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Passion for public health propels UVic student to Oxford

Wed, 2013-12-11 11:51

Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services

British Columbia’s winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious student scholarship for 2014 is a 21-year-old biochemistry student from the University of Victoria.

In this engineering course, people skills are a design solution

Tue, 2013-12-03 13:22

Students in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.
Teamwork required. Jayaram Subramaniam (TA), Timothy Salomonsson and Todd Schmid in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.

Aspiring engineers at the University of Victoria are getting something most of their peers across Canada aren’t—hands-on experience from real-world professionals in their first year of post-secondary education.

WWI and Victoria: A city goes to war

Mon, 2013-11-04 10:35

The Empress Hotel opened its doors in 1908, less than 10 years before the start of World War One (1914-1918). Can you imagine the scenes over teacups in the recently built hotel when news of war broke out? Did the Inner Harbour look much different then, when Victoria residents strolling along the water first heard news their country was going to war?

Wet lab lights a spark for learning

Wed, 2013-10-02 15:16

Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug.
Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug. Photo: Kim Westad

Brett Landine suspects he was not alone in experiencing the low mood that settled in after his second year on campus.

Even so, the outgoing Comox student, who came to the University of Victoria with the quiet hope of becoming a physician, continued to hit the books. He wanted good marks and was willing to work for them, but school became filled with stress and tension.

Scaling CARSA

Wed, 2013-10-02 13:55

Vikes Director Clint Hamilton, Sept. 2013, CARSA construction in background. IMAGE: UVic Photo Services

What will take thousands of pairs of hands to climb? Imagine an 18-metre tower, rising up near UVic’s McKinnon Building. In less than two years, community members can belt into harnesses and scale UVic’s new climbing wall themselves.

Five 2013 Vanier scholarships for UVic, including a top spot

Tue, 2013-08-20 13:55

UVic PhD student and 2013 Vanier recipient Tim Personn
Tim Personn, 2013 Vanier scholar CREDIT: Photo Services

The 2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships were announced Sept. 23, 2013, and UVic PhD student Tim Personn (English) is ranked first of all social sciences and humanities recipients.

UVic, community celebrate CARSA in special May 28 ceremony

Fri, 2013-06-21 15:08

Stage party visiting construction site

A crowd of 250 people helped UVic officially mark the start of construction of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA). The Reynolds High School drumline and UVic Vikes cheer team hit some high notes on May 28, and they were not the only ones.

French course takes Tour de France to new level

Wed, 2013-06-19 09:07

De Rosnay racing in Victoria's Bastion Square Grand Prix 2013
Emile Fromet de Rosay (on left) in Victoria's Bastion Square GP 2013. PHOTO: Brad Head at

Enrolment for courses which immediately captivate the interest of students can be as smooth as coasting downhill in the Pyrenees. This is what assistant professor Dr. Emile Fromet de Rosnay was hoping, and has witnessed firsthand, for his new online course starting five days before the Tour de France, now in its 100th year.

UVic celebrates Ulysses discovery for Bloomsday

Thu, 2013-06-13 11:24

Sketch of Joyce

Poring through the University of Victoria's Special Collections catalogues earlier this year, post-doctoral student Matt Huculak (English) stepped into a literary scholar’s dream: he had his hands on a pirated edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, within the pages of an obscure literary journal.

SSHRC Storytellers: Videos by UVic students tell the story

Fri, 2013-05-17 13:26

SSHRC Video Challenge: The Storytellers

Four UVic teams are among 25 winners of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers involving universities across Canada. Here is their story.