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News from the Trent University Board of Governors Meeting: October 13, 2017


Monday, October 23, 2017

The first regular meeting of the academic year for Trent University’s Board of Governors took place on Friday, October 13, 2017.


Trent University Signs on to Unity Statement

The Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board of Governors, agreed to have Trent University sign the UNITY statement, including a preamble similar to the one used by the Peterborough Police Service.


Special Mentions

Stephen Kylie, chair of the Board of Governors, noted that governor Armand La Barge ’95 was recently recognized with the Canada 150 award for his volunteer work, years of public service and contributing to diversity, inclusivity and social justice.

Governor Garry Cubitt ’67, CAO of the Regional Municipality of Durham, was congratulated by the Board on the Trent Distinguished alumni award to be presented to him at the Jubilee Pavilion in Oshawa on October 18, 2017. 


President’s Report

In his report to the Board, Dr. Leo Groarke highlighted Trent’ success in the rankings, including its ranking for the seventh year in a row as the #1 undergraduate university in Ontario – and a move up to #3 in Canada according to the Maclean’s university rankings. He also mentioned Trent’s move up to the top 3.4% of universities worldwide by the Canadian World University rankings and Trent’s place as the only Canadian primarily undergraduate university to make the list in the National Taiwan University Ranking.


Enrolment Report

In his remarks, the President highlighted recent enrolment trends at the University. Trent has led the province for the second year in a row for percentage increase in applications and led the province in 2017 for accepts, or first-year confirmations. Where the provincial system has increased by 2.1% for fall 2017 overall, Trent University’s first-year confirmations increased by 18.2% in the year-over-year data from the Ontario Universities Application Centre. Official fall enrolment counts are official in November.


Student Centre Opening

Following the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Student Centre on the University’s Symons Campus on September 29, the Board received a report that confirmed the well-received new building achieved full occupancy October 16, 2017.  

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or


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