The Ring

Passing the torch

Wed, 2015-01-07 17:28

Farmer and Rogers standing side by side.
L-R: Farmer and Rogers. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

At the end of 2014, Murray Farmer concluded his term as UVic Chancellor, and was succeeded in the post by Shelagh Rogers. At the end of December, Farmer had served an amazing 150 months on the UVic Board of Governors, making him one of the longest-serving elected or appointed board members.

UVic wraps up successful United Way campaign

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:14

The thermometers are overflowing, and that can only mean one thing. UVic has completed another successful United Way campaign, exceeding our 2014 goal of $262,000. The final tally for money raised during the 2014 campaign, as of January 5, was $268,000. Thanks to more than 425 wonderful UVic United Way supporters, we were able to make a significant contribution to United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) again this year.

Chancellor Murray Farmer: a legacy of leadership

Fri, 2014-12-05 16:57

Chancellor Murray Farmer and his wife Lynda at an alumni event.
Chancellor Murray Farmer and his wife Lynda. Photo: Photo Services.

If UVic Chancellor Murray Farmer has a recurring dream, it must surely include the words “Admitto Te,” or “I admit you.” After all, he has spoken those words more than 17,000 times in the past six years, presiding over 79 convocation ceremonies. Each time, the words were accompanied by a warm smile and a gentle tap on the head of the student with his cap, as he congratulated them on his or her accomplishments.

Farmer’s term as Chancellor wraps up on Dec. 31, after six memorable years as the titular head of the university. His connection with UVic, however, goes back much further—back, in fact, to the earliest days of the university.

UVic United Way campaign: Final push toward fundraising goal

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:35

Though the temperature may be dropping outside, the UVic United Way thermometers are only getting hotter, with the 2014 campaign 88 per cent of the way to the $250,000 goal. There is still time to make a gift to United Way Greater Victoria and support your community. Information about donating online is available at

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.