The Ring

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.

Degrees Catering celebrates launch

Mon, 2012-11-26 15:26

The University of Victoria’s newly rebranded Degrees Catering celebrated its official launch on Nov. 20. Along with the new name, Degrees has new menus and a fresh, contemporary look and feel. A new logo, uniforms, website and a redesigned office space complete the package. Degrees will also be offering new features such as hot lunch and dinner service—in their place or yours.

University continues to plan for budget reductions

Wed, 2012-11-07 13:09

As has been previously reported in The Ring, UVic is preparing for the potential provincial cuts to university operating grants as a result of the government “challenging the advanced education sector” to find $50 million in savings in 2013–14 and 2014–15. At the same time, UVic is looking for savings to fund salary increases negotiated with its employee groups under the provincial government’s “cooperative gains” bargaining mandate.

CRC program honours UVic for equity hiring

Wed, 2012-11-07 13:03

The University of Victoria has just been recognized as a national leader for its proactive strategies in recruiting, nominating and appointing Canada Research Chairs (CRC) across campus.

Labour relations update, Nov. 7

Wed, 2012-11-07 13:01

The University of Victoria and three CUPE locals reached tentative agreements last week with ratification processes now under way. Agreements were reached Oct. 31 with CUPE locals 917 and 951, and on Nov. 2 with CUPE local 4163 (components 1 and 2).

Research universities set out an “Opportunity Agenda for BC”

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:02

The education and economic prosperity plan submitted by the presidents of BC’s six research-intensive universities to the legislature in mid-October has been garnering support ever since, from student and faculty organizations to some of the province’s most prominent newspapers.

The Research Universities’ Council of BC (RUCBC) on Oct. 18 released an “Opportunity Agenda for BC”—a practical plan to expand post-secondary opportunities for young people, close the skills gap and create jobs throughout the province.

UVic retains second place in Maclean's rankings

Thu, 2012-11-01 10:53

UVic has retained second place for the third straight year in the comprehensive university category in the 22nd edition of the Maclean’s rankings of Canadian universities. The university’s commitment to excellence in all areas is evident in the results, with UVic ranked in top three in 10 of 13 performance indicators used to create the annual report. UVic scored well for its library expenses, acquisitions and holdings, as well as for its amount of total research dollars and the percentage of its budget dedicated to student scholarships.