Patrick Deane

Patrick Deane

Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Queen's University

The history of Queen’s University is a 180-year story of people with bold dreams and ambitions committed to creating a better world.

Over that time, this institution has grown into a strong, vibrant community with distinct traditions and character setting it apart from its peers.

But what it means to be a leading university is changing. Today, Queen’s must do more than rely on its history and past achievements to meet the imperatives of a complicated and deeply interconnected world.

Together, the Queen’s community is advancing a new vision, mission, and values that empower us to tackle some of the world’s most significant and urgent challenges. While we build on what has always defined us, we are also embarking on a new direction, channelling our sense of social responsibility, optimism, and unwavering belief in a better tomorrow to support a once-in-a-generation transformation into a university for the future.

Impact — making a tangible difference in the lives of others— is our legacy and our shared vision for the future. Our community is taking the next steps and I hope you will join us on that journey.

Our Strategy
Our Mission
Our Mission

Queen’s is the university for the future. We stand on a history of strength but are unafraid to challenge assumptions of the past. We offer an exceptional student experience, attract and cultivate excellence and leadership, and push the boundaries of knowledge through research—in service to an inclusive, diverse and sustainable society.

Our Vision
Our Vision

The Queen’s community—our people—will solve the world’s most significant and urgent challenges with their intellectual curiosity, passion to achieve, and commitment to collaborate.

Our Values: Truth

We stand for truth, integrity, creativity, and the power of the mind to understand problems and find solutions.

Our Values: Responsibility

We accept our responsibility to build a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist community for our people, to indigenize and decolonize the academy, and in all that we do, to observe the interests of the planet and the life it sustains.

Our Values: Respect

We believe in collegiality, civility, generosity, trust, equity, inclusion and respect for all, and in the relevance and potential of all the disciplines and professions, especially in their intersections and synergies.

Our Values: Freedom

We uphold the principles of academic freedom and defend university autonomy.

Our Values: Wellbeing

We nurture the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and community.

Our Strategic Goals

Research Impact

Student Learning

Research & Teaching Integration

Global Engagement

Queen's in the Community

Organizational Culture

Leading for the future

Community engagement brings together students, faculty, staff, and community (local, regional, national, global) to co-produce knowledge that addresses and responds to real-world community-identified problems/dilemmas/challenges. Community engagement creates mutually beneficial learning experiences, research opportunities, and partnerships that are critical to enhancing economic, social and cultural wellbeing.

Wendy Craig

Special Advisor to the Principal on Community Engagement
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It is invigorating to be in a place where staff, students, and faculty members all believe in making an impact. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals give us an organizing framework to unite in our work towards society’s most significant and urgent challenges. We partner with others locally and globally to improve health and education, reduce inequalities, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and preserving our lands and oceans.

Heather Aldersey

Special Advisor to the Principal on UN Sustainable Development Goals
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