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University of Victoria

University of Victoria

"יְהִי אוֹר" (Hebrew)

"multitudo sapientium sanitas orbis" (Latin)
Motto in English

"Let there be light"

"A multitude of the wise is the health of the world"
Established 1903
Type Public
Endowment $348 million[1]
Chancellor Murray Farmer[2]
President Dr. Jamie Cassels, QC
Provost Reeta C. Tremblay, PhD
Academic staff 1073 faculty
Admin. staff 6,048 employees[1]
Students 22,405[1]
Undergraduates 18,863
Postgraduates 3,542
Location Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Campus Urban
Former names Victoria College
Colours      Red
Nickname Victoria Vikes
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, CUSID, CBIE, CUP
Website .ca.uvicwww

The University of Victoria, often referred to as UVic, is a university in Canada. It is a research intensive university located in Saanich and Oak Bay within Greater Victoria, 5.71 km[3] northeast of downtown Victoria, British Columbia. The university's annual enrollment is about 20,000 students. UVic's campus is known for its innovative architecture, beautiful gardens and mild climate. The university was closely affiliated with and established by McGill University, which is also credited with the beginnings of the University of British Columbia.[4]

The university attracts many students in part because of its size, its picturesque location, and its cooperative education, earth and ocean sciences, engineering, and law programs. The university is the nation's lead institution in the VENUS and NEPTUNE deep-water seafloor observatory projects.

The Victoria Vikes (more commonly known as the UVic Vikes or simply the Vikes) represent the university in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) community in a number of competitive sports, as well as through a variety of intercollegiate leagues. The Vikes have especially long and eminent ties to competitive rowing and basketball.

In the 2014-2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, UVic ranked 173 in the world, and seventh place in Canada. It ranked first place in Canada in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of schools under 50 years old.[5] UVic was the top-ranked university in Canada without an autonomous medical school in the THE rankings. The university has also been home to more than 40 faculty members who are Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada since the University of Victoria's founding.[6][7]


  • History 1
  • Campus and grounds 2
  • Undergraduate Faculties, Departments, and Schools 3
    • Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 3.1
    • School of Earth & Ocean Sciences 3.2
    • School of Public Administration 3.3
    • Law 3.4
    • Engineering 3.5
    • Faculty of Humanities 3.6
  • Graduate Programs 4
  • Academic profile 5
    • Libraries and Museum system 5.1
    • Research 5.2
    • Admissions 5.3
    • International exchanges 5.4
  • Rankings 6
  • Culture and student life 7
    • The Martlet student newspaper 7.1
    • The University of Victoria Students Society (UVSS) 7.2
    • The University of Victoria Graduate Student Society (GSS) 7.3
    • Radio station CFUV 7.4
    • Greek Life 7.5
  • Athletics 8
    • Sports Hall of Fame 8.1
  • Traditions 9
    • Fight Song 9.1
    • Martlet icon 9.2
    • UVic Orientation 9.3
  • Sport clubs 10
  • People 11
    • Presidents 11.1
    • Notable faculty 11.2
    • Notable alumni 11.3
      • Alumni in the arts 11.3.1
      • Alumni in business 11.3.2
      • Alumni in government and public affairs 11.3.3
      • Alumni in sports 11.3.4
  • Asteroid 150145 Uvic 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15


The University of Victoria was established on 1 July 1963 in Victoria, British Columbia.[8] Victoria College, which had been established in 1903 as an affiliated college of McGill University, gained autonomy and full degree granting status on March 1, 1963.[9] The non-denominational university had enjoyed 60 years of prior teaching tradition at the university level as Victoria College. This 60 years of history may be viewed conveniently in three distinct stages. Between the years 1903 and 1915, Victoria College was affiliated with McGill University, offering first- and second-year McGill courses in Arts and Science.[10] Administered locally by the Victoria School Board, the College was an adjunct to Victoria High School and shared its facilities. Both institutions were under the direction of a single Principal: E.B. Paul, 1903–1908; and S.J. Willis, 1908–1915.

