Kinross Gold recently announced the Kinross Professorship in Mining and Sustainability at Queen’s University, which was originally established in 2007, has been extended for five years and will be re-named the Kinross Professorship in Mining Health and Safety.

The focus of the professorship will include, among other aspects: the delivery of courses on mining health and safety at an undergraduate and graduate level; development and delivery of short courses on mining health and safety for industrial practitioners; and development of educational materials in identified areas of focus within mining health and safety.

“Health and safety is a foundation of responsible mining and is central to a successful mining culture. We believe this professorship will help to reinforce the critical importance of safety with a new generation of mining graduates, and will provide a valuable safety resource for the industry,” said James Crossland, executive vice president of external relations and corporate responsibility, Kinross Gold.

To support the professorship Kinross will contribute $625,000 to Queen’s University over a five year period, commencing May 1, 2012.