Submit your ideas for new ways of working

To Faculty and Staff on the Vancouver and Okanagan Campuses

Do you have an idea for a new way of working?

Do you have an idea about how to do things better at UBC? As faculty or staff, you are invited to submit your suggestions on how the university can be more efficient.

Between now and May 13, 2015, you are invited to submit a suggestion that you believe will create a new revenue stream and/or operating efficiency for the university. A review committee led by the Provost’s offices from both Vancouver and the Okanagan, will consider all suggestions that are submitted. The committee will then share the most beneficial ideas with the appropriate department for further exploration and implementation.

Ideas can be applicable to the coming fiscal year or any future year. Every spring you will be invited to submit new suggestions, as the university reports back on the ideas that are implemented.

We hope you will join the conversation and submit your idea at

Learn more about UBC’s financial structure

It is vital that UBC develops long-term budgets that enable us to continue to invest in our strategic priorities. To learn more about the university’s complex financial structure, visit

Collectively, we can ensure UBC’s budget continues to be balanced and sustainable.

Dr. David Farrar

Provost and Vice-President Academic

UBC Vancouver Campus

Dr. Deborah Buszard

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal

UBC Okanagan Campus

Campus Communication Improvements

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students on the Vancouver and Okanagan Campuses:

Over the first eight months as President, I have had many wonderful opportunities to meet with dedicated and passionate university staff, faculty, students, and alumni at both campuses. From student roundtables, faculty forums and staff breakfasts to social media exchanges, alumni dialogues and individual meetings, I have learned about UBC from you.

One message I heard repeatedly is a desire for cross-university information and dialogue. From budgets to strategic actions, we need avenues to keep the community better informed and to create vehicles for feedback. Along with the various campus engagement activities mentioned above, some measures we will be adopting include:

  • Regular email communication from the President and Executive about strategic priorities and plans;
  • New opportunities to participate in the university’s budget planning process;
  • Improved online tools for staff that reflect feedback and incorporate a mix of timely updates and useful content;
  • Response to proposals and ideas received from staff, faculty, students and alumni to mark UBC’s Centennial (September 2015 to June 2016);
  • Re-formatted ‘Breakfast with the President’ series to include a mix of staff, faculty and students in discussions regarding the future of UBC and higher education; and
  • A comprehensive, university-wide academic events website;

I also plan to continue holding open dialogue sessions with academic departments with a goal of meeting all by year end. I welcome your guidance in introducing other measures to improve communication and respond to feedback so we continue to build our university together.

Warmest regards,

Arvind Gupta,

President and Vice-Chancellor

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