March 2018

Welcome to the March issue of the U21 Health Sciences newsletter.                     

This month we are introducing a new 'Spotlight' feature where we give you a brief overview of one of the many U21 HSG projects, groups or activities. 

Our first Spotlight is on the The Gender Based Violence project funded by the U21 HSG. 


Spotlight - The Gender Based Violence project

This international study 'Developing an inter-professional curriculum for Gender Based Violence (GBV)' is led by Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones at the University of Birmingham and runs in collaboration with the universities of:

Auckland, British Columbia, Glasgow, Melbourne and Nottingham.

The group are designing an interactive learning resource to help students from a range of health disciplines to learn about GBV.

The study is in two main parts:1) A survey of students and academic staff to establish their current understanding and confidence around GBV 2) development of an open access “reusable learning object” (RLO). This is an electronic learning tool that will be launched at the U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Melbourne in September 2018.

Find out more about this project and ongoing developments here


Teaching Excellence Award 2018

Applications are now open for this year's U21 Health Sciences Group Teaching Excellence Award. To apply please contact your university representative who will explain their internal nomination process and deadlines. Each university can put forward one nomination by Monday June 18th.

Please do share this across your institutions!

For full details and how to apply please visit 


Summer School 2019 - Call for host institution

We are still looking for expressions of interest from institutions interested in hosting the U21 HS Summer School in 2019.

Please read the call for proposals for more information.
The deadline has been extended to 30th April 2018.

Please contact Corrina if you require any further information. 


UN SDG Awareness Week update

Update from Josefine Tecklenborg, UN SDG student committee member, University of Glasgow. 

The second U21 Sustainable Development Goals Awareness Week took place from 12 -16 March. Building on the success from last year, we (the U21 SDG student committee) decided the focus was on local action and advocacy. Workshops and lectures were organised at the universities of Melbourne, Lund, Birmingham, Glasgow and Tec de Monterrey.

Practical workshops included up-cycling and plogging (improving personal fitness while cleaning up the city – and got some surprised looks as well as unexpected help), while talks and discussions covered many SDGs and topics such as gender equality, period poverty, migration and refugee health, as well as environmental sustainability.

We hope to keep up our work on the SDGs and would like to expand the student committee, so new members and on going academic support would me much appreciated.

Thank you to all participants!


Last Call for Proposals
U21 Health Sciences Project Funding 2018

All U21 Health Sciences Group members are invited to apply for U21 HS funding. Proposals will need to be submitted by Friday 30th March 2018. Please refer to the U21 HS Funding Protocol to make sure your project meets the necessary criteria. Projects involving multiple health disciplines will be given priority.

Please contact Corrina Greenwood, Executive Officer, for an application form and further details.


U21 HS Annual Meeting 2018 - University of Melbourne

More information will be coming soon about the U21 HS Annual Meeting taking place in Melbourne on 10-14th September including an outline programme. 

In the meantime please watch the short film below to get an overview of the event by hearing from Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor Health, The University of Melbourne.