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Graduate Student On-Campus Research

With the recent extension of the Stay-at-Home order, the Faculty of Arts & Science is asking all faculty who have graduate students coming to campus to review their research restart plans to ensure the nature of the work requires each student to come to campus, regardless of whether the student is employed as a research staff member or engaged in research towards their degree completion. Any changes should be submitted as amendments to the approved research restart plan.

Online Learning Academy Summer Drop-In Sessions

Online Learning Academy Faculty Liaisons and members of the Teaching Technology Support team will be available to answer any questions about teaching online — from considerations about course and assignment design to effectively using Quercus and integrating educational technologies. Join the drop-in sessions on Microsoft Teams starting May 4, 2021.

Date: Tuesdays, 12–1 pm

Writers on Writing: Professor Randy Boyagoda

Join Professor Randy Boyagoda, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, along with host Professor Andrea Williams, for this month’s Writers on Writing session. Professor Boyagoda is a prolific and accomplished novelist, essayist and critic. Register now for this one-hour conversation about writing and publishing.

Date: April 30, 2021, 3:30 pm

A&S Outstanding Achievement Awards

Dean Melanie Woodin will host this virtual celebration to honour excellence in teaching and administrative service within the Faculty of Arts & Science. View a list of the honourees. Please register by May 3, 2021. The event link will be sent to you after registration. For further information, email

Date: May 5, 2021, 4–5 pm

Event Marking the Submission of the Anti-Black Racism Task Force Final Report

All members of the U of T community are invited to join a virtual event marking the handing over of the Anti-Black Racism Task Force’s Final Report to the President, Provost, and Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity. Spoken word pieces, a libation, and a conversation between Dean Dexter Voisin and Duke University Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will be featured. Full program is now available, and registration is required.

Date: May 5, 2021, 5:30–6:30 pm

Pathways for PhDs in Writing Careers

The Milestones and Pathways program is hosting a roundtable on writing careers for doctoral graduates. The expert panel will discuss careers in writing that build on research, from academic writing support and grant writing, to policy and program development. Interested graduate students can register online. Please circulate within your unit and contact Joel Rodgers with any questions.

Date: May 11, 2021, 1–3 pm

Automatic Deletion of Bb Collaborate & Zoom Cloud Recordings

Please be advised that all Bb Collaborate recordings created prior to May 1, 2021, will be automatically deleted on June 30, 2021. For more information on the Bb Collaborate recordings clean-up, visit ACT’s Collaborate Recordings Memo or follow this guide for backing up your Bb Collaborate recordings.

Please note that the University of Toronto’s Zoom Education license has a 120-day retention period for cloud recordings and your Zoom recordings will automatically be deleted after 120 days. If you wish to retain your Zoom recordings, follow these steps for archiving your recordings.

If you require any support, please contact the IIT Teaching Technology Support team.

A&S Research Funding and Opportunities

UTogether, COVID-19 Updates & FAQs

Visit U of T’s COVID-19 UTogether website for regular updates as new guidance, strategies and materials become available. Sign up for the Provost's Digest to stay informed. And refer to the following resources, which are updated frequently:

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