SSHRC Storytellers contest

November 25, 2015

SHHRC has recently launched its fourth annual Storytellers contest, challenging postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research affects our lives, our world and our future prosperity.

The contest is open to all students, graduate and undergraduate, enrolled at Canadian postsecondary institutions. Their task is to tell the story, in 3 minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project—their own or a professor’s—taking place at their institution. We will select 25 finalists to receive a $3000 cash prize and specialized training in research communications. For details on this year’s Storytellers contest, please follow us on Twitter, watch the #SSHRCStorytellers hashtag, and visit the SSHRC website.

We encourage you to spread the word to faculty who may wish to encourage a student to profile their SSHRC-funded research. Don’t hesitate to be in touch should you have any questions. Please note that participant questions should be addressed to

Post-Award Project Administration Guide for Research

October 1, 2015

Research Finance has now loaded their new Post-Award Project Administration Guide on their website (training section).  This is a comprehensive guide that provides detailed information on many, many topics related to the financial management of research projects.   It will be a good resource for the seasoned administrator, new employees, project managers and for researchers.  You will find helpful information on business practices, accountabilities, reporting and financial requirements.

Open Access Information Session

June 17, 2015

Information session on the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) invite the Canadian research community to an information session on their recently announced Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. The session will be an opportunity for the research community to learn more about the policy and its impacts on agency-funded research publications.

The information session will be delivered by webinar.

To join the session

  1. English session: Friday June 26, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
  2. French session: Monday June 22, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST

About the policy

  1. The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications was released by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR on February 27, 2015.

Instructions to connect

  1. Test your connection and get a quick overview
  2. For better sound quality, you can also connect by teleconference
    1. Local Dial-in: 613-960-7513
    2. Toll free Dial-in: 1-877-413-4788
    3. Enter the Conference ID: 5248493

For more information about the session

  1. NSERC:
  2. SSHRC:
  3. CIHR:

Workshops: An Introduction to R – February 17 and 18, 2015

February 3, 2015

An Introduction to R – February 17 and 18, 2015

R is a popular open source statistical package for data analytics and graphics that is widely used in both academia and industry. According to a recent survey, it is the most used statistical programming language and the 13th overall for all programming languages. It is available for free download from for use on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (there’s even a version on Android).

This workshop is a half day introduction to R led by PhD Candidates in the Department of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. It will be offered twice (9am-12pm on Feb 17 and Feb 18) in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, The D.B. Weldon Library). This workshop is open to anyone (faculty, students, staff) who is interested in learning more about R. Advanced statistics knowledge is not required to participate.

For more information on the workshop or to register, please visit the workshop website, from which you can register for either session:

Note: A non-refundable fee of $25 is required to hold your spot in the workshop.

Training: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

January 27, 2015

Please join us for a free professional development opportunity on Tuesday January 27 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room. Mandy Bonisteel, Professor at George Brown College, Counsellor & Advocate will present using video scenarios to depict a diverse array of situations where disclosures of sexual violence occur.

More details in the attached flyer.

Workshop – Introduction to R (Statistical Package)

October 15, 2014

R is a popular open source statistical package for data analytics and graphics.  R is available for free download from for use on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

This course is a full day introduction to R, and will be held in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, The D.B. Weldon Library) on October 30, 2014.  In the morning (9:00 to 12:00), after a general introduction, we will learn the basics of R as a calculator, as a way to draw statistical graphics, and as a statistical package.  In the afternoon (1:00 to 3:30), we will learn basic programming in R:  how to write our own functions to automate analyses. The day finishes with a survey of R packages.

The course is presented by Prof. Duncan Murdoch of the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at Western. Prof. Murdoch has been a member of the R core developer team for more  than 10 years, and has given numerous talks and short courses on R all around the world.

To register for the course, please complete the form at The Weldon Instruction Room provides computers for twenty-eight participants.

Qualtrics – New Survey Software Available

September 24, 2014

Over the past year or so, Western has been engaged in developing a solution to create and facilitate web-based surveys for researchers and other members of the University community.

Qualtrics has been chosen as the solution and its selection is intended to mitigate concerns about U.S. information access policies and the concerns typically raised by Research Ethics about where data resides.  The solution is web-based and the product is hosted out of Ireland.  While Western retains autonomy over access (using our own credentials) and information within this hosted solution, it should be noted that due to the fact that information will reside on servers outside of our own data centre, this platform may not solve all data residency questions as it relates to survey information-gathering. There may still be requirements to have covered – these items would be discussed case by case through Research Ethics and any other related units at the University.

The platform resembles other survey environments such as FluidSurveys and Survey Monkey and replaces the aged internal Western survey system.

This platform would be useful as a research instrument, a polling technology, and even as a voting technology for Faculty Council, etc.

You can find more information about Qualtrics, including how to start to create your surveys, by following the link:

Orientation Session – Using Qualtrics

Wednesday, October 22
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Community Room (1139)
Faculty of Education .

 Please indicate your attendance via this link,