Posted by: Catherine Pitman | 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.
UBC offers a wide range of opportunities to young staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows.
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.
Filed under: Human Resources, Recognition, Spotlight, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: awards, recognition, top employer
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | 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.
Filed under: Focus on People, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: annual report, focus on people
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | 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/.
(Please note that this program is not open to faculty)
Filed under: Events, Focus on People, Staff, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: leave for change
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | May 30, 2013
UBC moves to implement a new model that will dramatically strengthen the University’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Visit equity.ubc.ca for full details.
Filed under: UBC Okanagan, University of British Columbia | Tags: Equity Office
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | April 5, 2013
Lisa Castle, UBC Vice President Human Resources
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.
Filed under: Human Resources, UBC Okanagan, University of British Columbia | Tags: administration, leadership
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | 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.
Filed under: Recognition, UBC Okanagan | Tags: awards, kudos, Top BC Employer, top employer
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | 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
Filed under: Events, Staff and Faculty, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: office of the president, town hall
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | 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.
Filed under: Focus on People, UBC Okanagan | Tags: annual report, focus on people
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | June 14, 2012
The UBC 2011/12 Benchmark Report examines the data behind UBC’s workforce retention, recruitment, workplace health, and total compensation. Read the full document as a companion piece to this year’s Focus on People annual report.
Filed under: Focus on People, UBC Okanagan | Tags: benchmarks
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | May 7, 2012
Recognizing the contributions of staff members to the UBC community, four staff have been awarded the 2012 President’s Service Award for Excellence. The PSAE acknowledges staff who have made outstanding contributions to UBC, and excel in their personal achievements.
The winners this year are:
- Rose Harper, Senior Program Assistant for Arts One and the Coordinated Arts Program (Vancouver campus)
- Maureen Lisle, Visual Arts Technician in the Department of Creative Studies (Okanagan campus)
- Jarnail Mehroke, Teaching Lab Technician in the Department of Botany, Biology Program (Vancouver campus)
- Peter Milroy, Director of UBC Press (Vancouver campus)
For full biographies on the winners, please visit UBC Reports.
To learn more about previous winners of the PSAE, please visit our PSAE Recipients page.
Filed under: Focus on People, Recognition, Staff, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: awards, recognition