June 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg

Program and registration

The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is: "Global Health – Challenges, Constraints and Implementation Models". The program of the meeting is available here (please contact Caroline if you need to receive a PDF copy by email). An updated program including venues and details on social events will be circulated to members in the coming weeks, together with a link to register for the meeting. 

Doctoral Student Forum - Deadline extended for call for abstracts

The 2017 U21 HS Doctoral Student Forum will take place on Monday 18 September. The theme identified for this year's forum is "Sustaining Communities through my Research". Doctoral students are invited to present how their research projects can be used to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to 30 June 2017.

SDG Workshop

The U21 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Workshop will take place on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 9am to 12pm. Members of the U21 SDG Strategy Working Group are extending an invitation to all delegates who will attend the Annual Meeting to join them for the SDG Workshop. The U21 SDG Initiative is U21 HSG’s longest-running initiative and the group is proud of the inter-professional work that has been achieved for the last 10 years. As they continue the work to support the implementation of the SDGs in university curricula, they are looking for new members to join their working group. Join them on 19 September to learn more and get involved.

Clinical Simulation Group Session

The University of Johannesburg will be hosting a Clinical Simulation group session on Tuesday 19 September from 2pm to 4pm. Those delegates who wish to be involved will be transported from the Auckland Park campus to the Doornfontein Campus where UJ's simulation laboratories are. Here, they will be taken on a short tour of the simulation facility and then witness a 10 min demonstration of a clinical simulation using the UJ SATLAB system. Then there will be some discussion on future collaboration and networking. 

Looking for presenters for inter-disciplinary workshop

Inter-disciplinary workshops will take place on Thursday 21 September in the afternoon. A choice of at least 3 topics will be offered to delegates, including a workshop to kick start the project to develop a curriculum for gender-based violence. Another workshop will focus on curricular experiences in caring for disadvantaged populations, in particular those with mental health conditions. We are looking for two or three volunteers to present on such curricular experiences in their institutions. Please contact Caroline if you are interested.

Accommodation in Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg recommends 3 hotels from where they will collect and drop the delegates during the U21 HS Annual Meeting 2017. The three recommended hotels are located in the Rosebank area. Please visit our website for additional details on each hotel. Please note that all delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation.
 

Summer School - University of Johannesburg

A group of 39 students from 12 institutions and 7 health disciplines will take part in the 2017 U21 HS Summer School hosted by the University of Johannesburg in July on the topic 'Global Health and the Social Determinants of Health'. This is the largest, most represented group of students ever accepted for this program. The U21 HS Executive Committee awarded 8 scholarships of $500 USD to meriting students to help them with the costs associated with attending the Summer School. Congratulations to Pauline Bohm (Chile), Sophie Bonser (Queensland), Catalina Campusano (Chile), Apurva Kasture (Auckland), Belinda Namuddu (Nottingham), Lauren Sheehan (Dublin), Katherine Skidmore (Auckland) and Ana Villagomez (Monterrey).


SDG European Student Workshop - University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow hosted the 7th U21 UN SDG European Student Workshop on 26-27 May. Close to 60 students from 6 institutions attended the workshop. A report will be available on the website shortly. In the meantime, you can read the program of the workshop and see some photos. Thank you to the University of Glasgow for hosting this workshop, and a special thank you to Josefine Tecklenborg, medical student in Glasgow, for all her work organizing this event.


Teaching Excellence Award 2017

A reminder to all U21 HSG institutions that the deadline to receive your nomination for the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award is 16 June 2017. Details about the 2017 call is available on our website. We are also pleased to announce that three members of the U21 Educational Innovation Steering Group will be members of our selection committee. Many thanks to Simon Bates (UBC), Graeme Aitken (Auckland) and Susan Bridges (HKU).


Article on 2014 Summer School's evaluation

Colleagues at The University of Auckland have published an article on the evaluation of the 2014 U21 Health Sciences Summer School on the topic of harm reduction. Many congratulation to them for this excellent article.
Janie Sheridan, Peter Adams, Chris Bullen & David Newcombe (2017): An evaluation of a harm reduction Summer School for undergraduate health professional students, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1262824
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2016.1262824


Spotlight on Graduate Collaborative Research Awards

The next funding round of the U21 Graduate Collaborative Research Awards is now open, which enable doctoral candidates to develop international research collaborations within the U21 network. The Awards fund doctoral research collaborative research projects (in any discipline) from at least three U21 members, in at least two countries (normally from different global regions). Applications close on 1 August 2017, click below for more details.
Graduate Collaborative Research Awards


University of Nottingham host U21 Network Presidents and Senior Leaders - May 2017

In May '17 the University of Nottingham hosted U21 Presidents and Senior Leaders for the 2017 Annual Network Meetings and Presidential Symposium to set the network agenda for the forthcoming year. In celebration of U21 collaboration, 25 trees were planted at U. Nottingham's 'Universitas 21 Avenue’ during the meetings, one to represent each of the twenty-five U21 member universities. Further details are available on the University of Nottingham Website. The prestigious Gilbert Medal and U21 Awards for Internationalisation 2017 were also presented at a celebratory Gala Dinner, full details of the recipients and the 2017 awards can be found on the U21 Website.


Two new Universitas 21 Members Join Network

Universitas 21 is delighted to welcome two more world-class universities into the U21 network. The University of Zurich (Switzerland) and Waseda University (Japan) officially joined U21 during the recent AGM at the University of Nottingham, May 2017. “The global standing of both of our new partners and the internationally acknowledged quality of their education and research represents a hugely positive addition to the U21 community” said U21 Provost, Prof Bairbre Redmond. “Both of our new members have a very strong commitment to internationalistion and their membership of the network increases opportunities for student mobility (undergraduate and postgraduate), research, staff exchanges and project development across U21’s twenty-five research-intensive universities.


U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems launched for sixth consecutive year

The Universitas 21 Ranking System is the only one in the world to assess national higher education systems, thereby shifting discussion from the ranking of individual universities, to the best overall national systems. The 2017 U21 Ranking includes the same 50 countries as in previous reports, which have again been ranked separately by four areas and also given an overall rating.  The top five countries overall, in order, are the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden. The U21 Rankings also allow countries to benchmark with others at similar stages of economic development. Relative to levels of GDP per capita, the top countries, in alphabetical order, areDenmark, Finland, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

April 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg

Program

The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting will be: "Global Health – Challenges, Constraints and Implementation Models". A draft program of the meeting is now available on our website at www.u21health.org/johannesburg-2017. Please note that the final program should be available by the end of May. Information about hotels will be posted on the website by the end of April.

Doctoral Student Forum - Call for abstracts open

The 2017 U21 HS Doctoral Student Forum will take place on Monday 18 September. The theme identified for this year's forum is "Sustaining Communities through my Research". Doctoral students are invited to present how their research projects can be used to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Interested students should submit their abstract before 1 June 2017 using the abstract submission form available on our website.
 

2017 Project funding approved

We are pleased to announce that two projects were recently awarded funding by the U21 Health Sciences Executive Committee.

- The first project is to develop an inter-professional U21 curriculum for Gender Based Violence as an interactive learning resource. The project is led by Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones from the University of Birmingham and involves core team members from The University of Auckland, the University of Nottingham, the University of British Columbia, the University of Glasgow and the University of Melbourne representing the disciplines of Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy and Medicine. The project stems from a workshop offered at the U21 HSG annual meeting in Birmingham 2016 entitled: ‘Where does it fit? Incorporating Teaching on Violence against Women and Girls into Health Professional Programs Globally’.

