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Don't be mistaken—it's not the President's Run

The last few days before the start of term create a special kind of busy for everyone on campus—including UVic President Jamie Cassels. Between returning from meetings with the Prime Minister and northern officials in the Arctic on one Monday, and hosting a campus BBQ for students and welcoming a crowd of thousands at New Student Orientation the following Tuesday, Cassels also found time to address Family Orientation, speak to new UVic faculty about the value of ongoing professional development, and open up a dialogue about how to continue to improve teaching and learning during the Learning and Teaching Centre’s “Teaching Day” event. He also joined staff and student volunteers welcoming 2,000 residence students on move-in day, participated in an orientation session for new academic leaders and was on-air for a CBC radio interview.

Though he didn’t sound obviously sleep-deprived at any of the events, we’re hoping that with classes in session, Cassels can return to his default speed of “extremely busy”—because the Ring was getting exhausted just keeping track of him.

Campus Checklist will bring news to faculty and staff

Launching as a pilot later this month, a new biweekly Campus Checklist email newsletter will deliver essential information about our changing campus to all UVic faculty and staff. Providing briefs about new administrative processes, upcoming events and looming deadlines that are relevant to the broadest range of faculty and staff, the Campus Checklist aims to improve on-campus communication and reduce single-issue campus-wide “blast” emails.

Content from Checklist will also be collected in a news stream on the Ring website, to provide timely information about campus operations to all interested parties. Faculty and staff can expect the first updates in their email boxes later this month. Staff who don’t rely on email as part of their usual duties may also see printed newsletters in their work areas.

Goodbye uHire… Hello UVic Careers

It’s time to wave a final farewell to the uHire job posting system as Human Resources gears up to welcome UVic Careers, the new online job management system that will go live in Sept. 2014. Beginning Sept. 8, the UVic Careers system will be the recruitment tool for CUPE 951, CUPE 917, Exempt Support, Management Excluded and PEA positions.

“Job seekers interested in working at the university will be able to apply for jobs, save their resumés and track the status of their applications online, anytime from any device,” says AVP Human Resources Kane Kilbey. “The UVic Careers system will streamline the entire recruitment and hiring process.”

Hiring administrators and search committee members will be able to manage information about their competitions anywhere, anytime. Offering comprehensive and powerful tools, the new system includes an onboarding section, where new employees will receive orientation information even before their first day of work.

UVic Careers system training for administrators

Hiring administrators (those who are currently uHire administrators) are encouraged to sign up for free introductory training sessions, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5. Whether you hire staff regularly or only once or twice a year, these one-hour sessions are for you. Learn to find your way around UVic Careers, including:

  • Create a requisition for a job posting
  • Manage resumés
  • Screen applications and schedule interviews
  • Extend an offer
  • Onboard a new employee

Sign up at

Drop-in sessions for all users

Weekly drop-in sessions for job seekers and hiring administrators will be offered on Tuesdays from Sept. 16 to Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. in LIB 034j (on the ground floor of the Mearns Centre, Technology Integrated Learning area). If you need help creating a new requisition or applying for a UVic job, drop in for one-on-one assistance.

Go-live Sept. 8

In order to ensure a smooth transition to UVic Careers, all postings in the current job posting system must conclude by Wednesday, Sept. 3. Please visit the Human Resources website or contact your Human Resources Advisor for details.

For more information contact

UVic only Canadian university named on The Princeton Review's Green Rating Honor Roll

The Princeton Review has tallied Green Rating scores for 861 colleges in the US and Canada, and UVic is in the top 24 schools listed on the company’s 2015 “Green Rating Honor Roll.”

Only those schools that achieved a perfect score of 99 in the Green Ratings were named to the honour roll, based on criteria in three broad areas:

  1. healthy and sustainable campus life;
  2. preparation of students for employment in a world defined by environmental challenges; and
  3. the school’s overall commitment to environmental issues.

The Princeton Review based scores on information obtained through institutional surveys. For UVic, that information came from its Feb. 2014 Gold level rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)—an international framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

In describing UVic’s sustainability initiatives, the Princeton Review highlighted the campus efforts with recycling, composting and water management, along with its attention to environmentally sensitive landscaping management practices.

See the Princeton Review press release for more information.

Beyond the ring

Co-op and Career helps local small business hire students

UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services will help eight to 10 Vancouver Island businesses hire post-secondary students to grow their e-commerce strategies, thanks to a new partnership with Industry Canada’s Small Business Internship Program (SBIP). Through the agreement, UVic Co-op and Career will allocate $80,000 in SBIP funding to small- or medium-sized businesses wishing to hire students for a 12-week internship. Project details can be found at

University presidents say province should lower student loan interest

UVic President David Turpin has joined with his counterparts at BC's three other research-intensive universities in recommending that the BC government make changes in student financial assistance. BC has the nation's highest interest rate on student loans at 2.5 per cent above prime. The presidents point out that changes in student aid programs are necessary in order to reach out to groups of potential student that have traditionally been under-represented in post-secondary education. Vancouver Sun article

Academic burnout on the rise

Post-secondary teaching staff suffer burnout at levels approximating that of health professionals, according to an international literature review published in the journal Educational Research and reported in THE (Times Higher Education). Based on 12 peer-reviewed studies in the United States, Britain, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands, the authors found that those suffering from greater emotional exhaustion included younger staff and women.

Strike at Vancouver Island University settled

The month-long strike by the faculty association at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo ended April 11 and classes will resume Tues, April 12. Key issues involving the handling of possible program cuts and layoffs have not been settled and are being referred to a government-appointed mediator. CBC coverage. Nanaimo Daily News article.