There is nothing more powerful than a great idea well executed. The University of Regina community is brimming with great ideas, and activities are underway to tap into that well as part of the development of the new Strategic Research Plan.
The University of Regina is proud of its heritage in serving the community and strengthening its teaching through research that has resulted in innovation and improvement. As well, research has played a part in developing the University's reputation and image. To ensure that research at the U of R continues to be at the forefront, work is underway on the development of a strategic plan to guide the research and scholarly endeavours during the next five years.
David Malloy, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Director of Office Research Services, is heading up the development of the Strategic Research and Scholarship Plan as a companion to the new U of R Strategic Plan. Last fall, input was received from interviews with key external stakeholders, and late last year input was received from on-line questionnaires.
"What we're hearing is that in some areas there is outstanding research being done here at the U of R. There are some exceptional researchers who are achieving great success in attaining funding, publishing and recruiting graduate students. Their work is beginning to raise the profile of the University," Malloy explains. "But there's also an appetite for the U of R to become a more powerful player when it comes to research."
The most recent feedback has come from over 40 interviews held with a variety of external stakeholders, including alumni, parents, deputy ministers and past presidents.
"We heard that there is certainly a perception of change occurring at the University regarding its research culture. But the consensus is that the U of R needs to tell its stories about research accomplishments more effectively, and to tell those stories so that the non-academic community can understand and then support the University's research agenda. While many accept that the U of R has a positive teaching reputation, stakeholders appear to hunger for more research and believe that the University has the potential to make a much bigger mark on the research landscape provincially, nationally, and internationally," Malloy says.
The next phase is getting feedback from the public, and there will be town hall meetings in the Research and Innovation Centre Theatre, Room 119 on:
- Wed., Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Fri., Jan. 29, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Tues., Feb 9, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
If you cannot make it to the consultation, a short online survey can be completed at: http://www.uregina.ca/research/strategic/
"This input from the public will be crucial as the U of R develops its new Strategic Research and Scholarship Plan, and we foster a culture of research, build on our strengths and raise the profile of the University of Regina as a major research institution," says Malloy.
For more information, please go to http://www.uregina.ca/research/