Archived Messages

Reminder: Vote for your faculty representative on the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver This is a reminder that elections are now open to fill the vacancy for an elected Vancouver faculty member on the Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017–2020 triennium. Polls are open on the university’s WebVote system, and will close at 4pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. For voting […]

Vote for your faculty representative on the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver   Elections are now open to fill the vacancy for an elected Vancouver faculty member on the Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017-2020 triennium. Polls are open on the university’s WebVote system today, and will close at 4pm on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. For voting instructions and candidate information […]

Announcing the resignation of Dr. Louise Cowin

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan   I am writing to let you know that Dr. Louise Cowin, our Vice-President, Students, has informed […]

Update your UBC wireless connection by May 9

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan As some of you may know, important changes affecting UBC’s wireless (WiFi) connections will be made on May […]

Reminder: Nominations invited for a faculty member on the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver Please be reminded that nominations are currently invited for a Vancouver faculty member to join the UBC Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017–2020 triennium. The nomination period closes at 4pm on Monday, May 7. For more information and to download a nomination form, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/BOG-byelection-2018. If you have any […]

Call for nominations for a faculty representative to the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver As of June 30, UBC will have a vacancy for an elected Vancouver faculty member on the Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017-2020 triennium. Any faculty members interested in nominating themselves for this position, are invited to submit their details by May 7. Nominations are open from today, […]

Launching our new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am pleased to announce that today the Board of Governors endorsed the launch of UBC’s new strategic plan. Shaping UBC’s Next Century is the result of thousands of comments and suggestions from all corners of our community. The plan focuses on three themes that we believe are […]

Launching our new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am pleased to announce that today the Board of Governors endorsed the launch of UBC’s new strategic […]

Update your UBC wireless connection by May 9

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan Important changes are coming to UBC’s wireless connections (UBC Secure, Eduroam, UBC Private) as of May 9, 2018. These changes will affect the ability of all students at UBC’s campuses and distributed learning sites to connect to UBC wireless. Students must download and install the AutoConnect tool on […]

Today marks the historic opening of UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan At 10:00am today, UBC will mark the formal opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, […]

UBC Life Building now open

To: Students in Vancouver The new UBC Life Building is now open at 6138 Student Union Boulevard (right beside the AMS Nest). The accessible and centrally located building has additional study space, food outlets, and is the new home of four important student programs and services. 1. The ARC (Activities & Recreation Centre) The ARC […]

Help make a more welcoming and respectful UBC

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan Later this week you will receive a link to a new survey, inviting you to share your experiences with diversity and inclusion on campus. By sharing your opinions through the Campus Climate Survey, you’ll help us make decisions that will improve life for every student at UBC. Each one […]

UBC Information Security Standards review

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan To ensure that UBC’s confidential data and information systems are safe from a data breach, the university has […]

Housing Action Plan: Rent-Geared-to-Income program launch — applications open

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Staff in Vancouver I am delighted to announce the launch of the Staff Rent-Geared-to-Income pilot program. This pilot program will be phased in over 2-3 years […]

Announcing search for a new Vice-President, Finance and Operations

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I wish to announce that UBC has embarked on a global search for a suitable candidate for the […]

Announcing search for a new Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am writing to inform you that UBC has embarked on a global search for a new Vice-President, […]

T4/T4A statements now available online

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Faculty, staff, and student employees can now download their 2017 T4 and T4A statements for their tax returns […]

2018 President’s Awards for Staff: call for nominations

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver UBC’s staff make outstanding contributions to the university community. I invite you to recognize these individuals and their achievements by […]

UBC Connects speaker series to launch with economist Jeremy Rifkin

I am pleased to announce the launch of UBC Connects, a new public lecture series featuring thought leaders of global renown. We are delighted to welcome acclaimed economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution, as the inaugural speaker. The series is made possible with the generous support of the R & J Stern Family Foundation.

Use of personal email accounts

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan At a time of increased awareness around data security, we would like to take this opportunity to remind […]

External review of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver An external review of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is being carried out to assist the university as […]

You’re invited to hear the Workplace Experiences Survey results

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan The results are in! Together with our survey partner, TalentMap, Human Resources will present the survey results at […]

Consideration of the extension of appointment of Dr. Kate Ross, Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan   The term of Dr. Kate Ross’ appointment is coming to an end on 31 October, 2018. […]

Announcing the new Vice-President, Human Resources

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Barbara Meens Thistle as UBC’s new Vice President, […]

The Blue & Gold Campaign for Students starts today

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Today, UBC is announcing our new Blue & Gold Campaign for Students, with the goal of raising $100 […]

Have your say on UBC’s strategic plan before December 8

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan As we enter the final stages of UBC’s strategic planning process, I would like to remind you […]

Help us finalize UBC’s strategic plan, starting November 23

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan UBC is in the final stages of a comprehensive strategic planning process. As we enter this final […]

