Core Area – People and Places

Call for Applications for Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver is pleased to announce a new call for applications for the Open Education Resources (OER) Fund. In alignment with UBC’s strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century, the Office of the Provost has committed $250,000 in annual funding for the next four years to support: The […]

UBCO students volunteer at the Kelowna Family YMCA

Initiative encourages UBCO students to give back to the community

At least once a year, UBC Okanagan students join forces to mop floors, bake cookies or muck out horse stalls, among other tasks. The activities are all part of Days of Caring — held in partnership with the United Way — in which students spend their Reading Week volunteering with community organizations. Days of Caring […]

UBC’s Blue and Gold Campaign for Students helping students realize their potential

UBC’s Blue and Gold Campaign for Students helping students realize their potential

The statistics are staggering: student debt in British Columbia has risen 88 per cent since 1999, and the average student debt load now tops $28,000 for an undergraduate degree.   Recognizing the financial challenges faced by today’s students, UBC launched the Blue & Gold Campaign for Students in 2017, which set an ambitious fundraising target […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]