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Anti-racism advisors: Paving the way for change

October 22, 2020

As special advisors on anti-racism, Nicole Kaniki and Bertha Garcia are laying the foundation for an interim advisory council on equity, diversity ...

Community impact and partnership

Students prepare 1,000 hygiene kits for community

October 21, 2020

Students participating in Western OServes prepared 1,000 bags of hygiene products, which were delivered Wednesday to community centres.

Student success

Western ranks first in global undergrad competition

September 21, 2020

Four Western students have been named top scholars – more winners than from any other university – at the 2020 Global Undergraduate ...

Research and innovation

Royal Society celebrates five Western scholars

September 09, 2020

New Royal Society of Canada honours go to Western scholars Lisa Saksida, Jing (Jin) Jiang, Peter Jaffe, Slobodan Simonovic and Jessica Grahn.


Back to school: A fall term like no other

September 03, 2020

September’s return to class at Western always promises a fresh start and new optimism. This fall, Western is aiming for a clean slate in ...

Student success

Six Western students awarded Schulich Leader Scholarships

August 20, 2020

Enrolled in Engineering and Science, they have diverse interests from dance and theatre to robotics and competitive swimming.

Student success, Announcements

Wellness director to bring Western to ‘leading edge’ of student supports

August 18, 2020

Wellness director to bring Western to ‘leading edge’ of student supports.

Announcements, Research and innovation

Feds fund innovative Western research

August 14, 2020

Six Western faculties and schools will share almost $3.6 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Philanthropy, Research and innovation

New Parr Centre for Thriving at Western bolsters proactive support for student mental health

August 11, 2020

A $9.2-million gift from Jeff and Shelley Parr has helped Western University launch a centre dedicated to student mental health and well-being.

Community impact and partnership, Announcements

Nicole Kaniki and Bertha Garcia named special advisors on anti-racism

August 06, 2020

Dr. Nicole Kaniki and Dr. Bertha Garcia will help Western lay the foundation for a sustained strategy to combat racism on campus.

Teaching, Research and innovation

CIFAR grants awarded for COVID-19 research in child, brain health

July 28, 2020

Daniel Ansari, Adrian Owen awarded Manulife CIFAR Population Health and Wellbeing grants to study the long-term health effects of COVID-19.

Research and innovation, Philanthropy, Community impact and partnership

$2.5M Gray family donation supports aging and mobility research

July 28, 2020

A gift from William and Lynne Gray has created a first-in-Canada research chair in mobility and aging.

Four new Canada Research Chairs for Western, two renewed

July 24, 2020

Two chairs, in business sustainability and neuroscience, have been renewed.

Research and innovation

Engineering researchers receive COVID-related grants

July 24, 2020

Two Western researchers have received funding for partnership research projects to help understand and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Philanthropy, Announcements

Kelly Cole named President/CEO of Sunnybrook Foundation

July 14, 2020

Kelly Cole, Vice-President fostered the growth of the university’s collaborative fundraising programs and alumni engagement initiatives.

Research and innovation, Announcements

Mark Daley named CIFAR Vice-President (Research)

July 09, 2020

Mark Daley, Western’s Special Advisor to the President on Data Strategy, has been appointed Vice-President (Research) for the CIFAR.

Teaching, Community impact and partnership

Western exploring new London partnerships as Continuing Studies returns to Main Campus

July 06, 2020

Western Continuing Studies will relocate from Citi Plaza to Main Campus in Fall 2021, as the university continues to explore local partnerships.

Teaching, Philanthropy, Community impact and partnership

Cheryl Forchuk, Jeremy McNeil earn 2020 Hellmuth Prizes

July 02, 2020

Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk and Biology professor Jeremy McNeil have been awarded the 2020 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research.

Student success, Community impact and partnership

Western creates new leadership role, advisory council to chart a path forward for anti-racism

June 22, 2020

Western will create a new leadership role and an advisory council that will guide university-wide efforts to develop a sustained strategy for ...

Student success, Community impact and partnership

Trio of PhD candidates named Vanier Scholars

June 19, 2020

Three Western PhD candidates – all from the social sciences and humanities competition – have been named among 166 nationwide ...

Research and innovation, Community impact and partnership

Banting Fellowship puts postdoc’s work in motion

June 19, 2020

BrainsCAN postdoctoral scholar Jonathan Michaels was awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue his work around brain activity during ...

