UVic Research and Creative Works Strategy

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Research and Creative Works Strategy town hall

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, President Kevin Hall and VP Research & Innovation Lisa Kalynchuk held a virtual town hall to present the main components of UVic's new Research and Creative Works Strategy and invite feedback and questions from the campus community.

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You may reach our team any time by emailing researchplan@uvic.ca.

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Aspiration 2030: Creating a better world through curiosity, engagement and innovation


We are in the process of renewing our Research and Creative Works Strategy. The development of a new strategy represents an opportunity to revisit UVic’s key areas of research, scholarship and creative endeavors, and recommit to a coordinated approach to maximize our positive impact on societal challenges. The Reseach and Creative Works Strategy is intended to inspire our internal community and to signal our aspirations externally.

This initiative is based on collaboration. From fall 2020 into the spring of 2021, we held consultations with the university’s individual research units and its other stakeholder groups, including Research Centres and entities, trainees and administrative partners. Engagement with external stakeholders and partners is starting in summer 2021.

Advisory group members

  • Lisa Kalynchuk, Vice-President, Research & Innovation (Chair)
  • Alex D’Arcy, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Humanities
  • Allana Lindgren, Acting Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Brent Mainprize, Professor, School of Business
  • Brent Sternig, Director, RPKM
  • Carey Newman, Audain Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Cathie Krull, Special Advisor to the Provost
  • Chris Darimont, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Chris Horbachewski, Vice-President, External Relations   
  • Chris Kennedy, Professor, Faculty of Engineering
  • Cynthia Milton, Associate Vice-President, Research 
  • Emma Ronayne, Undergraduate student
  • Evan Stefanek, Graduate student
  • John Dower, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies 
  • Kristi Simpson, Associate Vice-President, Financial Planning & Operations
  • Lisa Goddard, Associate University Librarian, Digital Scholarship and Strategy
  • Marie-Ève Tremblay, Associate Professor, Division of Medical Sciences
  • Nathan Lachowsky, Associate Professor, Faculty of Human & Social Development
  • Paul Whitinui, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Peter Loock, Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Ryan Enge, Manager, Research Computing Services
  • Susan Lewis, Associate Vice-President Academic Planning
  • Victor V. Ramraj, Professor, Faculty of Law and Director, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Strategic Research Plan: 2016 - 2021


The UVic Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021 prepares the university for future research excellence and positions us to move forward as we continue to make important contributions to society and the world around us.

View, download or print the UVic Strategic Plan 2016-2021

At the core of the Plan are five priorities, and associated objectives and strategies, for enhancing and leveraging the best of UVic research:

Defining and achieving research excellence

UVic will align resources, supports and incentives to ensure that, alongside teaching, the pursuit of research excellence remains at the forefront of its academic mission.

Enhancing the integration of research and education

UVic will support the integration of research and educational programs to create learning opportunities that reflect UVic’s extraordinary environment and contribute to the vital impact of research.

Expanding partnerships, innovation and entrepreneurship

UVic will expand its focus on partnerships to enhance innovation; generate new research opportunities; engage with community partners; mobilize knowledge in society, policy and professional practice; and support entrepreneurship.

Improving research competitiveness through differentiation and specialization

Building on its unique combination of history, place and dynamic capabilities, UVic will continue to concentrate resources in areas that have already demonstrated—or show real prospects of—research excellence.

Enhancing and optimizing the provision of research services

By making strategic investments in people, support systems and infrastructure, UVic will further the pursuit of research excellence for researchers and the university as a whole.