- The second project is to produce a short promotional video of U21 HSG activities. This project is led by Sibusiso Mdletshe (Johannesburg) and Karen Dorrian (Auckland) on behalf of the U21 International Development Group (IDG). The IDG has noted the lack of exposure of U21 HSG activities in each institution and the video will be used as a marketing tool in order to ensure that U21 HSG activities are publicized wider in each member university.
 

Inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week

The first U21 SDG Awareness Week took place on 13-17 March 2017. The following five universities participated: University of Glasgow, Lund University, University of Birmingham, The University of Auckland and Tecnologico de Monterrey. The program of events at each institution and photos can be found on our website. It is anticipated that the U21 SDG Student Committee will run this initiative again next year, and they hope more universities will be able to join.
 

Global Learning Partnership 2018

We are thrilled to announce that plans are underway to run the second U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership from 18 March to 13 April 2018. The format of the program will be very similar to the GLP piloted in 2016 with one week based at the University of Kathmandu and three weeks in a community. The Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences has indicated that students from different disciplines (medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and possibly nursing) will be participating in the project. More information will be available to U21 students about eligibility criteria, cost and application process during the summer.
 

Article on participation to U21 HS Summer School in Chile

Please take a moment to read this wonderful article written by Sabrina Carter, nursing student at the University of Nottingham, about her experience as a participant to the U21 HS Summer School hosted by Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in July 2016. The article was published in the Nursing Times in March 2017: Globe-trotting and developing professionally as a nurse (read as PDF). 
 

U21 Rankings author published in Center for International Higher Education

‘A Good National System of Higher Education: the Lessons of the U21 Rankings’ has been selected to be included in an upcoming book published by the Center for International Higher Education in collaboration with University World News. The book is titled Understanding Global Higher Education: Insights from Key Global Publications, the publication will offer an overview of the diverse themes addressed by University World News and International Higher Education in the last 5 years. The article by Professor Ross Williams, author of the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, is available here. The U21 Rankings for 2017 will be launched on 5th May 2017 during the U21 Annual Network Meeting and Presidential Symposium at the University of Nottingham.
 

Citations, Impact and International Ranking Symposium

The University of Hong Kong, in partnership with Elsevier, is hosting a research management symposium on Citations, Impact and International Ranking. The symposium will allow pertinent and emerging issues to be discussed with various stakeholders and provide an opportunity to share ideas, findings, challenges and solutions in this important field. Several U21 members are represented in the list of speakers, including Professor Andrew Deeks (UCD) and Dr Martin Kirk (UBC). As hosts, the University of Hong Kong are offering to waive the registration fee for up to two nominees from each Universitas 21 member university. Nominees will be collated by the U21 Research Leaders and must be confirmed with HKU by 15th April 2017. Full details of the conference program and online registration, for those not covered by the fee waiver, can be found at: http://vpr.hku.hk/colloquium. For further details, please contact Christina Mellor.

March 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg

Theme

The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting will be: "Global Health – Challenges, Constrains and Implementation Models". Key topics have been identified that align to the key drivers related to Global Health, but also resonate strongly with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Topics will include: health inequalities, social determinants of non-communicable diseases, mental health, women's health, children's health and HIV/AIDS. A tentative program will be made available in a few weeks and the final program will be ready by the end of May. Information will be posted on our website at www.u21health.org/johannesburg-2017 as it becomes available. The next meeting of the scientific committee will take place at the end of March.

Doctoral Student Forum

The 2017 U21 HS Doctoral Student Forum will take place on Monday 18 September. The theme identified for this year's forum is "Sustaining Communities through my Research". Doctoral students will be invited to present how their research projects can be used to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call for abstracts will open before the end of March.


2017 Teaching Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the third U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award opened on March 1st, 2017. The award will consist of travel and accommodation to attend the 2018 U21 HSG annual meeting hosted by the University of Melbourne, where the two recipients will be required to collaborate to facilitate an educational workshop. Nominees must be faculty or instructors in one of the U21 HSG member institutions. They should hold a position with a significant component of teaching, and are normally expected to have completed between three to ten years of teaching duties. Only one candidate should be nominated by each U21 HSG member institution. The deadline for each institution to submit their nominated candidate is 16 June 2017. Please visit our website for more details about the Teaching Excellence Award.


Inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week

In April 2016, University College Dublin organized their first SDG Awareness Week. This inspired the U21 SDG Student Committee to organize the first U21 SDG Awareness Week that will take place on 13-17 March 2017. The concept of the event is to encourage U21 institutions to run events to raise awareness about the SDGs in their universities during the same week. Students will be invited to share their experience on social media using a common hashtag (#U21SDGweek) and to share some of the presentations given in their universities with students from other institutions. Please visit our website to see the list of participating universities to the #U21SDGWeek and their program of activities.


U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program 2018

Medical students interested in completing clinical electives through the U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program can now access information about placements available between January and December 2018 in the 10 participating institutions. This U21 program has been running since 2014 and 53 medical students have benefited from it. We encourage U21 institutions that are not currently taking part in the program to join. Please contact Caroline for more information.


Paper published by U21 Social Media for Education in Health group

We are very pleased to report that the article 'Social Media in Health Science Education: An International Survey' was published by JMIR Medical Education in January 2017. The article presents some of the results of the U21 "Use of social media in health education" survey that was distributed among the health science staff and students from eight U21 universities in seven countries. The study demonstrates that a significant number of students across all health science disciplines self-reported sharing clinical images inappropriately, and thus request the need for policies and training specific to social media use in health science education. Congratulations to the U21 Social Media Group for this publication!


Deadline to send applications to Summer School 2017

Please be reminded that the deadline to send up to 5 student nominations to the U21 HS Summer School hosted by the University of Johannesburg is 31 March 2017. Information about the Summer School is available on our website at www.u21health.org/summer-school-2017.


Educational Innovation Conference Dates

The annual U21 Educational Innovation Conference will be held October 31-November 2, 2017, at Tec de Monterrey on their Monterrey campus. This year's discussions and workshops will explore "Challenging Traditional Thinking: Technology Enhanced Learning + Design Thinking". Additional program details, including registration information, will be available very soon.


Call for nominations opens for 2017 ECR workshop

The 2017 Early Career Researcher Workshop will take place on 4-6 October 2017 at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This year’s theme is "Interculturality and Multiculturalism: the challenges for changing societies". The workshop is open to all researchers based within U21 members who are within eight years of receiving their PhD. A draft programme is now available on our website and nomination forms have been sent out to all members alerting them to start their internal selection processes. The deadline for the U21 Secretariat to receive nominations is Friday 5 May 2017. Further information is available on the event webpage.

