Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan: September sessions

The Pensions Administration Office is hosting two upcoming September Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan sessions for members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. If you are interested in attending, please register soon as these sessions fill up quickly.

These workshops help attendees learn about the plan, about pensions in general, and related retirement considerations.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Visit to register.

Wellbeing workshops: Fall stress & resilience series

Join HR’s Health Promotions team and Dr. Thara Vayali in a three-part Stress & Resilience wellbeing series this fall, to explore the stress response, recognize your stress levels, build resilience, and discover the connection between empathy and stress.

These free workshops will be held 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Neville Scarfe (2125 Main Mall). Register for free in the HR events catalog.

CTLT Summer Institute 2019: Aug. 19-29 & Sept. 4-6

CTLT Summer Institute 2019: Aug. 19-29 & Sept. 4-6

Interested in teaching, learning or technology? The UBC CTLT Summer Institute features more than 30 free workshops for educators on topics such as open education, student wellbeing, learning analytics, and more. This year’s Institute runs Aug. 19-29, and Sept. 4-6. View the full schedule of events and learn more at

50/50 Yoga Pilates: Aug. 1

Join HR’s Health Promotions team for a free 50/50 Yoga Pilates class on Aug. 1. 50/50 Yoga Pilates consists of 50% standing Pilates work, which integrates Pilates principles into lower-body work, and 50% yoga mat work to strengthen the core with complementary exercises. There will be some mats available however quantities are limited. Participants who have their own mats are encouraged to bring them.


Date: Aug. 1, 2019
Time: 11:00-11:55 a.m.
Location: Life Building, ARC Main Level Studio [map]
Register online

New PD workshops this August

HR is hosting two professional envelopment workshops this August:

Discovering Personal Effectiveness: Aug. 8 (9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.)

Self-awareness is at the heart of professional growth and development. By understanding ourselves, we are able to better connect with others, create meaningful relationships at work, improve our personal leadership and be more effective in our communications.

Practical Project Management: Aug. 21-22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Many people are finding projects an increasing part of their workload, yet still have their ‘day job’ responsibilities. Getting your project off to the best possible start is essential for success and tackling today’s project focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach. This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools and proven processes that ensure your projects get off to a clear and solid start, ensuring they stay on track, and your deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.

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.

Reminder to register by June 12 for the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

If you’re looking for opportunities to bring team wellbeing activities into your workplace this summer, the 2019 Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge begins June 17.

This four-week program is open to all UBC staff and faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan, no matter your level of motivation or ability. You can participate as an individual or register as a team. Weekly random prize draws, photo challenges and meet-up events will help give you the boost you need week-to-week.

Sign up by June 12 at 4:00 p.m. by visiting the Stair Challenge webpage

Congress: June 1-7

Congress: June 1-7

Congress 2019 takes place at the Vancouver campus next week. Running June 1-7, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada. There are a number of free events open to the UBC community. You are encouraged to visit to see the full schedule, or check out some of the special programming:

Big Thinking lecture series

The free Big Thinking series is held each day throughout Congress. This year’s series will feature the arts as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. More information about the Big Thinking series can be found at

Performances, exhibitions and featured events/talks

From soundscapes and visual art to literary readings and musical performances, there will be plenty of free performances and exhibitions to attend during Congress. Featured Talks will see UBC faculty and speakers from around the world discuss key issues in the humanities and social sciences.  More information about University programming can be found at

June 10: Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?

June 10: Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?

Academic institutions have embraced principles of equity as a core value underpinning their mission. But what do we mean by equity and diversity?

Can we have diversity but neglect inclusion? Do we have any blind spots on who we embrace under the equity, diversity and inclusion tent? How do we know who we have missed if our ability to measure diversity is varied? How do we inspire and sustain broad support for initiatives in this area?

You are invited to Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?, a mini-symposium on June 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This event is co-sponsored by the UBC Office of the Provost, the Faculty of Science, and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

Please share this invitation with your faculty and staff colleagues involved with faculty hiring, tenure/promotion, or graduate advising for a conversation on how we inspire and sustain broad support for initiatives in the area.

Visit to learn more and to register. A livestream will also be available on the day of the event.

IRP HR session on time tracking & absence May 8; April 10 call recording available

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Integrated Renewal Program HR update call on April 10.  If you weren’t able to make it, or you would like to review the slides and the call, there is a recording available.

Next call: May 8

Our next IRP HR call-in session will be on May 8, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. where we will discuss time tracking and absences in Workday. Human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join.


  • Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) Update
  • HR Work Stream Update – what has the team been working on and what is planned for the next 30 days
  • Key HCM functions/demo – overview of time tracking and absences in Workday


If you are interested in participating in the call, email to RSVP. A member from the IRP team will follow up with an event invite.

IRP will be using Skype for Business to host this call-in session and will include instructions for joining the session in the invite. As we have received a growing interest from the HR community in participating in our monthly call-in sessions, team members are encouraged to join the session from one screen (if available through shared offices or room bookings) to allow for more open participant seats within the Skype session.

Upcoming sessions

IRP has a list of upcoming sessions and topics available on their website.