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 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

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

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 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.