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Senate in brief

Highlights from the April 28 meeting of Senate

Consent agenda

Senate received:

Principal’s report

In addition to his written report and schedule highlights, Principal Daniel Woolf provided the following updates:

  • Principal Woolf and Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss will be travelling to Singapore and Japan in May in order to build academic relationships and foster research partnerships with universities in the region. They will also participate in the opening of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules, a research institute at Japan’s Nagoya University, where Queen’s professor Cathleen Crudden (Chemistry) is a Research Professor.
  • The federal budget contained good news for universities with the announcement of more than 1.5 billion to support research, including over 1.33 billion to the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Queen’s was specifically mentioned in the budget for the impact of its CFI-funded pipe-liner project with the City of Hamilton.
  • The provincial budget clearly showed the province is commitment to supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, especially through Campus Linked Accelerators and other funding. It also announced continued funding to the Ontario Online Initiative.
  • The Advisory Committee on Divestment of Fossil Fuels continues to seek input from the Queen’s community, and the deadline to provide views has been extended to September 17 to ensure all interested stakeholders have an opportunity to participate.
  • Consultations on the Richardson Stadium project will continue through the fall, including public meetings.
  • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group has held ongoing consultations, including a campus climate survey. The working group is preparing a progress report for final policy and procedures.
  • Principal Woolf encouraged faculty members to attend this spring’s ceremonies.

Provost’s report

In addition to his written report, the Provost provided the following updates:

  • As of April 24, Queen’s had received 31,000 applications, an increase of 1% over the same date last year. There has been strong growth in applications from international and aboriginal students.
  • The first class of the new, four-semester consecutive B.Ed. program is underway.

Committee motions and reports

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Reports of Faculties and Schools

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Question Period

Communications

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