Freedom of expression – draft statement

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan As follow-up to my September 5th letter to the UBC community, I received a draft statement on […]

Join us for a conversation about your workplace experience

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Your workplace experience influences your ability to do your best work and has an impact on research, learning, […]

Share your experience in the 2017 UBC Workplace Experiences Survey

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan UBC is a top-40 institution. Share your feedback on your experience being part of it. Today, UBC invites […]

Vancouver campus incident

To: Students in Vancouver Yesterday, you may be aware that the RCMP confirmed a fatality on our Vancouver campus. It is with deep regret that I inform you, today, that this was a student from our UBC community. Death can be difficult for us to understand, especially when it is sudden. Many of us may […]

External review of Enrolment Services

An external review of Enrolment Services is being carried out to assist the university as it considers the reappointment of Dr. Kate Ross. Dr. Ross’ current term as Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar comes to an end on 31 October, 2018.

Update on new expenditure guidelines for all UBC faculty and staff

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Since the announcement of new expenditure guidelines on September 27, we have received a number of comments, questions […]

Inviting pledges for the United Way campaign

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan The UBC Community United Way campaign officially opens next week with a Week of Caring, with many opportunities […]

New expenditure guidelines for all UBC faculty and staff

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan The university has developed new expenditure guidelines to help everyone improve transparency and enhance stewardship of public funds […]

Creating a community free from sexual misconduct

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan A large part of the UBC experience centres on it being a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. […]

Message from Professor Ono – celebrating the start of the academic year

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Welcome back for the start of the 2017/18 academic year. I hope you all had a chance to […]

Hate is antithetical to UBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. In recent months we have all sadly witnessed incidents of hate, racism and xenophobia across the globe. […]

RCMP alert re: ‘virtual kidnapping’ scheme

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. The RCMP have asked that we raise awareness within the UBC Vancouver community regarding a ‘virtual kidnapping’ scheme. More details […]

Message from Professor Ono – British Columbia Fires Appeal

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan You will no doubt have seen the devastation that has come from the wildfires in British Columbia — […]

Submit your comments regarding the VP, Human Resources position profile

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan As announced last month, UBC has embarked on a search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources. Ms. Lisa […]

View UBC’s 2016–2017 Annual Report

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am pleased to share the University of British Columbia’s 2016–2017 Annual Report. The report is an important […]

Announcing a new VP, Research and Innovation

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. I am pleased to announce that Professor Gail Murphy has been appointed as the new Vice-President, Research and […]

Search for new UBC VP Human Resources

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Ms. Lisa Castle, our VP Human Resources, is retiring at the end of this year. As many of […]

UBC invites you to take a Service Satisfaction Survey

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Earlier, we announced the UniForum program, which will help us — at an organizational level — better understand […]

Global Ransomware Alert

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan As you may have seen in the media, there is currently a global ransomware attack affecting thousands of […]

Announcing a new Provost and VP Academic, UBC Vancouver

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Szeri has been appointed as the new Provost and Vice-President […]

Extension of appointment of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has approved the extension of Dr. Deborah […]

Reminder: Nominations invited for faculty representatives to the Senate

Please be reminded that you have until 4pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to submit your nominations for faculty representatives to the Vancouver Senate. At least one position in every Faculty — with the exception of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences — is yet to be filled. For information on the positions that remain open, […]

UBC’s Sexual Assault Policy approved by the Board of Governors

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan The UBC Board of Governors has approved a new policy, known as Policy #131 — Sexual Assault […]

Chancellor Reappointment

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. UBC’s current Chancellor, Lindsay Gordon, is eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term, effective June 30, […]

Call for nominations for faculty representatives to the Senate

In recent months, we have asked you to elect faculty representatives to the Board of Governors and Joint Faculties representatives to the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates. Thank you to those who have submitted nominations and participated in the election process so far. Each Faculty has two faculty representatives on the Senate of its campus. While […]

UBC joins UniForum benchmarking program

Over the course of the next few weeks, UBC will be embarking on an exercise to better understand our current distribution of services and activities, in support of the university’s academic mission. The program, known as UniForum, will involve collecting information from across our university and benchmarking it against other higher education institutions. Forty-two institutions […]

Reminder: Nominations invited for faculty representatives to the Senates

To: Faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan Please be reminded that nominations are currently invited for faculty representatives to the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates. The nomination period closes at 4 pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Nominations are welcomed for two faculty members from each Faculty to serve on the Senate of their campus. Those […]

Continuing Studies to become UBC Extended Learning

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver Yesterday, the Vancouver Senate approved the evolution of Continuing Studies (CS) into a new unit called UBC Extended Learning (UBC ExL), […]

What’s next for UBC? Help shape our priorities.

