A research centre is a formally structured unit within the university, other than a department or a school, established with the purpose of advancing scholarly activity primarily through collaborative research, research training, research dissemination, or creative endeavours. Centres are expected to provide unique enquiry-based learning opportunities for students and to be actively engaged in relevant academic forums and community outreach. Centres typically involve activities beyond the scope of single disciplines and promote interdisciplinary work. Centres will have a director or coordinator. Research centres are approved by Senate.
A research institute is more formally structured than a research centre within the university. Institutes are also expected to provide unique enquiry-based learning opportunities for students and to be actively involved in relevant academic forums and community outreach. Students and faculty may be involved in international research and collaborations. Institutes have a director and an advisory council. Institutes are typically expected to collaborate broadly across regional, national, and international forums. Institutes will seek funding through various grants, foundations, and funders. Research institutes are approved by Senate, and then recommended to the Board of Governors. Senate recommendations for the establishment of research institutes are subject to final approval by the Board of Governors.
The membership of a university research centre or institute should consist of researchers who are committed and already engaged in collaborative research initiatives evidenced by joint research activities and publications. Membership includes faculty members from the university as well as research partners and community members from other institutions or organizations who are 1 Centres that are not research centres are not included within the jurisdiction of this policy. These centres may focus on particular (inter) disciplinary studies or activities. Research Centres and Institutes committed to research collaboration and have a record of excellence in research or service in an area related to the mandate of the centre or institute.
Research centres and institutes will be created as needed to support the values, mission, strategic goals, and priorities of the university and reflect the University’s commitment to excellence in scholarship, the integration of research and teaching, and the development of the Fraser Valley. The structure, membership, and activities of centres and institutes will support collaborative disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Centres and institutes will report their activities and plans annually (to Senate for centres, and to the Board, for institutes), and be fully reviewed every five years.