The Ring

New unit supports research partnership functions

Wed, 2013-04-10 11:17

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 12:36

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 12:09

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 10:15

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 10:57

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 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.