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UVic United Way Campaign off to fast start

Wed, 2014-10-22 09:55

The UVic United Way is proud to announce that only two weeks after our kick-off on October 6 we are more than two-thirds of the way to our fundraising goal of $250,000. UVic is counting on the support of the entire campus community as the campaign pushes to meet its goal.

During the month of October, all UVic employees received emails detailing the new online donation system used this year. More information about donating online to United Way is available at

President Cassels emphasizes need to sharpen focus and build on strengths

Wed, 2014-10-08 13:29

President Cassels speaking at the President's Campus Update.
President Cassels speaking at the President's Campus Update.

President Cassels emphasizes need to sharpen focus and build on strengths

UVic has made some big strides in the last few years—in terms of national and international recruitment, research, and graduates’ success—but that’s not to say we’re sheltered from demographic change, competition, and the sustainability challenges facing post-secondary institutions, UVic President Jamie Cassels said during an Oct. 7 Campus Update session.

Unite to Change with United Way

Fri, 2014-09-19 10:40

Supports of the 2013 United Way campaign cheering by a sign

It’s that time of year again. United Way Greater Victoria’s annual fundraising campaign is underway and this year the charitable organization has set its fundraising goal at $6 million. United Way counts on the support of the Greater Victoria community to reach its goal each year.

UVic ranked among world’s top universities

Mon, 2014-09-15 15:51

The 2014/15 QS World University Rankings, released this morning, provide another confirmation of UVic’s presence among the world’s top higher education institutions.

UVic’s rise from last year’s QS results was particularly significant, jumping more places in the 2014 ranking than any other Canadian university except Laval.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex coming to UVic

Thu, 2014-09-11 11:26

On Saturday, Sept. 13, UVic will welcome Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex to campus.

Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie—Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex—arrive in Victoria on Friday, Sept. 12 for a five-day visit of BC.

Campus construction update: Facilities and projects poised to improve campus

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:03

Mystic Market, almost ready to go.
Mystic Market, almost ready to go.

As the semester opens, a wide range of construction activities dot the campus, but four major projects stand out. Though temporary fences and construction work can be a minor inconvenience, these projects are also part of how the university is delivering on the promise of a better learning environment.

Academic leadership updates for Summer 2014

Thu, 2014-06-05 14:50

St. Clair
St. Clair

Four academic leaders will take new posts on campus this summer, with the appointments of Dr. Catherine Krull as dean of social sciences, Dr. Ralf St. Clair as dean of education, Dr. Bruce Wright as head of medical sciences and Dr. Robina Thomas as the inaugural director of Indigenous academic and community engagement.

Shelagh Rogers named as UVic’s next Chancellor

Thu, 2014-05-29 14:43

Rogers. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Rogers. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Shared values and aspirations bring celebrated broadcaster to UVic

Nationally recognized broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, OC, was announced today as the next Chancellor of the University of Victoria. The popular national radio host, witness and champion of reconciliation for Aboriginal people, long-time advocate for adult literacy and mental health awareness and an acknowledged “voice” of the country will become the university’s 11th Chancellor next year.

Fire! Earthquake! Zombies! Are you ready for an emergency?

Fri, 2014-05-02 15:24

Are you prepared?
Are you prepared?

May 4–10 is Emergency Preparedness Week, a great time to check your emergency kit and review what to do in the event of a crisis on campus, or at home.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national event that takes place every year during the first full week of May. EP Week encourages Canadians to become better prepared for a range of emergencies, by taking three simple steps:

Economic role for universities is key, says Cassels

Mon, 2014-04-28 09:38

Cassels (centre), Emily Carr President Burnett (l) and BCIT Dean Goy (r).
UVic President Cassels (centre) joined Emily Carr President Ron Burnett (l) and BCIT Dean Rod Goy (r) in Vancouver April 24.

Building new programs and expanding capacity in high-demand areas to meet the needs of both students and the new economy is a key role for BC postsecondary institutions, says University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels.

Cassels was speaking to an audience of 160 business leaders in Vancouver April 24 during a panel on “Institutions as Economic Enablers” that was part of the “Putting BC To Work” business forum hosted by the Business Council of BC and CKNW AM980.