Response to 2020 Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies External Review

December 08, 2020

Dear colleagues, as you may remember, on the request of the Senate, I commissioned an external review of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.  The review occurred in January 2020 and I have now received a joint response from the Interim Director of the Institute and the Board of Trustees. You can find both the review and the response on our website: Review (Jan. 24, 2020) | Response (Nov. 17, 2020).

The review panel included:

  • Alan Bernstein, O.C., Ph.D., President and CEO, CIFAR 
  • Margaret Levi, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University 
  • Jane Ohlmeyer, Professor of History and Director of the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin 
  • Veronica Strang, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University 

The Senate specified that Terms of Reference for this review include a request to investigate and make recommendations on the Institute‚Äôs structures and governance (both academic and financial). The external review team included four outstanding international experts with extensive expertise in the governance of Institutes for Advanced Study. This response outlines specific steps that have already been taken, are planned, or are in discussion to address the recommendations.

This response has gone to the Research Committee of the Senate and in January it will be on the Senate agenda.

Best regards,

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
UBC Vancouver

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