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The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) represents the interests of BC’s research universities. RUCBC’s mandate is to identify issues facing the universities, provide system wide leadership in the development of relevant public policy and communicate on behalf of the university system. RUCBC also provides a coordinating forum for its member universities and acts as a provincial focal point for working with the Government of British Columbia and provincial or national bodies associated with universities.

RUCBC works with and on behalf of its members to improve the quality, accessibility and coordination of university education in British Columbia. The Council provides a single voice on behalf of the six major universities on public policy issues including funding, research, accountability, admissions and transfer. RUCBC is funded by the member universities.

The six university presidents are the members of the Council and the Chair of RUCBC is selected from these members. Dr. Brett Fairbairn, President, Thompson Rivers University, is the current Chair for RUCBC. RUCBC also has three Vice-Presidents Committees (Academic, Research and Finance) as well as a number of standing committees that meet as needed (e.g., Institutional Analysis, Human Resources, etc.).

Staff of RUCBC include the President, a Vice-President, who is also the Executive Director of the University Public Sector Employers’ Association, an Executive Director of Policy & Research, and an Executive Administrative Assistant.

UBC faculty of medicine’s Drs. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Gina Ogilvie and Anita Palepu are among 74 new Fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) for 2021. [...]

Funding includes 18 awards to UBC faculty members through the Scholar Program and 43 awards to UBC research trainees to support health research at UBC and its affiliated health research institutions. [...]

A total of ten UBC faculty members have been announced by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) as new Fellows and as new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. [...]

Are you a community group working with UBC on a shared project? Are you a UBC faculty member, staff or student seeking funding for your community partner? Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) is a competitive funding program that provides successful recipients at eligible community organizations in British Columbia the funds to build partnerships and pursue shared projects with UBC. Infomation Session Spetmeber 22. Notice of Intent October 14. [...]

The B.C. government is investing nearly $25 million to support 34 post-secondary research projects that will drive innovation and economic growth. They will also help create jobs, protect our biodiversity and environment, and help keep British Columbians healthy and safe. This includes 26 projects being led by UBC researchers that have been awarded a combined $22.4 million. [...]

Funding to the Institute will help develop bioproducts to replace single use plastics [...]

UBC researchers received more than $5.7m in funding for 37 projects from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The JELF awards were announced by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, as part of a larger announcement of more than more than $77 million to support 332 research infrastructure projects at 50 universities across the country. This contribution will help universities attract and retain top researchers. [...]

Following the Government of Canada's new National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, NSERC Alliance Grant applications with private sector organization partners now require a risk assessment form to be completed by the researcher.  [...]

CIHR wants to hear your thoughts on the future of peer review and your experiences with the virtual review process to date. Survey closes August 6. [...]

The UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (UBC CRMA) are designed to facilitate collaboration on timely research opportunities between UBC researchers in Vancouver and the Okanagan. [...]

Six Thompson Rivers University (TRU) researchers received $675,000 through the federal Discovery Grants. [...]

A TRU Master of Nursing student passionate about improving mental-health services for Indigenous people has received research funding so she can create change that will benefit others in the Secwépemc Nation. [...]

Beyond the physical and mental health benefits parks provide, do we understand their true value? TRU students are finding parks hold much more value than we perceive. [...]

As an open-access research university, TRU students and faculty have long been engaged in research. But we don’t often get the chance to see research as it's happening. [...]

Eleven exceptional natural science and engineering undergrads have been awarded $7500 scholarships to conduct research over the summer. [...]

New funds from the federal government through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation will enable a world-class genomic research lab at Thompson Rivers University. [...]

Graduate students Wendy Margett, Chloe Howarth, Hannah Allen, and Breanne McAmmond have been awarded $15,000 BC Graduate Scholarships. [...]

The B.C. Ministry of Health is investing in B.C. Interior research universities to understand the harmful effects of COVID-19 and mitigate its impact on communities across the province. [...]

Dr. Ehsan Latif was invited to speak to the Standing Committee on Health to share findings from his research. [...]

Dr. Cheryl Gladu has been appointed the new Researcher-in-Residence (RiR), marking the start of a three-year collaboration between the City, TRU and Mitacs that will provide valuable research to benefit the community. [...]