Articles by author: Brock University

  • Secondary school students choosing Brock at near-record levels

    MEDIA RELEASE: 26 January 2022 – R0007

    Brock University has seen a significant increase in applications among Ontario high school students wanting to attend the University this fall.

    Nearing pre-pandemic levels of enrolment interest, Brock received an 11.2 per cent increase in applications from Ontario secondary school students as of the Jan. 13 deadline — the first in a series of key application dates for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year.

    After a pandemic-related dip across the sector last year, post-secondary schools across the province saw an 8.4 per cent average increase in applications, according to data released this week by the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Brock outpaced that average by nearly three per cent, while also seeing an eight per cent increase in applicants who listed the University as their top choice of the universities they select on the OUAC application forms.

    Brock Interim President Lynn Wells says the numbers provide optimistic signs of a positive rebound from COVID-19.

    “While it’s still very early in the recruitment cycle, this level of interest from Ontario high school students tells us that students have persevered in their studies through difficult pandemic conditions and are ready to continue their journey with Brock University as their home,” Wells says. “It’s also an important testament to the steps we have taken to make our campus safe this year, including our vaccine mandate. Brock continues to put the health and safety of our campus community at the forefront of everything we do, while also ensuring that students are provided with the high-quality education and on-campus experience they’ve come to expect from us.”

    Still to come on the application schedule are the deadlines for international students and college transfers, and the deadline to accept offers from Brock on June 1.

    In advance of that, the University’s recruiting team is continuing to use creative ways to reach prospective students. With the pandemic causing the cancellation of major events such as the in-person Ontario Universities Fair  in both 2020 and 2021, Brock turned to virtual tours, online open houses and a significant digital marketing campaign.

    As the latest pandemic restrictions start to lift, the University hopes to return to in-person tours next month and is planning a full slate of events later this spring to replace what is typically the one-day Spring Open House.

    “We’ve tried to meet the prospective students where they are,” said Matt Melnyk, Director, Student Recruitment and Acting Director, International Market Development. “In this online space, we’re competing for their attention, not just amongst schools, but against video games and social media, and everything else digital. We’re trying our best to meet their needs through creativity, responsiveness and being agile with how we engage with these potential students.”

    Working with University Marketing and Communications, the Student Recruitment team is using new and creative marketing strategies with trending digital platforms like TikTok and SnapChat, leveraging location- and interest-based targeting, and partnering with social media influencers.

    To learn more about what Brock has to offer prospective students, visit discover.brocku.ca

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca or 905-347-1970

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  • Brock scores high marks on research funding in national report

    MEDIA RELEASE: 25 January 2022 – R0006

    A national company that tracks Canada’s research and development performance has ranked Brock University first place out of 21 universities in its category for corporate research income growth.

    The value of Brock’s research grants and contracts received from corporate sources grew 134.5 per cent from fiscal years 2019 to 2020, says Research Infosource’s latest report, released Tuesday, Jan. 25.

    “Brock is certainly on the right track,” says Ron Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc. “The University has a long history of partnerships with local industry. This year’s result is evidence of that.”

    Brock’s research income totaled more than $15.5 million in 2020, according to the Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2021 report.

    Corporate research income, or sponsored research, comes from a variety of sources. Agencies such as Mitacs, FedDev and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Alliance Grants program leverage funding to Brock obtained from the private sector.

    These programs, as well as funding from the Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc. (OGWRI) and other grants and contracts negotiated between Brock and industry accounted for the rise in sponsored research between 2019 and 2020.

    For Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon, the increase in sponsored research reflects the University “making good on an institutional, shared aspiration.”

    “People come to Brock’s researchers seeking a solution to a specific problem,” he says. “They are looking for support, for partnership, and they find it at Brock. It’s about building bridges and the difference our research makes in our community and beyond.”

    Kenyon says it is important for Brock and other universities to diversify their research funding pool beyond the federal government’s Tri-Agencies: NSERC, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

    The Research Infosource rankings follow Brock’s recent ranking as the best Canadian university for chemical sciences, according to online education platform Erudera. Erudera says it aims to have the largest and most updated database of chemical sciences PhD programs available in Canada, including 64 chemical sciences PhD programs available at 31 schools and universities across the country.

    In the Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2021 report, Brock University also scored highly for publication growth.

    In a section of the report called “20-Year University Spotlights,” Brock ranked second place out of 21 universities for international collaboration publication growth, with an 826.9 per cent rise from 2000 to 2019.

    Brock’s total university research publications jumped 308.3 per cent from 2000 to 2019, putting it in third place. Brock ranked fifth for university cross-sector collaboration publication growth, increasing 480 per cent from 2000 to 2019.

    Research Infosource Inc. tracks and ranks research performance in a wide variety of areas in universities, corporations, hospitals and colleges. The research consulting and publishing firm specializes in the areas of policy, research, business intelligence and analysis on science, technology, innovation and the Canadian research and development ecosystem.

    Brock University appears consistently on the yearly Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities List. The firm has placed Brock and other comprehensive universities in the ‘undergraduate’ category based on the proportion of graduate to undergraduate programs.

    In addition to its undergraduate programs, Brock has had graduate programming for more than a decade and offers nearly 50 master’s and doctoral degrees.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca or 905-347-1970

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