By Breeonne Baxter on June 12, 2017
UBC has offered staff and faculty entrance and exit surveys for eight years. The feedback gathered from these surveys is important because it provides the University with insights into why faculty and staff join UBC, and why they choose to leave. This information helps support decisions about priorities and initiatives that impact the faculty and staff experience at UBC.
To improve the entrance and exit user experience, we have updated the survey questionnaires and moved the surveys to a secure third-party platform located in Canada.
If you have questions about the surveys, please contact email@example.com.
By Breeonne Baxter on July 10, 2015
New Faculty and Staff at the Vancouver campus are invited to attend University-Wide Orientation.
Sept. 3, 2015
11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Optional free tour of MOA starts at 10:30 a.m.)
Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre [map]
Jointly presented by the Department of Human Resources and the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, this half-day event is designed to help you:
- Understand UBC’s vision, organizational structure and current initiatives;
- Hear first-hand from colleagues about how to have a successful transition and first year;
- Navigate effectively through UBC’s resources and services;
- Meet colleagues from across the university; and
- Experience UBC’s unique culture, diversity, architecture, and physical setting.
For more information about Orientations at UBC, please visit http://hr.ubc.ca/orientation/
Can’t make it to the in-person event? Check out our Online Orientation site for an introduction to the University for new staff and faculty.
“Commit to your wellbeing” is the principal message to share for this academic year. “Be present to being well. When we’re well, we are able to deal more effectively with all the stuff coming at us in our lives,” advised Lisa Castle, UBC Vice President, Human Resources.
Another year of school is beginning, and in addition to the standard hustle and bustle of changing seasons, the University is going through changes as we prepare for the future. Some of them include the change of President next year; the development of flexible learning initiatives; tightening resources; and another round of collective bargaining with all unions and associations in 2014.
With change comes tremendous opportunities for growth and resilience. UBC is in a strong position to adapt and evolve to these changes: “We are stable, and we have the right people in the right roles to work through them,” said Lisa.
Seeing the larger picture will also help us in adapting to changes effectively. The primary focus of the work we do is for and with students: creating an exceptional learning environment and a continued emphasis on improving the student experience. UBC staff and faculty continue to strive both in front of and behind the scenes on improving the quality of the educational experience. “In my time here,” Lisa said, “I have never seen more sustained focus on giving life to this commitment.”
Students, faculty and staff should know that UBC is not only evolving its physical campus attributes with expanded green and informal spaces, but also on the learning front itself through the Flexibility Learning Initiative. This huge and important endeavour will continue to shape the university in the coming years.
With all the changes taking place during this busy time, it is important to remember that UBC is more than a place to learn, work and live; it is a diverse, unique, and welcoming community for all. Please take the time to be well. It can be something as simple as enjoying our campuses’ beautiful green spaces, pausing for reflection in quiet spaces, and experiencing the camaraderie of our colleagues. Being mindful of the bigger picture and committing to your wellbeing will help us all contribute both individually and as a community to another successful academic year.
By Stephanie Mah on December 18, 2009
In BC, the provincial government provides medical insurance to all residents of the province. MSP covers medically required services, such as a doctor’s visit or medically necessary surgery.
All residents of BC must enroll in MSP. There are two ways for UBC employees to pay MSP premiums – the government either sends you an invoice directly, or you can enroll through the UBC Group MSP. If your spouse or partner’s employer also offers benefits coverage, make sure you are enrolled under the employer’s plan that offers the best cost-sharing arrangement to you.
(If you are already enrolled in the UBC Group MSP, you’ll stay enrolled until you leave the University or cancel your coverage. You can check your UBC Group MSP enrollment at the UBC Employee Self-Service Portal.)