January 2017

Scientific Committee for 2017 Annual Meeting in Johannesburg formed

The scientific committee for the 2017 U21 HS Annual Meeting hosted by the University of Johannesburg has been formed and includes the following members:

  • Andre Swart, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg
  • Craig Vincent-Lambert, Head, Department of Emergency Medical Care, University of Johannesburg
  • Yoganathan Coopoo, Head, Department of Sport and Movement Studies, University of Johannesburg
  • Louise Nasmith, Associate Provost Health, University of British Columbia
  • Damien Walmsley, Professor of Restorative Dentistry, University of Birmingham
  • Anthony Cox, Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Birmingham
  • Caroline Voisine, U21 Health Sciences Executive Officer, University of British Columbia

The Scientific Committee will meet three times by teleconference between now and September 2017. Their first meeting will take place on January 18th. Updates on the Annual Meeting program and organization will be made available on the website


Glasgow to host 7th U21 SDG European Student Workshop

The University of Glasgow will be hosting the 7th U21 UN SDG European Student Workshop on 26-27 May, 2017. Details about the event will be provided in the coming weeks on our website at www.u21health.org/sdg-student-workshops. The annual SDG European Student Workshop brings together health sciences students from U21 member universities in Europe to help them understand the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and stimulate interprofessional problem solving through the use of group-based case studies and presentations. Since the first workshop in Nottingham in 2011, more than 260 students have participated in this annual event. 


U21 SDG Student Committee working on inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week

Following the U21 SDG workshop in Birmingham, a group of students decided to revitalize the U21 SDG Student Committee. The Committee now has representation from 10 institutions and will continue to seek participation from additional U21 universities. Members meet by teleconference on a monthly basis and work towards the following two goals:

  • to encourage and support each institution to form a local SDG/Global Goals Student Committee including students from a range of health disciplines, and possibly disciplines outside health sciences.
  • to organize events as part of the inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week that will take place on 13-17 March 2017.

More details about the SDG Awareness Week and events organized at each institution will be shared in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact Caroline to get in touch with members of the SDG Student Committee at your institution.


New U21 Director of Operations

Universitas 21 has appointed its first Director of Operations. Jade Bressington has joined the U21 network from the University of Birmingham after U21 Secretary General Jane Usherwood stepped down after over 11 years in the role. Jade joined the U21 Secretariat on 1 December, moving on from her role as Head of Campaign Development and Deputy Head of Alumni Relations at the University of Birmingham. Jade brings considerable expertise in leading international university projects, including student recruitment and experience initiatives, developing alumni relations in South-East Asia and supporting significant international fundraising and development plans.


U21 Network Data Sharing Workshop: Exploring Opportunities, Challenges, Value and Impact

The purpose of this exploratory event is for U21 colleagues to come together to explore the benefits of data sharing among U21 members. The group will explore processes and structures for data sharing and work to propose a U21 data sharing strategy. Through the workshop sessions the group will examine existing institutional metrics and data sets and explore how data sharing across our institutions could support benchmarking and enhance decision-making. The group will develop a report outlining their findings and recommendations in respect of a U21 data sharing strategy. The workshop will take place at University College Dublin on 21st March 2017. Online registration is open on the U21 website.


U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps

The Universitas 21 Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program provides students with an opportunity to work side-by-side with field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Latin America. The program is led by the University of Connecticut. The first SEC took place in July 2012 in Guatemala and the program has run every year since then with a change of location to Ecuador in 2016. Nominations are now open for the 2017 U21 SEC. Students must be nominated for their home institution. Further details on this year’s program is available on the U21 website.

 

December 2016

Application period opens for Summer School 2017 at UJ

The University of Johannesburg is pleased to provide U21 HS members with additional details about the Summer School they will host on 16-28 July 2017 on "Global Health and the Social Determinants of Health". The program will aim to educate the participants about the SDoH and how these link to health planning, service delivery and outcomes. Each participant will have an opportunity to actively engage with other participants and facilitators while gaining an understanding of the impact of the SDoH within their discipline and in health as a whole.

Quick facts about the program:

  • Cost: $800 USD per participating student
  • Up to 50 students can participate
  • For undergraduate students in health sciences programs
  • Up to 5 nominated students’ applications to be sent to Johannesburg by 31 March 2017
  • $500 USD subsidy available for each U21 HS member university sending at least 1 student
  • Four $500 USD competitive Executive Scholarships available for students
  • The period of the summer school will be a winter season in Johannesburg!

For more information on the program, please visit www.u21health.org/summer-school-2017
 

U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program 2016 & 2017

In 2016, a total of 19 medical students from 8 institutions were given the opportunity to undertake an elective placement under the umbrella of the U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program. Ten U21 universities are currently participating in this program that allows medical students to undertake 4 to 12 weeks clinical placements at a U21 partner university, waived from administration fees. Since its launch in 2014, 53 students have benefited from this program. Information about placements available in 2017 can be found on our website at www.u21health.org/medical-clinical-placement. Information about 2018 placements will become available in January 2017.
 

2017 Gilbert Medal winner announced

Universitas 21 is honoured to announce that the 2017 Gilbert Medal has been awarded to Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, the 14th President of the International Association of Universities. Professor Dzul has a long and distinguished track record of university leadership, including spells as Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM, 2000-2011) and of Albukhary International University (AiU, 2011-2013), where he developed the concept of "the humaniversity". Please visit the U21 website for more information.
 

2017 U21 Awards for Internationalisation announced

Universitas 21 is delighted to announce the award of honours to two star researchers, Professors Cora Burnett- Louw of the University of Johannesburg and Joseph Lo Bianco of the University of Melbourne. The U21 Awards were created in 2012 to recognise the innovative work being done at Universitas 21 member universities to the internationalisation of higher education within our members.  This year, two exceptional researchers are being honoured who have a lot in common, in that their work is being taken and applied to improve the world in which we all live and both have undertaken work which has been taken up by the Olympic movement. Read more on the U21 website.
 

U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge 2017

The details of the 2017 U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge are now available on the U21 website. The theme of the challenge this year is: ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’.  Through this theme, we ask students to reflect on how they can be a force for change (on campus and beyond) through promoting a culturally inclusive environment and in supporting diversity. More specific criteria on the theme will be provided to participants at the commencement of the challenge in March 2017. Each member is invited to register at least one team for the challenge – please note that the fee for the first team from each member will be covered by U21, each additional team costs £175.
 

U21 Undergraduate Research Conference: 'Future Societies, Global Citizens'

The 2017 U21 Undergraduate research Conference will take place from 26-30 June 2017 at the University of Edinburgh on the theme of ‘Future Societies, Global Citizens’. Each U21 member institution is invited to nominate up to four student attendees plus up to two reserve candidates. In addition, each member can nominate an accompanying member of staff. Nominations should be sent to Edinburgh by 31 March 2017. Please contact your local U21 Student Mobility contact for more information.

November 2016

University of Melbourne to host U21 HSG Annual Meeting in 2018

We're thrilled to announce that the University of Melbourne will be hosting the U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting in 2018! We very much look forward to working with the local team for this event and thank Ms Alison Langley, Prof Glenn Bowes and their colleagues for agreeing to host the meeting and for their support to the U21 HSG.
 

U21 Social Media project moves to 'Knowledge Translation' phase

Members of the U21 Social Media for Education in Health steering committee recently met and agreed on the next phase of the project. The steering committee currently has representation from 11 U21 member universities, and each of them has been asked to form a local Social Media team to work on and measure an educational intervention involving Social Media. Local team should be a staff-student partnership, and where possible, should include multiple health disciplines. The group is currently working on a repository of educational materials and examples of interventions that can be seen at www.u21health.org/social-media-repository. Please contact Caroline if you would like more information on this project or if you're interested in being involved in a local team at your university.
 

