External Review of Research
External Review of Research: Summary Report
November 2016 (PDF 300 KB)
In May 2016, at the request of Dr. Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), Principal Daniel Woolf undertook an external review of research and related innovation programs, platforms and structures at Queen’s University.
The results of the external review of research will assist the university’s senior administration as it updates the roadmap for research at Queen’s.
The external review encompasses research at the institutional, portfolio (Office of the Vice-Principal [Research] or "VPR"), and faculty/school levels.
Reviewers visited campus for three days in June 2016 to conduct meetings with key stakeholders and compile an initial report. Key stakeholders included:
- members of the senior executive team
- faculty members
- administrative staff
- faculty deans and associate deans (Research)
- student leaders
- graduate students
- postdoctoral fellows
- research associates
Areas of Focus
In conducting their assessment, the reviewers addressed four overarching areas:
strategic planning and implementation, including unique areas of strength and opportunity, faculty renewal/recruitment strategies, and alignment across the institutional, VPR portfolio and faculty/school levels
best practices for organization and structure of research administration and VPR-driven innovation activities
strategies for advancing Queen’s international reputation and impact through research collaborations and partnerships
resource requirements, including personnel, research infrastructure and strategic investment opportunities
External Review of Research Team
Dr. Indira Samarasekera, O.C., FRSC
President Emerita, University of Alberta.
Dr. Chad Gaffield
Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship, University of Ottawa
Former President and CEO of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (2006-2014)
Dr. Thomas J. Marrie, C.M.
Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University (2009-2015)
Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta (2004-2009)
Mr. Dan Sinai
Senior Executive, Innovation, IBM Canada
Former AVP (Research), Western University (2005-2015)