University of Toronto. Senior College

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University of Toronto. Senior College

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In 2005, members of RALUT (Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto) held a one-day symposium to hear about the ongoing research of some of the University’s retirees. After a few years of these symposia, a group of participants decided that once a year was not enough and undertook to form a College which could sponsor on a continuing basis intellectual exchange and activities within the academic retiree community. To this end, Senior College was founded in 2010. The founding Fellows had a clear idea about the kind of college they wished to create. The college’s primary mission was to build a community in which senior scholars from all of the academic disciplines could share the fruit of their continuing scholarship and enjoy intellectual exchange without the constraints of their academic careers. The raison d’etre of Senior College continues to be the support and stimulation of the intellectual interests of its members. To this end it has launched a wide range of programs which are outlined below. The College began as a program of the University of Toronto’s Academic Retiree Centre (ARC) at 256 McCaul Street. The creation of ARC was one of the conditions in the 2005 agreement between the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Faculty to end mandatory retirement. In 2014, the five-year Provostial Review of ARC recommended that ARC become the Senior College Centre and be merged with Senior College, and that all retired University of Toronto faculty and librarians should become Members of Senior College with the option of paying a fee to become a Fellow of the College. The Review Panel’s recommendations were accepted by the Provost and Senior College to be implemented in 2015. - from


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