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The Skills Agenda
BY LOLEEN BERDAHL | January 13 2021

Introducing The Skills Agenda.

University graduation banquets are – or were, in our pre-pandemic days - a great joy to attend. As a faculty member and then later department head, I attended our Continue reading with anticipation. Every year, stud...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/the-skills-agenda/integrating-career-skills-training-into-your-teaching/
News
BY UA/AU | January 01 2021

January 27, 2021

COVID cases on campus

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Continue reading. According to Fabrice Labeau, deputy provost, s...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-january-2021/
News
BY UA/AU | December 31 2020

December 23, 2020

COVID-19 cases on campus

The Continue reading has another three cases of COVID-19 to report. These new cases are unrelated to previously reported cases. Since the start of December...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-december-2020/
Features
BY UA/AU | December 31 2020
As an eventful 2020 comes to an end, here are the stories and issues that shaped the year in Canadian higher education. https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/2020-canadian-higher-education-in-review/
News
BY UA/AU | November 30 2020

November 30, 2020

COVID-19 cases on campus

Over the weekend, the Middlesex-London Health Unit updated the case count for an outbreak at University Hospital on the Western Univ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-november-2020/
Responsibilities May Include
BY DINUKA GUNARATNE, THOMAS FETH & TREVOR JOHNSON | November 27 2020

Even in our new virtual world, you can still create meaningful connections to others in your field.

It’s not easy being a graduate student in 2020. On top of all the stresses and pressures of pursuing an advanced degree, the ongoing pandemic has brought Continue reading...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/networking-during-a-pandemic-a-quick-guide-for-graduate-students/
Features
BY PASCALE CASTONGUAY & MOIRA MACDONALD | November 25 2020

New university presidents face unique challenges resulting from the current crisis. Four recently installed presidents look back at the first few months of their terms.

Compassion comes first

Daniel Jutras, rector, Université de Montr...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/becoming-a-university-president-in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | November 25 2020
CBC Continue reading Volker Gerdts, a leading vaccine researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, says Canada should focus on manufacturing vaccines domes...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-nov-25-2020/
Career Advice
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | November 20 2020

Unlike specialists who possess depth in one area and generalists who have breadth but no depth, “versatilists” are the best of both worlds.

Academia is geared towards specialization, with a depth of knowledge in a small, specific area. If you want to become the world’s authority in some minutia of knowledge, just remember that the more refined your specialty, the smaller your career opportunities. In evolution, specialist species that...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/graduates-need-to-prioritize-versatility-when-entering-the-workforce/
News
BY WENDY GLAUSER | November 18 2020

Intimate partner violence, families with young children, people with disabilities and Indigenous mental health are among the many areas under investigation.

We know that the pandemic has led to an increase in depression and anxiety. But which groups are most at risk and why? What are the policy and service delivery adaptations that can reduce the burdens of social isolation, financial stress and fear of the unknown? What are the coping measures that are...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/what-canadian-researchers-are-discovering-about-the-psychosocial-effects-of-the-pandemic/
News
BY UA/AU | October 31 2020

October 28, 2020

International students could be returning to N.S. in November

Postsecondary institutions in Nova Scotia will likely be welcoming international students back to their campuses as early as the first week of November. The https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-october-2020/
Features
BY LESLEY EVANS OGDEN | October 21 2020

More dads are taking time to be with their families, but policies and supports still have a long way to go.

Danny Leznoff was the first male in Simon Fraser University’s chemistry department to take parental leave after the birth of his child, something he has done twice. Early in the new millennium, Dr. Leznoff says his experience at SFU was at “the pointy edge of the wedge university-wide.” His fi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/paternity-leave-policies-are-improving-for-dads-in-academia/
Responsibilities May Include
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | October 20 2020

Project and stakeholder management practices can help buffet thesis interruptions.

Defining success when you are a graduate student depends on your circumstances, which makes it critical to know what is in front of you and to be able to make early decisions about the path you will take. In Stephen Covey’s famous book, https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/begin-and-continue-your-thesis-with-the-end-in-mind/
Features
BY ANDRÉANNE APABLAZA | October 15 2020

Foreign hackers are prying into COVID-19 research from around the world, and Canadian universities are not immune.

Chances are, if you have a university email address – and most professors and researchers do – you’ve been the target of a foreign cyber-attack in the past few months. Cyber-espionage of Canadian research, including research conducted in universities, has significantly increased since March, s...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/canadian-covid-19-researchers-face-a-growing-threat-of-cyber-espionage/
Features
BY DIANE PETERS | October 14 2020

Researchers expect big things if and when dependable quantum computing becomes a reality, and they are eager to ensure that the country is well-positioned to play a meaningful part.

In a lab at the University of Waterloo’s Continue reading (IQC), two contraptions consisting of a number of metal containers, poles and beams surrounded by thick, orange wires emit a no...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-quest-to-build-a-reliable-quantum-computer/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | October 07 2020
Radio Canada International Continue reading Canada has opened its borders to international students, however they will have to quarantine for 14 days upo...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-oct-7-2020/
Career Advice
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | October 02 2020

Non-academic mentors, especially those familiar with the culture of academia, can offer empathy, validation and healthy perspectives.

A mentor is a professional who acclimates a protégé into a profession. In the Continue reading, upstart Leonardo Da Vinci pulverized Tuscan stone and collected eggs https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/phd-students-can-benefit-from-non-academic-mentors-outside-perspectives/
Ask Dr. Editor
BY LETITIA HENVILLE | September 29 2020

Techniques for coherent, analytical lit reviews.

Question

quote>I’m frustrated by the feedback that my supervisor gives me. She wrote that my literature review was “choppy,” and when I asked her how to fix this, she told me to “add nuance.” I don’t understand what these terms mean in practice, and so I don’t know what...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/ask-dr-editor/literature-reviews-that-work/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | September 28 2020
CBC Continue reading If September is any indication, the global pandemic has all but eradicated any semblan...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-sept-28-2020/