News in Brief

MacLean reappointed for Arts and Science Dean

Alistair MacLean has been reappointed as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science for the next two years. His reappointment will commence on July 1.

MacLean, who has served as dean for the past five years, will remain in his position while incoming provost Alan Harrison looks for someone to take over the role.

MacLean said he aims to maintain the academic standards in place at Queen’s, despite financial constraints the University will face.

“Continuing to achieve high quality in the current conditions is really something everyone is going to have to play a role in, not just the dean and administrators,” he said.

MacLean said he will continue his faculty duties. As a researcher in the field of the psychology of sleep, MacLean will also supervise two undergraduate thesis students and review papers and grant proposals.

MacLean became dean in July 2006. He has served as head of the department of psychology, associate dean and vice-dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and received the T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award. He has also been a member on external committees and served as president of the Canadian Sleep Society.

Jessica Fishbein

Applications to Queen’s on the rise

Queen’s has received a five per cent increase in the number of undergraduate applications received this year.

“The greatest increases are to Commerce with 562, Engineering with 387 and Science with 335,” said Stuart Pinchin, associate university registrar (undergraduate admission).

This year 27,586 people applied for undergraduate admission, compared to 26, 524 last year.

When applying to Ontario universities, students must rank their choices. Pinchin said there has been a three per cent increase from last year in first choice student applications to Queen’s.

“Students are beginning their research of universities and programs earlier in high school and have already narrowed their focus by the time they apply. Research includes formal and informal visits to campus, online research, social media, Queen’s visits to the school or community,” he said. “The overall Queen’s experience, inside and outside of the classroom is an important part of why students come to Queen’s.”

An increase in total applications does not necessarily mean that there is an increase in qualified applicants, Pinchin said.

“There are required course prerequisites and minimum admission requirements for all programs at Queen’s and the total number of applicants is typically greater than the number of qualified applicants,” he said.

All undergraduate applicants will hear if they have been accepted to Queen’s by the Victoria Day weekend. The incoming undergraduate class will have 3,911 students.

Jessica Fishbein

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