U21 Clinical Simulation Project

On 13 September in Birmingham, Fiona Bogossian (UQ) and Craig Lambert (UJ) hosted a workshop on Clinical Simulation. Earlier this year, they obtained a small amount of funding from the U21 HSG to publish a U21 Guide for Best Practice in Clinical Simulation. The workshop was very well attended and Fiona and Craig are now in the process of identifying institutional "champions" in each member university to disseminate a survey as well as interested contributors. A dedicated mailing list has been created for this project. If you're interested in becoming involved, please contact Caroline who will pass on your contact details to Fiona and Craig. 
 

U21 Health Sciences Summer School

The 2017 U21 HS Summer School will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg. Applications for the event will open very soon. Stay tuned!  We are still receiving proposals to host the U21 HS Summer School in 2018. If your university is interested, please contact Caroline.
 

2016 Winners of Annual U21 3MT® (Three Minute Thesis)

Kate Riegle van West from the University of Auckland won the 2016 #U213MT for her thesis ‘Poi for your health: A spin on aging’ – a presentation on her PhD research into the health effects of poi.  Kate explained that simple, effective strategies for maintaining health in older age are urgently needed due to the increasing aging population across the globe. Kate’s study showed that poi was just as effective as Tai Chi (her comparison group) on cognitive function, including improved focus and attention, but had a number of physical benefits too, such as improvements in upper limb movement, grip strength and manual dexterity. Highly commended award was Lillian JA Olule from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus for her thesis ‘Capturing signals then charging batteries’. This year’s People’s Choice Award went to Islam Mosa from the University of Connecticut for his presentation on ‘Miniaturised Power Sources for Implantable Bioelectronics: Ultrathin Power Sources for Cardiac Pacemakers’. Read more here.
 

U21 Undergraduate Research Conference: 'Future Societies, Global Citizens'

The 2017 U21 Undergraduate research Conference will take place from 26-30 June 2017 at the University of Edinburgh on the theme of ‘Future Societies, Global Citizens’. Each U21 member institution is invited to nominate up to four student attendees plus up to two reserve candidates. In addition, each member can nominate an accompanying member of staff. Nominations should be sent to Edinburgh by 17 February 2017. Please contact your local U21 Student Mobility contact for more information.

October 2016

U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Birmingham

The 2016 Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting was hosted by the University of Birmingham on 12-16 September 2016. 145 participants from 18 universities attended the meeting which focused on Global Health and Health & Well being. The program, list of participants, available presentations, results of feedback survey and photos of the event are available at www.u21health.org/birmingham-2016.

On behalf of the U21 Health Sciences Group, we extend a warm thank you to the University of Birmingham for hosting the meeting, in particular Damien Walmsley, David Oram, Elizabeth Harrison and George Merriman. We also thank the wonderful speakers and facilitators, as well as all participants.


University of Johannesburg to host two major events in 2017

We're pleased to announce that the University of Johannesburg will host the following events in 2017: U21 Health Sciences Summer School (16-28 July 2017) and U21 Health Sciences Annual Meeting (18-22 September 2017). The topic for the Summer School 2017 will be "Global Health and the Social Determinants of Health". Applications will open before the end of November 2016 and instructions to apply will be posted on the website and on the newsletter. The theme for the annual meeting 2017 hasn't been defined yet but will be announced before the end of the year 2016. A scientific committee will be formed shortly to work on the meeting with the local organizing team at UJ. We look forward to visiting the inspiring city of Johannesburg!

We remind U21 Health Sciences members that we are still seeking proposals to host the U21 Health Sciences Summer School in 2018. Please contact Caroline if you are interested or visit www.u21health.org/summer-school.


Winners of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award announced

Dr Luis Ibañez, Chair of the U21 Health Sciences Executive Committee, announced the winners of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award in Birmingham on 14 September 2016. Nine nominations were received for the award and the two winners are Emma Beckman from the University of Queensland and Donna Drynan from the University of British Columbia. Many congratulations to Emma and Donna who will run a workshop together at the U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Johannesburg in September 2017.

At the meeting in Birmingham, 2015 winners Hong Gao (Fudan University) and Allison Mandrusiak (University of Queensland) received their award from Luis Ibañez and Caroline Voisine, and presented a workshop entitled "You + Me = We: Learning from, with and about each other in health science education".


U21 Global Learning Partnership Report

Also at the meeting in Birmingham, Jessica Lees presented the final report of the first U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership that took place in Nepal in May-June 2016 in partnership with Kathmandu University. We were honored to have Dr Rajendra Koju, Associate Dean of Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, as a guest at our Annual Meeting. The report of the 2016 GLP is available online at www.u21health.org/2016-global-learning-partnership. Information about future iterations of the GLP will be made available through the website and newsletter.


New U21 Provost announced

Professor Bairbre Redmond of University College Dublin has been announced as U21 Provost. The title ‘Provost’ better describes the chief academic and executive role she will hold. Bairbre will be seconded into this role for two years from 1 October 2016. She is known to many across the network having served as UCD’s U21 Senior Leader for the past four years and as Academic Lead for the U21 Educational Innovation cluster since early 2014. Many thanks go to Professor Eva Wiberg for her contributions while serving as Executive Director, she returns to her demanding position as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Lund University at the end of October.


U21 Shared Online Course (U21 SOC) - "Planetary Urbanisation - Global Challenges in a Changing World"

The newly developed course will run its first iteration beginning 24 October. As part of the 5-week course participants will be introduced to the challenges of planetary urbanisation to understand better how humans are responding to the global challenges of urbanisation. The U21 SOC will allow participants to engage in ongoing discussion with fellow students from across the U21 network, to exchange ideas, opinions and experiences. For additional details, including an Expression of Interest form required to participate as well as suggested promotional material for use at your university, please contact Lavinia Winegar-Gott at Lavinia.winegar-gott@universitas21.com.

 

August 2016

U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Birmingham

The 2016 Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham on 12-16 September 2016. Information about the program, speakers, venue, etc. is available at www.u21health.org/birmingham-2016. Registration for the meeting is open until September 1st. Tours must be booked before August 22nd.

Teaching Excellence Award Recipients' Workshop
Dr Allison Mandrusiak from the University of Queensland and Dr Hong Gao from Fudan University were the recipients of the inaugural U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award. They will present an inter-professional workshop on Thursday 15 September from 9.30am to 11am called: You + Me = We: Learning from, with and about each other in health science education. The workshop will explore strategies for helping students to collaborate and learn from, with and about each other across professions, cultures and countries. They will showcase the use of simulations and other learning approaches to help students develop a view that is broader than themselves, to be able to communicate with people from backgrounds different to their own, and to be prepared for practice in global contexts.

Workshops on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
We encourage all delegates to attend some of the great workshops that are scheduled as part of the U21 Health Sciences Group annual meeting. You don't need to be familiar with the project/initiative to attend, we welcome all contributions and value input from all disciplines.

  • Doctoral Student Forum: Monday 12 September, 9am-4:50pm
  • Sustainable Development Goals Workshop: Monday 12 September, 9am-4:30pm
  • Social Media for Health Education Workshop: Tuesday 13 September, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Clinical Simulation Workshop: Tuesday 13 September, 1:30-4pm
  • Impact of Climate Change on Health: Thursday 15 September, 3:50-5:20pm
  • Teaching on Violence Against Women and Girls: Thursday 15 September, 3:50-5:20pm

For more information on any of the workshops, please download the program of the meeting at www.u21health.org/birmingham-2016/#program.
 