The opening in 1915 of the University of British Columbia, established by Act of Legislature in 1908, obliged the college to suspend operations in higher education in Victoria. University of British Columbia was created in 1908. A single, public provincial university, it was modeled on the American state university, with an emphasis on extension work and applied research. The governance was modeled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.[8]

In 1920, as a result of local demands, Victoria College began the second stage of its development, reborn in affiliation with the University of British Columbia.[10] Though still administered by the Victoria School Board, the college was now completely separated from Victoria High School, moving in 1921 into the magnificent Dunsmuir mansion known as Craigdarroch Castle. Over the next two decades, under Principals E.B. Paul and P.H. Elliott, Victoria College built a reputation for thorough and scholarly instruction in first- and second-year arts and science. It was also during this period that future author Pierre Berton edited and served as principal cartoonist for the student newsletter, The Microscope.

Former Home of the University

Between the years 1921-1944, the enrolment at Victoria College did not very often reach above 250. However, in 1945, 128 servicemen returned from Wold War II. This pushed enrolment up to 400, and in 1946; 600.[11]

The final stage, between the years 1945 and 1963, saw the transition from two year college to university, under Principals J.M. Ewing and W.H. Hickman.[10] During this period, the college was governed by the Victoria College Council, representative of the parent University of British Columbia, the Greater Victoria School Board, and the provincial Department of Education. Physical changes were many. In 1946 the college was forced by postwar enrollment to move from Craigdarroch to the Lansdowne campus of the Provincial Normal School, the current location of Camosun College's Lansdowne Campus. The Normal School, itself an institution with a long and honourable history, joined Victoria College in 1956 as its Faculty of Education. Late in this transitional period (through the co-operation of the Department of National Defence and the Hudson's Bay Company) the 284 acre (1,1 km²) now 385 acre (1.6 km²) campus at Gordon Head was acquired. Academic expansion was rapid after 1956, until in 1961 the college, still in affiliation with UBC awarded its first bachelor's degrees.

In the early part of this century, professional education expanded beyond the traditional fields of theology, law and medicine. Graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced.[8]

The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society.[8]

The university gained its autonomy in 1963 as the University of Victoria.[10] The University Act of 1963 vested administrative authority in a chancellor elected by the convocation of the university, a board of governors, and a president appointed by the board; academic authority was given to the senate which was representative both of the faculties and of the convocation.

University of Victoria's Arms were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on April 3, 2001.[12] The historical traditions of the university are reflected in the coat of arms, its academic regalia and its house flag. The BA hood is of solid red, a colour that recalls the early affiliation with McGill. The BSc hood, of gold, and the BEd hood, of blue, show the colours of the University of British Columbia. Blue and gold have been retained as the official colours of the University of Victoria. The motto at the top of the Arms of the University, in Hebrew characters, is "Let there be Light"; the motto at the bottom, in Latin, is "A Multitude of the Wise is the Health of the World."

Campus and grounds

Medical Sciences Building at UVic

The main campus is located in the Gordon Head area of Greater Victoria. With a total area of 403 acres (163 ha), the campus spans the border between the municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich. The original campus plan was prepared by the San Francisco architecture and planning firm of Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons. The general concept of the original design is still being followed, with the academic portions of the campus located inside Ring Road, which forms a perfect circle 600 m (1,969 ft) in diameter. Outside of Ring Road are the parking lots, the Student Union Building, residence buildings, sports facilities, as well as some of the academic facilities that are more self-contained (Law and Theatre for example).

The university's Cornett Building is an acclaimed example of architectural modernism on the campus. Home to many of the social sciences, the Cornett Building boasts a long history of befuddling students who find themselves lost within its long corridors.[13]

The following is a list of the more prominent buildings on campus:[14]

