University of Calgary

U of C scores in workplace survey

By Colleen Turner

The University of Calgary has ranked fifth among Canadian universities in an international study of the best places to work in academia.

The annual survey in the October issue of The Scientist measures categories such as job satisfaction, management and policies, peer collaboration and personal fulfillment. More than 1,500 tenured or tenure-track life scientists responded to the web-based survey.

“Multi-disciplinary, quality research is the core of what we do here,” says Dr. Dennis Salahub, vice-president (research and international). “We have worked very hard to create a top-notch environment for the scientists who work here, and that environment helps scientists research issues that are important to all of us.”

The Scientist ranking is one indication that the research climate at the U of C is healthy and vibrant, says Salahub, adding that researchers here received $280 million in sponsored research funding—seventh in Canada.

The Scientist declared St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee as the best place to work in U. S. academia. The University of Cambridge ranked first in the U.K. and Dalhousie University placed first in Canada.

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