Daylight Saving Time begins on March 8

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 8

Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour on Sunday morning.

Bargaining Bulletin #8

A joint communique from the University of British Columbia and the UBC Faculty Association

We are pleased to announce that the Collective Agreement between the UBCFA and UBC, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022, has been ratified by both parties. A copy of the Agreement will be posted to our respective websites as soon as it is finalized.

The Parties worked hard to achieve this Agreement and we believe it that contains many improvements that will benefit both the Faculty Association membership and the University.


Santa J. Ono, President, University of British Columbia

Bronwen Sprout, President, UBC Faculty Association

For more information, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/collective-bargaining/

T4/T4A slips are now available online

UBC issues tax slips online as PDFs that are identical to the printed form and are accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) when filing your taxes.

Faculty, staff, and student employees can now download their 2019 T4 and/or T4A statements for their tax returns via the Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal.

For more information on your taxes or obtaining your tax slips, please visit: https://finance.ubc.ca/payroll/your-taxes.

2019 Workplace Experience Survey Pulse results are now available

2019 Workplace Experience Survey Pulse results are now available

3,283 faculty and staff participated in the 2019 Workplace Experiences Survey (WES) Pulse. They survey findings 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.

The results also provide a snapshot of areas of strength and opportunity heading into the next Workplace Experiences Survey.

Interested in sharing your feedback on other aspects of the UBC experience? Sign up for the UBC Open Minds Forum.

View the 2019 Workplace Experiences Survey Pulse Results

Apply now for the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Fund

Apply now for the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Fund

UBC’s favourite workplace funding program is back! Applications are now being accepted for the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP).

The HWIP provides start-up funds for health-related activities for UBC departments and units interested in promoting wellbeing in the workplace.

To date the program has funded 327 grassroots initiatives, including stretching classes, health challenges, mental health training and creative activities.

In 2019, the HWIP funded the following in Vancouver and the Okanagan:

  • 8 innovative new ideas
  • 2 bike share programs
  • 9 fitness class programs
  • 9 team health challenges
  • 2 mental health training programs
  • 4 arts-based projects
  • 1 community garden

Have a great idea? Want to boost team-building and the health of your colleagues? It’s easy to apply and the benefits to your department or unit can be far-reaching.

Deadline for applications is April 10, 2020.

Full details, including regulations, funding toolkits and application forms can be found on the Healthy Workplace Initiative Fund page.

Last call: 2020 President’s Awards for staff

Last call: 2020 President’s Awards for staff

Recognize your colleagues and their achievements by nominating them for the 2020 President’s Service Award for Excellence and the President’s Staff Awards. Nominations are due March 13, 2020. Send in your nominations before time runs out.

For more information on the President’s Awards for staff, visit: https://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/

March is Nutrition Month!

March is Nutrition Month!



Healthy eating is about so much more than food. This year for Nutrition Month, dietitians are encouraging Canadians to consider not only what they eat, but how they eat too.

Healthy eating is about eating mindfully, breaking bread with family and friends, social gatherings, memories, and emotions. Embrace and enjoy your own food culture and traditions and share them with others! For more information and to learn about March nutrition events, visit: https://food.ubc.ca/nutrition-month/

UBC Climate Emergency: survey and campus-wide forum

UBC Climate Emergency: survey and campus-wide forum

The climate emergency is one of the most pressing issues of our time. At this pivotal moment, the decisions and actions we take today will reverberate beyond our own borders and lifetimes. We need your help in shaping UBC’s climate emergency response. Share your ideas, candid and constructive feedback, and engage in lively and respectful conversations. You don’t need to be an expert; we all have a place in caring about our future.

Ways you can participate:

  1. Fill out the survey. Share your thoughts and ideas to help shape UBC’s climate emergency response. You could win one of five $100 UBC bookstore gift cards on each campus! The survey closes on March 27. Submit your answers: http://bit.ly/2VwwO8p
  2. Attend the Vancouver campus-wide forum. Gather with students, faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver to learn, engage and discuss bold actions around the climate crisis.
    • Event: UBC Vancouver Campus-wide Forum
    • Date: March 11, 2020
    • Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Location: UBC Vancouver Campus-wide Forum
      Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
      1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

For more information on UBC Climate Emergency, visit: https://climateemergency.ubc.ca

UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan update

UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan update

UBC is in the final stage of developing an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which will guide the University’s Indigenous engagement initiatives for years to come.

As part of this process, UBC is conducting a final round of open houses in the next few weeks in Vancouver and the Okanagan, during which faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to preview the action plan and help prioritize the steps needed to bring the plan to life.
UBC Vancouver Open House dates:

  • March 11, 12:00pm–2:00pm, Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse
  • March 12, 12:00pm–2:00pm, Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

For more information, please visit: https://indigenous.ubc.ca/indigenous-engagement/indigenous-strategic-plan/

The Environment and Our Health: Dr. David Rehkopf

The Environment and Our Health: Dr. David Rehkopf

The School of Kinesiology presents The Environment and Our Health, New Discoveries – Dr. David Rehkopf. This presentation is the fourth installment of the Killam lecture series on Healthy Aging From Cells to Societies:

David Rehkopf, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy at Stanford University.

In his lecture, Dr. Rehkopf will describe a new approach to finding social, behavioural and environmental influences on health that increase the reliability of findings and decrease false positive findings.

Event Information:

  • Date: March 10, 2020
  • Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Location: Vancouver General Hospital, Jimmy Pattison Pavilion, Room 1891

Admission is free, however registration is required. To register for this event or for more information, visit: https://healthyaging.eventbritestudio.com/83064832149

Being, feeling, thinking, and doing inclusive leadership: Dr. Arig al Shaibah

Being, feeling, thinking, and doing inclusive leadership: Dr. Arig al Shaibah

Most, if not all, universities across Canada have articulated their value for and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). However, across the university sector, institutions have continued to be challenged to mobilize campus-wide efforts to enact and embody their EDI values and commitments.

Dr. Arig al Shaibah, who self-identifies as a racialized woman administrator, academic, and practitioner, will summarize some of the challenges and opportunities in advancing EDI in the academy, referring to relevant scholarship and augmenting that knowledge with lessons learned from lived experiences and leadership practices.

This lecture is part of the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Race and Leadership, and will be hosted by Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic, and moderated by Dr. Minelle Mahtani, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty.

Event Information:

  • Date: March 19, 2020
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Jack Poole Hall (Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre)
  • Cost: Free; reception to follow

For more information or to register for this event, please visit the Equity & Inclusion Office website.