Dalhousie ranks big in research
By Allison Buchan-Terrell
Dalhousie University topped the list of the best places for
researchers to work outside of the United States, according
to a recent survey by The Scientist.
The Scientist conducted the survey online among 38,000 readers
of the magazine who described themselves as life scientists
working in the field of academics or other research institutions. "We
asked members of faculty who also read the magazine to rank
institutions on 56 basic factors," said Alexander Grimwade,
an author of the survey.
Participants were asked to rank the institution where they
worked in 12 different areas such as: peers, resources, pay,
teaching and mentoring, and tenure, Grimwade explained. "The
way we came up with the score was to average the scores of
all the people surveyed [at a particular institution]," he
Grimwade said upon examination of the scores, Dalhousie was
ranked highly across the board. Dalhousie excelled in resources,
overall management and teaching and mentoring. He also noted
this ranking was particularly significant, as Dalhousie was
also ranked highly in a survey conducted among post-doctoral
"[The ranking] backs up what we've been saying for sometime
- we have a world-class faculty," said Charles Crosby, spokesperson
for Dalhousie University. Crosby attributed the positive results
to the university's small campus, which creates an interactive
work place and sense of community.
Dalhousie continues to attract quality faculty members and
researchers, Crosby said. He explained this ranking serves
to make people, like readers of The Scientist, realize Dalhousie
is an exceptional institution.
On the subject of Western's ranking by The Scientist, Grimwade
explained the number of responses regarding Western was insufficient
to rank it.
"Western is a part of the 'big ten' [or] the top ten researchers
in Canada," said Liz Berman, University Students' Council communications
officer. "[There is] no question, despite what the survey said."