Community impact and partnership, Sustainability

Western signs climate charter; sustainability work continues

June 18, 2020

Western has joined more than a dozen research-intensive Canadian universities to battle climate change through sustainable investing – part ...

Entrepreneurship, Alumni

Stephen Poloz named Chair of Lawrence Centre Advisory Council

June 15, 2020

A trio of Western alumni, including the former head of the nation’s central bank, have been named to guide the university’s top ...

Student success, Diversity, Community impact and partnership

New office elevates Indigenous presence across campus

June 12, 2020

Western efforts to bring Indigenous voices to the leadership table and an Indigenous presence to all levels of work, study and research across ...

Research and innovation

Western moves up in QS World University Rankings

June 12, 2020

Western researchers were top in Canada for research output for the second year in a row, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World ...

Student success, Research and innovation

Western partners with Bell on 5G research initiative

June 11, 2020

To accelerate 5G innovation in Canada, Western has partnered with Bell Canada to turn the campus into a ‘living lab’ that will help ...


President Alan Shepard’s Address to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

June 08, 2020

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Western President Alan Shepard presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. The session focussed on ...


President's Anti-Racism Working Group

June 08, 2020

President Alan Shepard's update on the final report of the Anti-Racism Working Group that began its work in January.


Update on return to campus timeline

June 05, 2020

President Shepard updates faculty and staff on a phased return to campus.

Research and innovation

Labatt family gift supports nursing education and research

May 13, 2020

Research, community involvement and technology at the heart of $5-million gift to Western from Arthur and Sonia Labatt.

Research and innovation

University investment pushes pandemic research forward

May 13, 2020

Western-led research aiding humanity and recovery efforts during disease outbreaks boosted thanks to university support.

Research and innovation

Discovery Grants back 75 Western research projects

May 07, 2020

Seventy-five university research projects across seven faculties received more than $13.8 million in NSERC Discovery Grants.

Research and innovation

Western names Lesley Rigg as Vice-President

April 27, 2020

Internationally recognized academic leader Lesley Rigg joins Western as Vice-President (Research) August 1, 2020.


Western ranked among world’s top universities

April 23, 2020

Western stands firmly among the world’s top universities in its commitment to social and economic impact, according to THE Impact Rankings.

Research and innovation

Western researchers earn SSHRC Insight Grants

April 22, 2020

Twenty Western researchers across six faculties received more than $2.7 million in funding.

Community impact and partnership

CIHR awards $1M to study treatment for first responders with PTSD

April 21, 2020

A study co-led by researchers at Western and McMaster on a new approach to treat public safety personnel with PTSD receives close to $1 million.

Student success, Research and innovation

Summer program opens research up to undergrads

April 21, 2020

Initiative helping undergraduates gain experience and summer jobs during COVID-19 crisis driving strategic priority forward.

Research and innovation

Network rallies research to combat pandemic

April 13, 2020

Experiment launched to meet challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic hoped to resonate long after crisis passes.


Musicologist Grier named Guggenheim Fellow

April 13, 2020

Western musicologist James Grier awarded Guggenheim Fellowship as one of seven Canadians among prestigious recipient list.


El Naggar, MacDermid earn top scholar honours

April 08, 2020

Engineering professor Hesham El Naggar and Health Sciences professor Joy MacDermid receive Distinguished University Professorships.

Research and innovation

Western fund to support pandemic research

April 02, 2020

New $1-million catalyst fund to support university research efforts focused on resilience and recovery from disease outbreaks.

Community impact and partnership

Advanced Manufacturing pivots to face shields

March 29, 2020

Western teams across campus are supporting production of low-cost, substantively effective medical face shields for use in hospitals.

Community impact and partnership

Conflict zone tech deploys to COVID-19 front lines

March 24, 2020

Applying lessons learned in war zones half a world away, Dr. Tarek Loubani is helping front-line health-care workers at home combat COVID-19.

Research and innovation

Federal funding backs Western COVID-19 research

March 20, 2020

Western researchers receive $998,840 toward establishing and testing an effective vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 – the virus behind COVID-19.

Research and innovation

Western University researchers begin work on COVID-19 vaccine

March 19, 2020

A multidisciplinary team of Western University joining global research effort to develop vaccine.

Research and innovation

Researcher ‘optimistic’ as crisis hits close to home

March 19, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic causes professional and personal worlds of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Saverio Stranges to collide.

