The Ring

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 http://bit.ly/Y8PlPr 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.


UVic selects its next president

Thu, 2012-12-20 10:26

Cassels. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Cassels. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Professor Jamie Cassels will serve as the University of Victoria’s seventh president. The appointment was announced Dec. 20 by UVic Board of Governors Chair Susan Mehinagic at the university’s Welcome Centre.

Cassels, 56, was vice-president academic and provost at UVic from 2001–2010, and before that, dean of law. His five-year term as president will begin July 1, 2013.


Labour relations update, Dec. 4

Tue, 2012-12-04 14:33

The University of Victoria and several campus unions have ratified new collective agreements. The new contracts are with CUPE locals 917, 951 and 4163 (components 1 and 2), and the Professional Employees Association. Tentative settlements were reached in October and ratified last month by the respective union members and the university Board of Governors.


International employees establish new support network

Wed, 2012-11-28 11:48

Umeki (with globe) and Lyuba Goundareva and Helena Miklea. Photo: UVic Photo Ser
Umeki (with globe) and Lyuba Goundareva and Helena Miklea. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A new support network for UVic employees whose first language is not English is quickly gaining momentum. Founded only last winter, the Immigrant Employee Support Network (IESN) has become a place for employees from international backgrounds to meet and support one another while gaining workplace skills.