About the Quad

A “quad” is a meeting place commonly found on academic campuses across the world — a green space often located within the campus enclosed by four “walls” of buildings creating an inner courtyard. Like the quads scattered across our campuses, The Quad is a space for everyone.

As the University of Alberta’s official faculty and staff publication, The Quad is a digital space where we come together to share stories from the diverse voices, perspectives and experiences in our community. We are proud of our faculty and staff and their work. If a story is something you are excited to tell your colleagues, friends or family about, it’s something we share on The Quad. While the narrative stories reflect the work of our faculty and staff, this is also a space for key institutional information and updates to keep our community informed.


Faculty and staff of the University of Alberta

The Quad is managed and edited by the Internal Communications team in the External Relations portfolio. We welcome story ideas by and for the university’s faculty and staff. 

Our contributors come from across the U of A’s campuses, disciplines, and units. They include members from all areas of the academy and the professional staff who support the institution’s day to day activities. 

Submission Guide

Share your story ideas

If you are a University of Alberta faculty or staff member who would like to contribute to this blog, please submit an outline of your idea through this intake form.

Community News

Share stories about work and new developments that would be of interest to the university’s faculty and staff. These stories typically have a person or group of people at the centre of the story, even if it's not written in first-person.

Consider This

Invite the U of A community to consider your insights into trends affecting higher education, your campus experiences, your area of expertise and U of A history. “Consider This” items are written in first person.

Have You Met…

You or a colleague could be one of the people that our community "gets to know'' on a weekly basis. When submitting a recommendation for someone to profile, please be sure to include the name, title, unit, and email address of your suggestion.

Innovator Spotlight

Profiles that draw attention to the innovation already happening across our campuses — as well as the people behind this work and the systems/programs/initiatives that support them — and catalogues concrete examples of innovation at the U of A.

Students are encouraged to submit story ideas to the U of A's student blog, YouAlberta.

Contact Us

If you have any questions for The Quad, email blog@ualberta.ca. If you would like to submit a story idea, please fill out this intake form.

We will reply to you as soon as we can.