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Take part in ShakeOut, Oct. 17

October 17, 2019 @9:34 am

Ensure you are prepared in the event of an earthquake by taking part in the Great BC ShakeOut, an annual province-wide earthquake drill, on Oct. 17 at 10:17am.

If you’re on the Vancouver campus, a Quake Cottage simulator will be outside The Nest from 9:30am – 3:00pm for those looking for a first-hand simulated earthquake experience.

Get ready to Shakeout

Read more about disaster response at UBC Vancouver

Register for UBC Alert: Vancouver | Okanagan

UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan – have your say

October 15, 2019 @1:32 pm

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

UBC is currently in the final stage of the Indigenous Strategic Plan, with the development of a university-wide action plan.

Thank you to everyone who has provided their thoughts in the process to date. We are now at the stage of seeking wider input from students, faculty and staff.

The purpose of the action plan is to articulate UBC’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, along with the more international backdrop of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This is an opportunity to share your thoughts at a series of upcoming engagement events. The aim of the events is to facilitate dialogue around the plan’s goals and objectives, inviting ideas and suggestions for actions UBC can take in the next five, 10 or 20 years.

View the Indigenous Strategic Plan website to RSVP for an engagement session and learn more about the important journey in creating this plan.

We invite you to share your voice and attend one of the following events:

Indigenous faculty and staff engagement session #1
October 31, 2019
12pm – 2pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

All faculty and staff engagement session
November 4, 2019
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

Indigenous faculty and staff engagement session #2
November 19, 2019
10am – 12pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

For those at UBC Okanagan, and for anyone unable to attend an engagement session, there will be an online survey in the coming weeks. You can also view the draft plan online.

Thank you in advance for supporting this process, and for supporting UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan.

UBC Staff Pension Plan – Enrolment changes effective April 1, 2020

October 9, 2019 @11:45 am

A message from Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice-President, Human Resources

Last month, the Board of Governors approved changes to enrolment under the UBC Staff Pension Plan.

Currently, eligible staff have the option of delaying their enrolment in the UBC Staff Pension Plan for up to three years. After three years, enrolment becomes mandatory. Under the current rules, approximately 89% of eligible staff choose to join the UBC Staff Pension Plan immediately or within one year.

As of April 1, 2020, the following changes will take effect:

  • There will no longer be a three-year optional enrolment period. New staff will be automatically enrolled in the UBC Staff Pension Plan based on eligibility criteria for their employment group. To view eligibility criteria visit the website.
  • Part-time salaried staff and CUPE 116 hourly staff will join the UBC Staff Pension Plan much earlier under the new rules. They no longer have to wait at least 12 months and meet an earnings threshold to become eligible.
  • Existing staff who are currently eligible to join the UBC Staff Pension Plan, but have chosen not to, will be directly notified that they will be enrolled on April 1, 2020.

By making enrolment mandatory earlier, the UBC Staff Pension Plan will help staff save for their retirement by requiring them to start saving sooner.

If you have questions or require more information, please contact Orla Cousineau, Executive Director, Pensions, at


Funding available to support research collaborations between Vancouver and the Okanagan

October 8, 2019 @11:16 am

A message from Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Faculty members from all disciplines are invited to apply to the UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (UBC CRMA) program. These awards facilitate collaboration on timely research opportunities between UBC researchers in Vancouver and the Okanagan. Competitions will be held four times per year. The submission deadline for the first competition is November 5.

Up to $5,000 is available for each proposal to initiate new or strengthen existing research collaborations. Faculty members eligible to hold research grants can apply. Funding can cover costs involved in travelling to access unique infrastructure or core facilities at each location or to hold research meetings.

UBC CRMA is administered by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and has been developed in collaboration with the offices of the President; Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan; Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, UBC Okanagan; the Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver; and the Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan.

For more information and application details visit the website.