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Congratulations to Professor Irwin!

April 12, 2018

Huron University College’s very own Dr. Bill Irwin has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant worth $236,000 along with Dr. Patricia Collins of Queen’s University and others.

This grant will help fund research activities centred on the examination of the school closure controversy aimed at producing justice-informed decision-making on the fate of public schools in Ontario. The planned research will look closely at the potential benefits and harms to community liveability in relation to the making of fair and equitable decisions about the location of public schools and serve to aid policy development, enhanced partnerships and enriched public discourse.  

“For Huron students, this is going to provide opportunities for research focused activities,” Dr. Bill Irwin said. “It will help develop their skills in terms of reaching out to the community and give students the opportunity for paid work.”

 

The $236,000 grant, over four years, will bolster Huron’s profile as an elite academic institution with a research-focus. 

 

As stated in Dr. Irwin and Dr. Collins’ grant proposal, “Ontario’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has acknowledged the pupil accommodation review model that currently guides school closure decisions is flawed and needs to be revamped.”

This study will benefit the MoE by producing evidence-based guidelines for closure decisions that can be tested, evaluated, refined, and adopted by school boards to produce better outcomes for Ontarians. 

Congratulations, Dr. Irwin!