Advance Research Excellence and Impact

Goal: to excel in diverse forms of research and creative activity and heighten our place in the top tier of the world's research universities.

We are consistently selected by Re$earch Infosource as one of Canada’s Research Universities of the Year, and work is ongoing to improve our international rankings. Our investments in capital projects, faculty positions and university-wide initiatives will foster high-quality collaborations and stimulate external research grants.

Highlights from 2018/19

Ocean-Climate Building

UVic’s $9.5 million Ocean-Climate Building at the Queenswood Campus officially opened in January, thanks in part to significant government funding. The complex provides physical space for collaborations among one of Canada’s largest concentrations of climate and ocean researchers.

UVic hosts four research and knowledge-sharing institutes focused on ocean and climate: Ocean Networks Canada, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

Related strategies: 1.3,  2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 5.1

Canada Research Chairs

UVic now holds 41 Canada Research Chairs in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. We were one of only 10 universities to achieve the “Fully Satisfies” rating on equity, inclusion and diversity associated with the Canada Research Chairs programs.

In 2018, we welcomed a Canada 150 Research Chair who is leading the development of UVic’s new Laboratory for Synthetic Self-Assembled Materials.

Related strategies: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.3

Citation impact

According to recent QS rankings, UVic is third among all Canadian universities in citation impact per faculty member, and we are 97th in the world across all fields.

Nationally, Maclean’s ranks us as tied in first place for citation impact among Canadian universities.

In 2019, Leiden reported that UVic-based researchers wrote a higher proportion of top-performing papers based on international collaborations than any other university in North America. In the nine years the Leiden rankings have been released, UVic has claimed this spot eight times.

Related strategies: 2.1, 2.5, 6.4

New graduate fellowships

Starting this year, more than $700,000 in new graduate fellowships, President’s Scholarships and Indigenous Fellowships will be awarded, allowing UVic to recruit and retain talented graduate students. A new $150,000 initiative will fund up to 10 awards focusing on research-enriched teaching annually, providing financial support and professional training for graduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Related stategies: 1.1, 2.4

Looking ahead

Strategic Framework chairs and faculty

A $1.2 million investment will fund four Strategic Framework Impact Chairs—designed to recruit exceptional new faculty who will lead the way in priority areas identified in the framework for five years.

There will also be 10 University of Victoria President’s Chairs—the university’s highest internal honour— to recognize current faculty who excel in research, teaching and engagement and who will help to advance all framework priorities.

Additionally, we created 17 new faculty positions in engineering, law, business, social sciences, science, humanities, and human and social development.

Related strategies: 1.1, 2.4, 3.3

Health Sciences Initiative

Consultative work is underway to enhance the quality and raise the profile of health research and academic programs at UVic. The new Health Sciences Initiative will develop a set of strategies for enhancing the quality and raising the profile of health research, health programs and related activities at the university.

Related strategies: 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4

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