U21 - an opportunity for all

U21 - an opportunity for all

Established in 1997, Universitas 21 (U21) is the leading international network of 25 research intensive universities, based in 16 countries worldwide. Glasgow is a founding member.

Collectively, U21’s members enrol over 1.3 million students, employ over 220,000 staff and have approaching 2.5 million alumni. Their collective budgets amount to over US$1.3bn and they have an annual research grant income of over US$6.5bn.

U21 offers a range of opportunities for collaboration within the following three themes:

  • Offering the best student experience
  • Educational Innovation
  • Researcher Development. 

Glasgow's U21 participation

At Glasgow, we participate in a range of activities:

  • U21 Conferences offer both students and staff the opportunity to take part in conferences worldwide and develop cross-cultural and interdisciplinary links.
  • The U21 Undergraduate Summer School is held annually, allowing some of the best students from across the U21 network to take part in an exchange of cultures, experiences and intellectual ideas.
  • U21 undergraduate research conferences are an opportunity for undergraduates to share their research. The events aim to  attract students from a diverse range of disciplines to work together on a chosen theme.
  • U21 graduate research conferences are hosted in U21 universities around the world. The University supports these events by sending postgraduate researchers to represent Glasgow at the event.
  • U21 Exchange Network offers our students a chance to take part in student exchanges with our global U21 partners. We are keen to facilitate exchange with U21 partners where possible and have limited funds for PhD students to enable this.
  • U21 Early Career researcher workshops offer our staff  in the early stages of their career a chance to network internationally & encourage collaborative research. We fund up to five ECR places at the annual workshop.
  • University of Glasgow staff are also involved in a number of U21 collaborative groups including educational innovation, HR, Researcher development and internationalisation.