By Melissa Baluk on July 4, 2018
Are you interested in an experiential leadership opportunity?
The UBC Community Leadership Program is an opportunity for emerging leaders to explore what leadership means to them by enhancing leadership skills, partnering with UBC student leaders, and giving back to community organizations.
Staff from all employee groups, as well as graduate students, are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.
Join us at one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more:
Visit clp.ubc.ca for more information and to learn about the impact of last year’s program. If you can’t attend one of the information sessions and have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Workplace Learning Facilitator.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 8, 2018
All UBC staff and faculty are invited to watch Rehearsing Conflict’s free workshop performance on Thursday, June 21 from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Dorothy Somerset Studio 6361 University Blvd), brought to you by Conflict Theatre@UBC. Please RSVP online.
Rehearsing Conflict is theatre with a mission: supporting constructive conflict engagement on UBC campus. To do this, we use forum theatre techniques to explore and perform real stories of conflict from our community to find new solutions, challenge assumptions, and build understanding. In this theatre performance put on by participants in the Summer Intensive workshop, audience members are welcome to watch and can volunteer to join us on stage and take part in the conversation. Everyone is welcome.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 23, 2018
Every team faces conflict, and as a leader it’s important to know how to guide your team through these trying times. Conflict Theatre might offer some solutions to bring your conflict management skills to the next level. As a participant you can expect to walk away with the following skills:
- Acquisition of new options and strategies for approaching conflict in a different way
- Increased understanding of the hidden systemic and interpersonal structures that drive conflict
- Development of communicative strategies and awareness of possibilities within situations of conflict
- Practice in creating a sense of community and support, and collective a-ha moments
This year’s Conflict Theatre Summer Intensive runs June 15-21, at the Vancouver campus. All UBC employees are eligible and no acting experience is required, but space is limited. Please apply before April 30, 2018, at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5iiY9MsHJi9qsoB. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
By Melissa Baluk on February 13, 2018
Research Associates at UBC are eligible to apply for funding to support your ongoing professional development.
The Professional Development (PD) Fund for Research Associates is a funding pool designed to help research associates (excluding honorary RAs) access learning opportunities to enhance professional knowledge, work performance, and career growth at UBC.
You can apply for up to $2,000 in reimbursements to cover a wide variety of PD-related expenses during the funding cycle that runs April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018.
To confirm your personal available balance, visit Faculty & Staff Self-Service, and view the “myPD and Learning” section or “Staff PD” tab.
In order to meet the year-end deadlines, your completed PD claim form must be submitted to UBC Human Resources no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.
For guidelines and submission details, visit the Research Associate PD Fund website.
Questions? Please contact Susanna Mulligan or Cathy Faulconer, Human Resources at email@example.com
By Melissa Baluk on February 6, 2018
The Staff Professional Development Funds at UBC are annual funding pools designed to support employees with staff appointments to pursue learning opportunities that will enhance their professional knowledge, work performance, and ongoing career growth at UBC. Funds are available to staff in the following groups: CUPE 2950, CUPE 116, Executive Administrative, Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants, Management & Professional (AAPS), Service Unit Directors/Excluded M&P, and BCGEU Okanagan.
Apply soon to access PD funds available for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Staff are welcome to make claims on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner. The amount you can claim depends on your employee group, as each group has its own funding pool subject to an annual budget allocation and program guidelines.
Based on claim patterns this year, it is anticipated that the budgeted PD funds will accommodate staff requests up until the March 31 year-end, with the exception of the M&P PD Fund for AAPS members (see below).
If you have already taken full advantage of your PD funds this fiscal year, new money will become available to you on April 1, 2018. If you have not used PD funds this fiscal year, note that they do not rollover; they will expire on March 31, 2018.
Notice: M&P PD Funds anticipated to run out prior to March 31, 2018, year-end
Prior to submitting a claim, M&P staff are encouraged to check the M&P PD Fund webpage for daily updates on the overall fund balance. When the funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement this current funding year.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 14, 2017
It’s “back to school” at UBC, and with it comes new opportunities for a fresh approach to work and a renewed motivation for personal learning and ongoing professional development. We invite you to take advantage of the available funds to pursue learning activities that will help you to grow in your career at UBC.
September marks the half-way point the UBC Staff Professional Development Funds claim year (April 1 – March 31).
Individual funding maximums and guidelines vary based on your employee group affiliation as noted below:
Staff – April 1 to March 31 funding year
- BCGEU Okanagan: $1,200 Regular; $600 Auxiliary
- CUPE 116: $1,000
- CUPE 2950: $1,400
- Executive Administrative: $1,500
- Management and Professional (AAPS): $550
- Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants: $1,000
- Service Unit Directors and Excluded M&P: $1,500
Faculty – July 1 to June 31 funding year
Faculty – Non-standard funding year
- Sessional Lecturers (without continuing status): $25 per credit taught
- Research Associates funding year April 1 – March 31 ( two year cycle): $2,000
- Postdoctoral Fellows: travel awards to present research (application deadlines vary)
Additional personal and professional development opportunities are available, including:
- Tuition waivers to offset the cost of UBC credit courses, as well as UBC Extended Learning and approved Sauder School of Business Continuing Business Studies courses.
