2019 U21 Health Sciences Annual Meeting

The 2019 U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Glasgow on the 9-13th September 2019 on the theme of Safe and Sound: Improving Healthcare Education.

We look forward to welcoming as many delegates as possible to the 2019 HSG Annual Meeting. We will again this year be running the Doctoral Student Forum, and sessions on Interprofessional Education and Sustainable Development Goals. The Scottish Approaches to Healthcare Improvement will be showcased, and we will be looking at the methodology and benefits of research in the Undergraduate Curriculum. Previous work on Student Mental Health and Gender-Based Violence will be followed up, and following on from discussions in the 2018 meeting we will be addressing issues of safety and wellbeing for our students out on placement.

Along with a healthy social programme and access to the best that Glasgow and Scotland have to offer, we hope you will manage to make the most of your time with us!


2019 Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting

Theme: Safe and Sound: Improving Health Care Education

Draft Version: Please see the University Campus Map for map references e.g (A10) and Room Finder to help find your way around campus. Directional signage will also be displayed throughout the campus. 


Monday 9th September

Doctoral Student Forum: The International Doctoral Student Experience & Transferability for Doctoral Training

Venue: Senate Room, Main Building (A10), University Avenue, G21 8QQ



Registration and poster set up


Professor George Baillie, Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Glasgow 


Introduction to Doctoral Student Forum
Professor Alastair Gracie, University of Glasgow


Ice Breaker


Masterclass: How do we train Career Ready Graduates - The PGR Toolbox 
Dr Helen Wheadon,  University of Glasgow


Tea & Coffee Break


Student Presentations


Student Presentations including a snapshot of their international experience


Lunch and poster review


Masterclass: After the PhD
Professor Alastair Gracie
Facilitated careers/panel session


Student Presentations


Tea & Coffee Break


Facilitated poster session


Conclusion and thanks


Drinks reception and prize giving





Tuesday 10th September

Sustainable Development Goals Forum: Agenda 2030: Measuring our Impact

Venue: Senate Room, Main Building (A10), University Avenue, G21 8QQ




Sustainable Development Goals Forum


Tea & Coffee Break


Sustainable Development Goals Forum




Sustainable Development Goals Forum


Tea & Coffee Break


Sustainable Development Goals Forum





Interest Group and Committee Meetings
Running concurrently through the afternoon

13:00 – 14:30

Interprofessional Education Forum: Contemporary Challenges in Interprofessional Education

Chaired by Dr Sharon Buckley, University of Birmingham


Venue: Forehall, Main Building (A10), University Avenue, G21 8QQ



International Development Group Meeting

Chaired by Alison Langley, University of Melbourne


Venue: Turnbull Room, Main Building (A10), University Avenue, G21 8QQ

15:10 – 17:00

Clinical Simulation Group Meeting

Dr Julie Mardon


Venue: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (Coach will leave from Kelvin Way and staff will be on hand to assist you)



17:00 - 19:00

Welcome Reception
Venue: Hunterian Art Gallery (D12), University Avenue, G21 8QQ



Wednesday 11th September

Core Meeting

Chair: Professor Matthew Walters, Head of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, Sir Charles Wilson Building (E15), 3 Kelvin Way, G21 8NN





Welcome Address
Professor Matthew Walters, University of Glasgow


Opening Remarks

Professor Glen Bowes, University of Melbourne


Universitas 21 Overview and Key Projects

Professor Bairbre Redmond, Provost, Universitas 21


Public Health as carrot and stick

(MUP / Smoking / Violence)

Dr Andrew Fraser


Scottish Patient Safety Programme

Dr Malcolm Daniel


Tea & Coffee Break




Chaired by Professor Peter Adams, University of Auckland


Realistic Medicine and what it brings to Scottish Healthcare 45 mins

Dr Gregor Smith


Patient Centred Initiatives

Geraldine Marsh


Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Foyer


U21 HSG Exec C’ttee mtg

Venue: Gilbert Scott Room 251, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ



Afternoon Session: Teaching Excellence Award Workshop

Venue: Kelvin Gallery (A7), Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ


Afternoon Session: Teaching Excellence Award Workshop

Venue: Kelvin Gallery, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ


Encompassing Empathy into Teamwork


Presented by 2018 Teaching Excellence Award Winners Suzanne Britt, University of Nottingham and Emma Bartle, University of Queensland


Tea & Coffee Break


Optional Afternoon Sessions
Meetings and venues as below


Discipline Group Meetings (Open to all delegates)

These meetings provide delegates with an opportunity for networking, information sharing and to hear presentations on topical areas related to their particular discipline.



