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Goodbye uHire… Hello UVic Careers

It’s time to wave a fond and final goodbye 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 uvic.ca/hr/services/home/hiring/.

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 uviccareers@uvic.ca.

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.

Transit hub expansion

Construction has begun on 10 new bus bays on the north side of the Student Union Building. The project, a partnership between UVic, BC Transit, government and the transit commission, aims to improve bus capacity issues at peak times and support future service expansions.  It is a key component of the university’s sustainable transportation efforts to decrease vehicle traffic and encourage alternative methods to get to campus. Metered parking spaces beside the SUB will be removed; alternate parking spaces are available close by.

“UVic is pleased to be able to work cooperatively with BC Transit and its partners in adding new bus bays that will benefit the entire campus and the surrounding community,” Gayle Gorrill, UVic vice-president finance and operations said. A number of trees must be removed, but will be replaced three-fold as part of the extensive landscaping plan for the project. The Halpern Centre, Cinecenta and all the SUB facilities will be accessible and operational during construction, which is expected to be complete by September.

Percentage grading arrives at UVic

Starting Summer session 2014, instructors will submit grades in percentages rather than letter grades. This change will move UVic in line with other Canadian post-secondary institutions, and will improve the interpretation of grades at UVic, across Canada and internationally. The first percentage grades were submitted on May 15, for an undergraduate course of 24 students. More information about the transition and its changes to grading, academic history, transcripts, degree audit, reporting and procedures can be found online at bit.ly/percent-grades.

 

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 www.uvic.ca/coopandcareer/employerfunding.

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.