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 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.