Lakehead University Research Ranks Second in Ontario; Third in Canada

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

Lakehead University has been ranked in the top three Research Universities of the Year in the undergraduate category of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities, released annually by Re$earch Infosource.
Re$earch Infosource ranks Lakehead second among Ontario’s undergraduate universities, and third among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

“Re$earch Infosource’s recognition of Lakehead reaffirms the upward trend our University’s research endeavours have been experiencing for years,” said President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

Re$earch Infosource’s 2014 Rankings continues to show how Lakehead University research has, for years, maintained an exceptional status when compared to its peer institutions in Ontario and Canada.

“This trend is significant because of how much of a direct impact university research has on regional economic development by supporting local industry, training highly qualified personnel, and offering innovative products and services,” Dr. Stevenson added.

“This recognition by Re$earch Infosource shows that Lakehead University continues to make great strides in producing high-quality research,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research, Economic Development & Innovation.

“The vast majority of our external funding is used to provide support for student research projects. The research training of the next generation of Lakehead alumni is a key part of our mission as a university,” Dr. Dean added.
“We are excited about this recognition because research is such an integral part of teaching and learning at Lakehead University,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Provost & Vice-President (Academic). “It shows that the exceptional focus, drive and dedication of our faculty, students and community partners is paying off.”
“Lakehead demonstrates that size and location are no barrier to research excellence,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Re$earch Infosource which compiles Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities List.

Re$earch Infosource’s ranking is based on a balanced scorecard of research inputs and outputs. Calculating the top ranked Undergraduate Research Universities of the Year involves examining several factors, such as the total amount of sponsored research funding received by Lakehead University, research intensity (total research income per full-time faculty member), research outputs based on total number of publications, publication intensity, and publication impact.

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Lakehead University Research Achievements in Recent Years

Lakehead University has been one of Canada’s fastest growth research-intensive universities in the undergraduate category in the last decade.  During this time, sponsored research income has grown by 128%, and the number of students enrolled in graduate studies has increased by 90%. 

In 2013, Maclean’s magazine included Lakehead among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, in addition to the top spot in numerous research-specific areas, including first in Ontario for total research dollars and total value of Social Sciences & Humanities grants.

In 2012, Higher Education Strategy Associates named Lakehead University first in Canada for its Aboriginal studies. The same year, Lakehead research placed in Canada’s Top 10 most inventive universities according to The Impact Group.



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In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education.  Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community.  About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and Faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Science and Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education and Graduate Studies. Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 3 Research Universities in the undergraduate category (2014 Re$earch Infosource), as well as 1st in Canada for total research dollars and total value of Social Sciences & Humanities grants (2013 MacLeans).  Visit