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Supporting our academic mission

Whether working in a central services team, in a Faculty office, or within a department, staff throughout the University are dedicated to supporting faculty and students in the delivery of our mission.

BC Hydro congratulates UBC for outstanding energy efficiency

BC Hydro recognized UBC’s Energy & Water Services for its ongoing energy management efforts and support of BC Hydro’s energy conservation programs. In 2016, UBC’s energy savings were the highest of all the universities in BC Hydro’s energy manager program. Since 2006, UBC has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 33%—all while undergoing significant growth on […]

UBC Dairy Centre student residence building one of Azure Magazine’s 10 best housing projects of 2016

The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz, B.C., opened its doors to a new residence building. The residences will allow students and researchers from the province, and around the world, to live on site. The space promotes collaboration through community spaces. Designed by Oliver Lang of Vancouver’s LWPAC, the highly insulated envelope and […]

What are you working on? Get to know Infrastructure Development’s Ryan Huffman and Kyle Reese

Ryan and Kyle are both Project Managers at UBC Infrastructure Development, Project Services. They joined the Project Services team in 2013. They joke that at the time, people at the office were constantly mistaking them for each other. They suspect it’s because they sat beside each other—or maybe because each of their names contained four […]

Help us fine-tune UBC’s new District Energy (DES) hot water system

Our ambitious conversion of UBC’s District Energy System (DES) from steam to hot water is almost complete. If you’re too hot or too cold—before you plug in a heater or a fan—we need you to tell us if something doesn’t seem typical for your building. Then we can make any necessary adjustments while the new system’s […]

2016: a year of accelerated building renewals and renovations

Over the past year, The Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) has granted special matching funds to UBC, which turned a $12 million investment in building maintenance and rehabilitation into $42 million. The maintenance and rehabilitation projects have included things like roof and envelope repairs, elevator retrofits, electrical infrastructure projects, washroom refurbishments, and more. While many […]

University Joint Health and Safety Committee to restructure

To enhance UBC’s safety culture, Risk Management Services is working to reorganize the structure of our Vancouver campus’ University Health and Safety Committee. To reflect our growing university, WorkSafeBC has asked for a variation and issued orders to allow UBC’s Vancouver campus to move from a single University Health and Safety Committee to multiple Joint […]

Renewal of UBC’s enterprise system

UBC’s HR and Finance systems, implemented over two decades ago, are in need of renewal. The HR Finance System Renewal Program, a partnership between HR, Finance & Operations and IT, is a multi-year initiative to transform the experience for our faculty, staff and students. Our first priority is to submit a business case to the […]

It’s time to move everyone to direct deposit

Having direct deposit for payroll has been mandatory at UBC since July 1, 2006. UBC Vancouver Payroll is moving towards a cheque-less environment. If a direct deposit is unavailable, a payroll cheque will now be mailed directly to your home address; no cheques will be held centrally. If you are not on direct deposit yet, […]

Quick tips to successfully manage your budget into year end

by Ray McNichol, Portfolio Finance Director It’s almost March 31, UBC’s fiscal year end—a good time to review your cost centre (speedchart or project/grant – PG): Review your balance available to know how much money you have to spend, or find, by year end. You can do this by reviewing FMS nQuery, your month-end reports, […]