Mount Royal University is pleased to announce that its Board of Governors approved the university’s first Strategic Research Plan at a meeting earlier this month.
By emphasizing undergraduate research, community-engaged scholarship and the scholarship of teaching and learning, Mount Royal research will play to the strengths developed during its 100 year history. Now eligible for university programs from all three granting councils (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), Mount Royal researchers will continue to pursue a broad array of research topics incorporating these themes.
“The Board sees the Strategic Research Plan as a critical component of Mount Royal’s new Academic Plan. It’s great to see the faculty’s research role come into clear focus, and we’re encouraged by the close match with Mount Royal’s overall mission of becoming Canada’s premier undergraduate university on all measures of student success and satisfaction,” says the Chair of Mount Royal University Board of Governors, Richard Shaw.
Clusters and growth areas identified in the plan include Community Sustainability, Personal and Social Health, Entrepreneurial Innovation and Interpreting Society: Past, Present and Future.
The plan includes ambitious goals for further support and infrastructure growth over the next five years.
“This is our first research plan, and as such it really lets the world know what we do here at MRU, and what we are proud of. It’s been really gratifying to see our aspirations to be the top undergrad student-centred university borne out in the research themes that emerged during this process. Research doesn’t have to be disconnected from teaching and learning – they are synergistic, and that is something we can demonstrate,” says Mount Royal’s Associate Vice-President, Research, Trevor Davis.