- Lynda.com, “anytime learning” online courses that can help you brush up on your technical, creative, or workplace business skills – available free of cost for all UBC faculty and staff.
- Professional development workshops (Vancouver | Okanagan)
Staff Professional Development Funds (Vancouver campus, all M&P, all Exec Admin, all SUD)
BCGEU Okanagan Professional Development Fund (Okanagan campus)
Faculty Professional Development Reimbursement (all campuses, faculty and sessional lecturers )
Research Associates Professional Development Fund (all campuses)
Postdoctoral Fellows Travel Awards (Vancouver campus)
By Breeonne Baxter on July 7, 2017
If you are part of an employee group with access to central professional development funds, you can view your real-time fund balance in the myPD and Learning section of Self-Service.
If you belong to a staff employee group that has access to central PD funds, or are a research associate, you can access your current PD fund balance in the myPD Funds section:
If you are faculty, you can access your Professional Development Reimbursement Fund summary in the myPDR Summary section:
In these sections, you can view your current balance, your current claim details, and historical claim information.
To access information on your PD funds, login to Self-Service at https://paprod.adm.ubc.ca:8443/psp/paprod/?cmd=login&languageCd=ENG.
If you are using an off-campus network, you will first need to connect to the UBC Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Questions? Problems? Please contact your PD Fund administrator at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-engagement/contact/.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 24, 2017
Congratulations to this year’s Coach Internship recipients who will be receiving funding to attend an Accredited Coach Training Program to become a Certified Coach.
- Girish Ananthanarayana – Computer Science
- Beth Haverkamp – Faculty of Education
- Gennesse Langdon – Botanical Garden
- Kristine Thody – UBC Sauder School of Business
- Horace Tong – UBC IT Service Centre
- Mark Trowell – UBC HR Faculty Relations
Read the full post here.
Want to find out more about Coaching services available to UBC staff and faculty? Visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/.
By Breeonne Baxter on July 20, 2016
Are you interested in exploring what leadership means to you and how to build your skills while giving back to your community?
The Community Leadership Program is a professional development opportunity for UBC staff to explore the meaning of leadership through a series of interactive, participatory workshops. Participant leaders apply and practice new skills and knowledge by leading a group of UBC undergraduate students through a three-day community-service learning project in a school or non-profit organization during UBC’s Reading Week break in February, 2017. In addition to learning about leadership, project leaders assist UBC students to cultivate their own leadership capacity and reflect on some of the real issues in community.
Take part in our free information session:
July 26, 12:00 p.m.
Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road
By Breeonne Baxter on December 2, 2015
UBC staff in the CUPE 116 employee group can now apply for up to $500/fiscal year from the CUPE 116 Professional & Skills Development Fund (subject to eligibility). This fund can assist you to pay for learning activities that will help you grow and develop in your current role and advance your career at UBC.
For the complete funding guidelines and reimbursement instructions, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/cupe-116
For information on all staff and faculty professional development funding at UBC, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/.
- The $500/year funding amount will be pro-rated if you work fewer than 20 hours per week.
- Note that UBC Aquatic Centre employees are not eligible for this funding program.
- Full details at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/cupe-116.
Some Possible Learning Opportunities
- Participate in a HR MOST workshop on customer service excellence or leadership;
- Work towards a certificate or diploma at VCC, Langara, BCIT or elsewhere;
- Purchase a resource book related to a new skill development area;
- Attend a conference to stay current in your field of work; or
- Many more opportunities are available.
If you have questions about a course or about your eligibility, please contact the HR PD Funding Coordinators at email@example.com , 604-822-6314, or in person at the Human Resources Service Centre on the 6th floor of TEF 3 (map). You can also confirm your eligibility on the UBC Self-Service Portal and click the “Staff PD” tab.
Applications to this funding program will be accepted and processed by Human Resources on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to overall budget availability.
Other Ways to Learn at UBC
- Online Learning : Learn technology, creative and workplace business skills at your own pace with lynda.com. UBC provides you with free and unlimited access to Lynda.com’s vast library of high-quality and engaging video tutorials. Use your CWL to login for free through www.lynda.ubc.ca.
- Tuition Fee Waiver Benefit: This UBC staff benefit provides tuition assistance for eligible CUPE 116 staff and can be applied to UBC undergraduate credit courses, as well as many UBC continuing studies non-credit courses. If you are eligible to use this benefit, you can take UBC courses for both personal and career development purposes. In some instances, you can transfer this benefit to your spouse or children.
- Career Navigation: If you are looking for assistance to develop your own career development plan or want enhanced support to navigate your career at UBC, Human Resources offers resources and assistance.
- Coaching: Coaching@UBC offers free 1-on-1 coaching for you. You can work with a coach for up to six sessions to focus and move forward on a personal or professional goal through the exploration of ideas with a coach as your confidential and unbiased thinking partner.