UNB military study centre to lose federal funding

November 11, 2011

The University of New Brunswick's Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society is bracing for the loss of a $120,000 federal grant that has supported its public outreach. The Department of National Defence (DND) is cutting its Security and Defence Forum fund by approximately 80% next year. UNB is one of a dozen institutions across Canada that benefits from the funding. The centre's director says it will not fold and there is no threat to teaching staff, but everything it does outside of teaching, such as conferences and research support for graduate students, is at risk. To avoid the end of the centre's Journal of Conflict Studies and the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project book series, the centre is making applications to any grant for which it might qualify, as well as seeking endowments and other DND funding sources. UNB president Eddy Campbell says he does not understand Ottawa's logic in cutting forum funding, noting that the academic study of military affairs at the centre serves a vital purpose. Daily Gleaner