The Ring

President Turpin’s leadership on student financial awards honoured

Fri, 2013-05-17 13:32

President Turpin with students at last year's President's barbecue.
President Turpin with students at last year's President's barbecue.

One of the most enduring legacies of UVic President David Turpin, who is stepping down in June after a 13-year tenure as president, is his commitment to increasing the number and value of student financial awards. To recognize Turpin’s leadership in the area, scholarships have been created and will be awarded in his honour to support outstanding UVic students every year.


A hub for international research excellence

Wed, 2013-05-08 08:32

Humanities scholars like Janelle Jenstad, of English, were cited for excellence
Humanities scholars like Janelle Jenstad, of English, were cited for excellence by the QS subject area rankings.
Two major world university rankings released in the last two weeks cast a glowing light on UVic. The Leiden rankings show that UVic is Canada’s most intensive environment for international research collaboration, and the QS subject area rankings put UVic in the world's top 200 universities in five fields.

When the shaking stops: New campus evacuation procedures

Mon, 2013-04-29 15:06

May 5–11 is Emergency Preparedness Week across Canada. Following successful campus-wide “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drills during the Great BC ShakeOut, many students and staff have asked, “What should I do when the shaking has stopped?” Learning from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, UVic has developed new procedures and a map for campus evacuation in the event of a damaging earthquake. The procedures will be distributed to all UVic faculty and staff during Emergency Preparedness Week.


New unit supports research partnership functions

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:17

On April 2, the University of Victoria launched its new Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization unit (RPKM) in the Office of Research Services (ORS). Led by director Brent Sternig, formerly president and CEO of UVic Industry Partnerships (UVic IP), RPKM is a one-stop shop that will facilitate research partnerships, develop research agreements and support knowledge mobilization between UVic’s research community and valued partners in government, industry, community-based organizations and other academic institutions.


UVic budget framework focuses on the fiscal challenges of uncertain times

Thu, 2013-03-28 11:36

The University of Victoria’s Board of Governors this week approved a $314-million operating budget framework for the university for 2013/14. The framework maintains student financial aid and library acquisitions, while implementing elsewhere the four per cent across-the-board cuts for which university units have been planning since spring 2012.


Admission partnership clears path from NIC to UVic

Wed, 2013-03-13 11:09

NIC’s president Dr. Jan Lindsay and UVic President David Turpin. Photo: North Is
NIC’s president Dr. Jan Lindsay and UVic President David Turpin. Photo: North Island College.

Post-secondary students from up-Island are finding a clear path to the University of Victoria through dual admission and guaranteed admission partnerships with North Island College (NIC). The success of the agreements—signed in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and both implemented in 2011—was celebrated March 6 at NIC’s campus in the Comox Valley during a special student reception involving UVic President Dr. David Turpin and NIC President Dr. Jan Lindsay.


Curtain rises on new theatre exchange

Sat, 2013-03-09 09:15

Stichbury with Mathana Santiwat, president of Bangkok University
Stichbury with Mathana Santiwat, president of Bangkok University

Bangkok and Victoria may not seem to have a lot in common, but they’re both about to start sharing a spotlight thanks to a new exchange agreement between the theatre departments at UVic and Bangkok University.


Webber chosen next law dean

Fri, 2013-03-08 09:57

Webber. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Webber. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Professor Jeremy Webber is UVic’s incoming Dean of Law. His five-year term takes effect July 1, 2013. The Canada Research Chair in Law and Society at UVic since 2002, Webber is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of cultural diversity, constitutional theory and Indigenous rights, and a Trudeau Fellow from 2009 to 2012.


Presidents call for provincial dialogue on skills and education shortage

Fri, 2013-03-08 07:03

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 07:00

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.