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan UBC is in the midst of a strategic planning process. UBC’s Next Century will serve as a road map, to help us focus even more intently on our core activities of education and research. It also provides an opportunity for you to help shape the priorities that will […]

What’s next for UBC? Help shape our priorities.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan As you may be aware, UBC is in the midst of a comprehensive strategic planning process. UBC’s Next Century will serve as a road map, helping us focus even more intently on our core activities of education and research. It also provides an opportunity for you […]

Call for nominations for faculty representatives to the Senates

To: Faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan In recent months, we have asked you to elect faculty representatives to the Board of Governors and Joint Faculties representatives to the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates. Thank you to those who have submitted nominations and participated in the election process so far. At this stage, we are now […]

Reminder: Vote for Joint Faculties representatives on the Vancouver Senate

To: Faculty in Vancouver Please be reminded that you have until February 23 to vote for Joint Faculties representatives on the Vancouver Senate. There are six candidates and four positions to fill. For more information about the candidates and instructions on how to vote, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/joint-faculties-representatives-vancouver-senate. Elections will close at 4 pm on Thursday, […]

Update on the search for a new Vice-President, Research

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am writing to inform you that a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of […]

Consultation on the second draft of UBC’s Sexual Assault Policy

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan This week the UBC Board of Governors approved a second draft of the policy, known as Policy […]

T4/T4A statements are now available online

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan Faculty, staff, and student employees can now download their 2016 T4 and T4A statements for their tax […]

Help shape UBC’s Next Century

As our university enters its next century, we have an opportunity to shape UBC’s future through a new vision and strategic plan.

Voting for representatives of the Joint Faculties, Vancouver Senate

There have now been three calls for nominations for representatives from the Joint Faculties on the Vancouver Senate.
At this stage in the process, we would like to inform you that the election process to fill four remaining positions is now underway and you are invited to vote for your Joint Faculties representatives on the Senate.

2017 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for nominations

To: Students in Vancouver UBC’s staff make outstanding contributions to the university community. I invite you to recognize these individuals and their achievements by nominating them for the 2017 President’s Awards for Staff. Download the nomination package at http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/. The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017. President’s Service Awards for Excellence This […]

2017 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for nominations

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver UBC’s staff make outstanding contributions to the university community. I invite you to recognize these individuals and their achievements by nominating […]

Call for nominations: search committee for Vice-Provost, International

In October, Professor Santa Ono indicated the UBC Executive has been exploring how to best situate the institution’s international portfolio within the university. These efforts include the creation of a new senior academic administrative position: the Vice-Provost, International. For the full message from Professor Ono, visit: https://broadcastemail.ubc.ca/2016/10/26/update-search-process-for-key-strategic-roles/ A search committee is being formed to recommend […]

January 28 is Data Privacy Day. Help keep your data secure

As the use of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones increases, the need to be aware of the security risks to your data is also heightened. January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an annual and worldwide effort to empower people to protect their privacy, both online and off. In light of this, I ask you to take a moment to ensure your personal information stays private.

Suicide Awareness Day 2017

Each year, a number of UBC students, faculty, and staff consider suicide. Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires the help of everyone in the UBC community

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is held each year at UBC in January, and aims to raise awareness and understanding about the issues surrounding sexual assault. Several events have been planned for the month, including Denim Day on Wednesday, January 18. On this day, you can choose to wear denim or a Denim Day sticker to show your support for ending sexual assault on campus.

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is held each year at UBC in January, and aims to raise awareness and understanding about the issues surrounding sexual assault. Several events have been planned for the month, including Denim Day on Wednesday, January 18. On this day, you can choose to wear denim or a Denim Day sticker to show your support for ending sexual assault on campus.

Final call for nominations for representatives to the Vancouver Senate

To: Faculty in Vancouver Elections for representatives of the Joint Faculties on the Vancouver Senate are currently underway, and this email serves as the third and final call for nominations. Four positions remain, and eight have been filled thus far. For more information, and to obtain a nomination form, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/joint-faculties-representatives-vancouver-senate The extended nomination […]

Update on search for new Provost and VP Academic, UBC Vancouver

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan I am writing to inform you that a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of […]

UBC’s next strategic plan – we’d like to hear from you!

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan The holiday season is a time both for reflection and for looking ahead to the future. As I […]

New members elected to Board of Governors

Thank you to all those who submitted themselves for nomination. I can confirm the following individuals have been elected to join the Board:

10-Year Faculty Housing Strategy

The increasingly high-priced Vancouver housing market presents one of the most significant challenges facing the university as we strive to recruit and retain the very best faculty. Over the last year, the university has been working on re-energizing the existing Faculty Home Ownership Program (FHOP) and related housing supports to expand the housing options for our faculty.

UBC’s response to sexual assault – next steps

In October, Professor Ono issued a message to the UBC community regarding a new Steering Committee on Sexual Assault.

Voting and nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates – deadline reminder

Elections for representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates are currently underway.

