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President encourages feedback on research plan

Dr. Christopher W. Loomis, president and vice-chancellor pro tempore, is encouraging all faculty, staff, students, pensioners, alumni, research partners and citizens with an interest in Memorial to complete a short online survey about the university’s research.

The survey is currently open and available online at

It was launched on Feb. 23, coinciding with the release of a comprehensive background report highlighting the history and current status of research at the university.

The document, titled Background Report to the Development of the Memorial University Research Plan, provides an external scan of key partners and sources of support for research from outside the university. It also includes an overview of some research priorities of community, business and regional partners from across Newfoundland and Labrador.

The report will inform consultations across the university, as well as discussions with key stakeholders (business, industry and community organizations and government).

Those consultations will begin shortly.

A PDF version of the report, along with the survey link and templates already completed by each university faculty, school and research centre, are available on the research plan website, The templates provide information on research supports and needs across all units, areas of current research strength identified by the units, and areas they believe offer the potential to become strengths.

A finalized research plan is expected to be completed this summer. To read more, see http://to­