From UoB to UBC- a U21 fellowship blog


First day on campus

After a weekend spent finding my feet in Vancouver, today was my first day on campus. I’d arrived right in the middle of Graduation, and there was a rather familiar feel of excitement and pride on campus as parents and graduating students gathered.

Also familiar? Turns out UBC has a clock tower too!


Not sure whether this one tweets like @oldjoeclock though.

Today I got an overview of the Graduate Pathways to Success programme from Jacqui Brinkman and chatted with Gillian Gerhard, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. My favourite discovery of the day? The Grammar squirrelseries of videos. Maybe we could introduce a Grammar Swan….


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Early start

So, after a very early start (coach at 4:50) I’m down in London, checked in,through security and waiting for my flight. I have about an hour and a half to wait before boarding, but first, the important thing..



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One week to go!

This time next week, all being well, that is, I’ll be on the plane to UBC. The past week has been spent finalising the last details of my itinerary, making sure that I cover what I said I’d cover while still leaving time to say yes to unexpected things. I’ve also received my U21 report template, and instructions to take lots of photographs while I’m there.  Now all I have to do is pack and choose my reading for the plane!


From Birmingham to BC

This blog will form a record of my Universitas 21  staff fellowship visit to the University of British Columbia  in May-June 2014. While I’m there Ill be researching personal and professional development for postgraduate researchers, including the Graduate Pathways to Success programme and academic writing support. I’ll also be attempting to not get lost in downtown Vancouver (much).

While I’ll be writing a formal report after the fellowship, I’ll be using this blog to record day to day thoughts, observations and reflections, and maybe even share a few photographs. If you’ve got suggestions for things I should see or do in Vancouver, let me know!


About me

As per my profile: Erika, Postgraduate Researcher Development Officer at the University of Birmingham. Creator/facilitator of University Graduate School development programmes. Interested in professional development, writing support, and cohort identity among postgraduate researchers. Enthusiastic knitter and accidental ice hockey fan.

Opinions are my own, not those of my employer.