Your input is shaping the future of work, research and teaching at UBC

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In November 2018, we asked you what would inspire you to work at UBC in 2025. Today, we are pleased to share the Focus on People 2025 framework, which has been approved by the UBC Executive and the Board of Governors.

Focus on People 2025 maps out UBC’s plan for how the university intends to lead as a first-choice place to work, research, and teach.

The framework is aligned with the university’s strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century, and is founded on your ideas. Over 1,500 students, faculty and staff shared their input through the Focus on People community consultation, and over 6,000 faculty and staff shared feedback through the 2017 Workplace Experiences Survey. Through these two surveys, you told us that workplace culture, career growth, and strong governance and leadership are key opportunities for UBC.

We took what we heard from you to build a framework that focuses on the following four catalyst areas:

  • I am part of a diverse, inclusive and vibrant workplace
  • I can grow my career
  • I am shaping the future of research, teaching and work
  • I am inspired by diverse leaders who live UBC’s values

We invite you to read the framework at and see why these areas matter to UBC, how we see them operating in 2025, and the actions we intend to take to get us there.

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to contribute. Your voice is important and will continue to shape our workplace at UBC.

Barbara Meens Thistle
Vice-President, Human Resources

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

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