Celebrate GivingTuesday with UBC

Today is GivingTuesday, an international day dedicated to giving back. It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others

Celebrate GivingTuesday with UBC

Today is GivingTuesday, an international day dedicated to giving back. It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

Reappointment of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

The term of Professor Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan, is coming to an end in June 2017. Professor Buszard has indicated her willingness to be considered for reappointment. In accordance with Board policy, an Advisory Committee has been struck to examine Professor Buszard’s performance since her first appointment in 2012 and to make a recommendation to the President concerning her reappointment.

Help improve privacy and information security at UBC

At UBC, we have the responsibility of protecting the personal information of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the medical and financial data of the community we serve.

Voting and nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates

A few weeks ago, we invited your nominations for faculty and staff representatives to the Board of Governors, as well as Joint Faculties representatives for the Vancouver and Okanagan Senates. Thank you to those who submitted nominations.

Appointments in the President’s Office

I am pleased to announce three appointments within the Office of the President. As you may be aware, in recent weeks we have conducted searches for a Senior Advisor to the President, a Manager, Communications and an Executive Assistant to the President. I am delighted to confirm that the following appointments have been made

Inviting pledges for the United Way campaign

The UBC community United Way campaign officially opened in October with a Week of Caring. Information about the campaign is online at http://www.unitedway.ubc.ca.

Vote for student representatives for search committees

A few weeks ago, we invited your nominations for student representatives to sit on search committees for several key positions at UBC. Thank you to those who submitted nominations.

Your invitation to the President’s installation

You are cordially invited to the formal installation of Professor Santa J. Ono as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. There are a number of events scheduled throughout the day, including some that will be live webcast.

Nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates – deadline reminder

Elections for representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates for the 2017–2020 triennium are currently underway.

Update: Search process for key strategic roles

As we continue through the first term of UBC’s Winter Session, I would like to share the latest updates regarding searches for key strategic roles at the university.

Steering Committee on Sexual Assault

In recent weeks there has been a great deal of dialogue on issues of sexual assault and sexual violence as a result of UBC’s Sexual Assault Policy consultation.

Participate in UBC Thrive: Oct. 31–Nov. 4

You’re invited to participate in UBC’s eighth annual Thrive week, October 31 to November 4.

Message from Professor Santa Ono – strategic planning update

As you may know, one of my main priorities over the coming year is to work closely with the entire university community to develop a new vision and strategic plan for UBC.

Participate in ShakeOut BC: Drop! Cover! Hold on!

Join me and participate in ShakeOut BC. On October 20 at 10:20 a.m., practice “Drop! Cover! Hold on!” in the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill.

Call for nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates

Throughout this academic year you will be asked to elect faculty and staff representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates for the 2017–2020 triennium.

Call for nominations for several search committees

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan As you may be aware, the university has embarked on executive searches for several key positions at UBC. Students form a key part of this process, and we are now inviting nominations for student representation on a number of search committees. There are two nominating processes in place. […]

Attend a free flu vaccination clinic on campus starting October 26

Each year, UBC holds a series of flu clinics to help keep our students, faculty and staff well during the winter months.

Seeking nominations for executive search committees

As you may be aware, the university is embarking on searches for a new Provost and Vice-President Academic, and a new Vice-President Research and International.

Message from Professor Santa Ono – Vancouver campus incident

I am shocked and very concerned about yesterday’s assault on a student at Totem Park residence. Right now we are focused on supporting the victim and the victim’s family. We are also deeply concerned for the students who witnessed the assault or who have been affected in any other way and we are providing the help they may need. I appreciate this incident may make some of you feel anxious.

Sexual Assault Policy Information Sessions

As you may be aware, in recent months UBC has sought feedback from faculty, staff and students around the university’s response to sexual assault.

Help shape UBC’s new recreation and athletics facilities strategy: Consultation, October 3 – 23

Help shape UBC’s new recreation and athletics facilities strategy: Consultation, October 3 – 23.

To meet a growing need for recreational and fitness space on campus and to address aging athletics facilities (War Memorial Gym and Thunderbird Stadium), UBC is developing a long-range facilities strategy.

Inviting your comments re: Policy 93 (Open and closed meetings of the Board of Governors and standing committees)

In April of this year, the UBC Board of Governors requested a comprehensive review of Policy #93. This was in response to sensitivities expressed by many members of the UBC community in the wake of the leadership change that occurred last year.

Copyright System Updates

As we look ahead to another academic year, UBC is taking this opportunity to re-engage with you on the issue of copyright.

Copyright law is not static. Over the coming two years, we are anticipating several developments in copyright law that will require continued vigilance on the part of faculty, staff and the university administration.

Professor Stephen Toope nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

On behalf of the entire UBC community and with great pleasure I am writing to congratulate Professor Stephen Toope on his nomination as the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Be part of Homecoming, Saturday, September 17th!

