2019-01-24

Updates to student earnings code for NSERC USRA appointments

For those of you who will be preparing student appointments in advance of the summer semester, please be aware that NSERC USRA appointments for 2019-20 now use FEL as the earnings code, instead of the old RSG earnings code.

Updated information on student appointment earnings codes can be found at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/student-workers/hiring-a-student-worker/.

If you have questions about student appointments, please contact your HR Associate.

Reminder to use staff professional development funds for 2018-19

As we approach the end of the fiscal year, we ask that you encourage staff in your departments to use their professional development funds.

Staff are welcome to make claims on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner. Prior to submitting a claim, staff are encouraged to check their respective HR PD Fund webpage (links below) for updates on their overall fund balance.

Notes about funds (Fiscal 2018-19)

The TRA PD Fund is closed and no longer accepting PD expense claims for the current funding year. We anticipate that the BCGEU Okanagan PD Fund and the M&P PD Fund  will be exhausted before the end of the current fiscal year. It is expected that the other staff PD funds will be able to accommodate funding requests until the March 31 year-end.

The amount available for individuals to claim depends on the employee group, as each group has its own individual maximum claim amount and funding pool subject to an annual budget allocation and program guidelines. Staff PD funds are available for those in the following employee groups:

If an employee group’s funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year.

These are annual funding pools designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Questions? Please contact pd.funds@ubc.ca.

PD workshop: In-Powering: Making Sense of Your Talents and Strengths: March 15

HR is hosting In-Powering: Making Sense of Your Talents and Strengths, a one-day workshop focusing on helping participants to gain a better understanding of their strengths, and how to translate those strengths to your professional life.

Course information

Date: March 15, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: $375
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Wesbrook Mall upgrades: Public information session Jan. 29

Wesbrook Mall upgrades: Public information session Jan. 29


Wesbrook Mall, a main transportation corridor at UBC’s Vancouver campus, is being upgraded in phases between Chancellor Boulevard and 16th Ave.

You are invited to attend a public information session to learn about planned improvements for Wesbrook Mall  on Jan. 29, 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the UBC Life Building. Information on the planned improvements will be posted at https://planning.ubc.ca/wesbrook-mall after Jan. 29.