  • Administrative Services Building – Accommodates the university's executive team as well as other administrative functions such as accounting, research services, pension, and payroll.
  • Army Huts – Nine single-storey, wood-frame utilitarian Second World War buildings (1940) on the northern part of the University of Victoria campus. These structures are on the Registry of Historic Places of Canada[15]
  • Bob Wright Centre – Home to the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, the Department of Chemistry, and the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling & Analysis (CCCMA). Also features the Department of Astronomy dome and telescopes, lecture theatres, offices, meeting rooms, labs, and SciCafe dining outlet.
  • Business and Economics Building – Besides the obvious, the Business and Economics building also houses the offices of senior university administrators and contains a student computing facility.
  • Campus Services Building - Includes Career Services, the UVic Bookstore, the Computer Store, the Resource Centre for Students with a Disability, and MultiFaith Services.
  • Clearihue – Home to the Faculty of Humanities, houses the Departments of English, French, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic and Italian Studies, History, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Pacific and Asian Studies, Philosophy, and Women's Studies. Contains numerous classrooms as well as student computing facilities, including the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) facility and the Computer Help Desk. It is also the location of the Department of University Systems, which is largely responsible for the systems, networking and support of the university, including student computing facilities and language labs. Clearihue is the oldest building on campus, originally constructed in 1962 and augmented by an addition in 1971. It is named after Joseph Clearihue, who was chairman of Victoria College from 1947 until it gained university status in 1963.
  • Cornett – Includes classrooms and houses the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Cunningham – Contains the Department of Biology, the Centre for Forest Biology, a herbarium, and numerous specialized research facilities.
Engineering/Computer Science Building entrance
  • David Strong Building – Contains classroom spaces, including seminar rooms, breakout rooms, and the Mathews and McQueen auditorium.
  • David Turpin Building – Formerly Social Sciences and Mathematics. Houses the Departments of Geography, Political Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and the School of Environmental Studies. Also features the Water & Climate Impacts Research Centre (W-CIRC).
  • Elliott – Includes the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy, as well as a number of offices, classrooms, and laboratories. The building is topped by the Climenhaga Observatory.
  • Engineering Buildings – Includes the Engineering Office Wing (EOW), the Engineering Lab Wing (ELW) and the Engineering/Computer Science building (ECS). Home to the Faculty of Engineering, which includes the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Fine Arts - Contains the departments of Writing and History in Art as well as offices, classrooms, a lecture theatre, a photography darkroom, Arts Place dining outlet, and a multi-purpose lobby that may be used for readings and performances.
  • First Peoples House – Anthropological building that provides a welcoming home-away-from-home for Indigenous students.
  • Fraser Building – Formerly known as the Begbie building. Houses the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Dispute Resolution. The building also contains classrooms, seminar rooms, a moot courtroom and the Diana M. Priestly Law Library.
  • Halpern Centre for Graduate Students – Colloquially known as "The Grad Centre", the building houses the Graduate Student Society (GSS) general office, the "Grad House" restaurant, which is open to the public, and the David Clode lounge. There is also a meeting space (boardroom) that can be booked by contacting the GSS Office.
  • Hickman Building – Formerly called the Centre for Innovative Teaching. Includes "Smart" classrooms featuring closed-circuit cameras and remote projection systems to link teachers and students with other classrooms.
  • Human and Social Development Building – Classrooms and offices for Child and Youth Care, Dispute resolution, Health Information Science, Indigenous Governance, Nursing, Public Administration, and Social Work.
  • Ian Stewart Complex – One of UVic's recreational facilities. Includes tennis courts, squash and raquetball courts, an ice rink, an outdoor pool, a dance studio, a physiotherapy clinic, a gym, and a weight room. Also contains the Alumni Services, Development, Corporate Relations, and Advancement Services departments.
  • MacLaurin Building – Includes the Faculty of Education and School of Music, as well classrooms, the David Lam Auditorium, the Curriculum Library, and Mac's Bistro.
  • McKinnon Building – Encompasses the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, an indoor swimming pool, fitness and weight room, dance studio, outdoor tennis courts, squash courts and a gymnasium.
  • McPherson Library and William C. Mearns Centre for Learning - The McPherson Library houses UVic's library holdings, as well as the university archives, special collections, and map library. A 2008 expansion to the McPherson Library created the William C. Mearns Centre for Learning, which contains the Learning Commons, media commons, classrooms, and several group study rooms.
  • Medical Sciences Building – The home of UBC's Island Medical Program.
  • Petch Building – the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.
  • Phoenix Theatre – the Theatre department.
  • Sedgewick – Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), Centre on Aging, Centre for the Study of Religion in Society, Centre for Global Studies; administration offices.
  • Student Union Building – popularly known as the "SUB", it houses a movie theatre, food services, a consignment bookstore, and the headquarters of several clubs and campus organizations, including a radio station (CFUV). There is also a student pub, Felicita's, and a defunct nightclub, Vertigo, which is now study space.
  • University Centre – includes many administrative offices (Accounting, Payroll, Advising, Record Services) as well as the main public cafeteria, and the Farquhar auditorium.