You’ll want to be one of 10,000 fans at Thunderbird Stadium for the biggest event of the year #UBCHomecoming 2016! This UBC tradition starts on Saturday, September 17th at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre where it kicks off with the Great Thunderbird Trek and carries on to a high-energy pre-game street party at Thunderbird Stadium. Wear your ‘Blue and Gold’ and come cheer on the 2016 Vanier Cup Champion UBC Thunderbirds football team as they take on Regina. Tickets are available now, get yours early to avoid lineups at the stadium. #gobirdsgo

You are invited to Homecoming, Saturday, September 17th

Faculty and staff are invited to take part in UBC Homecoming on Saturday, September 17th. Be sure to visit the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre to take part in family friendly activities with a festival atmosphere and to kickstart your Homecoming experience while enjoying a complimentary pancake brunch, presented by BMO alumni UBC MasterCard.

Search process for key strategic roles

As I approach the end of my first month as President, I would like to thank you for making my family and I feel welcome. I have been impressed by everything I’ve encountered at UBC, and I feel privileged to lead such a wonderful institution.

Sexual Assault Policy Update

n recent months UBC has made significant strides to improve its policies and practices for addressing and responding to sexual assault.

Recognizing the importance of this issue, I wanted to share some updates around progress and next steps. These include an extension of the consultation process and a series of information sessions.

Message from Professor Santa Ono – developing a new UBC vision

One of my top priorities over the coming academic year will be the development of a new vision and strategic plan for UBC.

UBC has been extremely well served by Place and Promise, the plan introduced in 2009 by President Stephen Toope; since then, however, the world has changed in many ways, and our university needs to revisit its goals and priorities to reflect those changes.

Join us in welcoming students to our campus

September is an exciting time of year for the University. Our new undergraduate and graduate students join our community and we welcome back our returning students to this extraordinary place of learning. I would like to extend my thanks for what you do to make UBC a welcoming community for our students.

Message from Professor Santa Ono – join the conversation

Today I am proud to formally begin my new role as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

Welcome to Professor Ono and thank you to Dr. Farrar

Professor Santa Ono begins his role as UBC’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor on Monday, and I would like to extend a warm welcome to him on behalf of the university community. This promises to be an exciting stage in UBC’s history, and we look forward to working with Professor Ono as he prepares to move our university, in his words, “from excellence to eminence.”

Connected by Commitment 2015-2016 Annual Report

I am pleased to share the University of British Columbia’s Connected by Commitment 2015-2016 Annual Report. The report communicates our progress each year through a mix of storytelling and metrics that highlight the achievements of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni as they support the nine commitments of the university’s strategic plan, Place and Promise.

Invitation to engage from Professor Santa Ono (staff)

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.
I wanted to write to you directly – even prior to my joining UBC on August 15 – to share with you my leadership style and a request that you engage with me in improving and strengthening our university.

Invitation to engage from Professor Santa Ono (faculty)

I wanted to write to you directly – even prior to my joining UBC on August 15 – to share with you my leadership style, my hopes for UBC, and a request that you engage with me in improving and strengthening our university.

Farewell to Dr. Martha C. Piper

Last year, Dr. Martha C. Piper returned to UBC as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. On June 30, she will formally end her second period of leadership at UBC.

Dr. Piper’s passion and dedication have been extraordinary, and her advice to the Board and the senior administration has been invaluable.

Sexual Assault Policy consultation

As a follow-up to my message on June 7, the Board of Governors has referred Policy #131 (Sexual Assault) http://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2016/06/Proposed-Policy-131.pdf for consultation: all members of the university community are encouraged to provide their comments.

Dr. Santa Ono named as 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. I am pleased to announce today that Dr. Santa Ono has been named as the 15th President […]

Announcement of the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. On behalf of the UBC Board of Governors, it is my pleasure to invite you to the […]

IT Alert: Recent fraudulent emails and ransomware targeting UBC

You may have seen the news that the University of Calgary has recently faced a ‘ransomware’ attack (you may also hear this described as phishing, malware, virus, etc.). UBC is subject to malware attacks on a daily basis and at times various types of ‘ransomware.’ These attacks often come in the form of email attachments, or links, that unsuspecting recipients open or click.

New Sexual Assault Policy for faculty, staff and students

UBC’s first Sexual Assault Policy was presented to the Board of Governors People, Community & International Committee today. The committee received the proposed policy for information and the full Board of Governors will review the policy at its meeting on June 14.

Appointment of Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Neil Guppy has accepted the position of Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom. He is charged with leading a system-wide conversation concerning the centrality of academic freedom to our various missions, and to developing educational materials for the university community in the support and protection of academic freedom. 

International 2020: Help renew UBC’s international strategy

As we near the end of our Centennial year, we are excited to announce that UBC is embarking on a renewal of our International Strategic Plan.

Presidential search: final list of candidates

We are pleased to provide a further update on the Presidential search process.

