The Ring

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.

It’s never too late to support the United Way

Tue, 2012-10-30 11:50

This year’s UVic United Way campaign got off to a strong start in October, and there is still time to donate and show your support at upcoming campus fundraising events.

Turning the wheels of change: Indigenizing the Academy

Thu, 2012-10-04 10:09

Detail from 'S'i:wes' by Jonathan (Jonny) Williams, Stó:lō artist from the Chíyó
Detail from 'S'i:wes' by Jonathan (Jonny) Williams, Stó:lō artist from the Chíyó:m First Nation

In the recent past, colonizers used education—most notably in the form of residential schools—as a powerful weapon in an effort to destroy Indigenous cultures. In late August, more than 250 people from 33 postsecondary educational institutions across Canada gathered at the Chilliwack campus of the University of the Fraser Valley—in traditional Stó:lō territory—to explore ways to make postsecondary education serve Indigenous students and their communities better.

UVic’s Board of Governors 2012/13

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:11


The University of Victoria Board of Governors is one of two primary governing bodies of the university (the other being the UVic Senate). Under the University Act of British Columbia, it is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue and business affairs of the university.

Taking care of (sustainability in) business

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:09

Twenty-nine per cent; 56 per cent; 94 per cent. Percentages like this would be an interesting spread on a student’s transcript but what they say about an entire faculty is, perhaps, even more intriguing. They represent the inclusion of sustainability and social responsibility (S/SR) within core courses at the Gustavson School of Business, and—by the end of this school year—these stats will be 100 per cent across the board.

Writing prof plugs into Tech & Society program

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:06

Jackson 2Bears (left) and David Leach will bring their cultural insights to the
Jackson 2Bears (left) and David Leach will bring their cultural insights to the Tech and Society minor Photo: John Threlfall

Considering how technology has impacted the publishing world, it’s no surprise that Department of Writing professor David Leach has been named the new director of the Technology and Society program. “Because it’s an interdisciplinary minor, we almost need a ringmaster who’s not necessarily an expert in every area but is comfortable making those connections,” says Leach. “My journalistic background helps, having seen how digital technologies transformed the music industry and is currently transforming journalism and publishing.”

Idyllic lakefront facility available for study, workshops, retreats

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:43

View of the dock and Cowichan Lake from UVic’s Simpson property
View of the dock and Cowichan Lake from UVic’s Simpson property

Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you have to shelve your dreams of rusticating at the cottage or lake for another year. Nestled along nearly a kilometre of wooded shoreline on scenic Cowichan Lake is UVic’s own version of an idyllic lakefront getaway—the Jeanne S. Simpson Field Studies Resource Centre. A perfect location for field study or an inspirational workshop, meeting or retreat, it’s available—at a modest charge—for all academic and administrative units and clubs in support of their programs and the strategic goals of the university.

UVic and Island Savings team up for families

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:40

See article for captioningIt really is a gift that will keep on giving. The Univ
See article for captioning

It really is a gift that will keep on giving. The University of Victoria and Island Savings have recently announced a partnership between the two institutions, as part of Island Savings’ Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program.

Kuehne: “It’s been a great privilege.”

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:57

Kuehne. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kuehne. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Seven years ago, when Valerie Kuehne became vice-president external relations, she had a set of goals for the division she was about to lead.

“I felt that the division needed to be integrated more fully into the core of the university’s academic mission,” she says. “I wanted to increase the alignment and productivity of the division in support of UVic’s strategic priorities, and I wanted to bring stability to the division—which had had been led by five people over the prior six years—and help foster a more positive working environment.”