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New HSD centre to support Indigenous student success

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:32

CYC students Mavis David, Marie Morris, Joseph Thomas and Shauna Underwood.
CYC students Mavis David and Marie Morris, community member Joseph Thomas and Indigenous advisor Shauna Underwood.

Shauna Underwood remembers all too well what it was like to be an Indigenous student at UVic—trying to do well in her studies while also being a single parent of three children and having cultural responsibilities in her community.

“I felt like I didn’t have anyone to go to. There were individual instructors who were great, but they are not always on campus or available,” said Underwood, now the Indigenous advisor at the newly opened Indigenous Student Support Centre (ISSC) in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Noted children's advocate seeks wider impacts

Wed, 2014-06-04 16:09


Carolyn Peacock has always been an advocate for children, even when she was one herself.

In grade three, she often went home with bloodied hands after getting the strap at the Edmonton school she attended. Her crime? Defending other children who were being bullied. Those children were usually immigrants and were picked on, as she too had been at school.

Congratulations, Spring 2014 grads!

Wed, 2014-06-04 15:45

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Spring Convocation, from June 9–13, nine ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas or certificates upon 3,554 graduating students.

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of UVic’s first convocation ceremony. Members of the class of 1964 will attend the 10 a.m., June 13 ceremony to commemorate their part of university history.

Convocation medals and awards, Spring 2014

Wed, 2014-06-04 15:36

Congratulations and best wishes to all convocating students. Read more about Spring Convocation 2014.


Governor-General's Gold Medal (best Doctoral thesis)
Dr. Andrew Pon
PhD, Department of Physics & Astronomy

2014 CUFA-BC Academic of the Year awarded to Michael J. Prince

Fri, 2014-04-25 09:54

Prince. Photo: Marc Christensen

Michael J. Prince, UVic's Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, received the 2014 CUFA-BC Academic of the Year Award on April 23. Visit for UVic's official announcement.

Inaugural Engaged Scholar Award recipients announced

Thu, 2014-04-17 11:20

Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr
Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr

Congratulations to Dr. Bernie Pauly of the School of Nursing and Dr. Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law, who have been named the inaugural recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award.

The newly created awards program is intended to support and enhance UVic’s vision for the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life, community engagement. It recognizes tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars.

2014 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:09

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Whether they’re helping us understand the complexities of politics and public policy, laying the mathematical groundwork for everyday devices and processes, giving us a greater appreciation for musical expression, or helping Indigenous communities revive their endangered languages—this year’s Craigdarroch Research Award recipients are making our world a better place.

Engaged scholarship and advocacy worthy of UVic’s highest faculty award

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:19

Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.
Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.

If you don’t know what it means to be named a UVic Distinguished Professor, don’t fret: they’re a rare breed. The newest recipient, Dr. Susan Boyd, is only the 13th UVic professor to receive the award—the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on faculty—since its creation in 2002.

Boyd’s activist presence on substantive social justice and marginalization issues has led to a tremendous scholarly output.

2014 Provost's Advocacy and Activism Awards

Thu, 2014-02-06 11:16

Housty and Whittington. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Housty and Whittington. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Congratulations to Barbara Whittington and Jessie Housty, recipients of the inaugural Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Awards, presented at the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum: Arts, Allies and Activism on Jan. 29.

Teaching awards highlight Alumni Week, Feb. 2-8

Thu, 2014-01-09 15:44


Alumni Week—honouring the social, economic and artistic impact of UVic graduates—runs from Feb. 2–8 with more than a dozen special events on campus and at alumni branches across Canada and in Asia.