The Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) is launching a consultation process to seek input from the York University research community on the development of a new strategic research plan for 2013-2018. The launch of the consultation process was announced in Senate on Thursday.
VPRI will be advised in the consultation process by a Strategic Research Plan Steering Committee comprised of individuals from the University and community, whose membership will be announced shortly. The goal is to engage the community in a discussion of goals and values to provide shape to a strategic research plan that will set the vision for the continuing development of research at York for the next several years. The expectation is to provide the community with a draft of the plan before the end of 2012, with a final version going to Senate for approval in spring 2013.
“The establishment of a new strategic research plan will help to advance research intensification broadly at York and identify areas of opportunity for growth and development,” said Robert Haché (left), vice-president research & innovation. “The plan will help to foster the support of research excellence across the University while providing a strategic framework for driving our research reputation forward in areas of opportunity.”
In order to create a document with the broadest possible support, VPRI is inviting all members of the York community to contribute to the development of the strategic research plan by sharing their points of view throughout the consultation and development process. The University community is invited to participate in workshops, focus groups, town hall meetings and other events being organized or through an online form that is available here.
Through an extensive process of broadly-based consultations, VPRI will arrive at a plan that sets well-defined goals within an aspirational vision that is strongly supported by the University academic community, as represented by Senate.
The goals of the strategic research plan consultation process are:
- To engage in a collaborative, University-building exercise that articulates a clear valuation and appreciation of research at York and its integration into all aspects of the fabric of the University;
- To build a strong, broadly accepted aspirational vision for the development of research based on a comprehensive consultation process with the University community and external stakeholders;
- To appropriately identify and articulate areas of opportunity in the strategic development of research across the institution.
Haché, in collaboration with the Strategic Research Plan Steering Committee, invites all members of the community to be an engaged part of a comprehensive consultation process that will help York University continue to move forward in research excellence and scholarship.
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