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.