Student Representatives to the Board of Governors and the Senate


Call for nominations are open January 8 - 21, 2020

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 cruical 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 2 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.

Calls for nominations


2 students to be elected to the Board of Governors (one undergraduate student and one graduate student - 1 year term)

16 students to be elected to the Senate (at least one student from each faculty and three students from the Faculty of Graduate Studies - 1 year term)

Nominations close Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Nomination papers must be signed by no fewer than three students eligible to vote, other than the candidate, and by the candidate.  Nominations forms are available online or at any of these locations:

  • Micheal Williams Building, room A138
  • Student Union Building, outside room B103
  • Graduate Students' Centre, outside room 102

A nomination paper is not valid unless it is received in the Office of the University Secretary, Michael Williams Building, room A138, University of Victoria, no later than 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Nominations Received

Election Results

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