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By Breeonne Baxter on May 31, 2012
Please share with your staff
Upcoming Professional Development Funds Application Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012
We would like to remind M&P, TRA, and Exec Admin staff that all professional development funding claims for Period 1 must be submitted to Human Resources by June 30th. To be eligible for submission for Period 1 funding, your PD activity must start between April 1st – June 30th, 2012.
Application submission period for CUPE 2950 JSTP pre-approval is now open for any professional development activity that starts between June 1 – September 30. Once a pre-approval has been given by HR, the activity receipts are due to HR within 30 days of the activity start date.
Details are available on PD Fund webpage for your employee group: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/
Additional reminder for Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants
The TRA Professional Development Award Program application submission deadline date is June 30, 2012.
This award program offsets the costs associated with larger and expensive learning activities that contribute to a non-union technician or research assistant’s professional development. Funding proposals are reviewed by the committee twice per year.
Details are available on the TRA PD Award program webpage.
By Breeonne Baxter on May 17, 2012
For HR administrators
Join your colleagues and use your tuition waivers for three HRMA-accredited diversity related workshops offered through UBC Continuing Studies on Cross-cultural Interviewing, Engaging and Retaining a Diverse Workforce, and Facilitating Organizational Training.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 19, 2012
For HR Administrators and staff
We have updated information around dates and deadlines for the Quarterly Distribution of Professional Development Funds for Management & Professional, Executive Administrative, and Technicality and Research Assistant groups. There are no changes to the previously announced dates for CUPE 2950 JSTP approval.
|For courses / conferences / workshops / membership renewals / subscriptions with a start date of:||M&P, TRA, Exec Admin PD Reimbursement Claim Forms will be accepted as of:||
Form Submission Deadline Date:
|Period 1||April 1 – June 30||April 1||June 30|
|Period 2||July 1 – September 30||July 1||September 30|
|Period 3||October 1 – December 31||October 1||December 31|
|Period 4||January 1 – March 31||January 1||March 31|
In the event that a professional development activity does not have a start date (ie book purchase or self-paced course with flexible start date ), the purchase date will determine the applicable submission quarter.
For full information on these funds, visit our PD Funding page.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 9, 2012
Please share this with your unit’s Position Management users.
We are offering new courses in Position Management training.
Vancouver campus users can sign up for Position Management Training using their CWL at the HR Online Catalog.
Okanagan campus users, please contact Susan Fukushima (7-8612).
By Breeonne Baxter on January 12, 2012
For HR Administrators
As of today, the M&P Professional Development Fund still has a positive balance of roughly $88,000. In past years the fund has been depleted before the end of the funding year. Given the current average usage each month, we anticipate that this year, funds may last into late February 2012. As we receive and approve applications, we will provide weekly updates of the overall balance on the M&P PD Fund page to assist staff with professional development planning. Once the current fund is exhausted, new funds will become available on April 1, 2012, the beginning of the UBC budget year.
The onset of the new funding year will see the introduction of some important changes to the M&P guidelines. As of April 1, UBC Continuing Studies courses that meet other criteria in the guidelines, and tuition top-ups for UBC credit courses, will both be eligible for reimbursement. Additionally, in discussion with the AAPS Executive, we have decided to divide the funding year into smaller pieces so that we can distribute the funds evenly throughout the year. More information regarding this new process for accessing funds throughout the year will be provided on M&P PD Fund page over the coming months.
We are also engaged in a project to automate our application, approval and payment process for all PD funds. Our goal is an improved turnaround time for reimbursements to fund users, and a more user friendly process, including self-service access and pre-approval functionality. Based on current projections, the transition from a paper-based claim process to an online claim process will be phased in during the upcoming funding year (2012-13). We are still in the system development stage and will provide ongoing transition timing updates as details become available. This initiative is part of a broader program focused on eliminating bureaucracy and increasing transparency for UBC employees.
If you have any questions, please contact Susanna Mulligan at 2-9273
By Breeonne Baxter on September 29, 2011
Please share this with your faculty and staff.
This fall, UBC Continuing Studies is hosting two courses on Wellness at Work. Eligible UBC employees may use their tuition fee waivers for these courses. Visit our Tuition Waiver section for full information on your employee group’s tuition waiver benefit.
Wellness at Work: Emotions on the Job
Dates: 2 Tuesdays, Oct. 4 & 11
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: UBC Robson Square
Cost: $120 + HST
Increase your confidence to handle your own and others’ emotions on the job in ways that sustain a positive and healthy workplace. Learn how some small changes in workplace structure or practices can shift the culture from strained to supportive. Using case studies and your own workplace examples, this course explores the realities of emotional pain in the workplace, how the brain interacts with emotions, and how to decrease emotional toxicity at three different levels: for you, for those who handle others’ destructive emotions, for the organization.
Wellness at Work: A Mindfulness Approach
Dates: 2 Saturdays, Oct. 22 & 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Cost: $120 + HST
Would you like to bring more balance, presence and awareness to your life at work? Mindfulness involves paying kind, curious and non-judgmental attention to whatever is happening in our inner and outer environment. Learn mindfulness practices and tools to help you pause, centre and nourish yourself at work, work more skillfully with your own and others’ reactivity, and clarify your intentions. The course format includes mindfulness practice, reflection, group discussion and inquiry and a CD for home practice.
Eligible UBC employees may use their tuition fee waivers for these courses. View cstudies.ubc.ca/waivers for more information.