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.


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.