Friday, January 18, 2019

Provost issues statement on new tuition framework

Vice-President, Academic & Provost James Rush has circulated a memo to University faculty and staff that outlines the impact of the provincial government's new tuition framework, announced yesterday.

“The Government of Ontario announced that it will reduce the cost of domestic tuition for university students by 10 per cent for the 2019/2020 fiscal year and will freeze domestic tuition for 2020/2021,” the provost writes. “The announcement includes changes to OSAP and some ancillary fees.”

“It is too early to predict the total impact of the government’s announcement, but it is clear that this represents a significant reduction in our operating income in the coming years.”

“We have planned for a period of uncertainty and we will take time to assess and consult on the actions we need to take in the short, medium and longer term so we can continue to deliver on our mission at the highest quality standards possible under the circumstances we face.” 

“In the meantime, I reiterate the prudence of restraint where possible in University spending throughout the remainder of the current budget year. Savings from the current year will help us all to buffer the reality of reduced revenues in the next fiscal year.”

“Our work to build the 2019/2020 budget will continue with the new reality of reduced tuition in mind. We expect to receive further updates and clarifications from the government in the coming weeks and I will provide, through regular channels, more specific direction on restrained spending and other updates for 2019/2020 as part of the budget planning process.”                

“The excellence and resilience of this Institution is a reflection of the faculty and staff dedicated to our shared mission,” the provost’s memo concludes. “Thank you for your valued contributions to our University.”

Collaborative Water program kicks off with largest cohort to date

WATER 601 instructors, William Annable and Sarah Wolfe, open the first lecture for graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program.

WATER 601 instructors, William Annable and Sarah Wolfe, open the first lecture for graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program.

This is an excerpt of an article that was originally published on the Water Institute's website.

On Friday, January 11, 2019, 67 graduate students from all six University of Waterloo faculties stepped into a classroom and began their journey in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP). This program is jointly offered by 11 University of Waterloo departments and schools, making it the most interdisciplinary graduate program focusing on water in Canada.

“We need people with deep disciplinary expertise to tackle our water problems, but we also need people who can work with specialists from other fields, and who can see the ways in which water problems cut across those disciplines,” said Rob de Loë, Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo’s School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and director of the CWP. “That’s what the Collaborative Water Program offers Waterloo students – a truly interdisciplinary experience.”

Since the launch of the CWP in 2013-14, 255 graduate students have enrolled in the University of Waterloo’s most academically diverse graduate program. This year’s cohort is the largest ever, with students from a variety of disciplines including public health and health systems, geography and environmental management, applied mathematics, economics, and civil and environmental engineering.

“This is the first class I’ve been a part of at Waterloo where there are so many students from different academic disciplines in one lecture hall,” said current CWP student, Tyler Hampton, PhD student from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. “I’m looking forward to learning how to solve real-world water problems from my new peers who can bring different perspectives to these issues, while offering my expertise to those outside of my field.” 

Students in WATER 602, getting hands-on experience in the Grand River Watershed.

Students in WATER 602, getting hands-on experience in the Grand River Watershed.

Collaborative Water Program students complete their specialist training in their respective home departments or schools, while working with students from a variety of disciplines in two interdisciplinary courses: WATER 601, a classroom-based course, and WATER 602 which takes place in the Grand River Watershed. These courses capture both theoretical and practical components, including in-class lectures, field-work, interdisciplinary group work and individual research seminars.

Read the rest of the article and view more pictures on the Water Institute's website.

Library researcher survey now open

The University of Waterloo Library, in association with the Office of Research, is looking at how they can improve the services that support academic research.

"We want to hear from faculty, graduate and postdoc researchers to learn more about the research services you use, or would like to see at the University," says a Library news item. "An online survey will be available until January 30, 2019 and will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Participants have the option of being included in a draw for 1 of 5 $100 Indigo gift cards."

Researchers are invited to take the survey

Survey details:

  • Participation is confidential and voluntary
  • You may skip any question you do not wish to answer
  • Survey results will include no identifiable information

Contest details:

  • Odds of winning one of the prizes depends on the number of participants
  • Information collected for the prize draw will not be linked to survey data in any way
  • Any identifying information will be stored separately, then destroyed after the prizes have been provided
  • Selected winners must accurately answer a skill-testing question to be declared the winner of the prize

For more information about privacy and contest rules, please read the Library's Survey Privacy Policy and Contest Rules.

For more information about the survey, please contact User Experience Specialist Emily Christofides.

Friday's notes

Feds Winter Welcome Week continues today with Clubs and Societies Day taking place in the Student Life Centre Great Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Welcome Week wraps tomorrow with Cider & Sweets + Dear Future Me in the Student Life Centre from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Look for free hot apple cider to ward off the extreme cold, and the annual "Dear Future Me!" initiative, where students can fill out an inspirational message to themselves, which the Feds will then mail to them prior to final exams.

