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BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | September 02 2015

After seven years writing the Margin Notes blog, this is my final post.


It can be done, with some effort, says a panel at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

BY NATALIE SAMSON | June 05 2015

This is a guest post by Natalie Samson, digital journalist at University Affairs. This year, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences ran from May 30 to June 5 at the University of Ottawa. The event offers a unique opportunity for scholars in these disciplines to share their work, compare notes, collaborate and […]


Some are daring to ask how to change the culture of academia.


A panel at next week’s Congress will discuss a new compendium of Canadian postsecondary education data sources.


Ken Coates was arguing for, Lloyd Axworthy against at MacDonald-Laurier event.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 22 2015

The federal government’s 2015 budget – the last before this fall’s election – contains a number of measures of interest to Canada’s universities. The two key areas highlighted as positive developments by stakeholders include sustained research support and changes to student financial aid. I’ll start with student aid, with details courtesy of the Canadian Alliance […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 13 2015

More universities are dropping the print editions of their campus newspapers, but that doesn’t mean print no longer has a place in publishing

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 31 2015

Founding director of UBC’s Learning Exchange looks at lessons learned from reaching out to Canada’s poorest urban neighbourhood.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 17 2015

University Affairs seeks a professor who writes well and has lots to say about university life.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 27 2015

Demographic changes will be a challenge to Canadian universities in the next few years, although the problem is more acute in the East.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 18 2015

U of Waterloo hosted an opening night event to showcase young start-ups and bright co-op students from the university.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | January 27 2015

The PR problems universities face can be silly, but things can also go spectacularly bad.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | January 13 2015

Probably OK, but it would be useful to have more research to know for sure.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 16 2014

Accusations, allegations and recriminations filled media reports throughout the year.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 09 2014

The benefits of studying abroad just aren’t getting through to them.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | November 26 2014

The Canadian Bureau for International Education released its annual report last Friday on the state of international education in Canada, entitled A World of Learning: Canada’s Performance and Potential in International Education. At first glance, Canada seems to be making the right moves in terms of attracting international students: according to the report, in 2013 […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | November 11 2014

As I’ve pointed out before, entrepreneurship is all the rage at Canada’s universities. Barely a week goes by without a new announcement. This week, for example, York University announced the start of its LaunchYU campus-wide entrepreneurship program. An announcement from last week, however, was of a somewhat different nature. On Nov. 6, the highly regarded […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | November 03 2014

This year’s Open Doors, Open Knowledge events focus on private-sector partnerships.

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 14 2014

The Nobel Prize awards season has just ended and Canada was shut out – although a McGill University graduate, U.S.-born researcher John O’Keefe, was named a co-winner in the physiology and medicine category. There was some speculation that Canadian Stephen Scherer might win in that category, but it was not to be – this time, […]