Venue: Forehall, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ


Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

G2 3JZ


Nursing and Midwifery
Gilbert Scott Room 250, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ


Public Health
Gilbert Scott Room 251, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ


Health & Rehab Sciences

Venue: Gilbert Scott Room 253, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ



Venue: Robing Room, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ



Official Dinner and Drinks Reception
Venue: Glasgow City Chambers, 82 George Square, Glasgow G2 1DU

Civic Reception courtesy of the Rt Hon The Lord Provost and Glasgow City Council



Official Drinks Reception


Official Dinner

Announcement of 2019 Teaching Excellence Award Winners





Thursday 12th September

Core Meeting

Chair: Professor Stuart Carney, University of Queensland
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, Sir Charles Wilson Building (E15), 3 Kelvin Way, G21 8NN




Research in UG

How to teach students about research.


How research motivates and informs


Professor David Kluth, University of Edinburgh



Tea & Coffee Break


Group Photo





 10:45 – 12:00




New beginnings and project updates

Chaired by Professor Glenn Bowes, Chair of the U21 Health Sciences Group, University of Melbourne


New U21 HSG Project update presentations

Professor Glenn Bowes, U21 HSG Chair


We Need to Teach Health Care Students About Gender Based Violence! Findings from a U21 Funded Project

Professor Carrie Bradbury-Jones, Helen Billings, Dana Sammut

University of Birmingham



Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Foyer


Deans of Medicine Meeting (Deans of Medicine or their representatives only)
Venue: Melville Room, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ


Deans of Nursing & Midwifery Meeting (Deans of Nursing & Midwifery or their representatives only)
Venue: Turnbull Room, Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ



Afternoon Session 1: Undergraduate Education: Physical Activity in Medicine
Chair: Dr Emma Beckman, University of Queensland

Venue: Kelvin Gallery (A7), Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ


History of the PA Agenda

Dr Ian Ritchie


Current Health Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Ann Gates


Engaging students about PA

David McGrane

Neil Nairn


Tea & Coffee Break


U21 HSG Student Mental Health Session

Venue: Kelvin Gallery (A7), Main Building, University Avenue, G21 8QQ



Brief reflection on the Melbourne meeting where it was generally agreed that mental health was an important area for ongoing focus of the U21 HSG

Brief outline of the session

Dr Angela Cogan, University of Glasgow



Research on Wellbeing in Undergraduate and Postgraduate student populations in Glasgow and the UK

Quantitative and qualitative data showing why this is such an important area

Dr Maria Gardani, University of Glasgow



Case Study – the University of Queensland’s Mental Health Strategy

Professor Stuart Carney, University of Queensland


Introduction to the work of the mental health working group and the Draft Declaration

Professor Barbara Dooley, University College Dublin


Description of how the Delegate Breakout Sessions will work 



Breakout session

6 groups – 1 principle from the declaration given to each group to discuss –

(include option for people to also identify where they know good practice is happening on a post it and stick it to the sheet).

  • 1 area they believe may be particularly challenging and ideas to troubleshoot this
  • Open floor discussion of group sessions/ report back from each table
  • Determination of actions from the group discussions, for example, university partnerships, joint working



Report back


Next steps

Barbara Dooley – UCD the next U21HSG host




Friday 13th September

Core Meeting

Chair: Dr Christine Goodall, University of Glasgow

Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, Sir Charles Wilson Building, 3 Kelvin Way, G21 8NN




Environment for Students

Christine Goodall

and Simon Fleming


Tea & Coffee Break

















10:45 -11:55

Meeting Reports

Chair: Professor JP Leach, University of Glasgow


Doctoral Student Forum report

Professor Alastair Gracie


Sustainable Development Goals Group update

Professor Louisa Remedios, SDG Group Chair


Interprofessional Education Forum

Dr Sharon Buckley, IPE Group Chair


Clinical Simulation Group update

Professor Craig Vincent-Lambert, Project Lead


International Development Group update

Alison Langley, IDG Chair



Discipline Groups update


2019 Summer School, University of Birmingham

Professor Damien Walmsley


2020 Summer School, Fudan University

Wang Xi


U21 HSG Executive Committee

Professor Glenn Bowes, U21 HSG Chair

11: 55

Presentation of 2020 Annual Meeting Host Institution

Professor Patrick Felle, University College Dublin


Closing Address

Professor JP Leach, University of Glasgow


Close & Lunch
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Foyer





13:30 – 18:45







Optional Delegate Excursions (prepaid delegates only)


Half day tour: Loch Lomond and Whisky Distillery

Coach Pick Up: Kelvin Way (staff will be on hand to assist)


Mackintosh House Guided Tours

Venue: Hunterian Art Gallery (staff will be on hand to assist)


Mackintosh House Guided Tours

Venue: Hunterian Art Gallery (staff will be on hand to assist)





Social Programme (Including Optional Excursion)

Welcome Reception:

The welcome reception will take place at the University of Glasgow main campus from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Tuesday 10th September 2019.

