Cultivate an Extraordinary Academic Environment

Goal: to be recognized internationally as a university of choice for talented students, faculty and staff.

People make our university. That’s why our institutional plans, including the recently launched Strategic Enrolment Management Plan, are positioning us to attract, support and develop a diverse community of talented students, faculty and staff. Through equity initiatives, we are building a better and more inclusive campus for everyone.

Highlights from 2018/19

Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Plan

We launched our Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Plan in April 2019. The plan will guide university recruitment, retention and student success initiatives for the next 5-10 years.

In the context of remaining about the same size, our commitments include recruiting the very best undergraduate students, diversifying our international undergraduate student population by geographic location and program of study, increasing our enrolment of Indigenous students, and increasing under-represented populations on our campus. We also aim to increase the proportion of graduate students.

Related strategies: 1.1, 2.4, 4.3

External awards for students and faculty

UVic students and faculty continue to receive prestigious external awards. For the past four years, at least one UVic student has been among the 10 national recipients of the 3M National Student Fellowship— Canada’s top leadership award for students. Last year was the first time that three of the awards have gone to students from a single university, with three UVic students receiving fellowships.

In the past year, UVic faculty members received a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, two E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships, one Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, and one Molson Prize.

Related strategies: 1.1

Equity and diversity

UVic remains strongly committed to an inclusive and safe campus, and for the eighth time in as many years, UVic has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. Knowing that institutional and cultural change is challenging, gradual and ongoing, UVic continuously implements concrete actions that engage with intersectional understandings of inequity, discrimination and exclusion, integrated through our Office of Equity and Human Rights.

We continue to implement the Employment Equity Plan, including expanding training opportunities for search committees.

Related stategies: 1.2

Sexualized violence prevention programs

A major achievement of the past year is the implementation of sexualized violence prevention programs. Training has been offered to over 1,600 faculty and staff on this important issue, and several in-person and online workshops have been offered to students on topics like bystander intervention. Work continues to further embed training and shift the campus increasingly towards violence prevention.

Related stategies: 1.2

Looking ahead

Health and Wellness Centre

Work is underway to create a new Health and Wellness Centre to integrate physical health and counselling for students. The on-campus facility will advance UVic’s holistic model of student health and wellness by providing educational, collaborative and shared support spaces.

Related strategies: 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 3.4

Student housing and dining facilities

As a destination university in one of the most constrained rental markets in Canada, there is high demand for additional student housing. Work is underway on UVic’s largest construction project—a $197 million expansion of our on-campus student housing and dining facilities. The project will provide 782 beds (620 net new) and will make campus a more welcoming, accessible and inclusive space for students.

Related strategies: 1.5, 5.3

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