Common Waters logo, with a line of waves separating the words "Common" and "waters"The BRIDGE Centre for Architecture + Design at the University of Waterloo and Cambridge Art Galleries are seeking proposals for a three-month series of community art, events, and conversations about our common waters in the historic centre of Cambridge. 

The theme of “Common Waters” is about finding new ways and voices that open and spark diverse discussions on the future of community and our changing relationship with water. Common Waters is a platform to connect with each other and with our environment: from the origins, significance, and stories we tell about water, to the use, pollution, and degradation of it.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit a proposal. For more details and to submit a proposal, visit The deadline is Monday, February 4 at 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact

Link of the day

100 years ago: the Paris Peace Conference

When and where

Chamber Music Ensembles Winter 2019 Auditions open, Monday, January 7 to January 19. See for details.

Free Instructional Classes, Monday, January 14 to Friday, January 18.

Knowledge Integration Seminar: Building a grassroots coalition for the green economy, Friday, January 18, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408.

Conditioning Classes Registration Deadline, Friday, January 18.

Warriors Volleyball vs. RMC. Residence Night. Friday, January 18, 6:00 p.m., PAC Main Gym

Warrior Women’s Hockey vs Brock – Alumni Day, Bell Let’s Talk. Saturday, January 19, 2:00 p.m., CIF Arena.

Instructional Registration Deadline. Sunday, January 20.

Velocity Graduate Student Startup Fund applications close, “Win $20,000 in funding for a startup and acceptance into the Velocity Garage incubator program,” Sunday, January 20, 11:59 p.m.

Velocity Fund $5K applications open, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Monday, January 21.

Literature reviews for grads (Part A): Organizing research, Monday, January 21, 2:00 p.m., LIB 323.

Nanostructured flash memory devices based on radical polymers and carbon-based nanomaterials, featuring Giovanni Fanchini, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Chemistry at Western University, London, Ontario, Monday, January 21, 2:30 p.m. in C2-361 (Reading Room).

Senate meeting, Monday, January 21, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Monday, January 21, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Professional School Interviews, Monday, January 21, 5:00 p.m., TC 2218.

CBB/WIN Lecture featuring Dr. Alessandro Olivo, University College London, “Origins, state-of-the-art and application perspectives of incoherent x-ray phase contrast imaging methods,” Tuesday, January 22, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., QNC 1501. Registration.

The Body Project, Tuesday, January 22, 5:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research seminar, “UW, Intellectual Property & You,” Tuesday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., QNC 1506.

Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, January 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

NEW - Interviews: Prepping for Questions, Tuesday, January 22, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

The legal, business, and moral duty to design hardware, software, and human-computer interfaces to be fully accessible to people with disabilities — Why and how, David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, Tuesday, January 22, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1350.

Faculty Research Networking Event: VR & Augmented Reality, Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., GI Collaboration Space (EC1-1323). Please register. Open to faculty and post docs.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

Vision Science Research Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan, “More Than Meets The Eye: Multisensory Integration in Virtual Environments.” Wednesday, January 23, 4:30 p.m., OPT 1129.

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, “Framing decision making,” Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., EC5 1111. 

Résumé Tips (for employees only), Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208.​

Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "Framing decision making," Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

Research Talks, “Unearthing ancient environments with microbes,” featuring Alexis Dolphin, Andrew Doxey, Kirsten Müller, and Peter Keech. Thursday, January 24, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Davis Centre 1302. Please register as seating is limited.

WaterTalk, “Building adaptive capacity for water management--the role of knowledge and power,” delivered by Professor Marie Carmen Lemos, Thursday, January 24, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Friday, January 25, 12:30 p.m., NH 3308.

NEW - Knowledge Integration seminar: “Sketching for communication”, featuring speaker Matt Gorbet, Gorbet Design Inc., Friday, January 25, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Warriors Basketball vs. Laurier – Battle of Waterloo, Bell Let’s Talk. Friday, January 25, 6:00 p.m., PAC Main Gym.

Warriors Volleyball vs. York – Warrior Recreation League Night, Donor Appreciation Day, Staff and Faculty Day (Email for a free ticket code sponsored by Campus Dentist). Saturday, January 26, noon, PAC Main Gym.

Waterloo ExL Community of Practice: Games and Simulations in the Classroom, Monday, January 28, 12:00 p.m., DC1301 (DC Fishbowl). RSVP.

Turning Back the Doomsday Clock. Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) presents Getting Unstuck: Tools to Deal with ConflictWednesday, January 30, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., NH 3318.

Student Service Centre Grand Opening, Wednesday, January 30, 2:30 p.m, The Centre, first floor of Needles Hall.

President's Lecture featuring Donna Strickland, Nobel laureate, Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities.