February updates from your VP Academic: OERs, Research & Scholarship Days, and Student Award Deadlines

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The Representation Executive Council (REC) is hard at work representing your interests to Mount Royal, all three levels of government, and beyond – but lots of that work happens outside of the public eye. We’re publishing monthly guest posts by your VP Academic, Cordelia Snowdon, to keep you informed and to give you a peek at what your student reps are working on behind the scenes.

MRU OER Days: Increasing Textbook Affordability and Access

From January 4th to 19th, we hosted MRU OER Days, an initiative to increase awareness of Open Educational Resources (OER) and improve textbook affordability on campus. Over 500 students, staff, and faculty visited our advocacy booths during the campaign, and we mailed 2,363 signed letters of support to six Members of Parliament to advocate for a grant to support the creation of OER. Thank you to everyone that came out to the events and to all the volunteers and collaborators that made the campaign possible!

For more information, check out our OER information page at samru.ca/oer.

SAMRU OER Award:

On January 15th, the SAMRU Student Governing Board approved a pilot of an Open Education Award for faculty and staff who champion OER by creating or using open resources, or by pursuing research in the areas of open education or open access. More information on the award and how to nominate will be available soon.

Research and Scholarship Days: Call for Student Presenters

The Research and Scholarship Days Committee is looking for student presenters to present posters or make presentations on March 27th and 28th. For more information, and to apply to present, go here.

Reminder: Student Awards Applications Due Soon!

Both SAMRU and MRU offer a number of awards for students, so be sure to apply for both!

The SAMRU Awards application deadline is February 28, 2018. Learn how to apply for the SAMRU Awards.

The MRU Awards application deadline is March 1, 2018. Learn how to apply for MRU Awards.

Upcoming Events

MRU General Faculties Council – February 15, 2018 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Jenkins Theatre

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