University of Saskatchewan

U of S Reports

Outcomes for Priority 2: Enhancing the University’s Profile in Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work

The university is committed to building its research intensity throughout the campus by supporting graduate students and faculty, identifying and celebrating areas of exceptional research achievement and through interdisciplinary scholarship. Highlights from 2008-09 include:

  • Advancing “big science” projects

The renovation and expansion of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is nearly complete. For more information, please visit

This year, the Government of Saskatchewan committed an additional $100 million to the Academic Health Sciences project and construction began on the biomedical research wing (known as D-Wing) in September 2008. Once complete, the building will bring together the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Nutrition, the School of Physical Therapy and the School of Public Health in a single setting, offering students a highly-integrated learning experience.

Construction on the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac), the first biosafety level 3 facility in Western Canada dealing with both human and large animal diseases, began in June 2007 and is to be completed in 2010.

  • Further developing the research chair program  

The School of Public Health appointed one centennial research chair in 2008 and the other two schools are in the midst of searches. Council approved the creation of distinguished chairs, an honorific designation for senior faculty or emeriti and the second component of the University of Saskatchewan’s chair program outlined in the first integrated plan.

  • Investing in new centres

The College of Arts and Science received funding from the Academic Priorities Fund (APF) to develop an Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity as well as approval for three new social science research laboratories: geographical information systems, telephone and web research, and judgment and decision-making. APF funding was also committed to the Indigenous Land Management Institute for this planning cycle to support a unit leader and administrative costs. In addition, the Edwards School of Business is in the final stages of approval for two new research centres in the areas of accounting and finance.


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