Delegates must register in advance to attend and are permitted to bring a guest. 

Dress Code:  smart casual


Official Dinner: Glasgow City Chambers 

Civic Reception courtesy of the Rt Hon The Lord Provost and Glasgow City Council 

The official dinner will begin with a drinks reception at 6.30pm and will be followed by a three-course meal from 7.00pm-9.30pm. Delegates must register in advance to attend and are permitted to bring a guest. 

Dress Code:  smart casual


Optional Excursions

Half day tour: Loch Lomond and Whisky Distillery 

This short trip takes you straight from the centre of Glasgow into the Highlands.

You’ll learn how pure volcanic water is transformed into tasty, honey-coloured whisky. And you’ll explore Loch Lomond, a body of water that's attracted poets, warriors, and travellers for hundreds of years.

It’s your opportunity to explore two of Scotland’s national treasures in half a day.

The tour bus will leave from Kelvin Way on the main campus at 13:30 and will return to Kelvin Way at 18:45. Tickets are £48 pp and can be purchased online via the U21 Delegate Tours booking page. 


Hunterain Art Gallery: Mackintosh House Guided Tours

Enjoy a private guided tour of the meticulous reassemblage of the principal interiors from architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's home that he shared with his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. The couple lived at 78 Southpark Avenue (originally 6 Florentine Terrace) from 1906 to 1914.

Tours take place at 13:30 and 14:30 in the Hunterian Art Gallery and last up to 40 minutes. Tickets are £6pp and can be purchased online via the U21 Delegate Tours booking page. 

More information on the Mackintosh House Guided Tours can be found in the Hunterain Art Gallery website. 


The University of Glasgow is situated in the West End of the city, with a variety of hotels and guest houses nearby, as well as excellent links to the City Centre hotels by Subway. 

Delegates are asked to book accomodation directly with the hotel of their choice, please see suggested hotels below.

We would also recommend booking via peoplemakeglasgow.com/findahotel for best available rates. Glasgow has very high occupancy levels for hotel rooms due to the large number of events in the city. Delegates are advised to book early to guarantee availability at their preferred hotel.

When booking accommodation please bear in mind transport will not be provided by the University from hotels to the University Campus. 

Closest hotels to the University are:

West End:

Hotel Du Vin 
5 star
1 Devonshire Gardens
G12 0UX 

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor 
4 Star
1-9 Grosvenor Terrace
G12 0TA

Lorne Hotel Glasgow
3 star
923 Sauchiehall St
G3 7TQ

City Centre:

Blythswood Hotel
5 star
11 Blythswood Square
G2 4AD

Abode hotel
4 star
129 Bath St
G2 2SZ

Apex City of Glasgow Hotel 
4 star
110 Bath St
G2 2EN

Premier Inn Buchanan Galleries (Buchanan Street) 

3 Star
St. Andrew House
141 W Nile St
G1 2RN

Carlton George (Buchanan Street)
3 star
44 W George St
G2 1DH

Meeting venue
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
G12 8QQ

Travel Information

Please Note: These details direct delegates to the main University campus in the West End of the city. 


Glasgow International Airport

  • 7 miles west of the University
  • First Bus service (77) connects the West End of Glasgow and the airport. The Glasgow Airport Express (500) bus service connects the city centre and the airport.
    • First Bus Greater Glasgow
    • Taxi fare from the airport to the West End costs approximately £21. From the city centre to the West End costs approximately £8.
    • Direct flight connections to all major European hubs, plus North America and the Middle East

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

  • 33 miles south west of the University
  • Dedicated rail station
  • Airport bus service to city centre takes around 45 minutes

Edinburgh International Airport

  • 42 miles east of the University
  • Bus Service (Citylink Air) direct to Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow

By coach

Buchanan Bus Station is the main terminus for long distance coaches and is close to Buchanan Street subway station.  Timetables at www.travelinescotland.com

By train

Intercity links to all major cities. Frequent services to Edinburgh (50 minutes) and London (5 hours). There are two city-centre terminals, Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central (served by Buchanan St and St Enoch subway stations respectively).  Timetables at www.travelinescotland.com


Motorway links provide access to major UK cities. Visit Red Planet Travel for maps and directions.

From Carlisle, Newcastle and the south, exit M74 on to the M73, joining the M8 at the Old Monkland junction. M8 exits for the University are J18 if travelling from the south, Edinburgh and the north and J19 if coming from Glasgow Airport and the west. Other main routes serving the University include Great Western Road (A82, north of campus), Clydeside Expressway (A814, south) and Byres Road (B808, west).

