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UBC Travel enhances service through new provider

All faculty, staff and students who need to arrange and book UBC-related travel—airline tickets, accommodations, and car rentals—are encouraged to use UBC Travel. UBC Travel is now partnering with one of the largest independent travel management companies in Western Canada, UNIGLOBE One Travel, and we’re pleased to offer enhanced services and support to our travelers. […]

Getting UBC and you ready for a seismic emergency

It can be hard to picture a significant earthquake in Vancouver. What would it look like? One example that matches well to Vancouver is the recent experience in Wellington, New Zealand (pictured). In the past 5 years there have been several major earthquakes in New Zealand that have shown us what would likely happen here. […]

Stay safe in the ice & snow season

When extreme weather comes to the Vancouver campus, Building Operations is responsible for managing snow and ice. The weather at UBC can be unpredictable—as UBC has it’s own micro climate which can be quite different from lower lying areas. We monitor custom weather feeds to get accurate predictions of what’s coming and work hard to […]

Sanctioned countries and research

Canadians and UBC (as a Canadian organization) are prohibited from transacting certain business in sanctioned countries without specific government approval. The prohibitions cover asset freezes (dealing in any property held by, or on behalf of, a person named in the sanctions regulations), offering technical assistance in sanctioned countries, and providing financial services and payments in […]

Procurement project underway

In the summer of 2016, Financial Operations conducted a formal review of procurement activities across faculties and functional areas at UBC. We heard from the community that it can be difficult, manual, and time-consuming to make purchases and payments on time. We are committed to making procurement easy, seamless and efficient. We have developed a […]

Building transparency in an environment of accelerating change

The pace of change at UBC has been accelerating. When a lot of big pieces begin to move, it can be easy to focus on the task at hand and worry about helping everyone understand later. Nevertheless, we all know as things get busy the chance to speak with each other sometimes never comes.

Two new websites for the VP Finance Portfolio

Over the past year, Marketing and Communications and UBC-IT Web Services has been working with Finance staff from all across the portfolio to build a new Financial Services portal, which consolidates and streamlines content from and into a single website at As part of this project, we have also redeveloped our VP Finance & Operations […]

2015/16 UBC Annual Report

UBC’s Connected By Commitment Annual Report 2015-16 launched. The year is summarized through a mix of storytelling and metrics that highlight the successes of our students, faculty, staff and alumni linked to the nine commitments of the university’s strategic plan Place and Promise. The annual report can be viewed at

2016/17 Budget Update – June 15, 2016

As a follow-up to our message on April 14, we would like to provide an update on the status of the UBC budget. At the April 14 board meeting, the Board of Governors provisionally approved the 2016-17 budget.  The board acknowledged that the 2014 faculty interest arbitration award, which settled the July 1, 2014 – […]

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