Professional Development

Reminder to Use Staff Professional Development Funds for 2019-20

As we approach the March 31 fiscal year-end, we encourage staff to use available professional development funding. Staff access to a particular PD Fund is based on UBC employee group affiliation.

Please note there is limited funding available for the remainder of 2019-20 fiscal year for some employee groups.

Staff are welcome to submit claims to their applicable PD Fund on a first-come, first-served basis until the annual funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.

Prior to making a PD Fund related purchase or submitting a claim for reimbursement, individuals should check their PD Fund webpage for updates on their remaining funding pool balance (where applicable).

Notes about PD Funds for Fiscal 2019-20

  • We anticipate that the M&P PD Fund (AAPS) and the CUPE 2950 PD Fund will exhaust before the end of the current fiscal year.
  • The TRA PD Fund for non-union technicians and research assistants has exhausted and is no longer accepting PD expense claims for the current funding year.
  • It’s expected that the other staff PD funds will be able to accommodate funding requests until the March 31 year-end.
  • When an employee group’s funding pool balance exhausts prior to March 31, all individual balances expire at that time and no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year.

These PD funding pools are designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage for all campuses.

New professional development workshops this fall

HR is hosting several professional development workshops this fall at the Vancouver campus:

If you are interested in these workshops, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

See all HR courses in the HR catalog.

LinkedIn Learning coming to UBC

On June 18, UBC’s Lynda.com subscription for faculty and staff is being upgraded to the newly-named online learning platform, LinkedIn Learning.

LinkedIn Learning provides the same great Lynda.com content delivered through an intuitive, new learning experience that’s powered by insights from the LinkedIn network. This online educational platform helps all levels of learners discover and develop workplace business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos.

On June 18, faculty and staff will be able to access LinkedIn Learning using their CWL through the UBC portal.

  • As of June 17, you will no longer be able to access Lynda.com.
  • If you have previously accessed Lynda.com, your learning history and data will carry over automatically to LinkedIn Learning as long as you log in to LinkedIn Learning once this year.
  • If you have a personal profile with LinkedIn.com, you can choose to connect this with your UBC LinkedIn Learning profile – or not. The choice is up to you, and you can change your mind down the road.

To learn more about the upgrade, including how to activate your account and the benefits of connecting your profiles, please visit Before the Upgrade.

For news and updates, please continue to visit hr.ubc.ca.

Questions? Please contact linkedin.learning@ubc.ca.

New funding year for staff professional development funds

Professional development funds for staff in the following employee groups became available April 1 for the 2019/20 funding year. This year’s funding maximums are:

Funding is pro rated in some cases depending on the details of a staff member’s appointment (for example, if they are working part-time).  Staff members can confirm their personal eligibility and available funding amount through the Faculty & Staff Self-Service portal, under the “Staff PD” tab.

Questions

Contact the PD Fund team at pd.funds@ubc.ca if you have any questions about these updates. For questions specific to the BCGEU Okanagan PD Fund, please contact Lisa Frost at lisa.frost@ubc.ca.

Reminder to Use Staff Professional Development Funds for 2018/19

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)

Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage.

Questions? Please contact pd.funds@ubc.ca.