Monday Update

Updates from UBC

For the latest updates for faculty and staff, visit UBC Today.

Updates on UBC’s response to COVID-19 are at

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Operations updates


Building Operations, Custodial Services, Customer Services & Informatics, Energy & Water Services, Infrastructure Development, and Municipal Services

  • UBC Okanagan Skeena Residence becomes the first Passive House-certified student residence in Canada: Skeena Residence has successfully earned its Passive House Certification, making it the first student residence in Canada and second in North America to receive this globally recognized certification. Learn more about this project
  • Identifying 2023 Learning Space Improvement projects: The Learning Spaces team is in the process of working with faculties to assess the proposals for 2023 summer renovations.  These proposals will be prioritized at the June Learning Spaces Advisory Committee meeting.  Stay tuned for more information to come.
  • Interim period between Terms: The last day of the Winter session is April 28 and summer Term 1 will begin on May 16. Facilities is maximizing this period of time between Winter Term 2 and Summer 2022 Term 1 to complete maintenance work in classroom spaces.

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Comptroller, Finance & Operational Excellence and Treasury

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Operations & Advising

Communications & Engagement, Human Resources, and Safety & Risk Services

  • Masks required in UBC public indoor spaces until June 30: UBC has made the decision to extend the requirement to wear masks until June 30, 2022. Units may contact if disposable masks are required.
  • Transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to a Communicable Disease Prevention Framework: UBC will replace the current seven institutional plans, with a single plan to cover all campus activities, effective May 1, 2022. More information will be shared on the Safety & Risk Services website next week. Learn more

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People in motion

Please join us in welcoming those who are joining us, celebrating promotions, and saying goodbye to team members who are moving on to their next steps.

  • Munatsi Mavhima joins Financial Operations as Supplier Setup Clerk today.
  • Aaron Clifford joins Facilities as Labourer today. 

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VPFO job openings

All positions at UBC are available on the UBC HR Careers website, or through the career application in your Workday account. Please note that applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the day prior to the posting end date. The following VPFO positions are currently open:

  • Manager, Construction Office (JR7169) – closing Apr 27
  • Trades 2 – Steamfitter (JR6783) – closing April 27
  • Trades 2 – Metal Worker Apprentice (JR7140) – closing April 27
  • Quality Assurance & Tester (JR7303) – closing April 28
  • Service Centre (ISC) Representative (JR7400) – closing April 29
  • Executive Coordinator, VPA (JR7337) – closing April 30
  • Millwright (JR7181) – closing May 4
  • Lead Privacy & Information Security Advisor (JR7211) – closing May 4
  • Payroll Partner – Analyst (JR7412) – closing May 5
  • Occupational Health and Safety Associate (Term – 18 Months) (JR7423) – closing May 13
  • Municipal Engineer (JR6992) – closing May 15

Don’t forget to apply as an internal candidate! Please review the Apply for an Internal Job Posting guide in the Workday Knowledge Base for instructions on how to apply.

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Other notable updates

UBC leads as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2022

UBC is recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2022. This award recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness, developing exceptional sustainability initiatives, and are attracting employees because of their environmental leadership.

Visit the Focus on People website to see why UBC was selected for this award.

Tell TransLink you support SkyTrain to UBC

Metro Vancouver mayors are proposing a transit plan that includes important regional projects like SkyTrain to UBC. Tell TransLink you support this plan and that it’s time to build SkyTrain to UBC.

Participate in Translink’s survey

Celebrate Learning Week: May 9-13, 2022

UBC is hosting the 13th Annual Celebrate Learning Week online and in-person from May 9 – 13, 2022 under the theme, Promoting Inclusivity and Accessibility.

Participate by attending events that highlight accessibility for people with disabilities along with inclusive learning, living and working environments for students, faculty and staff.

Browse events

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Helpful news

Some interesting news articles our team members have found informative, helpful, or fun! These are provided for information and entertainment only. Unless noted, UBC doesn’t specifically endorse or supply this content.

  • Words are powerful, but less is usually more. Here are 12 dead-weight expressions to cut from your writing, available on Los Angelos Times.
  • Writers of colour still face invisible barriers in publishing and represent only a fraction of bestsellers sold. In this UBC Beyond article, Jamaican-Canadian author Nalo Hopkinson looks at how far we’ve come, finding allies and empowering yourself to tell your stories. Read more

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Managing your mental health

HR has collected mental health resources to help you manage your ups and downs. Our VPFO HR staff is always available for a confidential conversation.

To view more workshops, webinars and events visit the HR event listing.

Faculty and staff now have a dedicated phone line to access the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) confidential services, through LifeWorks, by calling 1-866-424-0770.