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Alum of the Month: Erin Catherall

Erin Catherall refuses to choose between science and art. After finishing a Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia at 25, she wasn’t sure...

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VIU Alumna Leads Women In Social And Economic Innovation

Poised but relaxed with a broad, beaming smile, Sarah Gilks sits in front of an expansive ocean view in her Lantzville home. Brown curls cascade over defined...

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VIU Recreation Prescription Project Gets Youth Moving

Breaking down barriers to recreation for elementary school children could contribute to healthier, more active adults. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Island...

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VIU Events


Making Your Course Learning Technology Ready

This overview session will provide information about what learning technologies are available at VIU and what supports are available for you. We will make sure...


The Tao of Marking: Finding Joy by “De-Complicating” Grades and Feedback

We care deeply about our students—that’s why we teach. But caring for our students can also lead us to adopt practices that are non-sustainable and maybe even...


Hairdressing Information Session

Consider a career as a hairstylist. VIU’s Hairstylist Program has an excellent reputation and longstanding history of proven success – graduates of this...


VIU’s New Faculty Orientation to Teaching

Making Choices for Student Engagement and Learning The purpose of the New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at VIU is to introduce you to resources for...

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Testimonial - Eric Friesen

Eric Friesen

“All the professors in my department know me by name and have shown a genuine interest in not only teaching me, but helping me succeed. I would say that the teachers I’ve had have been more mentors than professors. It feels like everyone is there because they love science and it creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes good academic communication so incredibly easy. The professors taking a personal interest in the students, being approachable, and most importantly being passionate about biology has truly made me feel like my education matters to them.”

Bachelor of Science, Biology

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