Lakehead named Research University of the Year for third consecutive year

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October 27, 2017 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

For the third consecutive year, Research Infosource has named Lakehead Canada’s Research University of the Year in the undergraduate university category.

Lakehead’s placement at the top of the country’s undergraduate universities category is based on the university standing out on a balanced scorecard of research inputs and outputs, according to the annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities by Research Infosource, Canada’s source of research and development intelligence.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President & Vice-Chancellor, said he was very pleased that his institution was able to come out on top, once more.

“Lakehead’s success in research and innovation has been steadily growing for years,” he explained. “That is due, in part, to the collaborations we enjoy with various industry, government, and community partners. Because of those partnerships, Lakehead is able to offer more research opportunities to our researchers and students.” 

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, Research & Innovation, said earning Research University of the Year, again, was the result of the exceptional success and dedication of Lakehead’s researchers, and its Research Services and Economic Development and Innovation teams.

“We’re excited that Lakehead has earned the top spot three years in a row,” he said.

Research Infosource’s calculation of its Research Universities of the Year involves examining several factors, including the total amount of sponsored research funding received by Lakehead University, research intensity (total research income per faculty member), research outputs based on total number of publications, publication intensity, and publication impact.

"Lakehead University is demonstrating a consistently high level of research performance among its undergraduate university peers, both in terms of research income and publication output,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource Inc., adding it’s impressive that Lakehead placed first for the third year in a row.

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Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit