 10 minute walk away from the centre of the campus. 

The preferential room rate is subject to availability and only available for stays on 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of May. There are limited rooms available and the deadline for booking is 31 January 2022. If you require an additional night(s) before or after the conference, it must be booked separately as the discounted rate will not apply on dates outside 2-6 May. All room prices include breakfast, free parking and free access to the University of Birmingham Sports and Fitness facilities, including a 50 metre pool. Bookings at the preferential room rate can only be made via a designated booking link that will be circulated to registered attendees.

If you have any questions about the event or require the booking link then please contact u21@universitas21.com 

About the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham, as a founder member of U21 and an institution that places our strategic international alliances and collaboration at the heart of our education and research endeavour, looks forward to welcoming friends and colleagues from around the network to our campus and city for the 2022 U21 Symposium and AGM.  

For those less familiar with the University of Birmingham, we grew out of the vision of our first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain to unlock the potential of a forward-thinking, ambitious and industrious city. Established in 1900 by Royal Charter, the University of Birmingham was the UK’s first civic university. This was a new model for higher education, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted equally.  Like our U21 peers, we have been global in outlook since our inception, welcoming our first international students to our campus in 1909. More recently we have expanded our global presence through the opening of our campus in Dubai.   

We look forward to drawing upon and sharing with you our unique cultural and civic assets during the AGM and Symposium to enrich your experience with us. These include the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford upon Avon, the Bramall Concert Hall, and our newest and most unique venue, the Exchange – a former Municipal Bank in the heart of the city of Birmingham, now the centrepiece of our public engagement commitment. 

About the City of Birmingham

We also look forward to sharing with you our city, Birmingham, which is the UK’s second city but importantly also the UK’s youngest city, with under-25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population. The city has a wealth of cultural, sporting and culinary venues. Birmingham is host to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Edgbaston Cricket Ground.  In 2022, the city will be welcoming the Commonwealth Games and the University is delighted to have established the most comprehensive University partnership with the games to date; we will be hosting the athletes’ village on our campus, as well as the squash and hockey championships in our sporting facilities.  We are also the official partner of the Queen’s baton relay and are looking forward to celebrating with those U21 partners located in the commonwealth as the baton travels the globe.  

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How to register

The registration link has been sent to all invited guests via email. If you have not received an email from us, please contact us on u21@universitas21.com


Please be advised, this meeting is a closed business meeting and therefore only open to U21 Presidents, U21 Senior Leaders and U21 Cluster Steering Groups from member institutions.