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Celebrate extraordinary service with a PDSA nomination

It's time to nominate an individual or team for a President's Distinguished Service Award. The purpose of these annual awards is to celebrate the outstanding contributions of university employees to the betterment of the campus and its community. Nomination forms are due by Nov. 21.

(Also: nominations for the Provost's Advocacy and Activism Award are due by Nov. 1)

Full PDSA nomination info and forms

Help Desk expands services and locations

The Computer Help Desk has expanded its operations to provide more knowledgeable staff, extended hours and twice the number of locations. Faculty, staff and students can now contact the Help Desk by telephone and email from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on stat holidays; and visit any one of eight physical locations.

Read the blog entry about the expansion.

Cast your municipal ballot at the SUB on Nov. 6

Voting in this year's municipal election just got a bit easier. Thanks to a multi-year campaign by the UVic Students’ Society, advance polls for Saanich, Oak Bay and Victoria are coming to UVic. Students, faculty, staff and other eligible voters can cast ballots on Thursday, Nov. 6 from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the SUB Michele Pujol Room.

The UVSS is also encouraging informed voting by hosting an all-candidates fair on Wednesday, Oct. 29 (11a.m. to 3p.m., Michele Pujol Room) and a mayoral debate on Oct. 30 (2pm, at Vertigo in the SUB).

More at

2014 International Education Week: Nov. 3-9

Join UVic's International Education Week, Nov. 3 - 9. Find out about international opportunities, hear stories of international experiences and meet some of our international students and researchers from around the globe. Highlights of the week include the International Opportunities Fair for students who want to learn about studying abroad, and a screening of The Dialogue, a documentary that explores the elements of meaningful intercultural dialogue and cultural identity.

As part of the week, all members of the UVic Community are invited to send in their best shots from their international experience for a chance to win a $100 or $50 UVic Bookstore gift card.

Full schedule of events.

Beyond the ring

Universities make cases for provincial and federal funding

On Sept. 19, the Research Universities' Council of BC (RUCBC) presented its submission to the BC legislature's Finance Committee (pdf), making the case for short term reinvestment and long term strategic funding for post-secondary education. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) also recently released its recommendations for the 2015 federal budget, focusing on enhanced funding for research and innovation, advocating for an opportunities strategy for young Canadians and new initiatives to support Indigenous post-secondary education.

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.