University of Saskatchewan

U of S Reports

Priority Area 2: Enhancing Research Profile

Accomplishments are grouped by commitment area and include the activities led by colleges, units and commitment leaders. The 20 commitments are 20 areas identified in the second integrated plan where the university, as a whole, expects to see progress.

Research Success and Collaboration

The University of Saskatchewan will build on existing supports for both students and faculty to ensure their continued success.

We will need to ensure that our investments continue to provide a competitive edge as well as adapt to emerging expectations. Activities include:

  • implementation of recommendations from the Management of Centres, University of Saskatchewan Press, and the University Communications Review task forces
  • opening of the WestGrid Collaboration and Visualization Facility to facilitate networking between U of S researchers and their colleagues around the world
  • establishment of graduate and undergraduate toxicology student exchanges with Hong Kong, Germany and Sweden
  • completion of the design phase and three strategic research teams identified for Social Sciences Research Lab
  • a research chair in rational drug design, to lead efforts to develop our university and province as a centre of excellence in drug development
  • participation in a Canada-wide service called ‘Eduroam’ which allows wireless internet access for our faculty, staff and students at other universities across Canada without the need for obtaining a guest account
  • opening of a WestGrid data storage facility which helps science, math and engineering faculty uncover more accurate results in a faster timeframe for their large-scale and data-intensive research challenges

Areas of Pre-Eminence

The University of Saskatchewan will identify a select and definitive set of existing areas of exceptional research achievement and promote these widely.

These signature areas of research, scholarly and artistic activity are critical to helping us build a national reputation, recruit students and faculty, and access resources in a post-secondary landscape that has become increasingly competitive. Activities include:

  • Eight workshops and presentations held with different campus groups to identify a set of “signature areas of research, scholarly and artistic work”
  • Following the consultation, a theme refinement workshop was held inviting feedback on the signature area draft themes

Issues-Based, Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The University of Saskatchewan will pay particular attention to engaged and interdisciplinary scholarship, to the development of research centres and partnerships and to ensuring that these are linked in beneficial ways into the whole life of the University.

Research and scholarly work to address societal issues often, although not always, requires interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams and formal strategic partnerships with others from within the university community and beyond. Activities include:

*supported by the Academic Priorities Fund

Innovation and Cultural Contributions

The University of Saskatchewan will enhance its roles as a cultural and economic driver in Saskatchewan and be more cognizant of the hopes and expectations attached to our institution by the people of Saskatchewan and beyond.

Our graduates, and the skills and expertise they command, are one of our most important contributions to the economies of Saskatchewan and other places. Within the context of engaged scholarship, we have a special responsibility toward areas of urgent provincial interest, including economic development in Saskatchewan. Activities include:

  • building awareness of the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the I3 Idea Challenge
  • creation a cultural artifacts subcommittee to develop a long-term strategy for museums, cultural facilities and artifacts of the university
  • creation of an innovation subcommittee to expand and deepen the innovative and creative environment at different levels of the university
  • exploration of a mining research centre in partnership with government, industry and other Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions
  • promotion of the internationalization of the School of Public Health’s student body as a way to increase the number of fully qualified public health providers in developing countries
  • early concept development of the Clarion Project, a centre of excellence for innovative, synergistic and imaginative arts and science curriculum
  • identification and recognition of 100 ‘Alumni of Influence’ from the College of Arts and Science, in conjunction with the college’s centennial celebration
  • support for the provincial leadership conference, a bi-annual event promoting leadership development