25% Documentary Trailer Released

Today the City of London released the trailer for the upcoming documentary, 25%. This film will encourage greater participation in civics and politics by young women. Expected to be released this fall, the documentary is the culmination of London’s participation in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Head Start Program for Young Women; an engagement Read More

Jane Goodall coming to London Sept. 11

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE (Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace) will be speaking at Alumni Hall (Western University) on September 11th – make sure you do not miss her while she’s here! Tickets can be purchased via Docs4GreatApes (including Student Tickets for $25). Proceeds for this event support global work Read More

Bar Hopping Into History tavern tours


  On a beautiful evening downtown in July, Kym Wolfe is sipping beer on Chaucer’s patio spilling about London’s bars and taverns. Her Barhopping Into History tavern tour takes a group downtown from pub to pub learning about the building and the bar’s history. At the end of the night, Kym takes the group back Read More

Western President first Canadian to win Malone Award

Western President Amit Chakma has been named among three 2014 recipients of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Awards, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to international education at public and land-grant institutions. Chakma is the first Canadian academic to win the award. Sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), award Read More

Award-winning neuroscientist named first Western Research Chair

One of Canada’s most innovative neuroscientists is coming to Western to further her research into understanding human behaviour through speech, language and hearing. Ingrid Johnsrude has been named a Western Research Chair, the first of its kind announced since the chairs were established last year in support of Western’s Clusters of Research Excellence program. With Read More

Western Research Parks named among world’s best

Western’s Research Parks have been ranked No. 22 in the world by Swedish research company UBI Index in its Global Top 25 University Business Incubators 2014. Western Research Parks performed well compared to UBI’s global benchmark on post-incubation performance indicators. This signifies clients of Western Research Parks generate positive economic impact for the region. Furthermore, Read More

Fanshawe College has revealed plans for a new downtown London location that would see an additional 1,600 students in the city’s core in a reconstructed and enlarged Kingsmill building.

“We’ve seen the positive energy and exciting impact of having almost 400 students and staff downtown,” said Peter Devlin, President, Fanshawe College. “Imagine the opportunity to further enhance the core by moving an additional 1,600 students into a phase two expansion!”

Fanshawe has made a conditional offer to purchase the Kingsmill building that remains in effect until early August 2014. The Kingsmill building offers Fanshawe and the City of London with a unique opportunity for growth and development in downtown London and to secure a positive, long-term constructive use of the Kingsmill property.

Following an extensive structural assessment and feasibility study by expert consultants, the College has determined that reconstruction of the interior of the Kingsmill building will be necessary to effectively transition from retail to educational use. However, the College is committed to respecting the unique history and features of the building, including the façade.

“Our family is very supportive of Fanshawe purchasing the property and converting the building into a learning facility,” said Tim Kingsmill, President of Kingsmill’s. “It’s very important to our family to leave the Kingsmill property in good hands and to ensure it remains a lively contributor to downtown London. We firmly believe that the College presents us with that opportunity.”

The proposed solution would transform the building into a modern and efficient structure. The total capital cost of transforming the Kingsmill building to a six-storey, 101,000-square-foot campus downtown is $66.2 million. To accomplish this project, Fanshawe is asking for the City’s support by providing additional grants and approving essential heritage alterations.

Fanshawe is prepared to invest up to $46.2 million of the College’s own money for the enlarged development. Due to the change in scope, the College is requesting the City of London contribute an additional $10 million to the project. This grant would be over and above the $10 million already committed by the City for phase two.

The College will present its plan to London City Council on July 22.

With 17,000 full-time students, 26,000 part-time students and more than 153,000 alumni, Fanshawe is one of Ontario’s largest colleges. Its five campuses serve close to half a million people with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For almost 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from 50 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.

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Western President and three alumni among winners of 2014 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Western University President Amit Chakma, along with three Western alumni, are recipients of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for 2014. Given out annually since 2009 by Canadian Immigrant Magazine in partnership with RBC Royal Bank, the awards recognize people who have come to Canada and have made a positive difference living here. It Read More

New facility ready to support London’s advanced manufacturers

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario, and Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin–Middlesex–London, took part in the grand opening of Western University’s Collider Centre for Technology Commercialization (Collider), in London today (June 23). The Minister congratulated Western on the important milestone, and spoke about the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the Read More