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2015 promises to be as busy as 2014 for us in ORS given the new research goals described by of our new President and the various new funding programs.

We are well positioned to enable the anticipated growth in research. We went through a full unit review cycle in late 2014. We had 2 external consultants (Martha Crago-VPR at Dalhousie and Lorraine Deydey – Director of ORS at the U of Alberta) working with Ross MacGillivray (UBC) who carried out the  review. The review team interviewed all ORS staff and stakeholders. In parallel we also did a large scale survey of researchers on satisfaction with ORS services. Once the review was complete a report was submitted to the VPRI. Next step was creation of an action plan to address issues raised in the review report. . The survey, Review report and action plan are available at xxx.

SPARC is intensely busy supporting the CIHR Foundation applications. The newly announced CFREF competition with its impossibly short timelines is also keeping us very busy.

2014 was also the year we had our latest visit from CCAC. The good news is that we passed muster and have an updated certificate of good animal practice.

We have also been very busy making improvements to the RISe system user interface. We held a number of research user focus groups and collated all of the feedback we have received from users of the system. We have now completed about 50% of the priority updates and will continue to refine the interface based on user feedback.

Martin Kirk PhD Director, ORS & SPARC


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