By Susanna Mulligan on January 31, 2019
As we approach the March 31 fiscal year-end, we encourage staff to use their professional development funds. Professional development funds are designed to support staff in pursuing professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.
Staff are welcome to make claims to their employee group based PD Fund on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.
Prior to submitting a claim, staff should review their current eligibility status and available personal balance through Faculty & Staff Self Service (select “Staff PD” tab to view) and check their respective HR PD Funding webpage for submission guidelines and updates on the overall fund balance.
Notes about PD funds (Fiscal 2018/19)
- We anticipate that the M&P PD Fund (AAPS) and the BCGEU Okanagan PD Fund will be exhausted before the end of the current fiscal year.
- The TRA PD Fund for non-union technicians and research assistants is closed and no longer accepting PD expense claims for the current funding year.
- It is expected that the other staff PD funds will be able to accommodate funding requests until the March 31 year-end.
- If an employee group’s funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, all individual balances will expire at that time and no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year.
Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Melissa Baluk on August 1, 2018
Applications for the 2018/19 Community Leadership Program are due by Friday, Aug. 10.
The UBC Community Leadership Program is an opportunity for emerging leaders to explore what leadership means to them, and to build their skills while giving back to the community.
Staff and graduate students are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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)
Posted in Professional Development
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/.