By André Costopoulos, Vice-provost & Dean of Students

Our students are worried. We want to help them. We want to make things better for them. We look for alternative methods of assessment. We dedicate our time to re-learning how to teach. We’ve made time for them when they need extra help.

We do this because what really matters now is compassion. What really matters now is that our students are well enough and supported enough to resume their academic learning when the storm has passed. They are learning now. They are saturated with learning.

They are in an environment in which they have never been. They are separated…


I was deeply disturbed to read a CBC report today, which details how one of our colleagues, Professor Ogbogu, had been targeted with racist messages following his commentary on Alberta’s pandemic response. Professor Ogbogu has the full and unequivocal support of the University of Alberta. Reflecting the university’s unwavering commitment to academic freedom, the university affirms the vital importance of our colleagues engaging in public and scholarly commentary, however sensitive or controversial the topic at hand. Across all areas of its mandate, the university is committed to intellectual integrity, rigorous inquiry, and the robust expression and discussion of ideas. Fostering…


As Alberta continues to move through the recovery stages of the pandemic, the world around us appears to be opening more each day. And while it’s true that larger gatherings are possible, public health measures are and should still be firmly in place. The same goes for common sense.

On July 16 a new Instagram account appeared called “UAlberta Covid Parties” and invitations to follow it were sent to members of the U of A community. While we should all seek opportunities to remain connected while we’re apart, this new account is definitely not the way to do it.

All…


A historical look at the then, Department of Extension.
A historical look at the then, Department of Extension.

In 1912, the University of Alberta was a young institution under the Presidency of Henry Marshall Tory, who charged his protégé, a young A.E. Ottewell, with the task of “bringing the University to the people.” What began as traveling librarians, “magic lantern” shows, and free public lectures in rural Alberta has turned into a unique, interdisciplinary research space with community engagement at its core.

Each member of Extension’s professoriate has been proud to be part of the 108 year history of the university’s outreach work; most recently a vision and mission of community engagement and scholarship with the primary goal…


An update from Wendy Rodgers and Deborah Williams

As President Turpin wrote on June 1, we all have work to do to transform our communities and close the gaps of inequity, and as many of you have highlighted, we at the University of Alberta must continuously commit to doing our part to address racism, inequality, and exclusion. The dialogues unfolding now are a continuation of the conversations that have highlighted and driven the movements that have brought us to today, and that will push us further forward.

The U of A’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) Scoping and Action Groups have and continue to guide the work that…


The University of Alberta values diversity, inclusivity, and equity across and among our people, campuses, and disciplines. We understand that equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) are fundamental for us to achieve the excellence in learning, teaching, research, service, and community engagement that we undertake each day.

Having completed the first year of the Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity, we have shared our annual report and have had the opportunity to identify points for improvement. Many people have noted that the U of A needs better coordination of EDI efforts and we are now in the process of restructuring…


Today Alberta Health Services (AHS) informed us that a member of our University of Alberta community on North Campus has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering in isolation.

On behalf of the U of A community, I would like to extend our best wishes for a full recovery.

As I wrote earlier this week, patience, understanding, and mutual support are essential in moments like this. To anyone who may be wondering if you have been exposed to this confirmed case of COVID-19, I want to assure you that Alberta Health Services (AHS) are in direct contact with the individuals…


With the increasing global spread of COVID-19, the health and safety of University of Alberta community members is our top priority. The university is closely following the preventative measures and advice of Alberta Health Services and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Global Affairs Canada and other public health and travel authorities.

While the risk to all Albertans remains low and there are no confirmed cases at the University of Alberta, circumstances can change quickly.

Today I announce that the University of Alberta will be moving classes and exams to remote delivery, effective Tuesday…


The University of Alberta.
The University of Alberta.

UPDATE: For the most recent updates related to COVID-19, please visit the University Health Centre page.

The wellness of the University of Alberta community matters, and that’s why we are working closely with Alberta Health Services to monitor the latest developments concerning everything from the flu to COVID-19

You can find the latest information to help you stay healthy this winter by visiting the University Health Centre website. Updated regularly, this online space is used to keep our community informed about the novel coronavirus, the flu, health precautions for those travelling abroad, and will provide advice for those who may need to seek healthcare services.

We would also like to confirm that there are NO cases…


By Mike O’Driscoll

Mike O’Driscoll welcomes guests to the announcement of Congress 2021.
Mike O’Driscoll welcomes guests to the announcement of Congress 2021.

I’ve been present at every Congress for the past 23 years, without fail. I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous impact it has when it comes to building research networks, making personal connections, and disseminating research. I’ve also seen the benefits for students: professionalization, community building, and experiential learning.

For those who may not be familiar with it, Congress is Canada’s largest academic gathering, and one of the largest in the world. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, it brings together approximately 70 academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences…

Hallie Brodie

Issues & Strategic Communications Manager at the University of Alberta.

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