Welcome to UBC

We are glad you are here

This is your journey

Thank you for joining UBC! You are now part of the vibrant community that makes UBC one of the top 20 public universities in the world.

UBC is a global centre for research, teaching and learning, but we are also known for our sense of community. This is a great place to work because everyone has the opportunity to collaborate, inspire and support one another. We can’t wait for you to share and shape your experience at UBC.

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UBC is a vibrant and inspirational place

During your first few months at UBC, you will experience this community first-hand. We want to help you settle into your new role and explore the UBC community in a positive way.

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We want to be partners in your success

You’re a self-starter, and we are here to help you get your bearings. That’s why we’ve created this orientation site to help you succeed - step by step.

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There’s always something new to learn,
 and opportunities for growth.

We’re committed to helping you grow professionally, on and off campus. We want to help you excel in your role and as a person.

Let’s get to know each other

As part of your orientation experience, we’ve prepared a series of resources to help you as you familiarize yourself with your new workplace. In the beginning, there can be a lot to take in, but we want you to be inspired by the community you’ve joined and learn from others who have thrived here.

What makes this community unique?

At UBC, students, staff and faculty come together to make up the UBC experience, making this a vibrant place to learn and grow. Take a look at some of these stories and be inspired about some of the breakthroughs that have emerged from our university.

One-on-one with Murali Chandrashekaran

I believe deeply in the idea that universities can play a central role in building a more just and prosperous world. Universities bring people together from all over the world, expose us to knowledge and experiences about the world, and can empower us all to want to solve problems facing our planet. In order to do this, we need to have people from around the world here at our university, and we need UBC to be out in the world.

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A welcome message from UBC President, Prof. Santa Ono

I’d like to welcome you to UBC, one of the most vibrant and inspirational places of learning and research in the world. Thank you for choosing UBC – we’re so glad that you’re here.

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30-Second Bio with Bud Mortenson

My top UBC tip for someone beginning their UBC journey: Get involved. There’s no better way to meet people than volunteering or taking part in the many activities at UBC. Help out with the United Way campaign or at Thrive events, for example. We advise students to get involved and take advantage of all UBC has to offer; the same applies to those of us working at UBC – you’ll get to know your colleagues and make a difference in the community. Read more.

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The value of engagement with Darren Dahl

We get engaged in different ways depending on who we are. For some people, it’s doing the job in a state where you’re just really into it, sometimes called flow, and bringing research to fruition at the highest level possible. ‘Showing up’ can also be getting involved in events and opportunities, or getting involved with students’ extracurricular activities and mentoring them. Read more.


Thriving with Liz Hudson (UBC Press)

I thrive because I love to learn and connect with others. At UBC we have so many opportunities to do activities, interact with others and learn new things. I’m really grateful for an office environment that is positive and supportive.

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A profile on Alyssa Reyes

I am constantly inspired each and every day by the work others do in the area of diversity and inclusion. There is so much to be done to create an equitable environment for all and seeing how others contribute to that drives my work... Inclusion is a feeling of belonging. Making sure there’s a space for everyone.

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Tell us your story

Got a story to tell about your first moments at UBC? We'd love to share your story to inspire others.
  • Our Orientations team will contact you about your story. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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Whatever your role at UBC, you will find a wealth of information to support your working life on the UBC Faculty & Staff page.

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