Focus on People

Featured Focus on People story: Rethinking teaching and learning at UBC’s Emerging Media Lab

Featured Focus on People story: Rethinking teaching and learning at UBC’s Emerging Media Lab

The Focus on People 2025 website is featuring stories about the great work that contributes to the success of the framework and its four catalysts across UBC.

This week, we feature Rethinking teaching and learning at UBC’s Emerging Media Lab, which talks about this experimental space at UBC Vancouver where people can work, teach and research in an innovative, dynamic and collaborative way.

Please, share the Focus on People stories with your teams and network, and invite them to engage with us.

Stay tuned! We will publish new stories soon about initiatives that are helping to bring the framework to life.

Share your stories

Are you working on initiatives that support the Focus on People 2025 framework? Would you like to spread the word about them? Reach out to Monique Rodrigues, Focus on People Project & Communications Coordinator, to share your ideas.

Featured Focus on People story: Annual Staff BBQ serves up opportunities for connection and wellbeing

Featured Focus on People story: Annual Staff BBQ serves up opportunities for connection and wellbeing

Read the story: Annual Staff BBQ serves up opportunities for connection and wellbeing

The Welcome Back Staff BBQ stimulates social connections among members of the UBC community. As the university’s Wellbeing Strategic Framework highlights, we believe that “everyone thrives when they feel respected, supported, and part of a community.” That is why our community encourages and creates opportunities for building meaningful connections.

The event is also aligned with the Focus on People 2025 framework through Catalyst #1, which supports actions that create a diverse, inclusive, safe and vibrant environment for those who work at the university.

As many of the staff’s tips suggested, the BBQ is just one of the many initiatives that UBC promotes to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace. It is not an isolated initiative, but part of an integrated effort that is helping to bring UBC’s strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century to life.

Stay tuned for more stories that highlight how the Focus on People 2025 framework is coming to life at UBC.

Save the date: Workplace Experiences Survey Pulse Nov. 12-25

Save the date: Workplace Experiences Survey Pulse Nov. 12-25

We are offering a Workplace Experiences Survey (WES) Pulse university-wide this November. The survey window is Nov. 12-25, 2019

The pulse is a shorter version of the full WES – it should take less than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is intended to offer insights into areas that were identified as the top drivers of engagement in the 2017 WES, and that align with the priorities woven into Focus on People 2025: inclusion, leadership, professional growth, and wellbeing.

The overall 2019 WES pulse results will inform many of the Focus on People 2025 metrics reported to the UBC community in the annual FOP 2025 update, which provides progress on making UBC an inspiring place to work.

More information at ubc.ca/wes.

Find out how UBC plans to be an inspiring place to work, research and teach

Find out how UBC plans to be an inspiring place to work, research and teach

We heard from students, faculty and staff about would inspire them to work at the university in 2025. Now available online, the Focus on People 2025 framework speaks to how the university intends to lead as a first-choice place to work – including our biggest opportunities and the actions we intend to take to get us there.

For HR practitioners and leaders, Focus on People 2025 offers us an opportunity to focus, align and elevate our work.

As you familiarize yourself with the framework, we invite you to consider:

  • What connections do you see between your unit/Faculty/portfolio priorities and Focus on People 2025?
  • Which catalyst areas align and support your work?
  • What opportunities do you see for collaboration to move our collective priorities forward?
  • In contrast, what are some of the small actions you can take day-to-day to make UBC an inclusive, vibrant, and inspiring place for you and your colleagues?

Whether it’s the focus of your work or the daily interactions we have with one another, together we make UBC an inspiring place to work, research, and teach. Read the framework online: http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca

2017-18 Focus on People Benchmark Report

2017-18 Focus on People Benchmark Report

The 2017-18 Focus on People Benchmark Report provides analytics and insights about UBC’s workforce. Taking into consideration the priorities in UBC’s new strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century, the information in the report is intended to begin to inform the university’s ability to:

  • Attract, engage and retain a diverse global community of outstanding student employees, faculty and staff;
  • Support the ongoing development of sustainable, healthy and connected campuses and communities; and
  • Cultivate a diverse community that creates and sustains equitable and inclusive campuses.

Many of the insights and calls-to-action are applicable university-wide, and we encourage you to think about how these apply to local areas.

Visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/reporting/ to read the full report.

2018 President’s Awards for Staff Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the President’s Service Awards for Excellence and the President’s Staff Awards, presented by the university annually to recognize staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence within the UBC community.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence

The President’s Service Award for Excellence is presented each year to up to five outstanding staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the university, and who excel in their personal achievements.

This year’s President’s Service Awards for Excellence recipients are:

  • Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar & Director, Student Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions, Enrolment Services
  • Enid Ho, Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program
  • Chiara Longhi, Director, Student Services, Faculty of Forestry
  • Lynne Murchie, Associate Director, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
  • Charles Shi, International Student Advisor RCIC, International Student Development

President’s Staff Awards

The President’s Staff Awards at the Vancouver campus recognize the personal achievements and contributions that staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the university.

This year’s President’s Staff Awards recipients are:

Leadership

  • Kari Marken, Educational Strategist, First Year Experience, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
  • Ido Roll, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • David Speight, Executive Chef & Culinary Director, UBC Food Services

Emerging Leadership

  • Winnie Cheung, Lab Manager, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research Centre

Enhancing the UBC Experience

Creativity & Innovation

  • Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic, Media Producers, Department of Political Science | Michael Smith Laboratories
  • Grace Wong, Senior International Advisor, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic

Community Engagement

  • Dylan Brown, Program Director, UBC Active Kids, School of Kinesiology
  • Lindsay Marsh, Program and Communications Manager, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

  • Alyssa Reyes, Intramural Events Coordinator, Athletics & Recreation

Wellbeing