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.