UVic Research and Creative Works Strategy

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Research and Creative Works Strategy town hall

Join President Kevin Hall and VP Research & Innovation Lisa Kalynchuk for a virtual town hall to learn about UVic's new Research and Creative Works Strategy.

We appreciate the input everyone has shared with us during the development of the Research and Creative Works Strategy and we hope you will join us as we introduce the major elements of the draft. We’d like to hear from you again — your feedback will help us refine the strategy before launching it in the fall.  

Aspiration 2030: UVic's Research and Creative Works Strategy

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 11.30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Zoom Webinar  
  • Open to all members of the university community
  • Register

We will be using Slido during the event to engage participants, and there is the opportunity to submit feedback before and after the event. The event will be recorded for those not able to attend. 

We want to make sure that everyone can participate in this virtual event so please register early and let us know about any accessibility needs on the registration form. 

Summary table

We are happy to share with you a table that summarizes the main components of the strategy. Please review this table before the town hall if possible.

You are invited to submit feedback or questions ahead of the event and there will be interactive segments during the town hall.

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

View summary table and submit your questions (requires UVic sign-in)

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.