January 2017

Scientific Committee for 2017 Annual Meeting in Johannesburg formed

The scientific committee for the 2017 U21 HS Annual Meeting hosted by the University of Johannesburg has been formed and includes the following members:

  • Andre Swart, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg
  • Craig Vincent-Lambert, Head, Department of Emergency Medical Care, University of Johannesburg
  • Yoganathan Coopoo, Head, Department of Sport and Movement Studies, University of Johannesburg
  • Louise Nasmith, Associate Provost Health, University of British Columbia
  • Damien Walmsley, Professor of Restorative Dentistry, University of Birmingham
  • Anthony Cox, Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Birmingham
  • Caroline Voisine, U21 Health Sciences Executive Officer, University of British Columbia

The Scientific Committee will meet three times by teleconference between now and September 2017. Their first meeting will take place on January 18th. Updates on the Annual Meeting program and organization will be made available on the website


Glasgow to host 7th U21 SDG European Student Workshop

The University of Glasgow will be hosting the 7th U21 UN SDG European Student Workshop on 26-27 May, 2017. Details about the event will be provided in the coming weeks on our website at www.u21health.org/sdg-student-workshops. The annual SDG European Student Workshop brings together health sciences students from U21 member universities in Europe to help them understand the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and stimulate interprofessional problem solving through the use of group-based case studies and presentations. Since the first workshop in Nottingham in 2011, more than 260 students have participated in this annual event. 


U21 SDG Student Committee working on inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week

Following the U21 SDG workshop in Birmingham, a group of students decided to revitalize the U21 SDG Student Committee. The Committee now has representation from 10 institutions and will continue to seek participation from additional U21 universities. Members meet by teleconference on a monthly basis and work towards the following two goals:

  • to encourage and support each institution to form a local SDG/Global Goals Student Committee including students from a range of health disciplines, and possibly disciplines outside health sciences.
  • to organize events as part of the inaugural U21 SDG Awareness Week that will take place on 13-17 March 2017.

More details about the SDG Awareness Week and events organized at each institution will be shared in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact Caroline to get in touch with members of the SDG Student Committee at your institution.


New U21 Director of Operations

Universitas 21 has appointed its first Director of Operations. Jade Bressington has joined the U21 network from the University of Birmingham after U21 Secretary General Jane Usherwood stepped down after over 11 years in the role. Jade joined the U21 Secretariat on 1 December, moving on from her role as Head of Campaign Development and Deputy Head of Alumni Relations at the University of Birmingham. Jade brings considerable expertise in leading international university projects, including student recruitment and experience initiatives, developing alumni relations in South-East Asia and supporting significant international fundraising and development plans.


U21 Network Data Sharing Workshop: Exploring Opportunities, Challenges, Value and Impact

The purpose of this exploratory event is for U21 colleagues to come together to explore the benefits of data sharing among U21 members. The group will explore processes and structures for data sharing and work to propose a U21 data sharing strategy. Through the workshop sessions the group will examine existing institutional metrics and data sets and explore how data sharing across our institutions could support benchmarking and enhance decision-making. The group will develop a report outlining their findings and recommendations in respect of a U21 data sharing strategy. The workshop will take place at University College Dublin on 21st March 2017. Online registration is open on the U21 website.


U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps

The Universitas 21 Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program provides students with an opportunity to work side-by-side with field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Latin America. The program is led by the University of Connecticut. The first SEC took place in July 2012 in Guatemala and the program has run every year since then with a change of location to Ecuador in 2016. Nominations are now open for the 2017 U21 SEC. Students must be nominated for their home institution. Further details on this year’s program is available on the U21 website.