Equity reporting

New UVic Staff and Faculty are asked to comnplete the Employment Equity Survey, this survey ensures UVic's eligibility for federal government grant funding that supports a variety of programs and activities of campus. It is also part of UVic's commitment to a diverse and welcoming working and learning environment and is one of many employment equity projects at UVic, including those in education, policy review, and leadership. The University of Victoria surveys its employees to track progress towards achieving an equitable workforce by hiring and retaining diverse staff. For more information contact the Equity and Human Rights Office.

We collect and report annually on the membership of employees in the four designated groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability and members of visible minorities. The table below presents summary findings of UVic faculty from a recent survey.

Summary findings of faculty

  Gross Net Labour force
Total number of regular faculty 791    
Total response rate 84.3%    
% Female 41.8% 41.8% 39.6%
% Visible minority 10.1% 12.0% 15.1%
% Persons with a disability 4.0% 4.8% 4.5%
% Aboriginal 2.5% 3.0% 0.9%

Source: UVic 2009-10 Faculty Listings and UVic Equity Database Extract

For regular faculty we exceed the labour force availability for representation in all groups except visible minority. Twelve per cent of UVic faculty self-identify in this group while national labour force availability is at 15.1 per cent. UVic's representation is higher than labour force availability for women (41.8 per cent vs. 39.6 per cent), persons with a disability (4.8 per cent vs. 4.5 per cent) and Aboriginal persons (3.0 per cent vs. 0.9 per cent).

UVic's results are compared against "availability" information for each particular occupation; in the case of faculty, it is against the national labour force availability. Gaps are identified and hiring goals must be set.

An inclusive environment is one in which multiple identities and perspectives, other ways of knowing, being and doing are valued. This is a core value in UVic's Strategic Plan and our faculty should reflect our student demographics.

If you identify places in your faculty where there is limited representation from any of the equity groups, please contact the adviser to the provost on equity and diversity to discuss strategies for successfully recruiting diverse faculty members.