The Ring

2014 QS subject rankings highlight UVic’s international reputation

Wed, 2014-02-26 15:20

UVic ranks among the top 200 institutions worldwide in six key academic fields, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject released on Feb. 26. In addition to the six highlighted subject areas, the QS rankings also suggest that UVic’s rising international reputation stems from extraordinary programs across the institution. The department of English language and literature ranked in the top 100. In total, UVic was ranked as having world-class performance in 22 of the 30 subject areas QS considers.


Literary festival takes root on campus

Thu, 2014-02-06 16:38

The campus will be teeming with lit lovers and writers alike from Feb. 20-22 as the Malahat Review hosts WordsThaw 2014, the second-annual spring symposium put on by UVic’s renowned literary quarterly. Participants will mingle, learn and delight alongside 38 featured poets, novelists, short-story writers and journalists from Victoria and beyond.


2014 Provost's Advocacy and Activism Awards

Thu, 2014-02-06 12:16

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 16:44

Colgate
Colgate

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.


The impact of one French tweet

Mon, 2013-12-23 17:32

@lexico400 Le Robert and the tweet that started it all
The tweet that started it all

Visibilité. The word itself appears on the 1,873th page of the French dictionary Le Grand Robert (12th edition). It can mean “impact” or revealing things clearly. It is also what Dr. Catherine Caws, chair of the UVic French department, achieved with the class of FRAN400: Advanced Studies in French Linguistics: on Sept. 10, the Le Robert editors—without paper or ink and entirely online—reached out impromptu to retweet about the course and to find out more. Now that’s visibility.


Ian MacPherson, historian of UVic

Wed, 2013-11-20 01:09

MacPherson.
MacPherson.

Historian of the university and Honorary Degree Recipient

The university lost one of its shining lights in November with the passing of historian Dr. Ian MacPherson. In addition to his scholarly contributions—which were exemplary—MacPherson was a leading administrator and great friend to the university who had recently authored a book-length history of UVic. Moreover, MacPherson stood out as a champion in his field, becoming avant le lettre the type of figure who we now recognize and praise as a community-engaged academic. 


Shared resources shape grad’s research

Thu, 2013-11-07 12:59

Bazuik, in the Indigenous Plant Garden near the SUB.
Bazuik, in the Indigenous Plant Garden near the SUB. Photo: Jeff Nicholls

“Personal success is not personal,” says Blaise Bazuik, who will graduate this month with a BA Honours in Women’s Studies and speaks with enthusiasm about the support she has received from both the women’s studies community and the on-campus Indigenous community. She credits them for her academic and personal success.


Congratulations, Fall 2013 grads!

Thu, 2013-11-07 11:17

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Fall Convocation, which stretches across four ceremonies conducted during Nov. 12 and 13, the University of Victoria will award degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,251 students.


At the United Nations

Wed, 2013-11-06 11:44

Benson, Heyns, Haque, Letendre and Haque.
At the UN: (L-R) George Benson, Marguerite Heyns, Syed Haque, Sophie Letendre and Saiful Haque.

A first-hand account of student and alumni participation in the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development

Our well-shined shoes clicking on the marble floor intermingled with our nervous breathing: we were here. Marguerite Heyns, Harrison Ellis, Sophie Letendre and I had finally made it inside the United Nations building and were present at the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD).


WWI and Victoria: A city goes to war

Mon, 2013-11-04 11:35

The Empress Hotel opened its doors in 1908, less than 10 years before the start of World War One (1914-1918). Can you imagine the scenes over teacups in the recently built hotel when news of war broke out? Did the Inner Harbour look much different then, when Victoria residents strolling along the water first heard news their country was going to war?