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QUFA Digest Emails: April 2018

1. QUFA Annual Lecture with Ira Wells on April 6th at 2pm: Professor Wells (University of Toronto) will be joining us to talk about the hot-button issue of free speech on university campuses. His talk is titled “Virtue Signals: Anti-Intellectualism and the Weaponization of Free Speech on Campus” and will → Learn More

Announcements: University Pension Plan Update

Dear QUFA Members, Please find attached an information bulletin about the University Pension Plan project that QUFA has been involved in for a few years now. This is the first official communication from those who have been working on establishing a new, jointly-sponsored pension plan for the university sector (the → Learn More

Announcements: Nominations to QUFA Committee are Welcome!

Stevenson Fergus and the 2018 QUFA Nominations Committee welcome nominations and inquiries from all members who are interested to serve on QUFA committees or who would like more information about how to get involved. Please see here for more information.

Announcements: QUFA New Budget Model Report 2017

In response to growing Member concern about the workings and ramifications of the “New” or “Activity-Base” budget model introduced by former Provost Alan Harrison, QUFA commissioned Professor Emeritus John Holmes (Queen’s, Geography) to prepare a review and critique of how this kind of budgeting works in general and how it → Learn More

Announcements: Annual/Biennial Reports and Faculty180

Dear Colleagues, QUFA and the University administration have reached an agreement about the use of the software tool, Faculty180, for the use of filing biennial and annual reports in 2017.  Members may use the Faculty180 tool in lieu of the current forms on a strictly voluntary basis.  QUFA sought voluntary → Learn More

Emails to Members: Fair Copyright event with Paul Jones

Fair Copyright event with Paul Jones of the Canadian Association of University Teachers is today at 2pm at the University Club. This will be followed, at 3:30, by a Quaff with QUFA – first drink on us – to mark the end of classes and continue the conversation. All Members → Learn More

Announcements: Urgent Action Appeal: Justice for Hassan Diab

Dear QUFA Members, See below for an urgent appeal from the Canadian Association of University Teachers to support justice for Dr. Hassan Diab by petitioning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tomorrow to intervene directly with the President of France to secure Diab’s release from prison. There are three ways you can → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: November 2017

QUFA Event: Fair Copyright: Paul Jones from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) will join us on Friday, December 1 at 2pm at the University Club to tell us what is happening with the current review of the Canadian Copyright Act and what it means for Queen’s Librarians and → Learn More

QUFA Voices: October, 2017

Download October 2017 QUFA Voices here. Note: If you have difficulty viewing the graphs on p. 2 of this issue of QUFA Voices, please use a browser other than Safari. We recommend Firefox.

Announcements: 110 QUFA members chose to opt out of the Copibec

In fewer than 2 business days, 110 QUFA members chose to opt out of the Copibec lawsuit against Laval University (and its faculty employees) for copyright infringement! Laval, like many other Canadian post-secondary institutions, already pays high fees to use published work and should not have to pay more to → Learn More