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Strategic Research Plan

The Strategic Research Plan

Guiding our future

Research is a core component of the mission of Queen’s University and is the cornerstone for providing the best possible educational experience for students, for training research leaders of the future, for creating a vibrant environment of inquiry, and for fostering partnerships with our local and global communities – including industry, governments, and other institutions. At Queen’s, there is an inextricable link between teaching and research; the essential thread is learning.

In May 2012, Queen’s Senate approved the 2012-2017 Strategic Research Plan (SRP), which was guided by the vision and values of the recently revised Academic Plan. The SRP identifies four thematic foci that represent core and emerging research strengths through which researchers from across disciplines will contribute to discovery, new insights, and creative works.

Through our research and scholarly work, we will enrich the academic environment, transform the student learning and post-doctoral experience, contribute to the cultural and economic growth of our country, and address many of the world’s greatest challenges through innovative ideas and technological advances.

This is our commitment.

Strengthening Queen's excellence

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On January 20, 2011, Senate approved a process to review and revise the original Queen’s University Strategic Research Plan (SRP) – first published in 2003 and updated in 2006. These revisions were intended to respond to a shifting research landscape and changing research directions, yet it was also a clear priority to maintain the standards by which we work day-to-day, uphold the respect we have for our faculty, and stay true to the values of our academic community.

From that day through to the publication of the final plan, there were many meetings held – 8 meetings of the Research Community Committee (including more than 25 faculty, staff, researchers and students) and 5 town hall meetings – and updates through Queen's communication channels, through which the community engaged in defining the way forward.