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U21 Newsletter 201601

发布时间: 2016-01-19      访问次数: 27
Welcome to this month's news from the
Universitas 21 network.
U21:Connect contains the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.
Read on for a summary of the January articles or access the full version here:


U21:Connect - January 2016
U21 News
AGM 2016 Registration Open!
  • To be hosted this year by the National University of Singapore.

  • All Presidents and Vice Chancellors, along with U21 Managers, are invited to attend this annual event.

  • A full programme will be available soon, please see the event page on the U21 website via the link below for more information:

AGM 2016 - Registration
McGill Researchers Honoured by Quebec Science
  • Québec Science magazine's top 10 Discoveries of the Year features three McGill researchers.  

  • Thomas Szkopek (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Guillaume Gervais (Department of Physics) recognised for work on black phosphorus.  

  • Jeffrey Mogil (Department of Psychology), honoured for work into pain circuitry and the spinal cord.  

  • Christine McCusker (Department of Paediatrics and Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre), recognised for research into allergies and the immune system.  

  • To read more about the researchers and their work, follow the link below:

McGill Honours
Educational Innovation
U21 EI Teaching Practice Survey
  • Members are committed to evidence-based enhancements of teaching and learning practice. 

  • By collecting data via a large-scale survey, we seek to establish a baseline of where things are prior to commencing a particular strategy or initiative as well as track progress after a period of implementation.

  • Specifically, we want to learn: What practices are faculty using in their teaching and in what combinations and proportions? What are the attitudes towards teaching and learning? What are the views on the institutional climate and culture around teaching and learning?

  • The survey is based on one developed by UBC, with appropriate customisation to reflect local terminology and organisational structure and language. 

  • For further information, please contact Lavinia Winegar-Gott: 

Lavinia.winegar-gott@universitas21.com
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Verification of the Face Validity of EI Steering Group’s Teaching Framework
  • This project seeks to test the appropriateness (face validity and fitness-for-purpose) of the proposed U21 conceptual framework for evaluating teaching performance with voluntary key stakeholders from amongst U21 members  

  • For further information; please contact Lavinia Winegar-Gott: Lavinia.winegar-gott@universitas21.com

Educational Innovation
Researcher Engagement
RE Cluster Workshop Update
  • The main event for the RE Cluster is the annual meeting which will take place at the University of Maryland on 3-4 May 2016.

  • The DDoGS group will again be hosting a pre-meeting workshop on ‘Doctoral Mobility’. It will be held on 2 May.

  • Dr. Suzanne Ortega (President of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S.), will participate, with the workshop open to colleagues across our network.

  • Further details will be added to the workshop webpage via the link below as they become available and registration will open in the near future:

RE Cluster Workshop - Registration
The benefits of academic blogging
  • An interesting article on the Times Higher Education website (LINK) from Pat Thompson at the University of Nottingham discusses how scholarly blogging can not only help to communicate research to a wide and varied audience, potentially enhancing its impact, but can also help with academic writing. With blogging fast becoming an established form of academic writing, alongside the traditional journal articles and manuscripts, this article outlines seven reasons why blogging might make your academic writing better.

  • If you want to put these seven steps into practice, why not write an article for the U21 blog Thinking International via the link below?

  • For further information contact Ben Griffiths in the U21 Secretariat via: ben.griffiths@universitas21.com

Thinking International
Student Experience
Short term mobility opportunities at U21 members announced
  • A summary of short term mobility opportunities offered to U21 students by our members is now on our website. It provides an overview of Summer Schools, research placements and other short term opportunities, as well as great advantages offered by our members. 

  • To view and download the summary, please follow the link below:

Short Term Mobility
Registration deadlines approaching for Global Ingenuity Challenge and Student Leaders’ Meeting
  • The 3rd U21 Student Leaders’ Meeting will take place at the University of Connecticut between 6 - 6 April 2016.

  • This provides an opportunity for student leaders to meet face-to-face, with a focus on the theme “Inclusion and Diversity”. The deadline for registrations is 1 February 2016.

  • The 2nd Global Ingenuity Challenge will be held in March 2016. The competition challenges teams of students to come up with solutions to a real life problem, with this year’s focus being the Challenge of Sustainable Housing.

  • The final date for members to confirm participation in the Global Ingenuity Challenge is 29 January 2016.

  • Further information on both events is available via the links below:


Student Leaders' Meeting
Work on Quality Standards on Student Mobility underway
  • Staff from 7 members universities have started to develop a set of quality standards for student mobility applicable to a global group of research intensive universities.

  • We aim to present a complete draft by August 2016.

  • Please contact Ninna Makrinov in the U21 Secretariat for more: ninna.makrinov@universitas21.com

Student Experience
People & Places
Universitas 21 Members receive nine awards in Queen’s New Year Honours List!
  • Four UK members of our network have claimed 9 awards in the 2016 Queen’s New Year Honours List, including 4 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) awards in recognition of outstanding service to higher education and research.

  • Academics and professional support staff from both the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh claimed three awards each, with the University of Birmingham staff picking up two awards and the University of Nottingham being awarded one.

  • Please follow the link below for the full list of recipients:


U21 Honours
Four UBC Professors awarded Order of Canada Honours
  • The Governor General of Canada has announced 69 appointments to the Order of Canada in the New Year Honours List, which included four UBC Professors.

  • Recipients at UBC included Prof. Wade Davis, Professor of Anthropology, for his work to promote the conservation of the natural world as well as mathematics professor Nassif Ghoussoub, for services to science, education and mathematics.

  • Joseph Boyden, Professor of Creative Writing, was also recognised for his services to literature and creative writing, whilst Olav Slaymaker, Professor Emeritus of Geography at UBC was recognised for services to geology.

U21 Honours

 

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