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By Melissa Baluk on February 8, 2018
As we approach the end of the fiscal year, we ask that you encourage staff in your departments/units to use their professional development funds. Staff PD funds are available for those in the following employee groups:
The Staff Professional Development Funds at UBC are annual funding pools designed to support employees with staff appointments to pursue learning opportunities that will enhance their professional knowledge, work performance, and ongoing career growth at UBC.
Apply soon to access PD funds available for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. 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. The amount you can claim depends on your employee group, as each group has its own funding pool subject to an annual budget allocation and program guidelines.
Based on claim patterns this year, it is anticipated that the budgeted PD funds will accommodate staff requests up until the March 31 year-end, with the exception of the M&P PD Fund for AAPS members (see below).
If you have already taken full advantage of your PD funds this fiscal year, new money will become available to you on April 1, 2018. If you have not used PD funds this fiscal year, note that they do not rollover; they will expire on March 31, 2018.
Prior to submitting a claim, M&P staff are encouraged to check the M&P PD Fund webpage for daily updates on the overall fund balance. When the funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement this current funding year.
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By Breeonne Baxter on April 13, 2017
April 1, 2017, is the start of the new funding year for UBC professional development funds for staff. There have been changes to the maximum claim amounts for some groups, as indicated below and in our memo of April 5, 2017.
The funding maximums noted above are pro rated in some cases if an employee works part-time. Staff members can confirm their personal eligibility and available balances online through Faculty & Staff Self-Service.
Information on professional development funding for those with Faculty appointments can be found at:
By Susanna Mulligan on January 5, 2017
With the new calendar year comes the opportunity to refresh your professional development goals, as well as to start a conversation about professional development with your staff. UBC offers a number of professional development opportunities for staff and faculty:
Professional Development (PD) Funding programs at UBC are designed to support eligible staff members in the M&P, CUPE 2950, CUPE 116, TRA, Exec. Admin, and BCGEU (Okanagan) employee groups, who are interested in pursuing learning opportunities that will enhance their professional knowledge and skills, work performance, and career growth at UBC.
Your maximum funding amount available each fiscal year varies depending on your employment group. In all cases, each PD funding pool is subject to an annual budget allocation and your access to funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis until overall budget exhaustion or the March 31 fiscal year-end. (whichever comes sooner).
If you have already taken full advantage of one of the PD funding programs this fiscal year, new money will become available to you on April 1, 2017.
Based on current usage patterns across eligible employment groups, it is anticipated that the PD Fund budgets will be able to accommodate all staff funding requests up until the March 31st year end, with the possible exception of the M&P PD Fund.
M&P staff members are encouraged to check the M&P PD Fund webpage for regular updates on the overall remaining fund balance prior to submitting your claim.
Faculty: Please note that the timelines and budgetary considerations noted above do not apply to faculty. For information on the Professional Development Reimbursement Fund for faculty, visit Faculty Relations. Research Associates PD Fund information is available here.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 15, 2016
September marks the half-way point of the UBC Staff Professional Development Funds claim year (April 1 – March 31). Staff are encouraged to take advantage of these central funds, and pursue learning activities that will help grow their careers at UBC.
Annual individual funding maximums vary based on employee group affiliation as noted below:
Additional personal and professional development opportunities are available for staff and faculty, including:
Those with faculty or post-doc appointments have access to professional development funds as follows:
By Breeonne Baxter on April 14, 2016
April 1, 2016, is the start of the new funding year for UBC professional development funds for staff. There are no changes to the individual funding maximums.
The funding maximums noted above are pro-rated in some cases if you work part-time. Staff members can confirm their personal eligibility and available balances online through Faculty & Staff Self-Service.
As of April 1, 2016, the Research Associates Professional Development Fund began accepting expense claims for the April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018, funding period. The individual funding maximum remains at $2,000 for the two-year period.