Seeking proposals to host U21 HS Summer School in 2018

This call is seeking operational proposals from U21 HSG member institutions about how they could provide leadership, structure and content for a U21 Health Sciences Summer School.  Courses are held during the northern hemisphere summer i.e. between May/June and August. Institutions may elect to work with faculty exclusively from their own institution or seek expertise within other U21 institutions. Whilst the specific topic is open to the host institution to define, the Summer School should engage multiple disciplines within the group, in an approach that inter-relates interprofessional education with international service/practice learning principles. The deadline to submit a proposal is 31 October 2016. More information at www.u21health.org/summer-school.
 

Report and photos from European SDG Workshop in Nottingham

A detailed report of the U21 European SDG workshop hosted by the University of Nottingham in June 2016 is available on the U21 HSG website at www.u21health.org/sdg-student-workshops. Photos of the workshop and other U21 MDG/SDG related events are available on the group's flickr page.
 

U21 Awards 2017

Each year, U21 members have the opportunity to nominate colleagues within the network for one of two U21 Awards for Internationalization, recognizing individual efforts towards particularly innovative or extraordinary projects which further internationalization, or sustained and prolonged contribution building relations between U21 members to support internationalization. The call for nominations for 2017 is now open and nominations should be sent to Jane Usherwood by 19 September 2016. Please contact Caroline to receive the application form.

July 2016

U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Birmingham

The 2016 Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham on 12-16 September 2016. Information about the program, speakers, venue, etc. is available at www.u21health.org/birmingham-2016. We strongly encourage delegates to register for the event as soon as possible. Delegates should also try to book their accommodation early to avoid disappointment. The University of Birmingham recommends the Macdonald Burlington Hotel. Reservations should be made by contacting the hotel directly.

Doctoral Student Forum
25 students from 10 universities sent their abstracts to participate in the U21 HS Doctoral Student Forum hosted by the University of Birmingham on Monday 12 September. 12 abstracts were accepted for oral presentations and 24 for poster presentation. The program of the forum is available on our website.

Discipline group meetings
U21 Discipline Leads are currently working with their counterparts at the University of Birmingham to come up with agendas for each discipline group meeting on Wednesday 14 September in the afternoon. Preliminary agendas will be sent shortly to each group to get feedback.
 

U21 Health Sciences Summer School in Santiago

The Faculty of Medicine of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile will be hosting the 3rd U21 Health Sciences Summer School on 11-23 July 2016. 32 students from 12 universities will attend this 2-week program on 'Early Critical Windows of Preventive Interventions'. The program includes lectures, workshops and visits to clinical facilities, as well as city tours of Santiago and Valparaiso. We look forward to hearing more about students' experiences. Follow @u21health for regular news on the event (#U21HSSS).

 

U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award 2016

Nine nominations were received for the 2016 U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. Thank you to all participating universities. The selection committee is now in the process of reviewing nominations and winners will be informed of their selection by 15 August 2016. More information about the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award is available at www.u21health.org/2016-teaching-excellence-award.

June 2016

U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Birmingham

The 2016 Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham on 12-16 September 2016. Information about the program, speakers, venue, etc. is available at www.u21health.org/birmingham-2016.

Registration is open and delegates are encouraged to book their accommodation early to avoid disappointment. The University of Birmingham recommends the Macdonald Burlington Hotel. Reservations should be made by contacting the hotel directly.

In addition to plenary sessions on the themes of Global Wellbeing and our Lifespan (Wednesday), Social Inequality and Health (Thursday) and Health & Wellbeing (Friday), this year's meeting will include the following events:

  • Doctoral Student Forum on Monday 12 September (all day) on the theme: "Increasing the Global Relevance of My Research".
  • SDG Workshop on Monday 12 September (all day) featuring SDG-related presentations and breakout sessions.
  • Social Media Workshop on Tuesday 13 September (all day) to present tools and assets for professional identity and professionalism
  • Clinical Simulation Workshop on Tuesday 13 September (afternoon) to inform the development of a U21 Guide for Best Practice in Clinical Simulation
  • Inter-professional Workshop on Thursday 15 September (morning) led by the two winners of the 2015 U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award
  • Inter-professional Workshops on Thursday 15 September (afternoon) on the themes: Impact of Climate Change on Health and Teaching on Violence Against Women and Girls in Health Sciences.

The University of Birmingham has also prepared a wonderful social program including a Film Club (12 Sept), Welcome Reception (13 Sept), Formal Dinner (14 Sept), Optional Dinner (15 Sept), Bus Tour of Birmingham (16 Sept) and Bus Tour to Stratford-upon-Avon (17 Sept). For any additional information, please visit www.u21health.org/birmingham-2016.
 

U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award 2016

The deadline for universities to submit their nominee for the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award is 15 June 2016. Winners will be designated by the selection committee by 1 August 2016. The two winners will be invited to host a joint workshop at the 2017 U21 HSG Annual Meeting at the University of Johannesburg. More information about the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award is available at www.u21health.org/2016-teaching-excellence-award. The winners and nominees of the 2015 Award are featured at www.u21health.org/teaching-excellence-award-winners-nominees.
 

Global Learning Partnership in Nepal

The first U21 HS Global Learning Partnership was piloted from 17 April to 14 May 2016 in collaboration with the University of Kathmandu in Nepal. The program was an initiative of the U21 Health Sciences UN SDG group and a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals underpinned the four-week engagement. 13 U21 health sciences students representing 7 health disciplines from UBC, Birmingham, Fudan, Auckland, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Glasgow participated in the program alongside 19 physiotherapy students from the University of Kathmandu. The project went remarkably well and a lot of data was collected as part of the evaluation, that will likely lead to a number of publications. A detailed report of the project will be presented at the U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Birmingham. Testimonials, reports and photos will be posted on the website as they become available.
 

6th U21 European UN SDG Student Workshop

The University of Nottingham will be hosting the 6th U21 UN SDG European Student Workshop on 10-11 June, 2016. The workshop will bring together health care students from Nottingham, Birmingham, Lund, Glasgow and Dublin to introduce them to the UN SDGs. This year's workshop will include presentations on topics such as the Ebola outbreak, refugees in the UK and the U21 Global Learning Partnership. Students will also have an opportunity to work on case studies in smaller groups. More information is available on the website.
 

Publications

Members of the U21 Health Sciences Group are invited to read two recent publications related to U21 Health Sciences Group projects/activities:

  • An International Perspective on Pharmacy Student Selection Policies and Processes
    Published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (October 2015). This article written by Pharmacy colleagues at The University of Auckland reflects on selection policies and procedures for programs at pharmacy schools that are members of Universitas 21.
  • Health professional workforce education in the Asia Pacific
    Published in the Journal of Public Health Research (April 2016). This article written by colleagues at the University of Melbourne reflects on the design and implementation of an international and interprofessional Global Learning Partnership Model, which involves shared learning between academics and students from the Universitas 21 network with other universities with United Nations Millennium Development Goal needs.

All publications related to U21 HSG projects and activities are available on the website.

April 2016

2016 Annual Meeting: United Kingdom – University of Birmingham

The 16th annual U21 HSG annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham from Sept 12-16, 2016 on the themes of Global Health and Health and Wellbeing. Registration and the preliminary program are available through the website.

