The Principal’s Innovation Fund (PIF) has concluded its two-year pilot program.
Since May 2009, 12 projects – ranging from green initiatives, to teaching courses in new and innovative ways, to creating new certificate programs for Queen’s students and the community – received PIF grants.
The PIF provided seed funding for the best revenue generation or cost reduction ideas from faculty and staff, as individuals or in groups. These proposals were reviewed by the PIF Advisory Committee, and the best ideas were then put forward to the Principal for funding. In addition, the Advisory Committee provided feedback, expertise and resources to innovators.
While the PIF has ended, the projects are ongoing. They will continue to provide cost savings and revenue generation, as well as new resources, to the University.
The School of English has implemented an online/electronic delivery of English language programs which were fully developed in-house using the Moodle platform. The idea stemmed from a need to increase enrolment to maintain cost recovery and generate revenue with limited on-campus resources. The new program accommodates clients who cannot travel to campus for extensive periods of time.
The Vending Miser is a small device that is installed on food and beverage vending machines. It manages the power consumption of these machines by reducing the illumination and the unit’s demand for refrigeration, based on inactivity as determined by a motion detector. This project has the potential to reduce GHG emission levels by 35 tonnes of CO2.
This program provides critical conceptual training on development issues at home and abroad. It prepares individuals to become more knowledgeable and responsible global citizens. The program’s flexible nature accommodates the schedules of working professionals while providing a sophisticated understanding of key issues in development and maintaining high standards of intellectual rigour.