Community impact and partnership

Med students unite to aid health-care colleagues

March 18, 2020

Medical students rally to support local communities and health-care colleagues during COVID-19 pandemic.

Student success, Teaching

University rallies to move courses online

March 17, 2020

As hundreds of courses go online this week, the university community is embracing a brave new world of e-teaching.

Community impact and partnership

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

March 16, 2020

Western students set up a grocery shop-and-delivery service for at-risk Londoners during COVID-19 pandemic.

Research and innovation

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

March 12, 2020

Eight exceptional faculty members awarded Western’s highest honours for excellence in teaching, leading, and inspiring their students.

Community impact and partnership

President’s statement on COVID-19 effort

March 12, 2020

Western classes move online March 18 in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Community impact and partnership

President’s statement on COVID-19 effort

March 11, 2020

Western cancels future university-sanctioned international travel for all students until June 1, 2020.


Seven Western programs among global elite

March 04, 2020

Four Western subjects stand among the Top 50 programs in the world, according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings.


Baron named to head Western International efforts

February 20, 2020

Career international education advocate Britta Baron named Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International).

International, Teaching

Zecevic named 3M National Teaching Fellow

February 20, 2020

Health Studies professor Aleksandra Zecevic honoured with top award for leadership in teaching.

Diversity, International

Althea Blackburn-Evans named Chief Communications Officer

February 19, 2020

Althea Blackburn-Evans has been named Western’s first-ever Chief Communications Officer in a reorganized communications portfolio.

Community impact and partnership

Western unveils $619K in support of United Way

February 05, 2020

The Western community raises $619,475 for United Way Elgin Middlesex, providing support and access to vital local services.

Research and innovation, Sustainability, International, Community impact and partnership

President makes Budget 2020 pitch for universities

February 04, 2020

Budget 2020 offers the federal government and universities a unique opportunity to elevate Canada’s place on the world stage.

Philanthropy, Diversity, Community impact and partnership, Student success

Listening sessions set for Anti-Racism Working Group

January 30, 2020

Campus community given opportunity to offer input into the university’s anti-racism efforts through a series of listening sessions.


Honouring the Victims of Flight PS752

January 14, 2020

Western University mourns loss of four graduate students who lost their lives on Flight PS752.


Vigil honours students lost in Flight PS752

January 08, 2020

The Western and London community gathered in a sombre memorial to mourn deaths of four Western students aboard Flight PS752.


Psychologist Gerstein, former Chancellor, dies

January 08, 2020

Reva Appleby Gerstein, LLD’72, the ground-breaking psychologist who served as Western’s first woman Chancellor, died at age 102.


Alumni named among Order of Canada recipients

January 06, 2020

Five Western alumni are among 120 newly named appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours.

Community impact and partnership

Announcement: New Dean Chosen for Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

January 06, 2020

Internationally renowned surgeon Dr. John Yoo will take the helm of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry May 1.


Western mourns passing of Richard M. Ivey

December 31, 2019

Richard M. Ivey, HBA’47, LLD’79, the renowned philanthropist and education advocate who helped elevate Western and its business school ...

Community impact and partnership

Celebrating the year that was 2019

December 12, 2019

Today, we offer you the 10th annual Western News Newsmakers of the Year – a celebration of some of the people, places and things that shaped ...

Community impact and partnership

Regional imaging excellence at heart of partnership

December 10, 2019

A new partnership between Western, London hospitals and a medical technology pioneer will make southwestern Ontario a “global ...


Liao named among 2021 Schwarzman Scholars

December 09, 2019

Cynthia Liao, HBA’14, was recently named a Schwarzman Scholar, one of 145 young leaders to receive this distinguished scholarship to pursue ...

Philanthropy, Diversity

Remember 30: The École Polytechnique Massacre

December 05, 2019

It stands among the darkest days in Canadian history. On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal in what ...


Alumnae named among Canada’s Most Powerful

November 27, 2019

Eleven Western alumnae have been named recipients of the 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, the Women’s Executive ...

Alumni, International

Hickey named among Rhodes Scholars

November 27, 2019

Patrick Hickey, HBA’19, has been named a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, one of only 11 Canadian students to earn the esteemed award ...

Research and innovation, Community impact and partnership

Western, RBC team up on data analytics, AI

November 21, 2019

The next generation of leaders will be better armed against unprecedented technical transformation thanks to a new partnership between Western and ...

