The UVSS is separate from the University of Victoria, but one important way we are involved in the governance of UVic is ensuring undergraduate student representation on various UVic Committees and Faculty Councils. 

Recruitment usually happens at the beginning of the year or beginning of the term. The UVSS Board will vote on representatives and will notify candidates after a decision is made.

If you want to get involved in decision-making at UVic, take a look at the following opportunities! See the description, eligibility, meeting schedule, as well as application deadline below.

A note from UVic: 
  • The university “is committed to equity and diversity and encourages diverse representatives, including: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and genders and others who may contribute to the diversification of the Committee.”
  • Please note that committee members are expected to attend all the committee meetings with mandatory attendance for direct committee interviews. The meeting schedule may include some or all of the following dates. Additional dates may be determined in consultation with the committee. All meetings will be held virtually.

If you are interested in applying to sit on any of these committees (or if you have any questions), please email Sarina, the UVSS Director of Outreach, at outreach@uvss.ca.

  • To apply, please send a brief description (150 word max) about why you think you’re a good fit for the position.

Deadline to apply: Monday, September 14th by noon.

Send email to apply: outreach@uvss.ca

a. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is responsible for reviewing undergraduate curriculum submissions from units, and has the authority to approve undergraduate curriculum submissions for recommendation to the Faculty. Curriculum submissions include:
i. Program changes: changes to the descriptions and requirements of academic programs
ii. Course changes: changes to individual courses, including new courses and course deletions
iii. Faculty undergraduate regulations and requirements

b. Annually to set the deadline for receipt of curriculum changes for each curriculum-change cycle. Consideration of any late submissions must first be authorized by the Dean.
c. Consideration on a continuing basis of the format and content of the Calendar under the purview of the Committee.
d. Consideration of matters concerning curriculum which may be recommended to it from time to time by the President, the Dean, the Senate, the Faculty, or any individual member of the Faculty.

Deadline to apply: Monday, September 14th by noon.
Send email to apply: outreach@uvss.ca

This committee honours excellence in teaching and research in the Faculty of Social Sciences, to recognize outstanding community outreach, and to celebrate contributions of staff to our Faculty.

The Advisory Committee on Academic Accommodation and Access for Students with Disabilities
(Advisory Committee) has a responsibility to consider, review, and recommend opportunities for the
University to further enhance the quality of the campus community for students with disabilities and to
advise University leadership on issues that reflect the University’s duty to accommodate.

The Advisory Committee will meet four (4) or more, if required, times per year with dates allocated
across the annual academic calendar.

Deadline to apply: Monday, September 14th by noon.
Send email to apply: outreach@uvss.ca

Are you an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Humanities? Want to help be involved in governing the Faculty? Join the Faculty of Humanities Council! Seeking one undergraduate representative to attend monthly meetings throughout this academic year.

Purpose of Committee/Working Group/Initiative:
1. Serve as a resource to the Office of Student Life as they plan, implement, and evaluate UVic’s
pre-arrival and arrival programs for new to UVIC students (i.e. Orientation programming), the
New Student Connect program, and communication efforts for first-year and transfer students
and their families;
2. Provide recommendations to the campus community regarding issues that affect student and
family transition throughout the first year at UVic;
3. Serve as a venue through which committee members representing campus
faculties/departments/offices will be informed of Orientation-related updates as well as
messages and programming provided

Meeting Schedule & Estimated Time Commitment:
4, 1 hour meetings per year

SupportConnect is a 24/7 student mental health support service that is part of the offerings of the Student Wellness Centre.

This advisory group will work with the Student Wellness Centre to provide feedback on SupportConnect and to advise on evaluation processes for this initiative.

Estimated time commitment is 1.5 hours/month.

The Vikes Nation initiative will:
a) Create campus and community initiatives aimed at driving Vikes Nation awareness and participation;

b) Re-energize and reignite a Vikes Nation Advisory Council comprised of staff, faculty and students to inform activities and challenge new levels of engagement and participation with the Vikes Nation brand;

c) Provide input and suggestions to the annual marketing, communications and engagement plan to support the growth of Vikes Nation as an inclusive platform beyond what has previously existed;

d) Work to ensure a sustainable structure for the Vikes Nation Ambassador program that can mainly be student run and directly supervised by the Campus Engagement Officer;

e) Foster and support ambassadors outside of the volunteer program who are willing to vocalize and share their satisfaction with being part of Vikes Nation organically.

Meeting Schedule & Estimated Time Commitment:
Quaterly, 1 hour every 4 months for the meeting. Casual input or conversation in between meeting dates.

