The Edge of vital impact

Graphic saying UVic: The Edge is here

Students and researchers from the University of Victoria are driving change around the world, powered by the UVic Edge—that unique combination of vital impact and dynamic learning embedded in our extraordinary learning environment.

Vital impact drives our sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. That's the kind of vital impact that defines our edge - from tracking environmental contaminants to improving the lives of people affected by homelessness, poverty and substance use.

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada's research-intensive universities. Learn more about research at UVic.

Indigenous law

John Borrows

UVic is home to the world’s first Indigenous law degree, and the only dedicated research centre on Indigenous law in Canada.

Indigenous law

Ocean and climate


Our oceans and climate sustain our planet, generating the interconnected and awe-inspiring processes that create and support all life. Deepening and sharing knowledge of this vital system are priorities for UVic.

Oceans & climate research

Clean growth

Brad Buckham

Warmer global temperatures, extreme weather events, melting Arctic sea ice and ecosystems in trouble. We're seeking new ways of living within planetary boundaries and protecting and restoring biological diversity.

Clean growth

Healthy communities

Bernie Pauly

Working with community groups and leaders, governments, health authorities and other health care agencies, our researchers are constantly working towards improving the health and well-being of Canadians.

Healthy communities