Research money snub by BC government troubles TRU

May 2, 2013

Graduate research money announced in April was distributed on the basis of a formula used 6 years ago and, therefore, excluded Thompson Rivers University, according to BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology. The ministry was responding to concerns raised by TRU president Alan Shaver after the school was not among the province’s PSE institutions to receive a share of $900,000 in graduate scholarship money. The decision to provide the one-time funding to UBC, UVic, SFU and UNBC was made to follow a similar approach taken in 2007, when funds were provided for the Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship Program, said a ministry spokesman. Since this year’s funding was available only on a one-time basis, a decision was made to follow the same model, he added. Shaver said it was the province that mandated TRU to undertake research, a mandate that predated the Pacific Century program by 2 years. He said “we have the responsibility to offer masters degrees and do research with respect to that. That puts us as a research university. It would appear they overlooked that issue.” Kamloops Daily News | BC News Release