Professional Development

Upcoming professional development workshops from HR

HR is hosting three professional development workshops this spring:

Thriving in Change: April 24 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for UBC staff and faculty who want to learn more about the natural cycles and impact of change in order to remain resilient and engaged through the transition.

Practical Project Management: May 29-30 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for anyone who is involved in projects, as either a team member or project manager, and wants to learn the core basics and proven tools to help achieve more consistent project outcomes.

The Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills: June 6 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for those who wish to gain a better understanding of how to use coaching in the workplace.


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 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.

Update on Non-Union TRA PD Fund

The 2018/19 Professional Development Fund for Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants (TRA) has limited funding remaining and is expected to run out by the end of this week. When the funding pool balance reaches zero, all staff individual balances will expire and no further PD expense claims will be accepted for the current fund year.

On Jan. 9, a message was sent to all Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants by Human Resources to inform them of the remaining availability.

If you receive any questions about this matter from staff in your unit, please direct them to the TRA PD webpage or contact Susanna Mulligan, PD Funding Manager, at pd.funds@ubc.ca.

PD workshop: Coaching For Personal and Professional Development (Jan. 16, 2019)

Join us for an hour-long session on Jan. 16 to learn about Coaching@UBC’s free professional coaching services for staff and faculty.

In this information session, you will learn:

  • What is Coaching?
  • How does Coaching work?
  • Why choose Coaching for personal or professional development?
  • How do I access Coaching at UBC?

Course information

Coaching For Personal and Professional Development
Jan. 16, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Register online

PD workshop: Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity (Jan. 29, 2019)

On Jan. 29, we are hosting a workshop on Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity. This session is designed for those who wish to learn new tools to decrease work stress while increasing level of satisfaction, happiness and productivity at work.

About this workshop

This workshop provides you with peak performance tips, tools and strategies so you can spend more time working toward your high-value tasks. If you are swamped with emails, requests, tasks, and interruptions, this workshop is for you. In this highly interactive, thought-provoking, enjoyable, skill-building workshop you will learn proven time management techniques and at the same time tune your skills at managing your priorities and achieving your objectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify your time type
  • implement strategies to align your activities with your goals
  • optimize productivity and decrease stress
  • put into practice a laser-like focus on priorities
  • identify obstacles that get in your way
  • be more effective in handling interruptions
  • recognize time-saving email tips
  • distinguish between being busy and being productive
  • identify how you may sabotage your goals
  • share tools and technology to help manage your time more effectively
  • determine what you get by procrastinating and how to conquer procrastination
  • apply a practical new mindset and toolset develop a specific plan of action to implement immediately

Course Information

Date: Jan. 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: $300
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.

Spaces left in Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations: Dec. 10

We have four spaces left in our Dec. 10 session on Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations. Register ASAP if you want to gain skills on having challenging conversations as part of your work.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this seminar, you will be able to know how to identify resistant behaviour in yourself and others;
  • have a greater understanding of what the physiological responses to emotional challenges look and feel like;
  • be able to identify your personal strategies for managing your own defensiveness as well as others; and
  • recognize when to push and when to back off to get your needs met.

Course Information

Date: Dec. 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $350
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

PD Opportunity: Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations: Dec. 10

We have an upcoming workshop on Dec. 10: Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations. This workshop is for anyone who needs to have challenging conversations as part of their work.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this seminar, you will be able to know how to identify resistant behaviour in yourself and others;
  • have a greater understanding of what the physiological responses to emotional challenges look and feel like;
  • be able to identify your personal strategies for managing your own defensiveness as well as others; and
  • recognize when to push and when to back off to get your needs met.

Course Information

Date: Dec. 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $350
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.