February 2015

Call for proposals for U21 HS Summer School

The U21 HSG is pleased to launch a call for proposals to find host universities for the U21 HSG Summer School in 2016 and 2017. The courses are to be held in the northern hemisphere summer (ideally June or July). All proposals will be considered for either summer, unless there is a specific request otherwise. The deadline to receive submissions is 5 June, 2015. The call for proposals is available at www.u21health.org/summer-school. You can also contact Caroline for more information.

Main topics for Santiago meeting announced

The next U21 HSG annual meeting will be hosted by Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and will take place on 21-25 September 2015 in Santiago. The organizing team in Chile has identified two main topics for the event: ‘Teaching Professionalism to Health Sciences Students’ and ‘The Challenge of Integrating Public Health in Health Science Teaching and Clinical Practice’. Guest speakers will be invited and a call for presentations will be circulated among U21 HSG members in the coming weeks for those interested in presenting about one of these topics. The meeting will also include a Doctoral Student Forum, a Social Media Project workshop and a UN MDG workshop for which information will be provided as it becomes available. Following the model of the past two annual meetings, one afternoon will be dedicated to discipline-specific discussions and, on a second afternoon, interdisciplinary workshops will be offered to participants. Any update about the meeting will be posted on our website at www.u21health.org/santiago-2015.

Global Learning Partnership update

The deadline to receive applications from students for the U21 HS Global Learning Partnership was 30 January. We thank all U21 HSG members for promoting this program. We received a total of 26 applications from 7 institutions and a group of 15 successful applicants will be notified this week. This innovative program will take place in Nepal from 9 May to 6 June.

Community outreach projects

This year's U21 Student Summit will take place in Chile in May 2015. The theme for this year’s summit is: How students of globally connected universities contribute positively and sustainably to the development of their surrounding communities. The organisers at PUC would like each member university to contribute to the discussion by providing examples of programs that contribute positively to their surrounding communities. PUC has some excellent examples of their outreach programmes and will invite students to highlight their institutions’ programs. Sue Dengate, U21 Student Experience Manager, is assisting PUC with the summit and invites you to send some program examples to her  via e-mail at sue.dengate@universitas21.com. Many thanks for your help.

Nottingham leads UK Pharmacy in Research

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has ranked the School of Pharmacy University of Nottingham joint first in the UK for research quality and top in terms of impact that research has had on society. 51% of their research was ranked 4* (world leading) and a further 41% as 3* (internationally excellent). The School submitted five impact case studies based upon the launch of new medicines and diagnostics, new Pharmacy Healthcare services and spin-out companies, all achieving a 4* ranking and placing the School top for impact from the 94 entries from Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health Professions.

January 2015

2014 Report of Activities in Numbers

Thanks to your involvement, the U21 Health Sciences Group was able to carry out many initiatives and projects in 2014. We're pleased to share a brief report of activities in numbers for the year 2014. You can see the report here. If you have any questions about any of our activities, please contact Caroline.

U21 HSG Funding Protocol

Following some discussion at the U21 HSG annual meeting at Fudan University, the U21 HSG Executive Committee has created and approved a Funding Protocol to provide guidance to U21 HSG members interested in requesting project funding through the group. The document is available on the U21 HSG website under 'guidelines and statements'.

Applications still open for 2015 student events

We encourage you to keep promoting among your students the two student events organized by the U21 HSG that will take place in 2015. The U21 HS Global Learning Partnership pilot project in collaboration with the University of Kathmandu will take place in Nepal from 9 May to 6 June 2015. Applications should be sent to Jessica Lees before 30 January 2015. The U21 HS Summer School will take place in Monterrey from 6 to 18 July 2015 on the theme Vulnerability, low budget healthcare. Please visit the website to find out how to apply in your university. The deadline for nominations is 21 March 2015.

Birmingham leads UK Dentistry Research

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has ranked the University of Birmingham first in the UK for Dentistry in terms of 4* and 3* research. Academics have joined forces with leading global industry names such as Unilever, Philips and Mars to trial new products which will have health impacts far beyond dental issues, including in diabetes and heart disease. The research has also led to a number of disease assessment tools being launched for high-street dentists, and low-cost tests to help people to stop smoking. In 2015, following significant investment, the first new dental hospital in the UK for 40 years will open as the new home for the University’s School of Dentistry. U21 HSG colleagues will have a chance to see this new building at the U21 HSG annual meeting that will take place in Birmingham in 2016.