Professional Development

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.

UBC Community Leadership Program applications due June 14

The UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) is an innovative leadership development opportunity designed for emerging staff, faculty, and graduate student leaders to enhance their leadership, lead and develop a team, develop practical project management skills, and learn how to build community.

Applications for the 2019/20 Community Leadership Program are due Friday, June 14, 2019. Information for supervisors is available online at http://clp.ubc.ca/application-process/.

If you have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Leadership Programs Lead.

PD workshop: Presentations That Work: Optimize Your Influence with Colleagues & Decision-Makers: June 26

We are hosting Presentations That Work: Optimize Your Influence with Colleagues & Decision-Makers, a one-day workshop designed for new presenters who want to feel more comfortable in front of others, and for experienced speakers who want to expand their effectiveness and develop an extra edge.

Course information

Date: June 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: $350
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.

UBC membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

UBC membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

UBC is offering a one-year institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), an independent organization dedicated to supporting academics throughout their careers.

The NCFDD provides professional development, training and mentoring opportunities to faculty, grads, postdocs, and administrators.

Members can access to more than 100 hours of online resource materials, including webinars, podcasts, exercises, worksheets and coaching, to assist them in reaching their academic career goals. Through online access to core curriculum, guest expert webinars and weekly Monday Motivator emails, anyone with a ubc.ca email address can access information and tips on:

  • Time management
  • Developing and adhering to a daily writing routine
  • Increasing research and writing productivity
  • Setting and reaching weekly, monthly, annual and long-term career goals
  • Maintaining a healthy work-life balance

For more information, please visit https://academic.ubc.ca/support-resources/professional-development/mentoring#NCFDD

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.