Student Representatives to the Board of Governors and the Senate

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Play a vital role in university governance as a Student Representative.

A second call for nominations is now open. See below for details.

Join the University's Board of Governors and Senate

The University of Victoria operates under the authority of the University Act and is governed by a Board of Governors and a Senate. As a student representative on the Board of Governors or the Senate you play a crucial role in university governance. It is an opportunity for you to build skills, to represent your fellow students, to be heard, and to contribute to decision making on campus. 

Serving on Senate was one of the most valuable experiences during my time at UVic. I was able to represent the views of my peers while shaping University policies that directly impact student life and academic programs... If you have any interest in governance, collaborative problem solving, advocacy skills or policy development then you should strongly consider running for Senate.
— Andrew Lemieux, former Student Senator

There are two student positions on the Board of Governors, 1 undergraduate student elected by and from the undergraduate students and 1 graduate student elected by and from the graduate students.

There are 16 student positions on the Senate, elected from the students who are members of the University of Victoria Students' Society and the Graduate Students' Society, in a manner that ensure that at least one student from each faculty is elected. 

Students are elected to serve a 1-year term, commencing on July 1st. Call for nominations and elections are usually held in the Spring term.


Second Call for Nominations are now open and will close 4:30pm Friday, March 5, 2021.

Student Nomination Package for Board of Governors and Senate (Complete package)

Hard copies of the full nomination package are available at: 

  • Office of the University Secretary, Michael Williams Building, room A138
  • UVSS Resource Centre, Student Union Building, room B103
  • GSS office, George and Ida Halpern Graduate Students' Centre, room 102

The information contained in the complete Student Nomination Package (above) can also be found individually via the links below: 

Additional Information:

Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

Completed nominations may be submitted by either:

  • email:
  • in-person: Office of the University Secretary, MWB A138

An email confirming receipt of nomination form will be sent. Please contact the Office of the University Secretary if you do not receive confirmation.

A mandatory all-candidates information session will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. This meeting will be to outline the policies and procedures for the election.

Thank You

As a student representative on the Senate or Board of Governors you play a vital role in university governance. Consider standing for election or nominating one of your student colleagues from one of these faculties. Thank you to those that have put their name forward or support the nomination of another.

Last updated March 5, 2021 1:14 pm

Senate - Second Call

Faculty Nominations Received
Education No nominations have been received.
Fine Arts No nominations have been received.
Graduate Studies (2 positions) Jeffrey Bruton
Christine Todd
Lois Karwandy
Zulfiqar Ali - withdrew
Robyn Giffen
Human & Social Development No nominations have been received.



Results: Student Calls for Nominations and Elections to Board of Governors and Senate.

An election was held 9:00am Wednesday, February 10, 2021 to 4:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021. The following students were elected:

Faculty Representatives

  • Xiang (Alex) Li - Engineering
  • Kylie Jack - Law
  • Samuel Holland - Social Sciences


  • Anona Wiebe
  • Jaxxen Wylie
  • Kyle Risby
  • Aidan Witts

Thank you to all candidates and voters for their involvement and interest in Senate.

The UVic Senate was a meaningful way to get involved. It was a platform for me to express what I cared about and to advocate for change. I always felt heard, and that my input was appreciated...The student voice is crucial for representation in UVics governing bodies. I created connections with my fellow students and UVic faculty. It has been a worthwhile experience that I would recommend to anyone who wants to get involved in their campus community.
— Isabella Lee, former Student Senator