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  • Climate Emergency

    Networks such as Universitas 21 facilitate mutual support to meet net zero targets, say Tan Eng Chye and Anton Muscatelli.

  • HREX Banner

    Unversitas 21 are delighted to announce that the 2020 Researcher Resilience Fund (RRF) project Health Research Exchange (HREx) has successfully secured further funding under the Researcher Resilience Sustainability Fund (RRSF). 

  • 3MT Winner Man with Brown Hair

    Universitas 21 are pleased to announce that this year's winner of the highly competitive 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is Morgan Morris from University College Dublin.

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    U21 are delighted to announce that three Graduate Collaborative Research Award (GCRA) projects have been chosen to receive funding this year.

  • Winner

    Find out the winners of this year's U21/PwC Innovation Challenge.

  • Global Student Banner

    U21 Global Student is a new student pathway designed by Universitas 21, providing sustainable international experiences for all students across the network. The pathway, delivered in partnership with Common Purpose, brings together U21’s existing student programmes with a suite of bespoke online initiatives. U21 Global Student provides students with opportunities to develop their leadership potential and international networks whilst supporting them to make a sustainable impact on their communities and further their future aspirations. 

  • Sustainability International Impact award winners

    Universitas 21 is honoured to have won the Sustainability International Impact award at the 2021 PIEoneer Awards.

  • Image of Peter Mascher

    Universitas 21 is delighted to announce that Professor Peter Mascher from McMaster University has been elected as the new Chair of the Senior Leaders’ Group. 

  • People at computer

    The U21 Employability Group, led by the University of Queensland, is delighted to launch their self-reflection toolkit, designed to support staff, students and alumni to integrate self-reflection into their academic journey. 

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    Today, Wednesday 21st July, was the first U21 cross-cluster Mental Health symposium, with over 60 participants from across the network in attendance.

  • Picture of Professor Tan

    Universitas 21 is delighted to welcome Professor Tan, Eng Chye of the National University of Singapore as the new Chair of the Network. Professor Tan, President of the National University of Singapore, succeeds Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, who has held the position since 2014.   

  • RISE Mountain

    The 2020/21 RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) awards have once again proved to be a huge success, with record participation from 200 students across 55 different projects, representing 23 of our member universities.  

  • Shortlisted for Award

    U21 is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the PIEoneer Awards 2021, in the Sustainability International Impact category. This category recognises organisations in the education sector who are proactively making positive changes to continue providing a global outlook to education, whilst minimising the impact on the environment.   

  • Sunbeams through trees

    Dr Shamil Khairov from the University of Glasgow is awarded first prize in the U21 Images of Hope competition.   

  • Engaging Early Career Researcher Cohorts in a Digital Environment

    Read more about the launch of the Engaging Early Career Researcher Cohorts in a Digital Environment case study. The study outlines the key challenges and successes faced by the U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop coordinators in transforming a physical event into an online offer for an international cohort. 

  • Professor Jenny Dixon

    Professor Jenny Dixon, Provost of Universitas 21, outlines why University Networks are adapting and thriving due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

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    We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 U21/PwC Innovation Challenge. Now in it’s third year, the competition supports and prepares U21 graduate students for the world of work by allowing them to consider and respond to real global challenges.

  • Overall 2020 U21 Champion in the time of COVID Andrea Strachan

    Despite the challenges that we have all faced this year, it has been inspirational to be able to able to celebrate the ingenuity and resourcefulness of all of our U21 colleagues.  A judging panel, comprised of the U21 Provost and representatives from U21 universities without an individual in the competition, reviewed all the shortlisted applications. We can now reveal the 2020 Overall U21 Champion in the time of COVID is Andrea Strachan of the University of Queensland. 

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    U21 is delighted to publish it's first online, video-rich publication of the Impact Report, covering activities undertaken in 2020.

    In 2020, U21 funded over 40 collaborative cross-member projects and offered real-time virtual global educational and training opportunities to over 1,500 students and 200 staff, the majority of whom had never attended a U21 network event before.

  • Prof Bairbre Redmond_Provost 2016-2020

    On the 31st January 2021, Professor Bairbre Redmond will complete her tenure as U21 Provost and hand over to her successor, Professor Jenny Dixon from the University of Auckland. Bairbre was formally Professor of Higher Education, Dean of Undergraduate Students and Deputy Registrar at University College Dublin and joined U21 in October 2016 as its first Provost.

  • Face-masks-COVID

    A Community of Practice was formed in May 2020 to support those senior university officers who had charge of managing/reopening the U21 campuses across the world after the first lock-down and closures as part of the Covid-19 outbreak.  At that time members were at different stages of reopening/extending the use of their university campuses and at different points in their academic calendars, and any plans were strongly influenced by national health and safety regulations.  

  • Professor James Ward - University of Queensland

    Professor James Ward’s commitment to protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is somewhat outlined in the following, he has been a key advisor to the Australian Government and other key agencies on preparedness response and recovery phases to prevent a catastrophe occurring in Indigenous communities nationally.

  • Data Analytics on laptop

    The COVID-19 Data Analytics team, led by Dr Clare Hourigan, collaborated to provide timely and relevant data to inform UQ's strategic and operational response to the COVID-19 crisis. The informal structure of the team exemplifies respect, diversity and the 'One UQ' ethos. 

  • University of Queensland - Andrea Strachan

    Universitas 21 is celebrating U21 Champions in a series of stories about people who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference to their colleagues and their workplace during the pandemic. 

  • Universitas 21 is celebrating U21 Champions in a series of stories about people who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference to their colleagues and their workplace during the pandemic.

  • Woman using a laptop

    On Thursday 3 December, 30 representatives from 19 universities, across the U21 Network came together for a virtual Global Mobility Group meeting. This year all universities in the U21 network have had to rapidly pivot and innovate to continue to offer global opportunities to their students and staff. Participants shared how they have risen to this challenge and supported each other this year to continue to connect with students, staff and partners in the mobility sphere.

  • Cover image for Modern Slavery Workshop

    In the same week that U21’s University of Glasgow won ‘University of the Year’ based on the institution’s response to its historical links with the slave trade which included a pledge to spend £20 million in reparations, a cohort of early career researchers (ECRs) from across the network were brought together at the U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop to tackle challenges in ‘Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking’.

  • Axelle Marjolin

    Axelle Marjolin, UNSW, is the latest of our U21 Champions in the time of COVID-19, who have gone above and beyond to make life on their campus better for colleagues and students alike.

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    As part of the Researcher Resilience Fund Project: Thriving in a Post COVID age, University of Maryland and University of Birmingham have developed  the "Health Research Exchange (HREx)” platform emphasizing diversity, inclusivity, and culturally sensitive evidencebased research mentorship and professional development. It is due for launch in 2021 and will strengthen the Universitas 21’s newly launched “U21 Community” e-learning platform which provides space for staff and students from across U21 universities to network through focused content in a virtual environment. Read More...

  • Arjumand Younus UCD

    Universitas 21 is celebrating U21 Champions in a series of stories about people who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference to their colleagues and their workplace during the pandemic.