A message from Dr. Robert Luke, VPRI:
With spring comes news of recent grant recipients, and as you have seen elsewhere in this newsletter we are excited to be announcing recipients of funding for research at the University. Congratulations to all who have been successful! Congratulations also to those who applied for research funding. Applying is important as through this process we get to learn more about projects and to further develop them through iteration.
The University has over the past decade+ built considerable research infrastructure, from faculty pursuing research through to centres, studios and labs that house specific projects and programs of work. With the growth in University research over the past several years we now face constraints on research space. This is in fact a good problem to have, as it means there are more faculty conducting research and creative practice and being successful at obtaining external funding to support these activities.
Over the past two years the Research Office, in concert with the Research Committee, has conducted the Research Space Allocation Project, including numerous consultations with the OCAD University community on how we can best manage access to research space for a growing number of research-active faculty. This effort has resulted in new models of research space sharing.
Effective 1 June 2019 all research space at the University will be considered shared use. A regular process will be used to allocate research space as per the criteria developed through the Research Space consultations. The form that will be used for application for research space as well as the Assessment Criteria were both included in the memo sent to all University faculty on 16 April 2019.
New research space allocation will include dedicated space for Research, Equity, Decolonization, Diversity & Inclusion. This project is working to create a more supportive and inclusive research environment for all equity-seeking groups, including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, people with disabilities, women, the neurodiverse, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and 2-Spirit. The project is jointly led by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives and the Research Office, and is building on the work to date by the Presidential Task Force on the Under-Representation of Racialized and Indigenous Faculty and Staff. Stay tuned for further updates.
I wish you all a happy spring, now that the sun shines warmer.