Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

To generate, advance, and disseminate knowledge about the biophysical, psychosocial, managerial, and pedagogical dimensions of human movement to enhance the health and quality of life of all populations across diverse settings. The School of Kinesiology seeks to meet its mandate through three specific goals:


Through research and scholarship to advance the state of our knowledge and understanding of; (a) the factors underlying human physical performance, (b) the nature of the human quest for excellence in competitive and expressive forms of human movement, and (c) the role of sport, leisure and exercise in society from both a contemporary and a historical perspective.


Within the broader context of a liberal education to impart to students the state of our knowledge about physical activity in general and about sport, exercise and leisure in particular. Additionally, to prepare educated professionals to serve the present and future needs of society in a variety of professional settings related to the active health, leisure, sport and physical education fields.


Through the professional expertise of the faculty to facilitate the application of pertinent knowledge to professional and lay agencies concerned with the promotion of recreation, physical education, sport, fitness and active health at the local, provincial and national and international levels.


As one of the world’s leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society,and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.


Academic Freedom The University is independent and cherishes and defends free inquiry and scholarly responsibility.

Advancing and Sharing Knowledge The University supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines, and seeks every opportunity to share them broadly.
Excellence The University, through its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, strives for excellence and educates students to the highest standards.

Integrity The University acts with integrity, fulfilling promises and ensuring open, respectful relationships.

Mutual Respect and Equity The University values and respects all members of its communities, each of whom individually and collaboratively makes a contribution to create, strengthen, and enrich our learning environment.

Public Interest The University embodies the highest standards of service and stewardship of resources and works within the wider community to enhance societal good.


Equity Statement

The School of Kinesiology, The Faculty of Education and The University of British Columbia are committed to providing its employees and students with the best possible environment for working and learning, an environment that encourages collegiality, support and respect to flourish. Every student and member of faculty and staff has the right to study and work in an environment free from discrimination and harassment, including but not limited to age race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, and unrelated criminal convictions. The Faculty, therefore, does not condone discrimination or harassment of any kind. Indeed the Faculty of Education regards discrimination and harassment as serious offenses that are subject to a wide range of disciplinary measures, including dismissal or expulsion from the University. Accordingly, the Faculty of Education has established its own Equity committe to advise the Faculty on how to carry out its committment to an equitable enivronment. Membership includes faculty, staff and student representatives and is chaired by the OGPR Associate Dean and/or Administrative Officer.