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UTM’s Principal asks: What matters most to you?
UTM's Vice-President and Principal Alexandra Gillespie has launched a series of forums for reflection to hear what matters most to the UTM community. The forums, facilitated by Gillespie and a series of special guest moderators, will serve as the foundation for the process of long-term campus-wide planning, to begin later in 2021. The next session takes place May 12 for faculty, librarians and postdoctoral fellows.
Learn more (includes a list of sessions)
UTM childcare grant
The application period for the UTM childcare grant is now open and will close on May 28, 2021 for eligible childcare expenses incurred from January to April 2021.
Learn more
Stories Published This Week
Reem El-Ajou, wearing black pants and sweater and blue surgical face mask seen in back of frame putting up yellow dividers for a queue the RAWC gym..
UTM alumna helps vax clinic run smoothly
UTM grad Reem El-Ajou is back on campus, where she is playing an important role supporting the largest mass public vaccination initiative in Canadian history.
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In The News
skyline of Shanghai at night, with tall tower to left illuminated by red light, multiple office towers and one tower with red lights on at the top in the shape of eyes and a mouth.
Should universities engage with China?
Increased geopolitical tensions mean academic collaboration in research and education with China have become a fraught and controversial topic.
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Black and white image of podium, middle is higher with a 1, left is a bit lower with a 2 and right is lowest with a 3
Biased university rankings
Business relationships may be distorting global university rankings, according to a new study out of University of California Berkeley.
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Cupped hand holding dirt in the palm with a green plant with two leaves growing out of the soil. Background is blurred trees.
Sustainability needs to include dissenting views
Just because a technology or policy is ‘green’ does not make it immune from reproducing harmful colonial and capitalist relations.
Awards & Honours
Management professor Nicola Lacetera is the recipient of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The annual award is presented to internationally renowned academics in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research. The award is named for German astronomer and mathematician Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784–1846) and funded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their choice in co-operation with specialist colleagues in Germany.
UTM Media Mentions
  • Parking problems: IMI professor Shauna Brail talks with The Mississauga News about the need for “good alternatives” at Mississauga’s lakefront after the city triples parking fines.
  • Why your kid is such a tattletale: psychology professor Tina Malti explains that children over-generalize societal rules and apply them to everything, via The New York Times.
  • Competition around illegal drug markets may be behind London’s startling rise in gun violence, sociology professor Julius Haag tells The London Free Press.
  • Police brutality us a public health issue: The Toronto Star talks to Historical Studies lecturer Beverly Bain about more police being deployed during the pandemic to hot spots, which are racialized neighbourhoods.
  • “An abject failure.” About 10,000 people are elgible to have their previous cannabis-related criminal records suspended but only 500 people have had them remedied to date, sociology professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah tells The Toronto Star.
  • Should mainstream businesses use cryptocurrencies? One day all businesses are going to have to, writes professor of finance Lisa Kramer in The Toronto Star.
Virtual Events
Family Care Office:
May 11: Building Male Allyship Within Families

BMC Speaker Series:
May 14:
Sharing data with charts and maps

UofT Centre for Learning, Leadership and Culture:
May 11: Difficult Conversations Virtually
May 13: Communication Competence
May 14: Meetings with Focus
Spotted On Social
Springtime at UTM.
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UTM Together
Share your stories and photos
We want to hear about what our UTM community is doing during these unprecedented times, whether it's finding creative ways to work and play, rallying to support the community or taking time to snuggle with your pup. You can send your story tips and photos to UTM's Office of Communications by emailing
Check here for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19
Resource page for UTM staff, faculty and librarians
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