Centres of Expertise

Centres of Expertise consist of teams of functional specialists. Under the leadership of associate vice-president units, these centres provide strategic expertise and specialized services in specific functional areas (such as finance, IT, or marketing) to lead strategy, policy development, and ensure the institution has the services needed for staff and students. They will provide broad institutional leadership both in terms of setting service standards and ensuring service satisfaction.

It is critical to note that specialized functions and services that are integral to the delivery of specific academic programs will continue to be delivered within the college/faculty.

As vice-presidents restructure their portfolios to meet the requirements of UAT, Centres of Expertise will be announced on the organizational restructures page. Below is a list of Centres of Expertise, and will be updated as they structures are developed.

University Services and Finance

Finance, Planning and Procurement (FPP):

  • Resource Planning
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Financial Reporting
  • Insurance and Risk
  • Investments and Treasury

Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment (HRHSE):

  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Organizational Design and Talent
  • Well-being, Culture and Rewards
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Labour Relations

Information Services and Technology (IST):

  • Enterprise Applications
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • IT Service Excellence
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Digital Learning Environment
  • Research Computing
External Relations

Strategic Communications:

  • Internal Communications
  • Editorial Strategy
  • Media Strategy
  • Issues Management


  • Digital and Creative
  • Marketing
  • Brand
  • Recruitment Marketing
  • Marketing Research and Insights


  • Principal Gifts and Strategy Initiatives
  • University Development
  • Faculty Development (Health Sciences)
  • Faculty Development (Natural and Applied Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • Agreements and Pipeline Management

Alumni Relations:

  • Alumni Programs
  • Alumni Partnerships
  • Annual Giving
  • Events

Government and Community Relations (GCR):

  • Government Relations
  • GCR Strategic Initiatives
  • Engagement and Partnerships
  • Community Relations
Research and Innovation
  • Research Development and Services
  • Partnerships, Innovation and Knowledge Mobilization
  • Strategic Research Initiatives and Performance
  • Research Integrity Support
Registrar's Office, Office of the Dean of Students, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, U of A International
  • Enrolment Management
  • Student Recruitment
  • Additional CoEs to be determined