The university also offers on-campus housing for over 3,200 students. An extensive variety of housing is available, including single and double dormitories, Cluster Housing (apartment-style housing with four people per unit), bachelor and one-bedroom apartments, and family housing. Four buildings in one of the oldest residential complexes at the university are named for Emily Carr, Arthur Currie, Margaret Newton, and David Thompson.[16] Construction on the South Tower Complex was completed in January 2011. The largest residence building in terms of capacity is Ring Road Hall, which holds 294 beds and is split into three wings. The campus has also become increasingly cycling-friendly.[17]

Much of the university estate has been dedicated to nature, notably Finnerty Gardens and Mystic Vale, a 4.4 ha (11 acres) forested ravine. The campus is home to deer, owls, squirrels and many other wild animals native to the area. A large population of domestic rabbits, which likely descended from abandoned house pets from the surrounding community, was a memorable feature of the campus in years past. In May 2010, the university began trapping and euthanizing the rabbits[18] as they had been known to put athletes at risk in the playing fields and cause extensive damage to university grounds. It has been documented that local veterinarians have offered to perform neutering of the male rabbits. As of July 2011, the UVic campus is free of rabbits. 900 rabbits were saved and sent to shelters.[19]

Undergraduate Faculties, Departments, and Schools

Below is a list of undergraduate faculties, departments, and schools within the University of Victoria system.

  • Education, which includes Education, Kinesiology, and Recreation and Health Education
  • Engineering, which includes Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineering, as well as Computer Science
  • Fine Arts, which includes the departments of History in Art, Music, Professional Writing, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing
  • Human & Social Development, which includes Child and Youth Care, Health and Community Services, Health Information Science, Nursing, Social Work, and Public Administration
  • Humanities, which includes Applied Linguistics, Chinese Studies, English, French, Germanic Studies, Greek and Latin Language and Literature, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Medieval studies, Mediterranean Studies, Pacific and Asian Studies, Philosophy, Professional Writing, Religious Studies, Slavic Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and Women's Studies
  • Law, which includes the Juris Doctor program
  • Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, which includes Commerce
  • Science, which includes Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Ocean Sciences, Physics, and Statistics
  • Social Sciences, which includes Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology

UVic also offers a number of interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, including Applied Ethics, Arts of Canada, European Studies, Film Studies, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Indigenous Studies, Latin American Studies, Social Justice Studies, and Technology and Society.

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business,[20] formerly the Faculty of Business, was renamed following a donation by local entrepreneur Peter B. Gustavson. This business school is one of the finest in Canada with a wide range of programs including the BCom, MBA and other business degrees, EQUIS and AACSB accredited.[21][22]

Business and Economics Building

School of Earth & Ocean Sciences

The university's School of Earth & Ocean Sciences is the premiere underwater and marine institution in Canada and has produced a large number of influential findings in its history. The School of Earth & Ocean Science also collaborate with the VENUS and NEPTUNE research institutes. In addition to this the university was a founding member of the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, UVic maintains this field station on the west coast of Vancouver Island, which is jointly run by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

School of Public Administration

The UVic School of Public Administration is Western Canada's leading government management school. The school specializes in its M.A., and PhD. programs but also offers a selective admission minors program. The innovative course structure of these programs has led numerous graduates to pursue careers in finance management, government administration, and local governance.