U21 HSG Teaching Excellence Award 2016

In collaboration with the Educational Innovation Cluster, the HSG has launched the second annual Teaching Excellence Award which recognizes contributions of Faculty in international engagement and inter-disciplinary teaching. Two recipients of the 2016 award will be sponsored to attend the 2017 annual meeting in Johannesburg where they will deliver an inter-professional workshop together. The deadline for schools to provide their nominations is June 17; further details are on the website.

Global Learning Partnership Program

As part of the HSG UN Sustainable Development Goals initiative, the Global Learning Partnership (GLP) project has been developed over the past two years. It is a four week program which partners HSG students and academics with other universities in countries with UN SDG needs. Academics from HSG institutions and the local university will co-facilitate the program for students from HSG institutions and the local university.  Thirteen students from 7 institutions along with 4 HSG academics will participate in the pilot due to take place7 April-14 May in Nepal with Kathmandu University.  Jessica Lees, the Project Coordinator for the GLP based at the University of Melbourne will have a paper published on the program in the Journal of Public Health Research in May 2016; you can also view the following poster for information.

Summer School: Santiago

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) will host the HSG Summer School in July 2016 on the theme ‘early critical windows of preventative interventions’. Approximately 30 students from 12 different institutions are expected to attend. PUC has developed an informational video about the program (password: rojizocom).

Doctoral Student Forum

The annual Doctoral Student Forum (DSF) is an inter-professional and international networking and learning opportunity. The 2016 DSF will be held on September 12 in Birmingham. The theme will be ‘increasing the global relevance of my research’ and will include a panel of international reviewers, master classes, and poster presentations. Deadline for abstracts is May 27th; see website for details.

Sustainable Development Goals

Under the leadership of Nadia D’Alton,  UCD launched a SDG awareness week in April which included a number of keynote lectures from academics and students, along with other activities such a practical simulation and group discussion. The week intended to  explore Goal 3 of the SDGs: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. It is expected that UCD has paved the way for similar events across U21. Rajdeep  Banga (Dental Student, Birmingham) and Rodrigo Marino (Melbourne) wrote an editorial on the  work that they are doing on the SDG’s. 

December 2015

Global Learning Partnership

The GLP in Nepal will take place April 17-May 14th, 2016. This four week interdisciplinary global health program is available to all students belonging to a HSG institution. We seek your help in disseminating the information to your students. The deadline to apply is January 29th. See website for more information.

2016 Annual Meeting

The 16th annual U21 HSG annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham from Sept 12-16, 2016. NEW: Preliminary venue information is available through our website. Members interested in presenting on Global Health or Health and Well Being are welcome to contact Kelly. We would also welcome suggestions/volunteers for interdisciplinary workshops.

2016 Summer School: Santiago, Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) has been selected to host the 2016 HSG Summer School which will be held July 11-23, 2016. Information can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2016.

Project Proposals

The U21 HSG Executive Committee is inviting proposals for project funding in 2016. The deadline for proposals is February 29, 2016. This is an excellent opportunity for groups to come forward with exciting ideas for new programs/projects or for existing projects who may be taking a new strategic direction. Please email Kelly for more information.

Medical Clinical Placement Program – 2017 information

Medical students in their final year can complete clinical electives through the HSG bilateral exchange program. Participating institutions can send / receive up to 5 students. Read more information on the initiative and on the 2017 program.

November 2015

2015 Annual Meeting: Santiago, Chile

Members from sixteen universities gathered for the 15th annual U21 Health Sciences Group Meeting in Santiago, Chile. Held 21-25 September at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the focus of discussion was: “Public Health to Professionalism: The Challenge of Integration in Health Sciences.” Approximately 173 Faculty and Staff attended, along with 21 students from Tecnológico de Monterrey.  In addition to dynamic presentations from speakers around the world, the program also included a Doctoral Student Forum, along with interdisciplinary workshops on the following projects/themes:  Social Media in Health Education, the UN Millennium Develop Goals, Simulation, Milestones for Professional Development, Faculty Development and Teacher Training.

  • Media: Pictures from the event(s) can be found here. The meeting was also featured in the local newspaper.
  • Feedback is appreciated:  Attendees can provide their suggestions about the annual meeting here.
  • Participant List: This will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

The U21 HSG would like to warmly thank Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile for their dedication and efforts to make the 2015 annual meeting a memorable and productive event.  A special thank you to each of the presenters, discipline leads, workshop chairs and other contributors whose time and energy are greatly appreciated. 

Project Proposal Deadline (Feb 2016)

The U21 HSG Executive Committee is inviting proposals for project funding in 2016. The deadline for proposals is February 29, 2016. This is an excellent opportunity for groups to come forward with exciting ideas for new programs/projects or for existing projects who may be taking a new strategic direction. Please email Kelly.jacobs@universitas21.com for more information.

Global Learning Partnership (April 2016)

The GLP will be reinstated following it’s cancelation in 2015 due to the earthquake that hit Nepal. U2 1 HSG institutions have partnered with Kathmandu University to develop a four week program starting April 17, 2016 where U21 HSG and KU students will engage in classroom and field work involving communities and outreach clinics. This is a unique opportunity for HSG students to participate in an interdisciplinary global health experience. Application deadlines are in discussion and will be communicated widely. Read More

Summer School 2016 (July 2016)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) has been selected to host the 2016 HSG Summer School which will be held July 11-23, 2016. The theme is “early critical windows of preventative interventions.” Students will learn the importance of how preventative interventions in maternal and infant health can fight chronic diseases later in life.  This interdisciplinary, two week course will be open to all U21 HSG students and will accommodate 15-30 individuals. This will be a unique opportunity to experience South American winter!  The application timeline will be disseminated shortly. Information can be found here.

Next Annual Meeting: Birmingham (Sept 2016)

The 16th annual U21 HSG annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham from Sept 12-16, 2016. The proposed theme of the meeting is “Resolving Global Health issues leading to improvements in Health and Well Being.”  Planning is underway; stay tuned for information here.

2017 Annual Meeting: South Africa

We are thrilled to announce that the 17th annual U21 HSG annual meeting will be in South Africa, hosted by the University of Johannesburg. The proposed start dates will be September 18th or 27th. This information will be communicated widely, once confirmed.

Teaching Excellence Award: 2015 Recipients

It is with great pleasure to announce that Allison Mandrusiak from the University of Queensland and Hong Gao from Fudan University are the recipients of the inaugural U21 HSG Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Mandrusiak, representing the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Dr. Gao, the Faculty of Medicine, were nominated by their institutions as leaders in health education and selected amongst nine talented candidates for this award. Drs. Mandrusiak and Gao will be delivering an interprofessional workshop at the 2016 U21 HSG meeting in Birmingham.  Learn more about Allison and Hong here.
 
Details for the 2016 award will be disseminated in the coming weeks. Recipients of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award will have their travel sponsored to deliver a workshop and attend the 2017 HSG annual meeting in Johannesburg!

Social Media in Health Education Project: Video Competition Winners

During the annual meeting in Santiago, attendees voted on the Social Media for Education in Heath video competition submissions and selected three winning teams who will receive a $500 Amazon gift card. The videos illustrated the use and/or impact of social media on knowledge sharing and education in health.  The number one video was submitted by Cristián Bonilla, Richard Orellana, Angela Rioseco, and Daniela Fuente from PUC on the topic of:  What is social media and how it is used in education?

