Strategic Research Plan
The 2017-22 Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Plan is a blueprint to guide the future development of research activity at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The purpose of this document is to guide the institution in future investments and strategic level resource allocation decisions to ensure that the benefits of engagement in scholarship, research and creative activities are enjoyed by students, faculty and the communities we serve.
The pathway to excellence in scholarship, research and creative activity at Vancouver Island University will be facilitated by using a life-cycle framework (figure 1) whereby continuous investments are made by the institution at all stages of the research process contributing to the development of talented individuals and clusters that are able to create knowledge, application and works that enter and impact society. These learning achievements are celebrated internally and externally and result in growth and development of individuals; disciplinary knowledge; and solutions to societal, economic and environmental issues. The aim of this strategy is to foster the necessary conditions for scholarship, research and creative activity such that they enable a culture of learning through research that thrives across the institution.
Figure 1: Lifecycle framework to developing research excellence
This lifecycle framework provides the structure for the goals and objectives of this strategic plan. The design of the framework recognizes that excellence in SRCA will be achieved by cultivating talent among students and faculty; enabling collaboration through clusters and university-community partnerships; providing supports for new knowledge, applications, innovation and works to emerge; actively communication these outputs into the public realm; and celebrating achievements and excellence in SRCA across the institution. The framework provides individuals and groups opportunities to access services and supports that align with their needs.