Principal Ainslie Shares Renovation Plans for UC with The Varsity

Principal Donald Ainslie outlines planned restorations to the historic University College building in the November 19 edition of The Varsity, U of T's student newspaper. The new vision for UC calls for spaces that are suitable for twenty-first century students, while respectful of the College's rich heritage, and includes  a renewed Library in the East Hall, Reading Room in the West Hall, Quadrangle and Croft Chapter House, as well as accessibility improvements throughout.

Julie Mehta receives the Grant's Desi Achievers Award

Congratulations to Canadian Studies instructor Julie Mehta (UNI218 Voices in Canadian Writing and UNI307 Asian Cultures in Canada) , who was awarded the Grant’s Desi Achievers Award for excellence and contributions to the South Asian Community and the Canadian mosaic.

You can watch a short news coverage of the awards reception here:


Frank Bialystok receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Congratulations to Canadian Studies instructor Frank Bialystok (UNI380 - Sociocultural Perspectives of the Canadian Jewish Community) , who was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Canadian Liver Foundation on November 2, 2012 for his contribution to raising awareness about liver disease in Canada.

Important Information for Students Wishing to Remain in Residence Over the Winter Break

The University College Residences will CLOSE for the winter holiday from 3PM on Friday, December 21, 2012 to 8AM on Saturday, January 5, 2013.  All residents must vacate the buildings during this period.




If there are unusual circumstances that make it necessary for you to stay in the residence during the holiday you must complete the winter vacation application form to request permission from the Dean. 

New Visual Arts Prize Honours Charles Pachter

Iconic Canadian artist and UC alum Charles Pachter is the namesake of a new prize in the visual arts. The Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Canadian Artists, created by The Hnatyshyn Foundation, consists of three awards of five thousand dollars each to support a young emerging visual artist whose practice shows potential and is deemed to have the determination and talent to contribute to the legacy of art in Canada.

Camilla Gibb Novel Shortlisted for Canada Reads

Sweetness in the Belly, a novel by UC alum and former Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies Camilla Gibb has been shortlisted for Canada Reads. The CBC-sponsored battle of the books is pitting regions against each other this year and Gibb's book is one of ten contenders for the choice for Ontario. The top five will be determined by online voting from the public. Click here to vote and support Camilla!