Message from the Vice-Principal Research
Professor Kent Moore
The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is a flourishing campus, generating research discoveries, innovation and new knowledge from an impressive breadth of fields and collaborations that bridge several disciplines.
In keeping with the Vision Statement as defined in UTM’s strategic Academic Plan, the campus has established itself as a diverse, world-class research institution with innovative scholarly projects that include collaborators and partnerships from Canada and around the globe, as well as a bustling hub of innovation working with the local community. With a focus on training the next generation of exceptional researchers, UTM’s graduate student population also increases annually.
UTM researchers continue to secure significant research revenue each year, reaching record levels in federal support, with funds subsidizing pioneering work in the humanities, natural and life sciences, as well as the social sciences, and this is a trend we aim to uphold. Additionally, a successful suite of internal funding opportunities has supported 92 projects with $800,000 to enhance success in future grant competitions and allow researchers, particularly emerging scholars, to keep their productivity levels high and ensure significant impact metrics.
UTM’s new North Building that is slated to open in the summer of 2018 will provide updated facilities for the Departments of English and Drama, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as enhanced active-learning classrooms and a co-working space for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. A new Science Building planned for the campus will further enhance interdisciplinary collaboration in science and health including the newly launched Centre for Medicinal Chemistry. In addition, UTM’s recently established Research Computing Cluster will boost the capabilities and strengthen scholarship in a range of disciplines including digital humanities, economics, the environmental sciences and bioinformatics.
We look forward to working with Special Advisor to the office, Professor Alexandra Gillespie from the Department of English & Drama, and together we will foster new interdisciplinary research clusters to raise the profile of UTM and highlight the exceptional collaborations we have facilitated and will continue to support. Additionally, we will further expand our research communications efforts, and promote the excellent research being conducted at UTM through our website, newsletters, VIEW to the U podcast, social media, and media channels in order to communicate the breadth of academic work being done on campus to the GTA, Canada and beyond.
Looking ahead, I enthusiastically support and encourage new developments and initiatives as the research environment continues to thrive at University of Toronto Mississauga, and am eager to ensure the campus remains an outstanding center of creative pursuits and scholarly advancements.
Listen to Kent Moore on the July 2018 edition of VIEW to the U podcast.