Community impact and partnership

Brunette-Debassige, White earn Atlohsa Awards

November 04, 2019

Western community members Candace Brunette-Debassige and Jerry White were named among seven honourees earning Atlohsa Peace Awards for their ...

Student success, Philanthropy, Diversity

President strikes group to target racism on campus

October 31, 2019

In the wake of recent incidents over the past week, Western’s President is launching a working group to better understand and target issues ...

Student success, Teaching

Thompson Centre launch to further Engineering education

October 28, 2019

In support of furthering great ideas, Western recently announced the launch of the John M. Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation

Community impact and partnership

First dual ceremony welcomes Shepard, Hasenfratz

October 22, 2019

On Tuesday, Western hosted the simultaneous installation of a president and a chancellor, outside the confines of Convocation and situated within ...

Community impact and partnership

Hasenfratz: Love finding ways to connect

October 22, 2019

On Oct. 22, Chancellor Linda Hasenfratz, BSc’89, MBA’97, LLD’19, and President Alan Shepard were installed into their respective ...

Community impact and partnership

Shepard: Meet challenges of future together

October 22, 2019

On Oct. 22, President Alan Shepard and Chancellor Linda Hasenfratz, BSc’89, MBA’97, LLD’19, were installed into their respective ...

Research and innovation, Entrepreneurship

Hunter earns Vanguard for innovation, patience

October 21, 2019

Chemistry professor emeritus Duncan Hunter – a researcher who “exemplifies what it means to be an innovator” – has been ...

Community impact and partnership

Hasenfratz brings fire to Chancellor role

October 18, 2019

I’m still in the heart of it.” Western Chancellor Linda Hasenfratz embraces the challenge of serving in the key position while still ...

Alumni, Announcements

Alumnus Malloy installed as King’s Principal

October 18, 2019

This week, the Western community welcomed David Cruise Malloy, BA’83 (Physical Education), MA’86, as the ninth Principal at ...

Community impact and partnership, Alumni

Western alumni, students among 20 20s list

October 16, 2019

The Western community was well-represented among the city’s outstanding young professionals as numerous students and alumni were named to ...

Teaching, Community impact and partnership

Awards honour excellence among us

October 10, 2019

Demonstrating dedication from faculties to research, from libraries to technology, presented here are winners of the 2019 Western Awards of ...

Research and innovation

Western Space fueled by passion, expertise

October 07, 2019

If you’ve somehow misplaced your awe of the universe, Jan Cami advises you to gaze first at the heavens and then at your hands. Not only is ...

Community impact and partnership, Research and innovation

Dozen projects earn funding backing

October 04, 2019

It’s the personal mission of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Martha Dagnew to see the Great Lakes turn blue again, instead of ...

Diversity, Student success, Community impact and partnership

Survey targets opinions on sexual violence policy

October 04, 2019

Western is inviting the university community to answer a survey and take part in focus-group sessions as part of community consultations to update ...

International, Student success

Western moves up in Maclean’s rankings

October 03, 2019

Western rose one spot from last year, landing at No. 7 in the 2020 Maclean’s University Rankings, released Oct. 3

Student success, Teaching

Kindness key for OCUFA award honoree Irwin

October 02, 2019

Health Studies professor Jennifer Irwin has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of ...

International, Alumni

President's Alumni Tour kicks off October 1

October 01, 2019

As Alan learns more about the Western story, he is looking forward to meeting you, our ‘purple and proud’ graduates

Community impact and partnership

Mayor: Broughdale response ‘cause for optimism’

September 30, 2019

Officials are crediting early and frequent collaboration across the city as a “cause for optimism” related to managing the annual ...

Research and innovation

Research ranking places Western tops in Canada

September 26, 2019

Western stands atop Canada – and among only a handful of universities around the world – on a list of the fastest-rising institutions ...

Student success, Teaching

Gift advances dentistry education, profession

September 26, 2019

Dentalcorp, a partnership of Canada’s largest network of dental clinics, is supporting students and alumni of the Schulich School of ...

Community impact and partnership

Alan Shepard's address to Western's Leaders' Forum

September 19, 2019

Alan Shepard, President & Vice-Chancellor, addresses Western's Leaders Forum attendees

Student success, Community impact and partnership

Architect named to shape new Indigenous space

September 19, 2019

Redquill Architecture, led by Wanda Dalla Costa, a firm that specializes in Indigenous architecture, planning and design, has been enlisted to ...