The UVic Faculty of Law is consistently ranked highly by the media. It offers a co-op work experience program and an environmental law intensive program, featuring a course at Hakia Beach, BC in association with the Tula Foundation. UVic Law has been deeply involved with many of the Aboriginal, Ecological, and Environmental cases within British Columbia and continues this tradition today.[23][24]


The Faculty of Engineering admits approximately 400 students into first-year programs each year. Students can specialize in the following disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering.[25][26]

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities consists of ten departments (English, French, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic and Italian Studies, History, Linguistics, Pacific and Asian Studies, Philosophy, and Women's Studies), as well as three Programs (Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies). The faculty offers certificates, minors, and majors leading to both BA and BSc degrees, as well as MA and PhD degrees. As one of the largest faculties at the University of Victoria, the faculty prides itself on offering outstanding opportunities to study and expand expressions of the human spirit. Languages, narratives, philosophies, histories—the Faculty of Humanities brings these all together in a critical context of analysis, interpretation, research, and communication. Humanities students ask—and answer!—questions about the place and value of the individual in the human community, the function of tradition in times of intense transformation, and how best to give guidance to humanity as it moves into an ever uncertain future.

Graduate Programs

UVic offers a number of graduate degrees in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Education, which includes Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies, Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, and Indigenous Education
  • Engineering, which includes Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering
  • Fine Arts, which includes History in Art, the School of Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing
  • Humanities, which includes English, French, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic and Italian STudies, History, Linguistics, Pacific and Asian Studies, and Philosophy
  • Human and Social Development, which includes Child and Youth Care, Community Development, Dispute Resolution, Health Information Science, Indigenous Governance, Nursing, Public Administration, Public Health and Social Policy, Studies in Policy and Practice, Social Dimensions of Health, and Social Work
  • Law
  • Science, which includes Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience, and Physics and Astronomy
  • Social Sciences, which includes Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology

Academic profile

Libraries and Museum system

The University of Victoria Libraries system is the second largest in British Columbia being composed of three 'on-campus' libraries, the William C. Mearns Center for Learning/McPherson Library, the Diana M. Priestly Law Library, and the MacLaurin Curriculum Library. The Library System has undergone significant growth in recent years thanks to the University's investment in library purchases and research. Amongst the highlights in the University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections are priceless items from Imperial Japan, to carbon dated original manuscripts of the Sancti Epiphanii. The collection also boasts extensive histories of colonial Victoria and the Colony of Vancouver Island among other documents. The library's digitization programme is becoming increasingly active in making materials available for scholars and to the wider world. Renovations and new construction over the past decade have resulted in modernized facilities that include special collections classrooms, an innovative Learning Commons and an art gallery. The UVic libraries collection includes extensive digital resources, over 2.0 million books, 2.3 million items in microforms, plus serial subscriptions, sound recordings, music scores, films and videos, and archival materials.[27]

The University of Victoria houses the Education Heritage Museum, which displays educational history artifacts in the main hallway of the MacLaurin building. The collection consists of manuscripts, texts, photographs, audio-visual material, lesson plans, posters, bells, ink bottles, fountain pens, desks, maps, athletic clothing, photographs, and school yearbooks used in kindergarten to grade 12 schools in Canada from the mid-1800s to the 1980s.[28]

The University of Victoria has two art collections (University and Maltwood) which host loan exhibitions, and exhibits of the works of students and faculty in the University Centre Exhibition Gallery. The University Collection, founded in 1953 by Dr. W.H. Hickman, Principal of Victoria College (1953-1963), consists of 6,000 works, mainly by contemporary artists practicing in British Columbia. The Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, founded through the bequest of English sculptress and antiquarian, Katharine Emma Maltwood, F.R.S.A. (1878-1961), reflects her and her husband John Maltwood's taste. The collection of 12,000 works of fine, decorative and applied arts includes Oriental ceramics, costumes, rugs, seventeenth century English furniture, Canadian paintings and Katherine Maltwood's own sculptures.[29]


In the 2010 Re$earch Infosource ranking of Canada's research universities, UVic topped all other comprehensive universities in Canada in two out of three measures of research performance over the last decade: growth in research income and growth in research intensity.

