University of British Columbia
By Melissa Baluk on January 18, 2019
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2019, the only Canadian post-secondary institution to receive this designation. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.
This is the seventh consecutive year that UBC has received this award. Some of the services that UBC offers to support young employees:
- Informal networking initiatives that provide staff opportunities to meet senior leaders, such as the Hot Lunch series at the Vancouver campus and the Pit Stop series at the Okanagan campus
- A Postdoctoral Fellows Office, which acts as a resource centre to help postdocs expand their professional skills; and
- A variety of in-house learning and development programs, including the award winning Coaching@UBC program, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty.
Young employees and employees who are new to the workplace can take part in many UBC programs and initiatives to help welcome them to the community and grow in their careers, such as university-wide orientation and in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades training programs.
UBC employees can access career navigation services, professional development funding and tuition waivers. As part of the university community, faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in workplace wellbeing initiatives, and access the athletics and recreation facilities at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses as well as UBC’s many attractions.
Read more about Canada’s Top Employers awards at http://www.canadastop100.com/young_people/
Looking to join UBC? Check out our career listings at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 14, 2018
We have three upcoming office ergonomics training sessions – all UBC staff and faculty are invited to attend.
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The Ergonomics program at UBC strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Advisor in simple computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms.
At this training, Office Ergo Rep participants will learn:
- Basic ergonomic risk factors
- Proper computer workstation set-up
- How to conduct ergonomic assessment for minor issues as well as a quick screen for new hires
Participants will also be provided with training material to share with their colleague
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What To Expect: This workshop will provide participants with important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available on the market. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option is most suitable.
Product samples will be available for participants to try out in order to get an idea of how the different models impact positioning and workflow.
Workshop participants will also learn proper set-up for sit-stand desks and how frequently to alternate positions. Participants will receive information on UBC’s Sit-Stand Demo Program and process.
This workshop is for managers, purchasing personnel and staff/faculty who are considering getting a sit-stand desk or platform.
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What To Expect:
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury.
This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session giving you hands on experience adjusting typical office equipment.
By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures.
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 25, 2018
UBC is proud to launch its new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.
This plan sets out our collective vision and purpose, and our goals and strategies for the years ahead. It will guide our decisions and actions – and create a framework for resource allocation across the university.
Shaping UBC’s Next Century focuses on three themes that we believe are critical to society today: Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation.
The plan also describes four core areas that continue to define what we do as a public university: People and Places, Research Excellence, Transformative Learning and Local and Global Engagement.
Shaping UBC’s Next Century outlines our ambitions through a series of strategies. Our next steps will be translating these strategies to actions, and creating project plans to guide and align our efforts.
We will continue to seek your input as we move forward. We hope you will continue with us on this journey.
To read the plan, visit https://strategicplan.ubc.ca.
By Chelsey Maher on April 19, 2018
On Wednesday, May 16, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the Plan’s trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2017 investment performance and a review of the 2017/18 initiatives. We will also offer a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person.
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (Jack Poole Hall, second floor), Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum for event details and registration information. Please note that registration is required for attendance in person. Registration is not required for the webcast.
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.
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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 January 12, 2018
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC began in 2009 as a student initiative, and has since grown to include programming for all employees at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses each January. This month, everyone is encouraged to join the conversation that is happening in the media, in our communities, and around the world. The goal of SAAM is to raise awareness and understanding about sexual assault and what we can do to help prevent it.
- Access the SAAM toolkit for newsletter and social media messages, digital signage, email signatures, printable Denim Day stickers and posters.
- For the Vancouver calendar of SAAM events, visit ubc.ca/saam.
- For Okanagan events, visit ok.ubc.ca/saam.html.
Key events you can attend
- Jan. 15: SAAM Keynote, featuring guest speaker Farrah Khan
- Jan. 17: Denim Day, an opportunity to show your support for ending sexual assault on campus at worldwide
- Jan. 25: Parenting Tips, a free session on how to talk to your kids about sexual health, facilitated by certified sexual health educator Miranda Massie
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, or to learn how you can support survivors, please contact:
- UBC’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
- Counselling services through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
Thank you for helping to create an inclusive and respectful culture at UBC.
By Chelsey Maher on November 28, 2017
The UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) would like to congratulate Dr. Joy Begley and Dr. Lorenzo Garlappi, who have been re-elected as members of the UBC FPP Board of Trustees in the recent election. Their terms of office are from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021. Thank you to all the candidates and members who participated in this election.