On campus parking is limited to permit holders. Car parking in the areas around the campus is extremely difficult. There are various pay & display parking spaces around the local Byres Road and Kelvin Way areas but spaces are limited. You may want to consider using the city's Subway Park & Ride scheme. This service costs around £5 and Kelvinbridge subway station has parking which is only 5 minutes’ walk away.

Also see Getting around Glasgow.

Local Travel


  • Routes 4, 4A and 15 run through the main campus from the city centre.
  • Other routes serve Dumbarton Road, Great Western Road and Byres Road.
  • A Glasgow city tourist bus stops at the University.


  • The main station for the University is Hillhead.
  • Kelvinbridge stations is the closest station to the Sir Wilson Lecture Theatre

Subway map [PDF]

More information on travel by subway and ticketing options.

Local trains

The nearest suburban rail station is Partick, about one mile west of the University. It has an interchange with the subway and with bus services on Dumbarton Road. Trains from Glasgow serve destinations across the UK. By being flexible and booking well in advance you will find rail travel offers excellent value for money. National Rail enquiries can be contacted on 08457 484950 or at www.nationalrail.co.uk.


Black taxi cabs can be picked up at most times in the University area and the city centre. You can also phone for a black taxi cab on 0141 429 7070.

Cycle racks

We have a number of places to park bicycles across campus. If you want to find out more about locations of cycle parking facilities, showers, bus stops, gates and car parking areas on our main campus, you can consult our University of Glasgow Active Travel Map.

Journey planning apps

Greater Glasgow First Bus has apps for both timetables and ticket buying. The Traveline Scotland app gives information for journeys across Scotland.

Traveline Scotland
First Bus Glasgow

Information for Presenters

Standard equipment in all of our venues

Data projectors and speakers are included in all meeting rooms, your conference organiser will be able to confirm what additional equipment has been arranged.

Presentation Remotes (Clickers)

Please note that these devices are not provided as standard at our venues. If you require a remote clicker then please advise your conference organiser prior to arrival so that this can be arranged. If you are bringing your own clicker please note that if ‘driver software’ needs to be installed on our machines then this may not be possible at short notice.

Using your own laptop or Mac to connect to our projectors

Please note that all of our venues support VGA connections whilst some of our rooms that have been recently upgraded to also support a HDMI connection. If your device does not have a VGA connection then please ensure that you bring the relevant adaptor with you to facilitate its use.

Computers supplied in our venues

All our computers have a Windows 10 operating system along with Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016. Please note that preparing your presentation in a newer version of Microsoft Office may cause compatibility issues when it comes to uploading your presentation on to our PC’s. We would recommend that your presentation is compatible with Microsoft Office 2016.

All computers have wired data connections for access to the Internet etc.

Embedded videos

If you have embedded videos within your presentation we would recommend you check these as soon as possible at the venue. The two most common reasons for video refusing to play are as follows;

  • The embedded video is trying to use software that is not supported on our machines. Please note that our machines do not have ‘QuickTime’ installed and as such will not support videos that have the .mov or .mp4 file extension. Please ensure that all embedded videos have either the .avi or .wmv file extension.
  • The embedded video has not been copied over correctly from your own machine to your storage device.. When copying your presentation to a memory stick it is imperative that you copy over the video file along with the PowerPoint presentation. The most straightforward way to do this is to create a file on your memory stick that contains the main PowerPoint presentation and your videos. This file can then be copied over to the desktop on our PC’s
  • Please Note. If your memory stick or storage device is encoded please ensure that it does not require the downloading of any encryption software to our machine in order to access the files stored on it. This cannot be facilitated at short notice due to the security measures installed on our computers.

Visit Glasgow

The City of Glasgow

With a wealth of cultural attractions, impressive architecture, fantastic shopping and a year-round programme of world-class events, it is easy to understand why Glasgow is firmly established as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. As the UK’s fourth-largest city and one of the world’s top student destinations, Glasgow has loads to offer you.

A 2019 TimeOut survey places Glasgow in the top ten cities in the world. Ranked between Berlin and Paris, Glasgow was voted number one for both friendliness and affordability.

To find out more about the exciting activities Glasgow has to offer please visit People Make Glasgow and for information on activities in wider Scotland see Visit Scotland's website

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding registration or the programme please contact the External Relations Event Team at u21hsg-2019@glasgow.ac.uk or call 0141 330 3593.

For general U21 HSG enquiries please contact Corrina Greenwood, U21 HSG Executive Officer on C.A.Greenwood.1@bham.ac.uk