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Advisory Research

(Composition revised by Senate in January 2014)

The Senate Advisory Research Committee (SARC) became a Senate Standing Committee November 18, 1999. It was formerly a School of Graduate Studies and Research Committee.

The Senate Advisory Research Committee shall be accountable to the Senate, and shall provide advice to the Principal and the Senate through the Vice-Principal (Research)

The Vice-Principal (Research) shall be Chair of the Advisory Research Committee

The Senate Advisory Research Committee shall:

  1. Within the scope of general policy as determined by the Senate, maintain, in cooperation with the Vice-Principal (Research), Faculties, Schools, Institutes and Departments, a general overview of the overall state of research at Queen's University;

  2. Recommend to Senate the establishment of research policies appropriate to Queen's University;

    1. Approve the formation of research groups, centres and institutes in accordance with the Senate Policy: "Procedures Governing the Establishment, Reporting and Review of Research Centres, Institutes, and Other Entities at Queen's University";

    2. Suspend Centre/Institute operations and activities based on concerns raised during review of the Annual Reports, or in the event of failure to produce a suitable annual report.
      (As stated in the revised policy, 4.3, Reporting Procedures, page 7)

  3. Review the reports and programs of research groups and entities other than Centres and Institutes;

  4. Advise the Vice-Principal (Research) on the budgeting or funding of research generally, and specifically on internal University research funds;

  5. Assess and approve reports and recommendations of the various Research Subcommittees

  6. Report at least annually to the Senate, including an updated list of all approved groups and entities.

The Senate Advisory Research Committee may at any time establish a special (task force) sub-committee to advise it in relation to any specific problem within its jurisdiction.

Research Subcommittees

There shall be five Research Subcommittees as follows:

  • Subcommittee I - Medical Sciences
  • Subcommittee II - Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Subcommittee III - Engineering and Applied Science
  • Subcommittee IV - Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics and Computing & Information Science
  • Subcommittee V - Social Sciences and Professional Schools

The Chairs of the Research Subcommittees shall be appointed from appropriate disciplines by the Vice-Principal (Research) for a period of from one to three years and shall not be eligible for immediate re-appointment.

The Senate Advisory Research committee shall determine the membership and the number of members in each Subcommittee ensuring appropriate representation from the range of research disciplines. Each member shall serve for three years and members shall not be eligible for immediate re-appointment.


Vice-Principal (Research)
Two Associate Vice-Principals (Research)
Executive Director, University Research Services
Vice-Provost/Dean or Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Four Deans or Associate Deans chosen by the Deans
Five Chairs of the five Research Subcommittees
One Representative of the School of Graduate Studies, excluding the Dean
Two Senate Representatives, chosen by the Senate
Two members of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students, appointed by the Society of Graduate and Professional Students
One representative of the Queen's Post-Doctoral Association


Members Elected by Senate Affiliation Status Term Ends
J. Wintle S.G.P.S Elected Jul-2015
G. Jerkiewicz Faculty (Chemistry) Elected Jul-2015
S. Liss Vice-Principal (Research) Ex-Officio


Chair: S. Liss
Secretary: R. Coupland

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000