May news headlines

02 May 2011
News, events and items of interest for colleagues around the Universitas 21 network.



This year’s U21 Annual Network Meetings will take place at The University of New South Wales from the 18-20 May 2011. Registrations for formal business meetings have now closed and the final preparations are being made to welcome delegates from all U21 member institutions. Details of the programme for U21 Managers’ and Presidents can be found on our website,

Additional meetings have been organised by the hosts to compliment proceedings, including; 'Managing in challenging financial times’, and a Social Media Workshop led by David Wheeler, Managing Editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education. Should any late delegates wish to register for the Social Media Workshop, please contact George Showell at UNSW (

More information on the Workshop is on our website at We look forward to meeting our colleagues in Sydney and will be reporting on the event in future publications.


UConn U21 Fellowship awarded

Dr. Simon Yarrow of the University of Birmingham has been awarded the UConn U21 Humanities Institute Fellowship. Dr. Yarrow will spend the 2011-12 academic year at the University of Connecticut, working on his project: “A Cultural Ethnography of the Culture of Relics in Twelfth and Thirteenth Century England”.

A link to Dr. Yarrow’s staff profile at Birmingham is available via:


Fudan-Nottingham Tele-seminar on Young People and Mental Health

On March 11, Fudan’s School of Public Health and the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham held a tele-seminar under the theme of “Young People and Mental Health”. It’s the first tele-seminar organised jointly by the two institutes after the “Fudan-Nottingham Seminar on Mental Health” in October 2010.

The seminar was co-chaired by Prof. Nick Manning, Director of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health and Prof. FU Hua from Fudan’s School of Public Health. Nine Chinese and 16 Nottingham participants shared their views on teenager depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), unhealthy weight control behaviours (UWCB), lack of physical activities because of psychological factors, school violence and bullying, among other research areas. The participants also discussed possible cooperation in the future.


WFSC and UConn search for experts for Ethiopian project

The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, is looking for faculty and experts who can travel to Ethiopia and deliver an intensive three-week graduate-level course during 2011-2012 as part of the Water Resources Engineering and Management (WREM) programme. EIWR was established under the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative funded by USAID-HED to serve as the central administration unit to coordinate research, education and outreach activities amongst partnering U.S. and Ethiopian Universities.

For supporting documents please visit, Please contact Graham Steed at WFSC for further information and if you are interested in teaching at the EIWR, (


U21 member Study Abroad Dates

To help you find out more about the opportunities for studying abroad as part of your university experience we will carry details of Study Abroad fairs at members on our website and in this bulletin.

In May, fairs are taking place at:

Waseda University: 7 May 2011

For other upcoming Study Abroad fair dates as well as further information on student exchange programmes, visit: The


U21 Annual Review

Since 2003 we have published an Annual Review each year, reflecting on the year's achievements. The latest edition of the U21 Annual Review is now available for download from our website.

This edition covers network activities from November 2009 to October 2010. Please visit, to view and download the Annual Review.