  • Bamfield Marine Research Station

The University maintains a field station on the west coast of Vancouver Island to conduct marine research. The facility is jointly run by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. Undergraduates at the University of Victoria have full access to research and learning at this facility.

  • SEOS Oceanic Vessel

In 2011 the university, in collaboration with the provincial government purchased and modified a state of the art ocean vessel capable of launching 'deep sea submersibles' and conducting long range marine biology research expeditions. The 'floating laboratory' is undergoing upgrades and expansions currently and will be in service by late 2011.[30]


The School of Earth & Ocean Sciences is also home to the renowned VENUS and NEPTUNE research institutes responsible for seismic, oceanic and climate change research.

  • Centre for Law

Located in the Greater Victoria area the University's legal centre provides free legal assistance to the disadvantaged as well as dealing with important environmental cases in British Columbia. The UVic Law Center is the only full-time, term clinical program offered by a Canadian law school. The program reflects the faculty's emphasis on integrating legal theory, legal skills, and community service while providing students with unique education and research opportunities.[31]

  • Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP)

Located in the Greater Victoria, British Columbia area the Vancouver Island Technology Park is a state of the art, 35 acre commercial research facility. It is the largest university-owned technology centre in BC. The venture allows the university to work with leading technology and biomedical companies while provided students with unparalleled research opportunities. The facility focuses on fuel cell, new media, wireless, and life science/biotechnological research. The UVic Genome BC Proteomics Centre and a number of other research institutes are based out of the research park. The Capital Regional District is a major commercial hub for technology companies.[32]


Admission to the University of Victoria is based on a selective academic system. UVic requires all applicants to submit gross percentage averages to be considered for admission. The University accepts qualified applicants studying under IB programs, AP programs or other international distinctions. The University of Victoria offers scholarships and financial aid to a large number of students.[33]

International exchanges

The University Of Victoria has partnered with a number of research institutions to provide UVic students with the opportunity to gain research experience abroad. Both UVic undergraduate and graduate students may travel abroad with UVic's many partner universities. This international exchange programs develops the collegial yet international atmosphere at the University of Victoria, and promotes an exchange of information.


University rankings
University of Victoria
ARWU World[34] 301-400
ARWU Natural Science & Math[35] 101-150
THE-WUR World[36] 201-225
THE-WUR Physical Sciences[37] 97
Canadian rankings
ARWU National[38] 18
Maclean's Comprehensive[39] 1
THE-WUR National[36] 8-10

Maclean's Magazine, a major Canadian news magazine, has ranked UVic as one of the top three comprehensive universities in the nation for three consecutive years; it was ranked first for the year 2014. Its Faculty of Law has also ranked first in the country, 8 out of the last 11 years. Currently, it is ranked 4th by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. University of Victoria's MBA program is consistently ranked among the top 10 of its kind in the nation.[40] UVic is British Columbia's second largest research university, after UBC, and is one of Canada's top 20 research institutions.[41] According to ScienceWatch, UVic is nationally ranked first in geoscience, second in space science and education, and third in engineering and mathematics for the period of 2000–2004.[42] For the year 2013, five departments are ranked in the top 200 in the QS world rankings, with one department (Department of English) ranked in the top 100: Earth and Marine Science, English Literature, Law, Geography, and Philosophy.[43]

Culture and student life

The Martlet student newspaper

UVic's oldest and most recognized weekly student newspaper, founded in 1948, is The Martlet. It is distributed all over campus and the Greater Victoria area. The paper is named after the legendary martlet bird, whose inability to land is often seen to symbolize the constant quest for knowledge, learning, and adventure. The Martlet is partly funded by student fees.

The University of Victoria Students Society (UVSS)

The University of Victoria Students' Society is a student society which represents the UVic undergraduate student body, plans campus wide events and maintains the Student Union Building. The student society's leadership is elected annually during campus wide undergraduate student elections. As a multi-million dollar organization, the UVSS is among one of the larger student unions which exist in Canada.

