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News Release - Queen's University principal receives report on the future of Queen's role in public policy

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

KINGSTON – Queen’s University Principal Daniel Woolf received the final report today from the Principal’s Commission on the Future of Public Policy at Queen’s University.

The report, entitled An Ambitious Vision for Public Policy at Queen’s, focuses on elevating public policy to a pan-university priority and incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach to public policy research.

“Queen’s is focused on having a greater impact on the practice and execution of public policy across Canada and globally,” said Principal Woolf. “I am grateful to the members of the commission, led by Michael Horgan and Margaret Biggs, and for the input received from current School of Policy Studies’ faculty, fellows, and students, School of Policy Studies alumni, Queen’s alumni more broadly, and the people involved with public affairs, both within the public and private sectors.”

The commission followed an extensive consultation process, which included speaking with people inside and outside of government, staff, students, faculty, and alumni. The report was commissioned in September 2016, and contains a number of key recommendations to position Queen’s for maximum impact on public policy.

"Elevating public policy as a strategic priority for the university as a whole will no doubt be challenging, but it has the potential to yield great dividends,” said Michael Horgan, senior advisor with the law firm Bennett Jones LLP and chair of the commission. “It will enrich the student learning experience, advance the university's research and innovation goals, increase Queen's policy influence, and enhance its national and international reputation."

The Principal will review the report in full over the coming weeks, and establish a transition and implementation working group led by the Provost to review the recommendations put forward by the commission and propose a long-term plan.

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