The Ring

Studying sea, learning land and leadership

Tue, 2016-02-02 16:17

Kayaking with Redfish. Photo: Nicole Espe, Redfish student.
Kayaking with Redfish. Photo: Nicole Espe, Redfish student.
  • “Redfish teaches you about the systems of non-human and human nature around you, and shows you a community that you are a part of and you can help change.”
  • —Niloo Farahzadeh, 2015 Redfish alumna

The Salish Sea is a vibrant international region, teeming with change—so it should come as no surprise that an international field school which puts dynamic learning experiences at the heart of sustainability leadership reflects those characteristics as well.

Exchange experience immerses two students deeper into Hispanic studies

Thu, 2016-01-28 19:07

Dane and a turtle, discovered after canoeing in the Amazon Jungle, 2015.

The “Study Abroad” programs offered by the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies left two UVic undergraduate students last year not only with an amplified fluency for Spanish but also with unforgettable memories and an incomparable immersion in language and culture.

2015 Co-op Students of the Year impact the community in positive ways

Tue, 2016-01-05 13:00


Each year, UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services recognize three co-op students who have made outstanding achievements in their academic achievement, workplace performance and community involvement. One student is selected from each of our three major program areas.

Top 10 of 2015

Mon, 2015-12-14 17:18

As UVic welcomes the start of another great year, we are also celebrating all the memorable moments and compelling stories of 2015.

Thai exchange proves all the world's a stage

Wed, 2015-11-04 16:09


The best way to gauge the impact of your work is always to test it in the field. For Fine Arts undergrad Clare Mathison, that meant getting out of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre and onto the world stage—in Thailand. 

International co-ops chart a path to med school

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:56

LeDoux in South Africa.
LeDoux in South Africa.

From touring animal shelters in South Africa to analyzing cells from human blood or harvested mouse spleens in Vancouver, Stacey LeDoux’s UVic experiences have been a little different than most.

LeDoux graduates this month from UVic, and as she waits to hear back about her med school applications, she’s reflecting on her time as an undergraduate. “UVic not only gave me the opportunity to travel, but to explore my interests, develop my skills, and apply my learning,” she says.

Fuel cell-powered studies

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:32


Co-ops confirm international student’s career choice in engineering

When Anaïssia Franca transferred to UVic after the second year of her engineering science program in France, communicating was her biggest challenge. 

“I had a good understanding of English—but trying to contribute my ideas in group projects when you’re the only woman and there’s a language barrier? That was very hard,” she says. 

Unique ethnohistory field school well into its second decade

Thu, 2015-10-29 16:22

Student Jesse Robertson and Matsqui elder Joan Silver (right). Photo: Tenille Campbell.

The only ethnohistory field school in Canada to offer a firsthand learning opportunity involving traditional knowledges of oral history and research of historical documents has been immersing graduate students every second spring since 1998 deep within the Stó:lō community in BC.

Back from the grave: Maker Lab brings spooky 19th century skull to life

Thu, 2015-10-29 11:50

Early Wearable Kit, courtesy of the Maker Lab in UVic Humanities.
Early Wearable Kit, courtesy of the Maker Lab in UVic Humanities.

Just in time for Hallowe'en, the Maker Lab in the Humanities at the University of Victoria launched its first Kit for Cultural History, which reinvents a skull stick-pin from the 1860s. The kit is a tangible example of how the Maker Lab combines cultural research with digital fabrication and also of today’s thriving maker movement which involves DIY approaches. Unveiled at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the kit features the cravat pin introduced by French engineer Gustave Trouvé at an 1867 exhibition in Paris and now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.

A chance to be the change we want to see

Thu, 2015-10-08 11:47

Beliveau, Winn and Manouchehrinia in Switzerland.
Beliveau, Winn and Manouchehrinia in Switzerland.

In an early preview of the challenges world leaders face when negotiating international agreements on climate change (such as this December’s UN meeting in Paris), two UVic students and a business professor got to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime—travelling to Switzerland to attend the Model United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. This annual international event is hosted by leading business graduate students and professors across Europe and provides the opportunity for scholars studying climate change to engage in mock climate negotiations. These mock negotiations were an opportunity to engage in debate, to strategize towards fulfilling an assigned country’s interests and, as a collective, to negotiate a best-draft resolution to climate challenges facing the global community.