Edge milestones

An extraordinary academic environment

People and place provide the foundation upon which we provide an extraordinary environment for the creation, dissemination and mobilization of knowledge.

UVic School of Music concert

A milestone in music

UVic’s School of Music celebrated its 50 years at a gala anniversary concert with the UVic Chorus and Orchestra—the culmination of five decades of academic expansion, faculty excellence, inspiring teaching, alumni achievement and dedicated community outreach.

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3M student Cara Samuel at UVic

A first in Canada for student leadership

For the past four years, at least one UVic student has been among the 10 national recipients of the 3M National Student Fellowship, presented by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. But 2018 was the first time that three of the awards have gone to students from a single school.

In 2018, UVic students Maxwell Nicholson (economics), Michael Graeme (anthropology and environmental studies) and Cara Samuel (psychology, pictured) were recipients of 3M fellowships— Canada's top leadership award for students.

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UVic student housing rendering

Student housing expansion

With the support of the provincial government, UVic is embarking on an ambitious new $201-million campus housing project, providing an additional 620 beds for students. “Students have enough stress in their lives without having to worry about finding a place to live they can afford,” BC Premier John Horgan told a crowd of about 200 at the announcement. “By increasing housing stock specifically for students, we’re also taking the pressure off local rental markets, giving more options to other renters.” Construction is planned over four years, with the first building opening in 2022.

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UVic is a destination university with students from 100+ countries. 75% of all students arrive from outside Victoria.

Research excellence and impact

UVic’s outstanding research advances human knowledge, improves and enriches lives, tackles global challenges and promotes the sustainability of the planet.

UVic researcher Caroline Cameron in a lab

A vaccine candidate for syphilis

Microbiologist Caroline Cameron has been awarded a patent for a potential vaccine candidate against syphilis. The highly infectious nature of the disease makes it an enduring health issue. Worldwide, there are an estimated 11 million cases of syphilis each year, and rates of the disease in British Columbia are at their highest in 30 years.

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UVic researcher Julia Baum scuba diving

Marine ecologist's global impact earns national award

Marine biologist Julia Baum—an international rising star in marine conservation ecology—is one of six Canadian researchers to be awarded a coveted 2018 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from NSERC. Baum studies how fishing and climate change are impacting tropical coral reefs, the most diverse of marine ecosystems.

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An ONC network connector at the seafloor

Ocean observatory completes installation of earthquake early warning sensors, begins trial of neutrino sensors

UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) has installed the final set of underwater earthquake early warning sensors off the west coast of Canada that will be part of an early alert system. The system would enable a warning of 20 seconds to two minutes in the event of a significant earthquake—time enough to take critical, life-saving actions before the shaking starts.

As part of its 2018 Wiring the Abyss expedition, ONC also installed specialized equipment at its deepest site in the northeast Pacific Ocean to assess the location’s suitability for a large-scale observatory for neutrinos—difficult to detect “ghost particles” that could help answer fundamental questions in physics.

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UVic is ranked among the top 200 of the world's universities for leadership in earth and marine sciences, English language and literature, and geography (2018 QS Subject Rankings).

UVic is ranked first in Canada for scientific impact in math and computer science (2018 Leiden Rankings).

UVic is one of Canada's largest concentrations of ocean and climate researchers.

UVic is consistently the top university in North America for published research based on international collaborations (Leiden Rankings 2011-18).

Dynamic learning

UVic’s focus on teaching excellence, supported by research-enriched and experiential learning, ensures an exceptional student experience that equips our students for personal success and contributions as global citizens.

Looking at whale bones in the Royal BC Museum

A different kind of archival immersion

Dynamic learning and ocean sciences span every faculty at UVic. Students in historian Jason Colby’s course on whales, including Tim Cunningham (pictured, lifting a juvenile orca skull), visited the whale specimen collections of the Royal BC Museum this fall.

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Kevin Perkins showing off new tech

Embracing new opportunities

During Kevin Perkins’ (right) co-op work term as a communications and fundraising strategist with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council—a First Nations-run Crown corporation that supports the revitalization of Indigenous languages, culture and heritage in BC—he wrote content for the organization’s Indigenous Endangered Language app and helped coordinate education events. Perkins was also part of a team who coordinated an event to announce a $50 million investment from the provincial government towards First Nations languages advocacy, education and revitalization.

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UVic offers hands-on learning opportunities through co-op, field schools, research, internships and practica in 755 courses.

UVic is one of Canada's largest and oldest co-op programs. UVic has the most extensive co-op program in the country. Students in 51 academic programs, including Canada’s only one in law, alternate academic terms with paid, relevant experience. More than 40 per cent of eligible students take part in co-op.

Nearly 3 in 4 UVic co-op students receive an offer of employment before they graduate (74%).

UVic offers the world's only Indigenous co-op education program, providing students with relevant work experience throughout their studies.