The Ring

New educational kit supports early childhood activities with Métis themes

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:50

The objects look simple. Hand-sized swatches of organza. Coloured paper. A star-shaped hole punch. A blanket and rolled socks. But the meaning they hold can be transformative.

The educational kit of supplies and a colourful booklet of activities uses Métis history to engage young children in physical activities, literacy and art, helping build cultural awareness as well as healthy lifelong habits.

2015 Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award recipients

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:43


Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater (psychology) and Dr. Anne Marshall (education) have been named the 2015 recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award. spins success across the globe

Thu, 2015-02-05 10:34

Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness.
Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness about the site.

Victoria is a cycling city with more people taking to the bike paths each day—good news for the environment and for, a project lead by UVic geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers in UVic geography.

“My initial idea was to build a website where cyclists could humorously vent about bad interactions with vehicles, other bikes, pedestrians and, yes, urban deer,” says Nelson. “I started planning the project and I quickly realized it wasn’t funny. The available data on cycling safety is abysmal.”

A curriculum of care at Our Place

Wed, 2015-02-04 17:48

Nursing student Yana Vashuk standing in front of Our Place, downtown Victoria
Nursing student Yana Vashuk. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two UVic collaborations serving vulnerable populations provide learning opportunities for students

Many people across Greater Victoria volunteer to improve the lives of our community’s most vulnerable people. UVic collaborations in nursing and business go a step further, shaping learning experiences in the spirit of service.

Virtually here: UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian

Mon, 2015-01-26 16:12

Christian Vandendorpe, UVic's first Honorary Resident Wikipedian, in NZ.
Rotorua, NZ last fall. Photo, courtesy of Vandendorpe.

Christian Vandendorpe is UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian.

A widely respected scholar of semiotics, former magazine editor and author of From Papyrus to Hypertext (2009), Dr. Vandendorpe can also be considered a doctor of Wikipedia—in returning the “pulse” and vigour to Wikipedia pages with his sharp editorial interventions.

FOXY peer leader thrilled by Arctic Inspiration award

Thu, 2015-01-15 11:29

FOXY participants accepting the Arctic Inspiration Award.
FOXY participants accepting the Arctic Inspiration Award. Photo: Fred Cattroll/Arctic Net

Makenzie Zouboules, third-year UVic honours political science and writing co-op student, is something of a celebrity in her hometown of Yellowknife, NWT. Last month, along with FOXY co-founders Candice Lys and Nancy MacNeill, Zouboules accepted a $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with northern youth. Originally part of Lys’ PhD dissertation on public health promotion, FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is a participatory research project aimed at talking with young people about sexual health, sexuality and relationships across the three northern Canadian territories.

Two of UVic's Emily Carr paintings take centre stage in UK exhibit

Tue, 2014-12-23 10:50

Happiness (1939, oil on paper).
Happiness (1939, oil on paper).

Emily Carr’s talent and legacy are currently on display in a London art museum—in the first UK exhibit dedicated to the artist and west coast icon now dubbed “Canada’s very own van Gogh” by a British newspaper—including two works loaned from the collection of UVic Legacy Art Galleries.

UVic wraps up successful United Way campaign

Thu, 2014-12-18 11:14

The thermometers are overflowing, and that can only mean one thing. UVic has completed another successful United Way campaign, exceeding our 2014 goal of $262,000. The final tally for money raised during the 2014 campaign, as of January 5, was $268,000. Thanks to more than 425 wonderful UVic United Way supporters, we were able to make a significant contribution to United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) again this year.

Rain garden makes a splash for local school

Fri, 2014-12-12 10:56

Woman at water tap with elementary school kids.
Catherine Orr and Oak and Orca schoolchildren make a splash with rain garden project. Photo: Photo Services.

Landscape architect and environmental studies master’s student Catherine Orr saw her graduate project as a way to connect with a local school and a community about water and the importance of rainwater management.

Celebrating community resources: UVic Libraries

Fri, 2014-12-05 15:35

Dec. 7 Community Report
Dec. 7 Community Report

UVic is recognized around the world for our extraordinary academic environment, supporting the dynamic learning experiences of our students and fuelling research and discovery. UVic libraries are a key support for learning and research, as well as a hub for projects and resources that serve the Greater Victoria community.