Educational Innovation Steering Group

The U21 EISG oversees U21 Educational Innovation activities.

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The EI Steering Group (EISG) aims to connect key institutional leaders in teaching, learning and innovative educational practices across U21 universities in order to promote collaboration, share good practice and combine resources with the common objectives of enhancing student learning in research-intensive universities.  A broad set of Strategic Priorities have been identified and activities within the cluster will seek to address these issues within their unique areas of activity.  Periodically, these priorities will be reviewed for relevancy to the current issues facing the research-intensive universities as they seek to enhance student learning in a global society.

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Effective and sustainable approaches to learning and teaching in a rapidly changing digital environment (including through MOOCs, online and blended learning);
  2. Broadening of the educational experience and strengthening of student engagement through a shared focus on global citizenship;
  3. Strengthened teaching-research nexus, supported by contemporary scholarship;
  4. Effective virtual and physical learning environments, adaptable to changing learner needs.

The EISG will:

  • develop a strategy and prioritized programme of activities for U21 Educational Innovation, identifying key themes in educational innovation through which the broader aims of U21 will be realized;
  • promote the activities of the Educational Innovation group within U21 member institutions and more widely;
  • ensure the activities of the Educational Innovation group generate agreed deliverables;
  • work collaboratively with other areas of U21 in pursuit of shared priorities; and
  • support any working groups, master classes and local organising committees in managing specific activities for EI work.


The Steering Group has such membership as may be determined by the EISG Chair in consultation with other existing members of the Steering Group. Appointments will be made to ensure broad coverage across member universities and domains of EI activity.  The Steering Group meets at least four times per year by teleconference, and will consider how best to return to face to face meetings. 

Steering Group Chair

The EISG is chaired by Professor Ian Holliday,  Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), The University of Hong Kong and is supported by the U21 Management Team. 

Key Contact


  • 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
  • Duotone Red June 2019

    The U21 employability group, lead by the University of Queensland, have developed a U21 self-reflective toolkit for students and staff across the network, supporting them to apply a reflective lens to their international and home-based activities. This event will launch the toolkit for use across the network.

    March 2021

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