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Resources

Care of our resources

The availability, development and stewardship of financial, organizational and physical resources are key to the growth and success of the university. Our goal is to generate the resources necessary from both public and private sources to allow us to achieve our objectives and to steward those resources in a sustainable fashion.

Generating resources

Government is our largest funding partner, followed by students and our supporters in the broader community.

Objective 32: To obtain adequate government funding for operating purposes to support the achievement of our goals.

Key strategies:

  1. secure appropriate support from provincial and federal government sources through promoting the university’s priorities and demonstrating how the university’s particular strengths in education, research and civic engagement can assist Canadians with the challenges of today and the future.
  2. play a leadership role in the Research Universities’ Council of BC and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in support of system-wide advocacy for universities.

Objective 33: To further diversify our funding through philanthropy from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Key strategies:

  1. implement a mission-based fundraising program that is driven by academic, research and service priorities, is well integrated throughout the institution and effectively manages donor relations.
  2. establish and regularly review priorities for fundraising through the integrated planning process.
  3. improve management and organizational processes and technological tools to support a rigorous fundraising program and establish appropriate accountability measures.
  4. build further strategic partnerships with the private sector that will help us to achieve our goals.
  5. increase alumni giving by integrating development approaches into alumni programs.
  6. identify and raise funds for legacy projects associated with UVic’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Developing and sustainably stewarding our resources

We are committed to developing our organizational, human, financial and physical resources into the high-quality infrastructure we need to achieve our goals. With an increasingly competitive environment for recruiting and retaining students and faculty, the quality and liveability of our physical campus, integrated in our unique natural setting, provide an opportunity to distinguish our university from others. Continuing to improve the quality of these resources in a responsible, healthy, accessible and sustainable fashion is vital to our ongoing success. In times of financial constraint and reduced financial flexibility, it is especially important to use all assets and resources in an optimal way.

Objective 34: To update, renew and implement our Campus Plan, driven by academic priorities and informed by community input and our commitment to sustainability, with the goal of building an engaged campus, vibrant seven days a week.

Key strategies:

  1. update, renew and implement our Campus Plan to ensure that it guides the physical development of the university in a manner that supports our core mission and institutional strategic priorities.
  2. construct and maintain classrooms, research labs, graduate student space, informal learning spaces, etc., to meet the needs of our academic programs.
  3. build an engaged campus by providing space for dialogue, engagement, activity and interaction outside of the classroom and by upgrading existing amenities; e.g. food services, residences, global lounge, athletics facilities (the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities), performance space and commercial venues.
  4. as appropriate, acquire additional land to serve the long-term interests of the university.

Objective 35: To demonstrate leadership in sustainability through the continued development and implementation of innovative operational practices and their integration with institutional planning activities.

Key strategies:

  1. develop, implement and enhance the ecological sustainability initiatives set out in the Sustainability Action Plan, further boosting UVic’s leadership in transportation demand management, energy management, lifecycle costing and environmental stewardship.
  2. develop tools to measure sustainability performance in all our activities.
  3. design and operate campus systems in a manner that allows for the integration of academic, teaching and research activities as appropriate.
  4. promote the use of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or similar green building standards in the construction of new facilities.

Objective 36: To manage and protect our human, financial, physical and information resources in a responsible and sustainable fashion.

Key strategies:

  1. design and implement programs that help create a healthy university community.
  2. address occupational health and safety issues and prepare the entire campus community for emergencies and disasters.
  3. implement risk management strategies and tools to support a culture of innovation and advancement through appropriate risk taking while safeguarding the integrity of our core functions.
  4. continue to implement privacy protection strategies.

Objective 37: To optimize the use of our human, financial, physical and information resources.

Key strategies:

  1. ensure existing spaces are used to their full potential by identifying opportunities for shared spaces, designing our facilities for functional flexibility and optimizing our scheduling of space.
  2. recognize, promote and support opportunities for sharing resources, including research infrastructure.
  3. review off-campus properties and take appropriate action to ensure that they are optimally contributing to the goals of the university.
  4. implement a renewed records management system so as to increase administrative efficiency.
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