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 Marran, 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.

Seeking one undergraduate student in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Three meetings will take place during the months of September and October.

Seeking one undergraduate student from the Faculty of Social Sciences!

Email outreach@uvss.ca with a brief explanation (150 words max) of why you’re a good fit.

Function
To honour 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.
a) Select recipients of the Research Excellence Award, Early Career Research Excellence Award, Teaching Excellence Award, and Early Career Teaching Excellence Award annually.
b) Select recipients of awards in recognition for outstanding work in community outreach (research or participation), and for meritorious contributions of a staff member (or team) annually.
c) To recommend to the Faculty new or revised undergraduate and graduate student awards and the terms and conditions for those awards.
d) To make recommendations to the Senate Committee on Awards regarding recipients of Faculty student awards.

Procedures
a) Annually, in April, the Committee on Committee requests the appropriate units to nominate a member to the committee by May 1st to replace one whose term finishes in June. The Committee on Committees recommends this composition for approval by the Faculty of Social Sciences at its May meeting.
b) The Dean’s office seeks nominations of a student representative from the GSS and the UVSS to serve one-year terms.

Seeking an undergraduate student representative from the Faculty of Science to sit on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Committee meetings are normally held monthly for 1 to 2 hours, and the plan is to start meeting in October this Academic Year.

If you’re interested, sent a brief statement to outreach@uvss.ca

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

StudentConnect Advisory Group

Purpose of Committee/Working Group/Initiative:
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.

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; meetings are roughly 60 minutes long. First meeting is
looking to take place during the week of October 18.

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.

Senate Committee on Planning
• Considers and recommends to Senate proposals for the creation or discontinuation of
programs, faculties, schools, departments, centres and institutes and major modifications of
existing programs.
• Assists and advises Senate in the formulation of appropriate academic policy.

Meeting schedule:

– Wednesday, September 8th 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, October 6th 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, November 3rd 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, December 1st 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, January 5th 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, February 2nd 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, March 2nd 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, April 6th 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday, May 4th 10:00 – 12:00

Senate Committee on Continuing Studies
• On behalf of Senate, reviews and makes recommendations to the Division of Continuing
Studies regarding academic policies affecting Continuing Studies programs.
• Reviews and recommends proposals for new programs and changes to existing
Continuing Studies programs to the Senate Committee on Planning.