The Ring

Presidents call for provincial dialogue on skills and education shortage

Fri, 2013-03-08 08:03

While confirming cuts to provincial post-secondary education funding in coming years, BC Budget 2013 was silent about how the government intends to deal with the looming skills and education shortage due to hit the province in 2016 and growing from there.

Province calls for “savings” across post-secondary sector

Fri, 2013-03-08 08:00

The BC government tabled its 2013 budget in the legislature on Feb. 19. UVic has provided information on its website outlining the implications of the budget on the university.

UVic a top diversity employer

Thu, 2013-02-28 11:32

Presentation of Top Diversity Employer Award
Presentation of Top Diversity Employer Award

For the second year in a row, the University of Victoria has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. The 2013 competition recognized 55 organizations that lead the nation in creating inclusive workplace cultures. UVic was one of only two Victoria organizations included on the list, and one of five in BC. The university was recognized for a variety of initiatives, including managing a mental health task force, maintaining a diversity and equity steering committee, and hosting an annual diversity research forum.

Revolving Sustainability Fund reduces campus energy and water use

Fri, 2013-02-15 10:18

Got a great idea to save energy? UVic’s Revolving Sustainability Fund provides funding to campus initiatives that reduce energy or water use with quantifiable cost savings and a payback period of no more than five years.

BC universities warn of looming skills deficit

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:37

A severe skills shortage will hit BC in 2016 and continue to grow unless action is taken now to improve access to all types of post-secondary education, says a report by the Research Universities’ Council of BC (RUCBC). The BC Labour Market Profile, released by the six major research universities that make up the RUCBC, reveals that in 2016 the number of jobs requiring university, college or trades credentials will exceed the supply of BC graduates.

New community consultation framework available

Tue, 2013-02-05 11:23

UVic’s new Engaging with Our Neighbours: A Community Engagement Framework for Campus Land Use Planning & Development Projects is now available online. It sets a new direction for UVic on community engagement for future land use planning and capital projects on the Gordon Head campus and immediate surrounding area. Visit for info and a PDF copy.

RING RETRO: Howard Petch's 25th Anniversary Message

Fri, 2013-02-01 12:11

Half a UVic lifetime ago, then-President Howard Petch delivered his 25th anniversary message. Reading it today, much is familiar, though much has changed.

Cassels appointed UVic’s next president

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:49

Cassels speaks at the announcement of his appointment as UVic’s next president.
Cassels speaks at the announcement of his appointment as UVic’s next president. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Professor Jamie Cassels will serve as the University of Victoria’s seventh president. UVic Board of Governors Chair Susan Mehinagic announced Cassels’ appointment Dec. 20. Cassels, 56, is a legal scholar of international stature, a nationally recognized master teacher, and a talented university administrator noted for outstanding leadership and vision. He was UVic’s vice-president academic and provost from 2001–2010, and, before that, dean of law. His five-year term as president will begin July 1, 2013.

New office provides focal point for interdisciplinary programs

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:11

The large and complex challenges facing society today don’t respect the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. In support of research and education that address such problems, UVic has—for decades—offered a growing number of programs that integrate approaches and insights from different disciplines, providing students with deeper and more holistic understandings of complex issues.

Clean bill of health for Sedgewick Building

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:09

Air quality tests conducted in the Sedgewick Building have confirmed the building’s air quality meets all standards for office buildings. The testing followed a WorkSafeBC report in April 2012 citing employee health concerns. An environmental consultant recommended by WorkSafeBC conducted comprehensive tests in the late spring of 2012 and found no evidence of mould or building moisture problems or of anything that would represent a general health concern.