Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 11, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why University of Regina was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017):
- University of Regina employees and family members can take advantage of subsidized memberships to on campus fitness facilities which feature everything from weights to rock-climbing, a basketball court, swimming pools and instructor-led classes such as pilates, yoga and Zumba
- University of Regina encourages employees to continue their education with tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly to their current position, and manages a dedicated Aboriginal apprenticeship program and an Aboriginal Advisory Circle to provide personal and professional support to Aboriginal employees
- University of Regina helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, depending on employee group -- the University also offers phased-in work options to help retiring employees transition to life after work
Feeling the buzz at the University of Regina
As an archivist with the University of Regina, Crista Bradley has a unique perspective. She's responsible for preserving and protecting original materials that trace the university's roots back to the founding of Regina College in 1911. She also helps faculty and students conducting historical research to access relevant documents in the Archives & Special Collections.
Bradley, recently returned from a two-day workshop on the rapidly advancing field of electronic records preservation, looks to the future as well. She assists everyone from administrative staff to department heads in managing their records, primarily digital documents, for posterity or safe disposal.
The nature of her work means Bradley, like many others on campus, interacts with a wide cross-section of the university's population of students, staff and faculty. The encounters are invigorating. "People really care about this place," says Bradley. "There's such an energy you can practically feel the buzz."
From its modest beginnings, the school grew and evolved and in 1974 became a degree-granting university. Today, it has 10 faculties with programs leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. With more than 14,500 full- and part-time students, it is also home to more than 400 faculty, including seven Canada Research Chairs.
Situated in Wascana Park, the University of Regina and its three federated colleges are housed in one of the largest urban parks in North America. Wide-ranging amenities include the medical services, theatres, restaurants and fitness facilities, all open to university employees as well as students.
"We're big enough to be comprehensive and small enough to wrap your arms around," says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, who also notes the diversity on campus where employees and students come from 102 countries. Another source of pride for Timmons is the university's growing reputation for teaching excellence and groundbreaking research.
"We do noble work here," says Timmons. "A university should reflect the society we want to live in, not the society we actually live in."
One way the university is working toward that bright future is the career development of staff and faculty. Bradley participated in one such initiative aimed at developing the next generation of leaders, URLeading. Even after the program ended, Bradley says she has made long-lasting connections where the staff and faculty who participated with her continue to meet monthly.
"This is a mix of people who otherwise wouldn't connect," she says, "but building community is at the heart of this university."