The University of Victoria Graduate Student Society (GSS)

The GSS offers services and support for UVic's 3,000 Graduate students. The society's services include the Grad House Restaurant, health and dental plan, funding for grad student events, and reduced-cost membership in the Victoria Car Share Co-operative.

Radio station CFUV

CFUV is on-campus radio station focusing on the campus and the surrounding community. CFUV serves Greater Victoria at 101.9, and via cable on 104.3, Vancouver Island and many areas in the Lower Mainland and northwestern Washington state.

Greek Life

The university students have started one fraternity and two sororities and one non-exclusive, non-profit social-service club. It should be noted that the university students society itself does not recognize the fraternity or the sororities as affiliated with the campus. Although the fraternity and sororities have no affiliation with the University of Victoria itself, they continue to thrive with membership growing yearly. The fraternities and sororities on campus are as follows:

  1. Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity chartered the Beta Tau chapter in 2010, currently estimated at 100 members
  2. The International sorority Kappa Beta Gamma chartered a chapter in 2011, currently estimated at 60 members
  3. The local sorority, Alpha Chi Theta was chartered in 2013, currently estimated at 20 members
  4. The Omega chapter of Phrateres, was installed here in 1961.


The university is represented by its team the Victoria Vikes, more commonly known as the UVic Vikes or simply the Vikes. Vikes teams participate in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) (the western division of Canadian Interuniversity Sport [CIS]) and in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Basketball games are played in the 2,500 seat, McKinnon Gymasium. The facility was built in 1975.[44][45][46]

The university currently has both men's and women's teams in each of the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country & Track
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Sports Hall of Fame

UVic Charter Inductees are:

  • Lorne Loomer: Rowing Coach – Builder/Administrator
  • Wally Milligan: Men's Soccer Coach – Builder/Administrator
  • Gareth Rees: Rugby – Athlete Category
  • Ken Shields: Basketball – Coach Category
  • Kathy Shields: Basketball – Coach Category

Canadian Inter-University Sports(CIS) Championships[47]
Men's basketball: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1997
Women's basketball: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2003
Men's cross-country: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Women's cross-country: 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Women's field hockey: 1985, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008
Men's soccer: 1976, 1988, 1997, 2004, 2011
Women's soccer: 2005

Canadian University Championship Titles[47]
Men's rugby: 1998, 1999
Men's rowing: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009
Women's rowing: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Men's golf: 2003


Fight Song

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games is 'Rack and Ruin' a reminder of the tradition of the founding Victoria College. "Rack and Ruin, Blood and Gore, Victoria College Evermore!"

Martlet icon

The martlet and its red colour adorns many parts of the University of Victoria, including the crest, coast of arms, and flag representing the university's previous affiliation to McGill University which also uses the martlet. The legendary martlet bird's inability to land is often seen to symbolize the constant quest for knowledge, learning, and adventure. The oldest student newspaper on campus, The Martlet, is named after the bird.

UVic Orientation

UVic Orientation takes place each year for all new students to the school. UVic Orientation includes events, activities, and workshops to help students adjust to university life. The main event of UVic Orientation, which takes place on the day immediately preceding the first day of classes, has gone by a number of names over the years. This event is currently referred to as New Student Welcome, and is UVic's largest Orientation event.

Sport clubs

UVic has 25 sport clubs that are administered by Vikes Recreation and run by students.[48]



Notable faculty

Some of the university's noted faculty members, past and present, are:

