Tri-Council Open Access Policy on Publications Released

February 27, 2015

The new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications was announced today.  Link to the news release.

…Link to the policy

“Quick Facts

  • Open access is the practice of providing free and unrestricted online access to research publications.
  • In keeping with the global movement towards open access, the harmonized policy requires that researchers receiving grants from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC  make their resulting peer-reviewed journal articles freely available online within 12 months of publication.
  • Researchers can comply with the open access policy in two ways: ‘self-archiving’ by depositing their peer-reviewed manuscript to an online repository that will make the manuscript freely accessible within 12 months of publication; or submitting their manuscript to a journal that offers open access within 12 months of publication.”

Implementation Date: For research funded in whole or in part by SSHRC, this policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to May 1, 2015 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.

Various resources to assist researchers in complying with this policy can be found in the Toolbox.

More information on Scholarly Publishing and Open Access at Western is available at:

Our Faculty recently sponsored a talk on Open Access by Joanne Paterson from Western LibrariesLink to the slides

SSHRC Connection Grants

February 27, 2015

SSHRC’s Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and outreach activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating.

Amount: $7,000 – $50,000 (potentially higher amounts)

Matching Funds: SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any connection event or outreach activity. Additional support in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions (excluding registration fees), equivalent to a minimum of 50 per cent of the amount requested from SSHRC, must come from sponsoring organizations.

Faculty of Education Research Office: 5 days prior to SSHRC deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least one week.)
Research Western: 5 days prior to SSHRC deadline
SSHRC: May 1 (decision by Jun 30); Aug 1 (decision by Sep 30); Nov 1 (decision by Dec 31); Feb 1 (decision by Mar 31)

Description: Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

Eligibility: Applicants  must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western.

More Information and link to Applications: Full Applications are to be processed through Research Western  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.


  •  The maximum value for a SSHRC Connection Grant is dependent on whether it is an “event” Connection Grant only OR if it is a Connection Grant with “outreach activities”.
    1. “Event” Connection grants are a maximum of $25,000 over one year. ($7,000 – $25,000).
    2. Connection grants with “outreach activities” are a maximum of $50,000. ($7,000- $50,000).
  • An applicant may apply for one Connection Grant per calendar year. An applicant may not apply for or hold more than one Connection Grant for the same event or outreach activity.

Faculty Mentor Session on “The Sabbatical Leave”

February 27, 2015

The Teaching Support Centre presents a Faculty Mentor Session for tenured and pre-tenure faculty on:

 The Sabbatical Leave

Friday, March 20, 2015
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teaching Support Centre
Room 122, Weldon Library


For many members of faculty, the Sabbatical Leave is an essential element in the development of their research and publication projects. The Leave provides a valuable opportunity to put aside teaching and administrative responsibilities, to focus on scholarly research, experiments, writing, and to connect with colleagues located elsewhere.
The panel will consider ways to make the most of the sabbatical leave, from knowing the rules and applying, to planning and organizing: setting realistic goals and doing your best to meet them. What are some of the challenges faced (moving to a different country, travelling with family)?  What pitfalls to avoid?
Join the workshop, bring your questions and concerns, and participate in the discussion.

The experienced panel includes:

  • Louise Milligan, Assistant Dean (Special Projects), Faculty of Science; Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Aara Suksi, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies
  • Brent Sinclair, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Andrew Walsh, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Check out our Research Newsletter

February 26, 2015

Research In Action: Western Education’s Research Report

Increasing student success in high-poverty schools
Faculty of Education Professor Pam Bishop’s research shows that strong leadership in high-poverty schools can increase students’ success. (more)

Taming the wild information beast
Dr. Robert Sandieson has discovered a new methodology that allows for more thorough and efficient ways to search databases. (more)

Harnessing children’s first language skills
Through her research, Dr. Shelley Taylor demonstrates the importance of valuing a child’s first language in the classroom. (more)

Creativity, music and the brain
Dr. Joel Lopata explores creativity by bringing together education, music improvisation and neuroscience imaging. (more)

The Faculty of Education research team is growing
The Faculty of Education welcomes three new faculty researchers and thirteen Faculty Fellows. (more)




Moderators Required for Graduate Symposium

February 23, 2015

The 2015 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium Steering Committee invite faculty and senior Ph.D. candidates to act as moderators for the Symposium’s paper and round table presentations on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. There are two presentation sessions that day (for more information about the 2015 Symposium schedule, visit our website):

Session 1: Paper/Round Table Presentations (6:45 – 7:45 p.m.)

Session 2: Paper/Round Table Presentations (7:50 – 8:50 p.m.)

If you are able to volunteer your time and contribute to the success of this event, kindly email the following information by Friday, February 27, 2015:

(a) Your contact information

(b) Your availability (e.g., session 1, session 2, or both)

(c) Your area of expertise

All efforts will be made to match moderators’ areas of expertise with the presentation topics.

Faculty of Education Internal Research Grant

February 20, 2015

The Faculty of Education, Western University announces a request for proposals for its Internal Research Grant program.

Deadline: April 1, 2015, 4:00 p.m. (for a decision by April 30, 2015) Late applications will not be accepted.

Amount: up to $2,500 over one year

Description: These awards are to support the cost of research projects of modest scope (seed money, one-time requests, and projects of short duration). Preference will be given to probationary faculty.

Eligibility: The fund is restricted to faculty members within the Faculty of Education. Retired, part-time or seconded faculty are not eligible to apply. Faculty may hold only one Internal Research Grant annually.

Guidelines and applications…

Indigenous Research Symposium 2015 ~ Knowledge Within: Sharing Indigenous Research and Story

February 20, 2015

The 2015 Cohort of the Master of Education Program: Aboriginal Educational Leadership formally invite you to the symposium:

Knowledge Within: Sharing Indigenous Research and Story

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Registration begins at 8:30am
Closing Ceremonies 3:30pm

Western University
University Community Center (UCC)
Rooms: 146, 147A & B



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