October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint effort by government and business leaders from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand to put into effect better practices and safeguards to combat cybercrime. At UBC, we are acutely aware of the importance for all faculty, staff and students to take time every day to safeguard our collective privacy.

Take the Clean Desk Test!

This month, make privacy and information security a priority in your daily life. Take the Clean Desk Test to see how many privacy and information security risks you can spot. All complete entries will have a chance to win an iPad mini, or one of two $50 Best Buy gift cards. Read contest details.

Go further

If you haven’t already, take the Privacy & Information Security Fundamentals online training course. All faculty, staff, researchers, teaching assistants, and other members of the UBC community who deal with sensitive, confidential or personal information should take this training to understand the security measures needed to protect private information.

PD Opportunity: Generating Successful Team Dynamics (Nov. 21, 2017)

HR is hosting a one-day workshop on Generating Successful Team Dynamics on Nov. 21, 2017.

About this workshop

Generating Successful Team Dynamics provides participants with a solid foundation that will ensure that team members and team leaders have the skills and knowledge required to work as a unit. Being able to create solid team work within your work group is an important skill for everyone in this environment.

Whether you are a team member working on a project team or in your day to day work within your department, you have an important role to play in your team’s performance. If you lead a department or project team, or plan to in the future, your performance directly affects your team’s success.

Within the first hour of the program participants will experience, first hand, the issues associated with working in a high performing team. This interactive simulation translates into real opportunities to identify, address and capitalize upon the shared knowledge of the group.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the characteristics of high performing teams;
  • Determine the stages of team development;
  • List the required elements for building strong team relationships;
  • Prioritize the essentials for success – establish common goals and roles;
  • Discuss how to create trust, commitment & motivation;
  • Identify the five team dysfunctions and what to do about them;
  • Determine steps to create and manage positive team conflict;
  • Create a strategy for building a sustainable team structure;
  • Determine how processes impact team performance


This session is designed for team leaders and team members who want to apply the principles of a positive and effective team-based work environment.

Course information

Generating Successful Team Dynamics
Nov. 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
Room 610, TEF III, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Register online

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

Orange Shirt Day: Recognizing the History and Legacy Left Behind by Residential Schools

Each year on Sept. 30, we recognize Orange Shirt Day as an acknowledgement of the harm that the residential school system did to thousands of indigenous children. At the same time, Orange Shirt Day has come to mean more – it is an opportunity to do anti-racism work and to reinforce anti-bullying policies; it is a time to come together in reconciliation and truth. Join us at UBC by wearing orange on Friday, Sept. 29.

On April 1, 2017, UBC raised a Reconciliation Pole at the Vancouver campus symbolizing the experiences of residential school students and the path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Likewise, at UBC Okanagan, the Story Poles by Les Louis represent the seven bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and uses ancestral pictographs to tell their stories.

As a teaching, learning, and research institution, UBC’s efforts are further focused on exploring and advancing knowledge in regards to our collective history and experiences, including through the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre scheduled to be open in 2017/2018 academic year.

Learn more at http://equity.ubc.ca/2017/09/26/orange-shirt-day-every-child-matters/.

Stadium Neighbourhood Public Consultation

UBC is beginning to plan a new neighbourhood in the area around Thunderbird Stadium, and we want your input and ideas to help shape this process. Between Sept. 28 to Oct. 22, share your insights on living, working, studying and playing at UBC. Your experience can help guide our planning decisions.

Join the conversation by taking the online survey at planning.ubc.ca/stadium, or attending one of the open houses.

Public Open House Dates

Saturday, Sept. 30, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wesbrook Community Centre, 3335 Webber Lane

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Old Barn Community Centre, 6308 Thunderbird Blvd

Thursday, Oct. 5, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
K. Barber Learning Centre, Second-floor lobby