All five videos can be found here. Thank you to each of the teams for their fantastic contributions

HSG UN Millennium Development Goals: Celebration Video

During a workshop held in Santiago, there was unanimous support that the U21 HSG UNMDG initiative transition alongside the United Nations to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals. Strategic planning is underway on how this initiative will grow and become aligned with the UN’s sustainable development agenda.  Students from Tecnológico de Monterrey created the following video in celebration of the milestones achieved thus far. 

June 2015

New Design for U21 Health Sciences Group Website

The U21 HSG website has recently been redesigned and now has a more modern and lively look. Current activities and projects are easier to find and some new sections have been added such as testimonials and news. Feel free to browse and send any comments you may have to Caroline.

U21 Health Sciences Annual Meeting in Santiago

We remind U21 HSG members that registration for the U21 HSG annual meeting in Santiago is open. We encourage delegates to register as soon as possible and book their accommodation. A list of available hotels is available on the meeting website. We also remind members that we are currently accepting abstracts from doctoral students for the U21 HS Doctoral Student Forum that will take place on Monday 21st September. The forum will focus on issues health sciences doctoral students encounter to get published and ways to resolve these issues. Finally, we are still looking for a couple of speakers from U21 universities to talk about how professionalism is being taught in health science programs. If you have interest in presenting about this topic in Chile, please contact Caroline.

U21 Social Media for Education in Health publication and presentations

The U21 Social Media for Education in Health project is now in its second year of activity. A Social Media Workshop will take place in Santiago on Tuesday 22nd September to look at research outputs as well as examples of social media use in health practice. The project was presented in a number of conferences in Dublin, Vancouver and Singapore and additional presentations are scheduled to take place in the coming months in conferences in Italy, Hong Kong and Australia. An article related to this project was also published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in May 2015. The list of presentations and publications can be found at www.u21health.org/social-media-project.

Introducing temporary U21 HSG Executive Officer

We're pleased to inform U21 HSG members that Ms Kelly Jacobs will be covering for Caroline during her maternity leave. Kelly is currently Program Manager for the Visiting Student Electives Program at the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She will be working 4 days per week for the U21 HSG from 22 June 2015 to 22 April 2016 and can be contacted at kelly.jacobs@ubc.ca. Please join us in welcoming Kelly to the U21 HSG! Caroline's last day of work will be 26 June 2015 and she will return on 18 April 2016.

May 2015

U21 Health Sciences Annual Meeting in Santiago

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers have been announced for the U21 HSG annual meeting in Santiago on 21-25 September 2015. On Wednesday 23 September, Dr Gonzalo Valdivia, Head of the Public Health and Family Medicine Division at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile will give a keynote presentation on 'The Challenge of Integrating Public Health in Health Science Teaching and Clinical Practice'. On Thursday 24 September, Professor Linda Snell from the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University, will deliver a keynote address on 'Teaching and Assessing Professionalism and Forming a Professional Identity - State of the Art'. Professor Snell will also run an interdisciplinary workshop on Thursday 24 September in the afternoon. Please visit www.u21health.org/santiago-2015 to see the preliminary program of the meeting.

Seeking Speakers on Professionalism

We are currently seeking faculty members in U21 HS member universities who would be interested in presenting at the meeting in Santiago on the topic of professionalism. It is of particular interest to us to include presentations on how professionalism is being taught to health sciences students around the world, especially if teaching takes place in an interdisciplinary setting. Presentations will take place on Thursday 24 September and Friday 25 September in the mornings. Please contactCaroline if you're interested in this call. 

Doctoral Student Forum

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is delighted to host the 2015 U21 Health Sciences Doctoral Forum on Monday 21 September. The forum will focus on the theme  'A paper is more than great results'. Doctoral students in health sciences disciplines who are advanced in their studies, are invited to present their work at the forum and should submit an abstract before 26 June. For more information, please visit www.u21health.org/doctoral-student-forum-2015.

Registration, Accommodation and Optional Tours

Registration is now open for the U21 HSG meeting in Santiago, and information about accommodation and optional tours has also been posted on the website. Colleagues at PUC have negotiated preferential rates at four hotels and have organized optional tours and events for Thursday 24 September in the evening, Friday 25 September in the afternoon and Saturday 26 September all day. Please visit www.u21health.org/santiago-2015 for more details.

U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

On May 1st, we were pleased to announce the creation of a U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. This award was created as an appreciation of the need to better recognize and value educational scholarship in the academic university setting, particularly amongst research-intensive universities. The award is targeted towards junior health sciences faculty and is open to the 16 universities that are currently members of the U21 HSG. Only one candidate from each institution can be nominated for the award by 24 July. The award will be given to two nominees from different institutions who will be asked to work together on a workshop to be presented at the U21 HSG annual meeting in September 2016. Winners will be announced at the U21 HSG annual meeting in Chile in September 2015. For more details, please visit www.u21health.org/teaching-excellence-award.

U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership postponed

It’s extremely saddening for all of us to witness the tragedy that hit Nepal on 25 April, and our thoughts are with the thousands of people affected by the earthquake. The U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership was scheduled to take place in Nepal from May 9 to June 6. Given the considerable damages in the Kathmandu Valley, the U21 GLP working group made the decision to postpone the program. It was felt the project couldn't be carried out in the way it was intended to and that colleagues at the University of Kathmandu couldn't be distracted from their efforts to manage their students and the situation. The U21 GLP working group is currently discussing options for new dates with colleagues in Kathmandu.

Proposals to host U21 HS Summer Schools in 2016 and 2017

We remind colleagues that the call for proposals to find host universities for the U21 Health Sciences Summer School in 2016 and 2017 is still open. The deadline to receive submissions is 5 June and more details about the call can be found at www.u21health.org/summer-school.

 

 

April 2015

Extended deadline for Summer School 2015

Tec de Monterrey has already accepted 12 students from 8 U21 institutions to the second U21 Health Sciences Summer School that will take place on 6-18 July. Tec de Monterrey is accepting additional nominations for the program until Friday 24 April, 2015. Applications sent after March 21 will not be considered for the U21 HS Executive Scholarships. U21 HS members are reminded that they will receive a $500 USD subsidy if they send at least one student to the Summer School. Please visit the U21 HS website for more information on how to apply.
 

Summer School Scholarships awarded

Four students who will attend the U21 HS Summer School at Tec de Monterrey were recently awarded a U21 HS Executive Scholarship of $500 USD. Congratulations to Helena (University of Johannesburg), Carmen (The University of Auckland), Stephanie (Lund University) and Sean (University of Nottingham). We wish you all the best for the Summer School!
 

5th U21 European UN MDG workshop in Lund

After successful U21 European UN MDG student workshops held in Nottingham in June 2011, Lund in June 2012, Birmingham in June 2013 and Dublin in June 2014, Lund University is pleased to invite U21 partners to the fifth U21 European UN MDG - SDG student workshop. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate interprofessional problem-solving with focus on the MDGs-SDGs. The workshop will be held on Friday 5th June (afternoon) and Saturday 6th June. Lund University is currently looking to recruit a range of health sciences students from U21 member universities in Europe in their 3rd or 4th year to participate in the workshop. If you are interested in sending a group of students, please contact Caroline.

