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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.

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. [...]

New awards support 85 projects led by UBC researchers funded by the Discovery Grants program and 22 awards through Research Tools and Instruments grants.  [...]

Funding of $13 million was awarded to new UBC-led projects through SSHRC's Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants and Insight Grants programs.  [...]

Fifteen UBC researchers were appointed as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs in the latest round of appointments announced on June 15, 2021. [...]

Two new faculty members of the Computer Science Department have been appointed Canada CIFAR AI Chairs through the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. Drs. Mijung Park and Danica Sutherland will have the goal of advancing fundamental research and boosting industry innovation in Canada's thriving AI ecosystem. [...]

Drs. Abbas Milani and Philippe Tortell will lead training and mentorship programs for teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows in Immersive Technologies and the Pacific Rim Ocean Data Mobilization and Technology [...]

Four projects led by UBC researchers have received funding through the NSERC PromoScience program to develop a mentoring program to empower youth in care in BC, to Indigenize Okanagan STEM outreach, to support Indigenous Learners and Interior Youth, and for an Intergenerational Landed Learning Project. [...]

Sixteen graduate students and medical residents doing research in the field of health have received this year’s Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. Winners range from a variety of programs, including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Experimental Medicine and Kinesiology. [...]

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. [...]