Alumni, International

Alumni take top honours among world’s best

September 17, 2019

Research papers by two recent Western graduates – Cynthia Qi and Madelaine Coelho – have been selected as the best in the world in ...

Community impact and partnership

Western elite named among Royal Society Fellows

September 10, 2019

Two Western scholars and one professor emerita - Joy MacDermid of Physical Therapy, Ravi Menon of Medical Biophysics, and Ann Chambers of ...

Community impact and partnership

Western emerging generation among New College

September 10, 2019

Two Western scholars - Lauren Flynn of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Janice Forsyth of Sociology - were named among the newest ...

Research and innovation

Fulbright scholar to link synchrotron tech, mining

September 10, 2019

Mining has advanced light years beyond the pickaxe and shovel. Just how much farther it can develop is a question Earth Sciences professor Neil ...

Community impact and partnership, Alumni

Presidents: Postsecondary teamwork key to future

September 10, 2019

Co-operation, collaboration and community are key to the future of postsecondary education in – and beyond – London, according to the ...

Diversity, Community impact and partnership

Daley targets data strategy in new role

September 09, 2019

If Western researcher Mark Daley succeeds in his newest role, the Western community will start using data in such a way that will transform the ...

Community impact and partnership, Student success

Campus springs back to life as Fall Term begins

September 03, 2019

Western grew exponentially in just a matter of days as the university welcomed approximately 31,000 students to campus as the 2019 Fall Term begins

Community impact and partnership, Student success

Program leads 10,000 kids to active living

August 30, 2019

A Western-led program recently reached a milestone by having helped more than 10,000 London kids become physically active. The ACT-i-Pass program ...

Community impact and partnership

Study turns attention to rural homelessness

August 30, 2019

Homeless individuals in rural areas are offered few options when it comes to assistance in their communities, frequently forcing them into urban ...

Community impact and partnership

Med school admission changes open new doors

August 26, 2019

When Gabby Schoettle was 8 years old, her mother died of metastatic breast cancer. Soon afterward, her father became ill and was unable to work. ...

Student success, Teaching, Community impact and partnership

University’s role in society at heart of new course

August 19, 2019

If you think the debate over the role of higher education is new, think again. You’ll need to look deeper than today’s headlines for ...

Student success

Brown, Israels named among Schulich Leaders

August 19, 2019

Liam Israels and Katie Brown, two of the nation’s highest achieving secondary students, will begin their undergraduate studies at Western ...

Research and innovation

Six Western projects earn CFI backing

August 12, 2019

From hearing loss and brain activity, to cancer and joints, to sustainable energy and social cues, six Western-led projects, involving 10 ...

Student success, Research and innovation

Programs showcase grad student skills to employers

August 12, 2019

A pair of new programs look to play matchmaker between Western graduate students and employers who may offer an alternative career path outside ...

Alumni, International

Two alumni win award as top Canadian immigrants

July 21, 2019

A senior official with the Toronto Stock Exchange and an up-and-coming real estate lawyer – both community-driven Western alumni – ...

Research and innovation

Democracy project heads SSHRC recipients

July 17, 2019

Political Science professor Laura Stephenson’s C-Dem project headed a list of 97 Western projects and research areas which will collectively ...

Research and innovation

CIHR Project Grants back 10 Western-led projects

July 17, 2019

Health researchers at Western were awarded more than $8 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the latest ...

Research and innovation

Prichard ready to ‘set the table’ for success

July 17, 2019

One year. That is how long Acting Vice-President (Research) Sarah Prichard has to “set the table” for a permanent research leader

Community impact and partnership, Student success

Western Pride celebrates identity, inclusion

July 15, 2019

Western Pride launched its 2019 celebrations with a mix of rainbows and sunshine. A flag-raising ceremony took place Monday to begin two weeks of ...

Community impact and partnership, International

Western welcomes admissions counselors

July 09, 2019

This week, the Western campus plays host to more than 1,500 members of the International Association of College Admission Counseling for their ...

Announcements, Community impact and partnership

Western names Dr. Alan Shepard as 11th President and Vice-Chancellor

November 29, 2018

Dr. Alan Shepard, one of the country’s most innovative postsecondary leaders, will become the 11th President and Vice-Chancellor of Western ...

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