Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11, 2018

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 11, 2018 – clocks move forward one hour on Sunday morning. Please share this with your staff so they can plan a safe commute on Monday.

New Orientations & Onboarding Site Launched

We have launched our new Orientation site for staff and faculty. This new site focuses on helping new employees navigate through the essentials of starting, their first week, their first month and looking forward to success. We also have a new look and feel that we hope will enliven the onboarding experience.

Check out the new site at

This new site dovetails in with our revitalized in-person orientation program at the Vancouver campus. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact

PD Funding Year for Staff and Research Associates Ending Soon

The PD funding year for staff and for Research Associates will close at the end of the fiscal year. As the end of the year falls on a long weekend, please encourage your staff and RAs to submit their outstanding expense claims by March 23, 2018, for reimbursement.

Note: Funding in the M&P (AAPS) PD funding pool has been fully utilized for this year. Information on the MP& PD Fund can be found at

The new funding year begins on April 1, 2018.

For more information, please see:

PD Opportunity: Thriving in Change: May 16

We have an upcoming half-day workshop on May 16: Thriving in Change. Change is normal and natural – how we respond to change and interact and support others affected by it can make all the difference. In this workshop participants will start by exploring their own attitudes and reactions to change, learn foundational models to broaden their appreciation of the change journey, and gain new tools and strategies for use in an interpersonal and organizational context.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be aware of their your personal reactions and attitudes toward change;
  • Gain an understanding of key change models;
  • Be able to identify and utilize tools and behaviours that support and enhance personal resiliency in change
  • Be better able to support others as you navigate changes

Course Information

Date: May 16, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $200
Register online.

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Please visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more. Contact with questions.

Save the Date: Staff & Faculty Sports Day is May 4

Mark your calendars! Human Resources and UBC Rec invite all faculty, staff and graduate students to participate in Staff & Faculty Sports Day, a free, fun and inclusive event on May 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Each year, Sports Day brings together teams of employees who can choose physical and/or intellectual challenges in a competitive or just-for-fun format. Registration opens March 15 at

One Week Left To Nominate for the 2018 UBC President’s Awards for Staff

There is one week left to nominate UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to the university community. We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2018 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).

Download the nomination package at The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 16, 2018.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence

This award is open to all UBC staff with 10 or more years of service. Up to five recipients are selected each year.

The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus)

Open to all staff at the Vancouver campus with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Community Engagement
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Wellbeing (individuals or groups may be nominated) (new in 2018)

Up to 14 recipients are selected each year (two awards per category), and each recipient receives $2,000.

Note: UBC staff who work at sites such as the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, the Dairy Education and Research Centre, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Robson Square, and hospital sites in the Vancouver Fraser, Northern, and Island Medical Programs are considered part of the Vancouver campus.

Please visit for more information and to read past recipient profiles.

Campus Security Town Hall: April 12

Help us make our campus a safer place. Join Campus Security on April 12, 2018, in a “town hall” style meeting. Campus Security are making some big changes and they want your input on how to improve campus safety.

By attending, you’ll be providing invaluable feedback and insight on the risks on campus, and our opportunities to mitigate these risks.

Where: Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102
When: Thursday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Snack and refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

Some of the topics included in the session are:

  • Property Crime: Bike and laptop theft
  • Public Awareness: How to improve safety literacy on campus
  • Proactive Problem Solving: How do we prevent incidents from happening?

Your Help Needed: Tell Us How We Can Improve the HR Website

We are starting a year-long process to update and expand the HR website, and we are asking key users of HR services to help us by filling out a quick survey on how you use the HR site, and what we could add to make the site more user-friendly and useful to you.

The survey is available at until March 2, 2018.

If you have any questions, or if you would prefer to share your thoughts in person, please contact HR Communications at If you have already completed the survey, we thank you.