Trent University Tops Again, "Research University of the Year"


Research Infosource Inc. Releases Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List: Trent Ranks #1 in Primarily Undergraduate Category

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

(Peterborough) Trent University has once again landed the number one spot as Research University of the Year for 2008, in a national survey ranking Canada's innovation leaders.

Trent regained its number one ranking after placing first among primarily undergraduate universities from across Canada for three consecutive years in 2003-05.

Dr. James D. A. Parker, Vice President of Research, International and Strategic Enrolment Management at Trent University said: "We continue to rank number one for an institution of our size because our researchers are among Canada's best". He added, "Our consistent top ranking is even more impressive because it takes into account research from all disciplines – the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities".

Trent faculty demonstrated substantial growth in attracting higher than average sponsored research revenues from external sources.  Between 2007-08, Trent’s revenue increased by an impressive 55.5 per cent, up from $11,142-million to over $17,321-million.  Sponsored research includes funds to support research paid in the format of a grant, contribution or contract from a source external to the university.

Trent is among the top 50 universities that posted research income growth higher than the national average of 6 per cent.

Trent faculty were also ranked number one across the nation among primarily undergraduate universities for their publication intensity.  The number of studies published by Trent faculty grew by 83.6 per cent over the previous year.

Research Infosource Inc., an independent company, released the results of the survey today.

According to Research Infosource, Canada's top 50 research universities received $6.1 billion in sponsored research, up from $5.7 billion in 2007.  This income includes government and non-government sources.
Trent University is an internationally renowned institution, known for its commitment to a liberal arts and sciences education.   Its six strategic research clusters include: Biological and Forensic Sciences; Canadian and Indigenous Studies; Cultural Studies and the Humanities; Education, Health and Sustainability; Environmental Science, Materials Science and Quantitative Modelling; Understanding People, Communities and Institutions.
Within a collegial setting, Trent University offers traditional and interdisciplinary degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Nestled along the banks of the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario, the main campus features award-winning architecture designed to complement its natural setting. More than 7,000 full and part-time students attend Trent in Peterborough and at its Oshawa campus.

On October 21, 2009 Trent University officially launched the Centre of Knowledge in the Environment, the first of four virtual centres designed to profile interdisciplinary teaching and research expertise among the humanities, social sciences, sciences and professional programs to be unveiled leading up to the University’s 50th anniversary.  Centres to be launched in the future will include:

  • Humanity and Culture
  • Health
  • and People, Communities and Institutions

Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2009, Research Universities of the Year 2009 and Spotlight 2009 as well as a complete analysis are available on the Research Infosource website, The data were obtained from Statistics Canada and the Research Infosource Canadian University R&D database. Research Infosource Inc., a division of The Impact Group, is Canada's source of R&D intelligence. Drawing from extensive databases, Research Infosource Inc. publishes Canada's Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders List, Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List, and specialized reports.

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For more Information contact:

Dr. Neil Emery, Associate Vice President, Research, Trent University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 7312.