Campus Safety Alert

The RCMP has issued a news release today advising of charges laid against two men in relation to a reported break and enter and sexual assault that occurred on April 30 in the 5700 block of Birney Avenue in Vancouver.

Update on UBC sexual assault policy and action plan

UBC is undertaking several coordinated strategies to improve policies and practices that address sexual assault and sexual harassment in our community. I have highlighted below the actions of two groups working toward this aim: the University Sexual Assault Panel who are gathering input on a UBC-wide sexual assault action plan and the Sexual Assault Policy Committee who are developing a new sexual assault policy.

Leadership transition in VP Research and International

After more than a decade of outstanding service to UBC as Vice-President, Research and International, Dr. John Hepburn has announced he is stepping down effective May 28 to assume a new role as Vice-President, Research at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in Toronto.

Board governance – listening to your views

On behalf of the UBC Board of Governors, I would like to thank all those who attended today’s meeting to share their views about board governance.

UBC Board of Governors meeting – webcast live

The UBC Board of Governors has invited representatives of student, faculty, staff and alumni groups to attend tomorrow’s board meeting for a discussion on governance. In addition to the verbal presentations and discussion at the meeting, the board welcomes additional written submissions to bog.ubc@ubc.ca.

Presidential search: Shortlist of candidates finalized

We are delighted to advise that the search committee, after much discussion and deliberation, has constructed a shortlist of seven excellent candidates. The position profile developed through stakeholder consultation has been instrumental in the evaluation of candidates, and we thank the UBC community for your thoughtful input. As a committee, we have been pleased with the genuine level of interest and optimism expressed by all candidates at the prospect of contributing to the ongoing success of UBC as it enters its second century. We are encouraged by the strength and diversity that is represented in this pool of candidates. The candidates on the shortlist are diverse in terms of backgrounds, academic disciplines, geographic location, university leadership positions held, gender and ethnicity.

Join the Centennial celebrations on April 6

UBC’s Centennial year has offered the opportunity to mark our collective pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, and research. It also offers the chance to remember the history of our Aboriginal neighbours and look forward to a mutually beneficial and positive future.

Campus Safety Alert

This is an urgent safety alert for the UBC Vancouver community.

The RCMP has released a statement today advising the community of a sexual assault that occurred on Friday, March 25, 2016 at approximately 10:00 p.m. in the 3200 block of Wesbrook Mall.

Board Governance Update

On behalf of the Board of Governors I am writing to give you an update on actions the Board is taking to address governance concerns raised by members of the university community.

Update on Blue Phone installation

You may have noticed that UBC’s network of Campus Blue Phones (http://security.ubc.ca/campus-blue-phones/) has expanded, and that the newly installed phones are equipped with security cameras.

Voting now open for faculty member vacancy on the Vancouver Senate

This email is to inform you that voting in the by-election to select a representative of the Joint Faculties to Senate is now underway. To vote and for more information, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/enrolment-services/senate/elections

Presidential search: Candidate longlist finalized

I am pleased to provide a further update on the Presidential search process.

Following publication of the position profile for the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC (http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=11433), our consultant Perrett Laver has contacted potential candidates and, as expected, there is significant interest in the position from a large group of highly qualified individuals.

Call for applications: Senior Advisor on academic freedom

UBC is committed to a proactive approach to the preservation and advancement of academic freedom. The university is seeking to appoint a Senior Advisor on academic freedom to lead a system-wide conversation concerning the scope of academic freedom, and to develop materials to educate the university community concerning the need to support and protect academic freedom.

2016/17 Budget Update

With the 2016/17 UBC Vancouver budget process well underway, we would like to provide an update of progress to date, as well as the path forward.

In recent months, there have been discussions at various levels of the university around the 2016/17 budget. This included a two-day workshop at which the Executive and Vancouver Deans came together to review the challenges, opportunities and budget position of each of the Faculties and administrative units.

Participate in housing needs survey by March 6

What is your perspective regarding finding a suitable home in Metro Vancouver? Faculty and staff based in the region are invited to share their experience and needs by participating in the 2016 UBC Faculty and Staff Housing Needs survey.

Call for nominations to fill a faculty member vacancy on the Vancouver Senate

A vacancy has opened for one representative of the joint faculties to serve on the Vancouver Senate for the remainder of the 2014–2017 triennium (a term ending August 31, 2017).

Statement from the elected members of the UBC Board of Governors

We, the eight elected members of the UBC Board of Governors (students, staff, and faculty) voted to accept the resignation of Dr. Arvind Gupta as President of UBC. We did so after respectful deliberation among all Board members and based on our own observations. None of us was bullied or pressured. We continue to believe that this decision was in the best interests of the university.

Reappointment of Dr. Louise Cowin as Vice-President, Students

The UBC Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Dr. Louise Cowin as Vice-President, Students for a second term for five years, starting October 1, 2016

Release of the Paula Butler Review Executive Summary

In December 2015, barrister and solicitor Paula Butler, of Butler Workplace Solutions, an independent expert in workplace harassment, was retained by the university to review UBC’s response to concerns of sexual harassment and sexual assault raised by UBC students regarding a fellow student.

