Core Area – People and Places

UBC bioenergy facility acts as living lab for climate change leadership

UBC bioenergy facility acts as living lab for climate change leadership

The Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF) on UBC’s Vancouver campus is helping the university hit its aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target: a 67 per cent reduction from 2007 levels by 2020. A first of its kind project in North America, the system transforms clean wood waste from regional wood product manufacturing and municipal plant […]

Peter Smailes, Vice-President, Finance & Operations at UBC and lead executive sponsor of the Integrated Renewal Program

UBC invests in new system to improve collaboration and innovation

With less than a year to go before the launch of its new Human Resources and Finance system in April 2020, UBC is getting ready to “spend less time chasing information and more time on [its] strategic priorities.” The new platform, called Workday, is the first phase of UBC’s Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) — a […]

$95,000 awarded to community-led equity, diversity, and inclusion projects

Ten projects led by faculty, staff, and students at UBC Vancouver were awarded funding from the Equity Enhancement Fund. Projects support the activation of UBC’s strategic plan and the university’s commitment to inclusion. As part of this year’s funding call, the Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO) at UBC Vancouver received 40 applications for a total of $408,000 in […]

UBC tops global university impact rankings: Times Higher Education

UBC tops global university impact rankings: Times Higher Education

The University of British Columbia is ranked number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ranked one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE). THE University Impact Rankings, in which UBC ranks top three overall amongst 500 […]

UBCO invests $70M in new on-campus student housing

UBCO invests $70M in new on-campus student housing

UBC Okanagan’s campus will continue its impressive growth in student residences thanks to a $70-million investment in two new student housing projects. Although the campus currently has space to house 1,680 students – meaning one guaranteed space for every first-year student – the university ultimately endeavours to provide on-campus housing to 25 per cent of […]

The Commons is the new inspiring space at UBC Okanagan

New UBCO Commons fosters collaboration and innovation

The UBC Okanagan community has gained a new modern space: UBCO Commons. Opened in January, the multipurpose facility offers students a high-tech 400-seat classroom, informal collaborative learning study areas, a digital technology centre and a graduate student commons. It also includes a visualization lab to facilitate high-resolution data modelling in research fields. Described as a […]

Wellbeing Scholars Call for Proposals

UBC Wellbeing and the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program are pleased to announce funding support for five wellbeing projects for the summer 2019 UBC Sustainability Scholars program. ABOUT THE UBC WELLBEING SCHOLARS FUNDING PROGRAM Following on the success of the last two years, UBC Wellbeing is once again offering partial funding for up to five UBC Sustainability Scholars projects that […]

Call for applications: Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program

A message from Professor Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic The Equity & Inclusion Office is inviting faculty members at the Vancouver campus to apply for the inaugural Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program. The program provides up to $15,000 for qualified projects that build capacity for transformative teaching and learning through the integration of equity, diversity, […]

Mathematics Professor Malabika Pramanik

Math program promotes mentorship for underrepresented women and girls

Diversity in Mathematics, a program created and hosted at UBC, is providing mentorship for women, Indigenous youth and recent immigrants interested in STEM-related fields. Founded by Department of Mathematics Professor Malabika Pramanik in 2016, the initiative currently promotes a day camp for high school students along with a national summer school for undergraduate women. “The […]