U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award

At the U21 HS Deans of Medicine in September 2014 in Shanghai, there was a discussion about the need to better recognize and value educational scholarship in an academic university setting particularly amongst research-intensive universities. Deans came up with the idea of a U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award as to how the U21 HSG could make a unique contribution in this regard. A draft proposal for an award was recenlty approved by the Deans of Medicine and the U21 HS Executive Committee, and Caroline will be sending information to all U21 HS members during the month of April regarding the terms and conditions of the award, as well as the nomination and selection processes. The first winners of the U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award will be announced at the U21 HSG annual meeting in Santiago in September 2015.
 

U21 HS Executive Officer maternity leave

Members of the U21 Health Sciences Group are invited to note that Caroline Voisine, U21 HS Executive Officer, will be going on maternity leave starting June 27, 2015, for a period of 9 months. The U21 HS Executive Committee is currently making the necessary arrangements to find a temporary replacement for this period, and will inform U21 HS members as soon as information becomes available.
 

March 2015

Nominations close soon for Summer School

The second U21 Health Sciences Summer School will take place at Tec de Monterrey on 6-18 July. U21 HS members are invited to nominate up to three students for this exciting program. Nominations have to be sent to Tec de Monterrey before 21 March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 March, 2015. The U21 HSG is providing funding for 4 ‘Executive Scholarships’ ($500 USD each) as well as a $500 USD subsidy for each university sending at least one student to the Summer School. Please visit the U21 HS website for more information about how to apply.


U21 Medical Placements for 2016 available

Since 2014, U21 medical students have had the opportunity to do a 4 to 12 weeks elective in a U21 partner medical school through the U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program. 17 students took advantage of this great program in 2014 and placements have started in 2015. Participating U21 universities have now made available their placements for 2016 on the U21 HS website. Students should be reminded that they need to complete the U21 certification form available on the website before applying to any placement through this program.
 

U21 HSG initiatives and projects at a glance

In order to facilitate browsing on the U21 Health Sciences Group website, the home page has been updated. It now features a summary table of the main current projects, initiatives and programs in the U21 HSG. Please feel free to contact Caroline if you have any suggestions with regards to improving the access to information on the website.
 

U21 International Peer Review Workshop

With funding provided by the Educational Innovation cluster, a U21 International Peer Review in Education Workshop was held on 17-18 December 2014 at the University of Hong Kong. The workshop built on the work by Dr Karen Gardner from UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry, that was recognized by a U21 Award in 2012. The goals of the workshop were to capitalize and expand on the work by members of the U21 Health Sciences Group and establish a collaborative, cross-institutional project targeting enhancement of students’ international experiences and global citizenship through online engagement. Outcomes will be further developed during the U21 Deans' of Education meeting in Chicago in April. A full report of the workshop will appear on the U21 website shortly.
 

Job vacancy in the U21 secretariat team

The U21 secretariat team is looking to recruit a new Researcher Engagement Cluster Manager. The Cluster Manager will be working closely with the cluster Academic Lead (currently Professor Les Field at UNSW Australia in Sydney), and supported by senior leaders from U21 members (PVCs/DVCs Research and Deans & Directors of Graduate Studies). The role will be responsible for developing and delivering activities, working closely with staff and students. A full description of the position is available on the U21 website.
 

February 2015

Call for proposals for U21 HS Summer School

The U21 HSG is pleased to launch a call for proposals to find host universities for the U21 HSG Summer School in 2016 and 2017. The courses are to be held in the northern hemisphere summer (ideally June or July). All proposals will be considered for either summer, unless there is a specific request otherwise. The deadline to receive submissions is 5 June, 2015. The call for proposals is available at www.u21health.org/summer-school. You can also contact Caroline for more information.


Main topics for Santiago meeting announced

The next U21 HSG annual meeting will be hosted by Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and will take place on 21-25 September 2015 in Santiago. The organizing team in Chile has identified two main topics for the event: ‘Teaching Professionalism to Health Sciences Students’ and ‘The Challenge of Integrating Public Health in Health Science Teaching and Clinical Practice’. Guest speakers will be invited and a call for presentations will be circulated among U21 HSG members in the coming weeks for those interested in presenting about one of these topics. The meeting will also include a Doctoral Student Forum, a Social Media Project workshop and a UN MDG workshop for which information will be provided as it becomes available. Following the model of the past two annual meetings, one afternoon will be dedicated to discipline-specific discussions and, on a second afternoon, interdisciplinary workshops will be offered to participants. Any update about the meeting will be posted on our website at www.u21health.org/santiago-2015.
 

Global Learning Partnership update

The deadline to receive applications from students for the U21 HS Global Learning Partnership was 30 January. We thank all U21 HSG members for promoting this program. We received a total of 26 applications from 7 institutions and a group of 15 successful applicants will be notified this week. This innovative program will take place in Nepal from 9 May to 6 June.
 

Community outreach projects

This year's U21 Student Summit will take place in Chile in May 2015. The theme for this year’s summit is: How students of globally connected universities contribute positively and sustainably to the development of their surrounding communities. The organisers at PUC would like each member university to contribute to the discussion by providing examples of programs that contribute positively to their surrounding communities. PUC has some excellent examples of their outreach programmes and will invite students to highlight their institutions’ programs. Sue Dengate, U21 Student Experience Manager, is assisting PUC with the summit and invites you to send some program examples to her  via e-mail at sue.dengate@universitas21.com. Many thanks for your help.
 

Nottingham leads UK Pharmacy in Research

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has ranked the School of Pharmacy University of Nottingham joint first in the UK for research quality and top in terms of impact that research has had on society. 51% of their research was ranked 4* (world leading) and a further 41% as 3* (internationally excellent). The School submitted five impact case studies based upon the launch of new medicines and diagnostics, new Pharmacy Healthcare services and spin-out companies, all achieving a 4* ranking and placing the School top for impact from the 94 entries from Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health Professions.

January 2015

2014 Report of Activities in Numbers

Thanks to your involvement, the U21 Health Sciences Group was able to carry out many initiatives and projects in 2014. We're pleased to share a brief report of activities in numbers for the year 2014. You can see the report here. If you have any questions about any of our activities, please contact Caroline.


U21 HSG Funding Protocol

Following some discussion at the U21 HSG annual meeting at Fudan University, the U21 HSG Executive Committee has created and approved a Funding Protocol to provide guidance to U21 HSG members interested in requesting project funding through the group. The document is available on the U21 HSG website under 'guidelines and statements'.
 

Applications still open for 2015 student events

We encourage you to keep promoting among your students the two student events organized by the U21 HSG that will take place in 2015. The U21 HS Global Learning Partnership pilot project in collaboration with the University of Kathmandu will take place in Nepal from 9 May to 6 June 2015. Applications should be sent to Jessica Lees before 30 January 2015. The U21 HS Summer School will take place in Monterrey from 6 to 18 July 2015 on the theme Vulnerability, low budget healthcare. Please visit the website to find out how to apply in your university. The deadline for nominations is 21 March 2015.
 

Birmingham leads UK Dentistry Research

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has ranked the University of Birmingham first in the UK for Dentistry in terms of 4* and 3* research. Academics have joined forces with leading global industry names such as Unilever, Philips and Mars to trial new products which will have health impacts far beyond dental issues, including in diabetes and heart disease. The research has also led to a number of disease assessment tools being launched for high-street dentists, and low-cost tests to help people to stop smoking. In 2015, following significant investment, the first new dental hospital in the UK for 40 years will open as the new home for the University’s School of Dentistry. U21 HSG colleagues will have a chance to see this new building at the U21 HSG annual meeting that will take place in Birmingham in 2016.