The University of Victoria women's field hockey team celebrates their fifth U SPORTS Championship by posing with the banner and their gold medals.

Vikes win gold and silver at U SPORTS championships

The University of Victoria women's field hockey team captured its fifth-straight and 16th overall U SPORTS Field Hockey Championship title while the women's rugby team finished their season by winning the program's first national silver medal.

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uncovering ancient cooking feature at the ȾEL ̧IȽĆE village site in Cordova Bay

Remnants of First Nation village

An Anthropology field school recieved national media attention for the evidence they uncovered of the ancient village site of ȾEL¸IȽĆE, in the area now known as Cordova Bay.

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Celebrating our oceans

From charting new paths towards a healthy and sustainable ocean to examining equitable coastal development, discover how UVic is making a difference this World Oceans Day. Graphic composite: Julena Lovegrove

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Top 10 in the world

Inspired by place, powered by people, committed to planet. The 2023 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings placed UVic first in Canada and third globally for climate action.

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UVic is nine times green

The University of Victoria has once again has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. 

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New degree for a changing world

The BSc in Climate Science at UVic is unique in North America, drawing together multiple areas of expertise to create an interdisciplinary program linking both the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences.

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President appoints working group to mitigate impact of US travel ban

President Jamie Cassels has appointed a small working group to assess how the recent US executive order banning entry into the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries is affecting students, faculty and staff at UVic, and how best to meet their immediate needs. The group will also recommend possible longer-range responses by the university. Cassels announced the formation of the working group at the Feb. 3 meeting of the university Senate.

The working group will look at the magnitude of the impacts of the executive order on campus and the needs of those directly affected. It will also propose effective and appropriate forms of action and support for UVic students, faculty and staff as a priority and submit recommendations for these to the president by mid-February. It will also consider supports for affected faculty and students who may wish to come to UVic. The working group will be able to access up to $100,000 in one-time funds to support new measures.

“The values of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect are at the heart of our university’s mission,” Cassels told Senate, referring both to the executive order and the shootings at the Quebec mosque where six people were murdered in an attack by a lone gunman on Jan. 29.

“The discovery and dissemination of knowledge and ideas, the search for truth, the effort to make a positive contribution, can only succeed when people of different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives come together to exchange ideas. So it is critical that all of us do what we can to guard and strengthen our academic environment and the values upon which it depends.”

The working group is being coordinated by Associate Vice-President Student Affairs Jim Dunsdon. He is joined on the group by Graduate Studies Dean David Capson, Humanities Dean Chris Goto-Jones, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Fayez Gebali and Acting Director of Equity and Human Rights Mary Ellen Purkis. The group will bring in and consult with others as needed. The working group can be contacted through .

The Jan. 27 US executive order prevents individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspends the entry of all refugees for 120 days.

UVic, as well as universities across Canada, are concerned about the impact of the travel ban on research activities, international studies, academic conferences, field visits and family relationships of university students, faculty and staff. UVic is working with other universities through Universities Canada to share information and approaches and promote discussions with federal officials on ways to mitigate the impacts of the travel ban.

UVic encourages any university community members who are concerned about how the executive order may impact their work or studies to approach their unit heads or supervisors. An information page is also available online.

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