Presidential search: Position profile finalized

The past month has been very active for the Presidential Search Committee and I am delighted to announce that we have finalized and made public the position profile for the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC. The document titled ‘Information for Candidates’ may be found here: http://bog.ubc.ca/files/2016/02/UBC_Information_for_Candidates.pdf

Rainbow flag burning incident shakes UBC

Our community has been shaken by a distressing incident directed at our LGBTQ+ community members and specifically the Pride Collective at UBC. As we shared in a statement last night, the university received news on February 9 that the pride rainbow flag raised at the opening ceremony for OUTweek (February 5), was burned sometime over the Family Day long weekend.

A statement on Board Governance at UBC

We are writing to the UBC community in our roles as the new Chair of the Board of Governors and the Interim President to address some of the issues that have been raised recently regarding Board governance.

2016 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for Nominations

2016 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for Nominations

Suicide Awareness Day 2016

Suicide Awareness Day 2016

Suicide Awareness Day 2016

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. Each year, a number of UBC students, faculty, and staff consider suicide. Reaching out early and preventing […]

Suicide Awareness Day 2016

To: Students in the Okanagan Each year, a number of UBC students, faculty, and staff consider suicide. Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires the help of everyone in the UBC community. How you can help: Learn about suicide warning signs, find out how to talk about it, and familiarize yourself with available support and […]

Presidential search town halls

To: Faculty, staff, and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review. The Presidential Search Committee is entering the significant phase of formulating the presidential position profile, and as UBC […]

Reappointment of the Vice President, Students

The term of Dr. Louise Cowin, Vice President, Students, is coming to an end in June 2016. Dr. Cowin has indicated her willingness to be considered for reappointment for the period July 2016 – June 2021. In accordance with Board policy, an advisory committee has been struck to examine Dr. Cowin’s record and to make a recommendation to the President concerning her reappointment.

Next steps in initiatives related to sexual assault response and prevention

UBC has retained Paula Butler of Butler Workplace Solutions as an independent reviewer to conduct a review of UBC’s response to concerns of sexual harassment and sexual assault raised by some UBC students about a fellow student, which became the subject of media coverage. A report will be ready in February and a summary will be made available to the UBC community.

Support UBC on GivingTuesday

Today is GivingTuesday, an international day to highlight the importance of giving back. At UBC, you can find the impact of our supporters everywhere. I invite you to use this global occasion to help us celebrate the contribution of donors, alumni and friends to our campuses — and to the world.

UBC featured in the fifth estate

You may have seen media coverage, regarding UBC being featured in the fifth estate program about sexual assault and harassment on university campuses. We admire the courage of the women who came forward to bring attention to this crucial issue.

UBC featured in the fifth estate

You may have seen media coverage, regarding UBC being featured in the fifth estate program about sexual assault and harassment on university campuses. We admire the courage of the women who came forward to bring attention to this crucial issue.

Presidential Search Update

Following the approval of the Terms of Reference by the Board of Governors and the Senates, I am pleased to advise that all 21 committee members have now been appointed or elected.

UBC Thrive: November 2-6

You are invited to participate in UBC Thrive! Choose from over 50 Thrive activities and events at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

UBC free flu vaccination clinics starting 2 November

Every November, UBC offers free flu shots to staff, faculty and students, through the Influenza Immunization Program (flu shot).

Clinics will be held at convenient locations and times across campus from Nov. 2-30. You can register now at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/health-safety/free-flu-shot-clinics-2015 to secure a vaccine on the day and session that is best for you.

UBC free flu vaccination clinics starting 2 November

Every November, UBC offers free flu shots to students, staff, and faculty through the Influenza Immunization Program (flu shot).

Clinics will be held at convenient locations and times across campus from Nov. 2-30. You can register now at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/health-safety/free-flu-shot-clinics-2015 to secure a vaccine on the day and session that is best for you.

Notice of voting for Presidential Search Committee candidates

Please be advised that an election is occurring for faculty (Okanagan and Vancouver) and staff (Vancouver unionized and all Management & Professional) representatives on the Presidential Search Committee. The Okanagan unionized position has been filled by acclamation.

UBC response to the Honourable Lynn Smith’s fact-finding report

Today UBC released the summary of a report by the Honourable Lynn Smith, which outlines her findings relating to allegations that, following the publication of a blog post by Professor Jennifer Berdahl on August 8, 2015, the Chair of the Board of Governors or individuals in the Sauder School of Business interfered with her academic freedom or violated relevant UBC policies.

Update your UBC Alert information for ShakeOut BC

ShakeOut BC, Canada’s largest earthquake drill is on October 15 at 10:15 am and I encourage everyone on campus to Drop, Cover and Hold On wherever you might be.

