By Breeonne Baxter on December 21, 2015
The HR office at the Vancouver campus will be closed over the holiday break (Dec. 24, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2016). We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2016.
Holidays Contacts: each unit has a designated person who will be monitoring emergency inquires over the week. To reach the voicemail of any HR unit, call 604-822-8111. See the full contact list at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/hr-networks/2015/12/2015-office-holiday-closures/.
The HR office at the Okanagan campus will be closed over the holiday break (Dec. 24, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2016). We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2016.
Holidays Contact: Pauline.Brandes@ubc.ca 250-864-2190
By Breeonne Baxter on September 1, 2015
The beginning of the new academic year brings a feeling of promise and excitement at the University. The energy and spirit our students bring back to campus is one of the best and most rewarding reasons to be part of the UBC community.
Welcome back to everyone in the UBC Community, and we hope you had a wonderful summer. September is always a full month, and we encourage you to participate in events as you can. We wish you all the best for a great year ahead and a bright future!
Okanagan campus: Celebrate the UBC Centennial and the 10th anniversary of UBC’s Okanagan campus with birthday cake, live music, prizes, information booths and a BBQ, on Sept.3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., UNC Commons (RSVP by Sept. 1 for the BBQ).
Vancouver campus: The in-person Orientation on Sept. 3 is currently full, but to put your name on the waitlist for this or for future sessions, please click here.
Online Orientation for Faculty & Staff
Are you new to UBC and cannot attend the in-person Orientation sessions? Take part in the Online Orientation for UBC Faculty & Staff. This website offers a central location for all new staff and faculty at both UBC campuses an overview of the orientation experience in their first few months as part of the UBC community: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/orientation/.
Imagine Day: Sept. 8, 2015
The first day of school is Imagine Day, a day-long event full of welcome activities, orientation, and a pep rally to get the school year started right. Full Imagine activities for everyone on campus are listed at http://orientations.students.ubc.ca, while Faculty & Staff can see their specific events listed at http://orientations.students.ubc.ca/faculty-and-staff.
Homecoming: Sept. 10-12, 2015
Homecoming Weekend is Sept. 10-12, 2015. Take part in the BBQ and Pep Rally on Sept. 10, then on Sept. 12 take in the Great Thunderbird Trek to Thunderbird Stadium and the football game of the UBC Thunderbirds vs. U. Regina Rams. Buy your tickets today.
Staff Welcome Back BBQ: Sept. 16, 2015
The Staff Welcome Back BBQ at the Vancouver campus is Sept. 16, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Flagpole Plaza. The BBQ is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of your fellow UBC staff colleagues.
If you missed registering for the BBQ and would like to attend, please bring your UBC Card with you to the Registration Table on the day of the event. A limited number of tickets will be available for late registrants who have a staff appointment at UBC and have valid UBC ID.
By Catherine Pitman on September 24, 2013
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2013. This is the first time UBC has been named to this list.
Canadian organizations are named to this annual list primarily because of the opportunities they provide to develop skills and experience, such as learning programs, work learn opportunities, and educational assistance. The judges also consider perks like onsite fitness and recreation facilities, vacation time, and social opportunities.
UBC offers diverse learning and development opportunities, including leadership development through the Community Leadership Program and Leave for Change, Managing at UBC (for new managers), free one-on-one coaching, and tuition waivers that cover fees for UBC’s academic and continuing studies courses. Additionally the university’s size and breadth enable young people to explore diverse roles and stay at the same organization.
New grads who work at UBC can continue to benefit from many aspects of the university experience, easing the transition from student to professional life. Some of these benefits include access to UBC Library, Canada’s second largest research library; access to one of Canada’s largest intramural programs; opportunities to participate in on campus clubs and events; and, opportunities to work with or alongside some of the world’s best researchers and innovators.
Compared to many employers, UBC provides an experience that’s “not your typical day-to-day.” It’s up to you to explore the possibilities. Interested in learning more? Check out the UBC Zone at Career Days October 2 and 3, 10 am to 4 pm in the SUB Concourse and Ballroom.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 17, 2013
In the Focus on People Annual Report 2012, we share video stories that highlight some of our strategic initiatives and how these efforts make a difference to faculty and staff on our campuses. Through the Focus on People framework, UBC is committed to pursuing strategic initiatives that foster a healthy, inspiring work environment marked by collegiality, respect and inclusivity.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 3, 2013
We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Leave for Change volunteer program. The deadline for applications is Sept. 26, 2013.
Every year, UBC sends six staff members abroad on the Leave for Change program, to volunteer in developing countries, sharing their knowledge and skills with others in an international setting. Together with international volunteer agency Uniterra, UBC works to provide successful applicants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Volunteer positions are diverse and range from technology training to youth leadership. Placements are offered in Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Nepal, Vietnam and more.
Visit our website to learn about eligibility and application process, program deadlines, and important information for applicants, as well as checking out the online diaries of past Leave for Change participants. Please note that this year, Leave for Change participants must have completed their placements by March 31, 2014.
To learn more about the program and to download the application form, visit http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/leave-for-change/.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 5, 2013
The UBC Board of Governors has reappointed Lisa Castle, Vice-President Human Resources, for a five-year term beginning April, 2013. Ms. Castle has had two previous terms in Human Resources, since September, 2012, as Vice-President, and prior to that as Associate Vice-President beginning April 15, 2002.
The Board noted that, “Ms. Castle brings an energetic, consultative, strategic and values-based approach to her position. Her terms have been marked by a careful building of human resources practices across the university and implementation of Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC. Lisa was commended for her passion and support of the University. She is recognized as one of the most influential human resources leaders in Canada in higher education.”
In approving her reappointment, the Board acknowledged that Ms Castle has been an innovative member of the University leadership, and has done much to implement Place and Promise: the UBC Plan, and to enhance the people practices at UBC.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 6, 2013
UBC has been named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2013, for the seventh consecutive year.
“UBC recognizes the dedication and energy that all of our faculty, staff, and student employees bring to support the University community, said Lisa Castle, Vice-President, Human Resources. “In such a large and diverse series of workplaces that is UBC, we are proud to say that all of our people come together to provide an environment for the learning, research and community commitments of UBC in our Place and Promise plan.”
UBC was recognized for:
- On-site employee amenities
- Supporting employee development through tuition waivers and in-person and online training options
- Tuition support and scholarships for the children of faculty and staff.
- Supporting charitable initiatives
- Helping older employees plan for life after retirement
UBC has nearly 28,000 faculty, staff and student employees at our campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, as well as the distributed medical program, hospital, farm, forest and other locations. We are the largest employer of students in the province of British Columbia, with over 8,000 student employees.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 31, 2012
Each year the President’s Town Halls bring UBC faculty, staff and students together for an interactive dialogue.
The conversation begins at the Town Halls as Peter Klein, Acting Director and Professor, Graduate School of Journalism (Vancouver), and Christopher Schneider, Associate Professor, Sociology, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (Okanagan), join Prof. Toope for a thought-provoking interview.
Then, the UBC community has the opportunity to get concrete answers to any hard-hitting questions they have.
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
11:30 am to 1 pm
Roy Barnett Recital Hall (6361 Memorial Road)
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
11:30 am to 1 pm
University Centre Ballroom (UNC200)
Program for Town Halls:
11:30 am: Informal reception, light lunch served
12:00 noon: Town Hall begins
To learn more about the President’s Town Halls visit www.townhall.ubc.ca
By Breeonne Baxter on June 14, 2012
Wisdom Tettey, new Dean of the Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus, was part of the group to provide input for the Okanagan campus’s new academic leadership series. Read more in the Focus on People 2011 Annual Report.