The Ring

2016 CUVIC conference brings community and university together

2016-05-31 04:39

From April 27-29, UVic hosted CUVIC 2016, the second Community-University-Victoria conference. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, this year’s conference theme was reconciliation, innovation and transformation through engagement. 220 delegates from as far away as Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan gathered to share the ways that community and university are responding to the Calls to Action.

Research, experiential learning and graduate categories added to teaching awards

2016-05-30 17:14


Dynamic teaching is a cornerstone of our extraordinary academic environment at UVic. Recognizing that the translation of knowledge has transformed the role of teaching in an ever-shifting, multimedia world, the university has redoubled its commitment to honour outstanding teachers with a trio of new awards for 2016.

2016 Leiden rankings highlight UVic's global research impact

2016-05-30 14:19

A new international set of university rankings show that UVic research is having a global impact in the sciences, arts and humanities.

For the fifth consecutive year, the rankings produced by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University highlight UVic’s role as a hub for international research, with UVic researchers publishing a higher proportion of scholarly work based on international collaboration than any other Canadian university.

Impact study puts WITS at top for bullying prevention

2016-05-30 11:28

Ceremony for new WITS Special Constables.

The UVic-led victimization prevention program for children—Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help (WITS)—received top marks earlier this month from Dalhousie University researchers, taking first place when compared to six other international bullying prevention programs. More than 600 schools across Canada have used the program.

Students launch first downtown community garden in Victoria

2016-05-26 14:56

Transforming a vacant city lot into a community garden required vision on behalf of UVic political science students and their instructor, SSHRC post-doctoral fellow and assistant teaching professor Sarah Wiebe (public administration, political science), and concludes this month with a garden party on May 27 in Victoria’s first downtown community garden.

Ice-road research: listening to locals on Arctic and coastal change

2016-05-11 17:05

NRCan/Geological Survey colleague Don Forbes on the road to Tuktoyaktuk.

Driving on ice roads in the far north is a normal occurrence for geographer and storm expert David Atkinson. In late April, Atkinson and colleagues drove the ice road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, and later flew up even farther to Ulukhaktok and Sachs Harbour (pop. 80 people). His purpose was to interview residents about the impacts of weather (especially storms), as he says, “who knows more about northern weather than the people most affected by it?”

Coast Capital Savings supports expansion of entrepreneurship centre

2016-05-11 16:02

Cassels and Coulter

Do you have a brilliant idea that you want to see succeed in the wider community? Help is on its way.

Entrepreneurs at UVic will get valuable assistance to develop promising ideas through a relaunch of the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) supported by $450,000 from Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.

The renamed Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre (CCSIC) will expand its current offerings and offer new opportunities including providing seed money for new ventures and prototype development, an entrepreneurship scholarship and a co-op term for students so they can work on their own ideas.

The tale the trees tell: droughts will be worse in BC

2016-05-04 15:39

A large tree section from the tree ring lab.

BC should plan for worse droughts than previously expected

A digital field guide for BC central coastal species

2016-05-04 12:22

Take a virtual tour from seaweeds and sea stars to wolves and eagles, with a new digital field guide. The guide provides experts and amateurs with a tool to identify over 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest to help deepen our appreciation of the biodiversity along BC’s central coast.

President Cassels honoured with United Way's most prestigious award

2016-04-22 14:45

President Cassels speaking at a United Way event

At their annual Spirit Awards on April 22, the United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) presented their most prestigious honour—the Chair’s Award of Distinction—to President Jamie Cassels, in recognition of his longstanding commitment to the UWGV, both in his professional capacity at UVic, and in his personal support over many years.