Extended Deadline for Presidential Search Committee Nominations

As a result of the call for nominations issued last week, I am pleased to announce that we have received many nominations for faculty and for management and professional staff to serve on the Presidential Search Committee. Nominations for those positions are now closed.

Federal Election 2015 – Getting Ready to Vote

As many of you will have noticed we have entered the final weeks of the 42nd federal general election with voting day scheduled on October 19, 2015.

The Elections Canada website has useful resources to help you exercise your right to vote. Visit http://www.elections.ca.

Call for nominations for presidential search committee

As announced yesterday, the Board of Governors and the Senates of UBC have agreed to the Terms of Reference for a presidential search committee. As part of that process, faculty members, management & professional staff, and unionized staff from both campuses of UBC are to elect members to the search committee.

Invitation to participate in search for next UBC President

I am writing to inform you that the search process for the next president of UBC is now under way. However, first I want to express my most sincere thanks to Interim President Martha Piper for stepping into this very important role, bringing her immense experience and limitless passion for the university.

Annual Copyright Reminder

As we begin a new academic term, we would like to contact you regarding copyright at UBC. Our practice is to contact all Campus Wide Login (CWL) account holders annually, to give you an opportunity to review and acknowledge UBC’s Copyright Guidelines.

Announcing the new Vice President, External Relations & Communications

I am pleased to confirm that Dr. Philip Steenkamp has been appointed as UBC’s Vice President, External Relations and Communications.

Join us in launching UBC’s Centennial

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan One hundred years ago, the new University of British Columbia opened its doors with few resources, modest ambitions, and a strong resolve. Our founders welcomed UBC’s first students in 1915 with a promise to “provide a satisfactory education” and to conduct “respectable” research. What a difference […]

Welcome message from Dr. Martha Piper

I would like to welcome you to the beginning of the academic year at UBC. This promises to be a year filled with exciting events and challenges as we celebrate a century of achievement and launch the university into the next 100 years.

Welcome students to our campus

September is an exciting time of year for the University. Our new undergraduate and graduate students join our community and we welcome back our returning students to this extraordinary place of learning. I would like to extend my thanks for what you do to make UBC a welcoming community for our students.

Welcome message from Dr. Martha Piper

I would like to welcome everyone, new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the beginning of the academic year at UBC. This promises to be a year filled with exciting events and challenges as we celebrate a century of achievement and launch the university into the next 100 years.

Message from Dr. Martha Piper

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Arvind Gupta for all of his hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence during his term in office. We are grateful to him for having given so generously of his time and expertise to advance UBC’s scholarship, and wish him every success in his future academic and research pursuits.

UBC Announces Leadership Transition

We wish to inform you that the UBC Board of Governors regretfully accepted President Arvind Gupta’s resignation today.

UBC awarded record-breaking $66.5 million in federal government investment

We are pleased to confirm that UBC has been named as the recipient of a $66.5 million investment from the Government of Canada—the single largest government grant for a UBC research program.

Connected by Commitment 2014-2015 Annual Report

I am pleased to share the University of British Columbia’s Connected by Commitment 2014-2015 Annual Report.

Campus Safety Alert

This is to inform you that over the last few days we have had several voyeurism reports from guests staying in the Place Vanier and Totem Park residences.

Transportation and Transit Referendum Results

To: All Students, Faculty and Staff on the Vancouver Campus The results of the transit referendum have been announced: 38.32% Yes 61.68% No Though I am personally disappointed with the outcome, Metro Vancouver residents have spoken and we need to respect the outcome. However, this is not the end of our efforts to ensure that […]

Aboriginal Engagement at UBC

As we approach National Aboriginal Day this weekend, and the start of our Centennial year this fall, we wish to draw your attention to some Aboriginal engagement initiatives at UBC.

Organization Improvements

Further to recent updates, I am pleased to provide a progress report on some of the organizational changes we have announced over the past few months.

UBC’s Centennial

Over the coming days, as we do each year at this time, we will begin celebrating UBC’s newest graduating class with their families and loved ones. At the same time, a new group of students and their families will arrive for our annual ‘Destination UBC’ orientation. These events are always special, but this year is even more significant because it marks the last graduating class of UBC’s first 100 years and the first incoming class of UBC’s next 100 years.

Reminder: Submit your ideas for new ways of working by May 13

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.

Campus Security Update

UBC’s Campus Safety Working Group was formed in 2013 to examine how the university could become an even safer place than it already is.

Message from the President

In light of our strategic objectives, I have been considering the Provost model at UBC and having conversations with my peers both in Canada and internationally.

2015/16 Budget – Investing in Our Future

The budget for 2015/16 demonstrates UBC’s commitment to maintaining a balanced budget and having a framework that ensures long-term financial sustainability. It also outlines key strategic investments to support our aspiration of being counted among the best global institutions in the world.