The university’s Fee Reduction Appeals Committees – graduate and undergraduate – consider requests from students for reduction of fees due to (a) illness, family affliction, accident or other compelling circumstances, and (b) administrative errors.

Meeting Schedule & Estimated Time Commitment:
There are 2 FRAC meetings monthly – one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students.

Purpose of Committee/Working Group/Initiative:
1. To advise and assist the Manager on matters relative to the operation of the bookstore.
2. To review and recommend objectives of the bookstore.
3. To review annually the effectiveness of the service in terms of established policies and
objectives.
4. Serve as a forum for communication of information and concerns about bookstore services.
5. To review and provide feedback regarding general merchandise to assure the assortment
supports the identity of the institution and meets student, staff, and faculty needs.

Meeting Schedule & Estimated Time Commitment:
The Bookstore Board shall meet 3 times a year.

Purpose of Committee/Working Group/Initiative:
In February 2019, the University adopted its first Strategic Enrolment Management plan. In support of the
Strategic Framework, this SEM plan outlines 6 high level goals as well as accompanying strategies and tactics to
achieve key enrolment objectives of the university. SEM work is led by the Enrolment Management Working
Group and supported by four committees: the Student Retention and Success, Indigenous Recruitment, Retention
and Success, Graduate Recruitment and Retention, and Student Recruitment and Conversion.
The SRAR IC is established under the Enrolment Management Working Group (EMWG) to prioritize and then
implement tactics and action plans identified in the University’s Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Plan.

Meeting Schedule & Estimated Time Commitment:
The committee will aim to meet 1-2 times per term between September – June to monitor the implementation of
tactics and action plan.

Purpose of Committee/Working Group/Initiative:
In February 2019, the University adopted its first Strategic Enrolment Management plan. In support of the
Strategic Framework, this SEM plan outlines 6 high level goals as well as accompanying strategies and tactics to
achieve key enrolment objectives of the university. SEM work is led by the Enrolment Management Working
Group and supported by four committees: the Student Retention and Success, Indigenous Recruitment, Retention
and Success, Graduate Recruitment and Retention, and Student Recruitment and Conversion.
The SRS IC is established under the Enrolment Management Working Group (EMWG) to prioritize and then
implement tactics and action plans identified in the University’s Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Plan.

Meeting Schedule & Estimated Time Commitment:
The committee will aim to meet 1-2 times per term between September – June to monitor the implementation of
tactics and action plan.

Deadline to apply: Monday, September 21st.

Send email to apply: outreach@uvss.ca

The meetings will be on the following days:

  • October 19 – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • November 16 – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • January 18 – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  • February 16 – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • March 15 – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Deadline to apply: Monday, October 5 by noon.
Send email to apply: outreach@uvss.ca

Are you an undergraduate student registered in a degree program in the Faculty of Fine Arts? Do you want to be involved in appointing the next Dean of Fine Arts? Put your name forward to join the Appointment Committee for the Dean of Fine Arts.

All meetings will be held virtually. Committee members are expected to attend all the committee meetings with mandatory attendance for direct committee interviews (as noted below):

  • Monday, October 19 (9:00am‐1:00pm),
  • Tuesday, October 20 (8:15am‐1:15pm),
  • Wednesday, October 21 (10:00am‐1:00pm) *Must be available 10‐11:30
  • Monday, October 26 (9:00am‐1:00pm),
  • Tuesday, October 27 (8:15am‐1:00pm),
  • Wednesday, October 28 (10:00am‐1:00pm) *Must be available 10 – 11:30
  • Monday, November 2 (8:30am‐12:30pm),
  • Tuesday, November 3 (8:15am‐1:00pm),
  • Wednesday, November 4 (10:00am‐1:00pm) * Must be available 10 – 11:30
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:00am – 12:00pm

Deadline to apply: Monday, October 19 at noon

Send email to apply: outreach@uvss.ca

Seeking an undergraduate student registered in a degree program in the Faculty of Humanities to serve as a representative on the Appointment Committee for the Dean of Humanities.

The term of the Acting Dean of Humanities, Dr. Annalee Lepp, will end on June 30, 2021.

An appointment committee is being struck in accordance with Appendix B of policy GV0450.The policy may be viewed at Procedures for the Appointment and Re‐Appointment of Deans.

Meetings will be held via Zoom or at the Michael Williams Building, as appropriate.

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Monday, February 1, 2021 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • Friday, February 26, 2021 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • April 7, 8, 9, 2021 — Candidate 1 — 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • April 14, 15, 16, 2021 — Candidate 2 — 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • April 21, 22, 23, 2021 — Candidate 3 — W/Th, 8:30am – 12:00pm; F, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Friday, May 7, 2021 9:00am – 12:00pm