  • Alan Astbury, physics professor emeritus who played a part in the Nobel-prize winning discovery of a new subatomic particle and winner of the Rutherford Medal and Prize for physics[49]
  • Mowry Baden, sculptor and winner of the 2008 Governor General's Award in Visual Arts
  • David D. Balam, astronomer and namesake of asteroid 3749 Balam
  • Benjamin Butterfield, internationally acclaimed operatic tenor
  • Brian Christie, Associate professor of Medicine and Neuroscience and active researcher
  • Louis D. Costa, neuropsychologist
  • Harold Coward, world-renowned scholar in religious studies and a president of Academy 2 of the Royal Society of Canada[50]
  • William Gaddes, noted psychologist and one of the first specialists in learning disorders in British Columbia
  • Werner Israel, physicist who discovered the important phenomenon of mass inflation, and together with Stephen Hawking, coeditor of two important celebratory volumes
  • Stephen Arthur Jennings, mathematician who made significant breakthroughs in the study of modular representation theory
  • Mary Kerr, production designer for the 1994 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies
  • Patrick Lane, poet and the recipient of almost every major Canadian literary prize
  • Hal Lawrence, World War II veteran and historian[51]
  • Joan MacLeod, playwright and creative writing professor
  • Marshall McCall, scientist and expert on the chemical evolution of galaxies[52]
  • Erich Mohr, researcher in experimental therapeutics for central nervous system disorders[53]
  • Julio Navarro, astrophysicist involved in formulating a density profile for dark matter halos
  • Jesse Read, musical conductor, composer, and bassoonist
  • Otfried Spreen, neuropsychologist and aphasia researcher
  • Don VandenBerg, internationally acclaimed astrophysicist for his work on modelling stars
  • Mary Anne Waldron, university administrator
  • Andrew Weaver, one of the world's leading climate researchers, member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was co-awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former U.S. vice president Al Gore,[50] and member of the British Columbia's Climate Action Team
  • Anthony Welch, one of the foremost authorities on Islamic art in the world and personal art advisor to the Aga Khan
  • Anne Zeller, physical anthropologist specializing in the study of primates
  • Giselle O. Martin-Kniep, educator focusing on learning communities
  • Lorna Crozier, recent recipient of the Order of Canada

Notable alumni

The university has over 88,000 alumni. Listed below are some of UVic's noted alumni:

Alumni in the arts

Alumni in business

  • Stewart Butterfield (B.A. '96),[54] entrepreneur, businessman, and co-founder of the photo sharing website Flickr and its parent company Ludicorp[55][56]
  • Peter Ciceri, former vice-president, Compaq Computer Corporation, United States[57]
  • Bob Cummings, Executive Vice-President, Guest Experience and Marketing of WestJet[58]
  • Richard Flury, former chief executive of BP[59]
  • Mark Hill, co-founder and former vice-president, WestJet[60]
  • Ryan Holmes, founder and CEO of the online social media dashboard, Hootsuite[61]
  • Jeff Mallett, former president and chief operating officer, Yahoo!
  • Tim Price, chair and director, Trilon Financial Corporation.[62]
  • Sheridan Scott, vice-president, Bell Canada and former head of the Competition Bureau of Canada
  • Nathan Fielder, Business Makeover Guru and host of Nathan For You,[63]

Alumni in government and public affairs

  • George Abbott, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Shuswap
  • Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services
  • Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, public policy scholar and editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies
  • Ric Careless, one of British Columbia's leaders in wilderness preservation, named Environmentalist of the Year (1991) by Equinox Magazine and River Conservationist of the Year (1993) by American Rivers[64]
  • Murray Coell, former member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Saanich North and the Islands and former mayor of Saanich
  • Rob Fleming, member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Victoria-Swan Lake
  • Barbara Hall, mayor of Toronto (1994–1997)
  • Colin Hansen, member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Vancouver-Quilchena
  • Derrick Haro, diplomat (1953–1993)
  • Gary Lunn, former federal Minister, former Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
  • Lorna Marsden, former president of York University
  • Rabbie Namaliu, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (1988-1992)
  • Barry Penner, former Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Chilliwack-Hope and former president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER).
  • Andrew Petter, Canadian constitutional law scholar, former Attorney-General of British Columbia, and current president of Simon Fraser University
  • Tamara Vrooman, former Deputy Minister of Finance of British Columbia and current Vancity CEO
  • Fin Donnelly, Member of Parliament, New Westminster-Coquitlam[65]

Alumni in sports

Asteroid 150145 Uvic

The asteroid 150145 Uvic was named in the university's honour on 1 June 2007. UVic was the first university in BC to have an asteroid named for it.[67]

See also


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