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Thompson Rivers University

Dr. Kingsley Donkor, NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant recipient

Office of the Vice-President Research

Office of the Vice-President Research

Our mission

Thompson Rivers University will earn recognition as the most committed and innovative university in Canada for research and scholarship based on community partnerships; for involving graduate students in community-centred research; and for undergraduate research training.

Our actions will be defined by shared, deeply held values. We respect each other (Xyemstwécw), the land, knowledge, the peoples of our region and beyond.

Strategic Research Plan

Thompson Rivers University is entering a new phase where our research is advanced not only by individual scholars and projects, but also by strategic partnerships, collaborations and international networks. TRU’s new 2022-27 Strategic Research Plan articulates the key challenge areas where we will strive to make significant contributions during the next five years.

  • Understanding and responding to changing climate, its consequences for our environments (built, natural, social), and pursuing sustainable solutions.
  • Contributing to greater social cohesion and sense of belonging through a commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility.
  • Strengthening health, quality of life, and cultural sustainability in our local and regional communities.
  • Advancing technological, social and economic development and innovation that improves people’s lives.
  • Seeking truth, reconciliation, and rights through Indigenous-led research and capacity building.

Our Strategic Research Plan represents a road map to connecting research with community needs, engaging in global research challenges and ensuring the research enterprise contributes to the university’s 10-year strategic change goals. In the next 10 years, TRU will lead in community research and scholarship while supporting all faculty members in knowledge-seeking, knowledge creation, and creative inquiry.

Thompson Rivers University campuses are on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwepemcúl’ecw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc. The region TRU serves also extends into the territories of the St’át’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Nuxalk, Tŝilhqot'in, Dakelh, and Syilx peoples.

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Open education week pep rally

  Date: March 6, 11:00am - 1:30pm
  Location: Campus Activity Centre

Join us for the Open Education Pep Rally!

Research ethics lunch series

  Date: March 6, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  Location: Students' Union Building (TRUSU)

Are you considering working with children or youths in your research? Join the research ethics lunch series!X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:

Research with Young People: Assent and Consent
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2024

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: TRUSU Lecture Hall

Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Shaw (Anthropology/Sociology), Dr. Rebecca Sanford (Social Work)

All faculty, staff andstudents engaged in research are welcome!

Are you considering working with children or youths in your research?

Come and chat with REB members about research ethics with young people in terms of capacity to consent, assent versus consent, crafting child-friendly consent forms and the opportunities and challenges of requiring parental or guardianconsent.

Ways to connect:
We are here to support your research and answer questions.

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Online drop-in times:

  • Jan. 17 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Feb. 7 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Mar. 20 from 2-3 p.m.

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Two-day conference: Coyote Brings the Food

  Date: March 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm
  Location: Campus Activity Centre

Join us for a two-day conference and launch of the Volume 8 Knowledge Makers journal.

Respiratory therapy – mandatory info session

  Date: March 12, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  Location: Virtual

In the process of applying to the Respiratory Therapy program? Join us on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2024 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

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