Student Representatives to the Board of Governors and the Senate


Join the University's Board of Governors and Senate

Call for Nominations now open until 4:30 pm, Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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


Student representatives are being sought to serve on Senate from the Faculties of Education, Fine Arts, Human and Social Development, and Law.  There is one (1) undergraduate position available for each of these faculties.

As a student representative on the Senate you play a vital role in university governance. Consider standing for election or nominating one of your student colleagues from one of these faculties.

In the past, student senators have advocated on a broad range of issues including the policy on Academic Concessions, Policy on Academic Integrity, guidelines for instructors on the use of an editor for student work, and Regulations Governing Administration of Examinations.

We are looking for students with a broad range of viewpoints to ensure that diversity is reflected in Senate and among our Senate Committees. Our university system of governance functions best when these various perspectives are represented and given a voice.

Student representatives will serve a one-year term, running from the date of election to June 30, 2020.

The deadline to submit nomination forms to the Office of the University Secretary is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  Click here for the Nomination Package.

The election of student representatives to Senate will take place on the floor of the Senate at its meeting on October 4, 2019 at 3:30 pm in the Senate and Board Chambers, University Centre, room A180.

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