Learning and Development

Building Paths to Support a Dynamic Learning Community

Supporting Individual Development

Events and Workshops

Human Resources offers information sessions, workshops and online computer training for faculty and staff to improve your effectiveness at work, as well as to support your career, health and personal development.  See the online calendar for more information.

Professional Development Funding

As part of the University’s commitment to an outstanding work environment, as outlined in Place and Promise, UBC’s strategic plan, we seek to provide our faculty and staff with improved access to professional development opportunities.

Navigating Your Career at UBC

UBC has identified career navigation as an important resource for UBC employees. Visit our Career Navigation site to learn about creating a personalized career development plan, to provide you with a step-by-step process to map your career, set new goals and move forward. By planning what you where you want to go and how you will get there will assist you to reach your career destination.

Explore and create an exciting career at UBC. Navigating your career at UBC invites you to create a personalized career development plan.

Tuition Fee Waivers

The UBC Tuition Fee Waiver provides eligible UBC staff and faculty with tuition assistance for approved undergraduate, graduate or non-credit courses and certificate programs. See Tuition Fee Waivers for more information.

Learning Service Providers

Many UBC units offer learning opportunities to faculty and staff.

Managing @ UBC

Managing@UBC is a program designed to support managers in their role, recognizing the significant responsibility they hold for employee performance, engagement and achievement of unit goals.

A few of the topics covered are: Expanding your Influence and Credibility, Employee Relations, Difficult Conversations, Vision & Goal Setting , Assessing My Individual Style, and UBC Governance Structure.

Read more about this program designed to challenge leaders to be their very best.

For more information, please contact Gillian Henderson at gillian.henderson@ubc.ca or phone 250-807-8618.

Coaching @ UBC

FREE 1-on-1 Professional Coaching Services for Staff & Faculty

In the world of organizational development, coaching has become the most effective tool to accelerate results in learning and professional development and building engaged workplaces and lives.

At UBC, we offer FREE 1-on-1 professional coaching services for staff and faculty, quarterly coaching workshops through our MOST Program and a Practicum Program to integrate coaching skills and learning.
Our aim is to build a Coaching Culture at UBC.

Learn more about coaching resources and becoming a coach.

lynda.com Online Video Tutorials

lynda.com is an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training for staff and faculty in a variety of areas. For more information and to sign up for access to lynda.com, please visit UBC lynda.com

Awards and Recognition


UBC’s community members contribute to the success of the University in many ways. Whether it be through teaching, volunteer work and service, or research, UBC celebrates these achievements through awards and recognition programs throughout the year.

Find out more about UBC’s various awards and recognition initiatives:

  • President’s Service Award for Excellence (open to staff at all UBC campuses) 
  • UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards (open to staff at the Vancouver campus) 
  • UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence (open to staff at the Okanagan campus) 
  • Other Awards and Recognition Opportunities for UBC Faculty and Staff 


Please refer to the Recognition  program for more information.

Supporting Organizational Development

Heads Up

The purpose of this group is to drive a shared understanding and action on key programs, campus initiatives and leadership practices. This is done through consultation and discussion of various campus events, such as bi-monthly meetings and using a secured online environment, to provide ongoing opportunities for information dissemination and group discussion.

Member of the Heads Up forum include; Associate Deans, Unit Heads, Directors, and Managers who are supported by the Organizational Development & Learning staff

For information, contact Nicole Udzenija, Director, Campus Initiatives nicole.udzenija@ubc.ca

Academic Leadership Series

The Academic Leadership Series is offered by the UBC Okanagan Campus Human Resource department, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, and is an opportunity for Academic Heads of Unit to come together and:

  • Gain information and  support to facilitate their success in carrying out their administrative responsibilities
  • Learn more about the Art of Leadership in an academic environment
  • Facilitate networking and sharing of expertise  

The program begins  with an intensive two days at the start of Fall term, and continues throughout the year with short, just-in-time delivery on topical subjects, culminating with a Leadership Summit in the spring. 

For more information, contact: Gillian Henderson, HR Director, at gillian.henderson@ubc.ca or phone #250-807-8618

Essential Administrative Skills Series

Changes to EAS program effective January 1, 2016

These courses, workshops and eLearning options are focused on human resource system training, software skill development, building knowledge of process and more. MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, communication, business writing and much more will be offered to provide office training for staff who primarily deal with administration and those who are looking to improve their office skills or develop their career path. Upon completion of one of the Essential Administrative Skills designated courses/workshops, the participant will receive an Essential Administrative Skills Certificate of Completion.

Learn more Essential Administrative Skills and check out the Essential Administrative Skills schedule for a listing of courses. For more information, contact Lisa Frost, lisa.frost@ubc.ca

Faculty & Staff Onboarding

Staff Orientation workshops at UBC’s Okanagan campus will be held twice a year, January/February and August. To register for the next workshop, January 17, 2018 see staff orientation registration. If you have questions, please email Lisa Frost, ODL Specialist, at lisa.frost@ubc.ca.

The next Faculty University-Wide Orientation at UBC’s Okanagan campus will be held in August 2018. Details will be posted in Spring 2018. To register for the next workshop see facility orientation registration.

The Welcome Back Faculty & Staff BBQ & Info Fair and Town Hall, an annual event held late August or early September, is designed to give incoming faculty and new staff the opportunity to meet representatives of various service units, and find out more about what resources are available to them. For more info on this year’s event see the events calendar..

New faculty and staff are also encouraged to visit the Welcome Center, where you can sign up for benefits, find out more about the Okanagan and UBC, and links to other organizational resources.

Managers can also access on-boarding checklists to help ensure a smooth transition for new faculty and staff.  See Recruiting Staff for checklists.

See the events calendar to find out the next date and to register.

Change and Transition Planning

At UBC Okanagan, the one thing we can always count on is change – structural, organizational, physical location, etc. A key to ensuring change is implemented smoothly is planning not only for the change, but anticipating and planning for the personal transitions that accompany all changes, great and small. For assistance in planning your change with attention to helping manage the accompanying transition, contact Gillian Henderson, HR Director,at gillian.henderson@ubc.ca

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HR Supporting Team Development

Looking to do some team building, development activities, strategic planning: mission/vision/cause statements? Contact Laurie Mills, ODL Manager to discuss your needs and customize a solution.