Orientation – Faculty

General Information

The UBC Welcome Guide and Online Orientation provide helpful orientation information for new faculty and staff. It provides information on topics such as immigration, relocation, accommodation, childcare, important dates, and more.

In-person orientation sessions are available on campus on a quarterly basis. New faculty and staff from all sites are encouraged to attend.

Please review UBC Policies including the UBC Respectful Environment Policy.

The UBC Faculty & Administrative Directory provides contact information for all UBC faculty and staff.

The Department Directory provides detailed contact information for department faculty and staff.  Please contact Andrea Sherrington if need to have your information updated.

An inter-hospital shuttle offers free transportation between BC Children's/Women's Hospitals, Vancouver General Hospital, BC Cancer Agency, and St. Paul's Hospital. There is another shuttle that runs between VGH and UBC Hospital. This shuttle will also accept mail to courier between sites. Maps of each hospital site can be found at the following: BC Women's, VGH, St. Paul's.

The UBC Card can be used as your official UBC ID, library card, and to access facilities including the gym and aquatic centre. You can apply for your UBC Card on campus or online. If you choose not to obtain a UBC Card, you may obtain a UBC Library Card to borrow materials and to use online databases and services. UBC employees are also entitled to various perks including attraction and fitness discounts.

Faculty-Staff Housing & Relocation Services can provide information on the Faculty-Staff Restricted Rental Housing Program, Faculty Down Payment Assistance and Mortgage Assistance Programs, Faculty Home Ownership Program, special purchase incentives from third-party developers, and resources for finding off-campus rentals or for-purchase housing.

The MOST Program offers professional development workshops to support career and personal development. The workshops are open to the community, with discounts available for faculty and staff.

UBC Coaching offers free one-on-one professional coaching services to faculty and staff. Coaching is a series of confidential meetings focused on achieving the client's goal which could include any of: solving a program, developing performance, strategic planning, creating change, etc.

New to Vancouver/Canada

If you are new to Vancouver and Canada, the Before You Arrive site provides information on work permits, benefits, income tax, medical coverage, spousal employment, housing assistance, childcare, banking and driving.

The UBC Work-Life Relocation Centre offers assistance to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff who are relocating to join UBC. They offer advice on housing, relocation, family care, health care, etc.

Faculty-Staff Housing & Relocation Services can provide information on the Faculty-Staff Restricted Rental Housing Program, Faculty Down Payment Assistance and Mortgage Assistance Programs, Faculty Home Ownership Program, special purchase incentives from third-party developers, and resources for finding off-campus rentals or for-purchase housing.

The Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the Provincial Government's medical insurance plan. It pays for medically required services of physicians and surgeons. In some cases, UBC administers the payment of staff and faculty premiums to the Provincial Government.

New or returning BC residents must complete a waiting period before they are eligible for MSP. The waiting period consists of the balance of the month of arrival, plus two months. New residents coming from other parts of Canada should maintain coverage with their formal provincial medical plan during this waiting period. New or returning residents from outside Canada should arrange for private coverage during the waiting period for MSP. Private coverage can be purchased through David Cummings Insurance Services.

Foreign academics who are visitors to Canada and are issued a Visitor Permit rather than a Work Permit are not considered residents of BC. These individuals should arrange for medical insurance coverage from the current insurance carrier or a private carrier such as David Cumming Insurance Services.

If you are accompanied by your spouse (including common-law partner) and provided your work permit is valid for at least six months, s/he may be eligible to apply for a spousal work permit. Please see the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website for more information.

If you will be paid via UBC Payroll, you must apply for a Social Insurance Number, in person at a Service Canada Office. The SIN is a 9-digit number used in administration of various Canadian government programs.

While at UBC, any earnings are considered Canadian income, unless otherwise indicated by the Canada Revenue Agency in writing prior to your arrival. Please note that by law, deductions are taken from your salary for Canada Income Tax, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI). If you receive fellowship earnings, CPP and EI will not be deducted. In the spring of every year, you will receive T4 and/or T4A slips from Payroll, which will be used to file your tax return. You must ensure that your forwarding address is up to date in the event you leave UBC prior to this time. Please contact a financial advisor or the Canada Revenue Agency for tax and financial information.

New Employees

The Campus-Wide Login (CWL) system provides access to many of the University’s online systems including Faculty & Staff Self-Service (to view pay stubs and employment info). Christine Niven will provide you with your employee ID and CWL signup PIN, which you can use to create your CWL.

Faculty & Staff Self-Service is a portal where employees can view and update personal information, view employment information, review pay stubs, and download an electronic T4. This is also where UBC employees can apply for UBC jobs as an internal applicant.

Salaries are paid twice monthly (15th and the last day of the month). It is mandatory to have direct deposit at UBC. Sometimes there is a delay for the first pay cheque, and it may need to be picked up in person on campus. Pay stubs and T4 slips can be found on Faculty & Staff Self-Service.

Faculty and staff are entitled to various leaves including vacation, sick, medical/dental, personal, maternity/paternity/parental, etc. depending on the employee group. Please see the UBC Leaves site and select your employee group. Please contact Andrea Sherrington for questions about leave entitlements.

UBC offers wide-ranging benefits that vary by employee group. Benefits for specific employee groups can be found on the UBC Benefits site. The appropriate employee benefits enrolment forms can be found here - please use the enrollment code found in your offer letter.

The Department Ergonomics Representative is available to advise on computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of ergonomic injuries and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. Contact Andrea Sherrington if you would like assistance.

From the UBC HR website, the purpose of performance development & review is “to enrich the existing job, expand an employee’s capabilities within the organization, help foster the working relationship between supervisors and employees, provides an opportunity to clearly identify performance expectations, as well as improve job satisfaction.” It is strongly recommended that performance reviews take place on an annual basis, providing an opportunity to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement and to set goals for the coming year. Please contact Andrea Sherrington for more information.

UBC employees are required to complete online training for the Prevention of Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace upon starting employment. Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this training and provide Andrea Sherrington with the completion certificate.

If you are leaving your position, please inform your manager and Christine Niven as soon as possible, as it takes several weeks to process a resignation or transfer.

Research Staff Training

Lab safety training is offered free of charge to UBC faculty, staff, and students. Courses include Laboratory Biological Safety, Laboratory Chemical Safety, etc. Please contact Ariadna Fernandez, Research Program Manager, if you need assistance in determining appropriate training.

The Occupational & Preventive Health Program is a comprehensive in-house program that seeks to protect the health and well-being of UBC employees. This program offers services such as vaccinations, health screenings, lab tests and consultations for other occupational health concerns. These services are offered free of charge to UBC employees and are confidential. Anyone whose work involves exposure to animal species, human blood, body fluid, tissue or cell lines, human feces, urine, infectious biological agents and/or work in a hospital facility should enroll in this program.

Animal care training courses are offered to all employees who work with animals in teaching and research at UBC. The Experimental Animal User Training Program is required and is free of charge.

All personnel who will have contact with human research participants are required to complete the Introductory Tutorial for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

UBC employees working at PHSA sites must complete mandatory privacy education through the online Privacy and Confidentiality course available through the PHSA Learning Hub.

Academic Faculty

The UBC Faculty Association Collective Agreement provides the terms and conditions of appointment for faculty members, as governed by UBC Policies and the agreement with the Faculty Association.

Research Orientation Day is held annually for new faculty members and/or researchers. Discussion topics include grant facilitation, risk management and liability, research services, funding, Tri-council awards, research ethics, and compliance, internal review and accounting procedures.

New Faculty Luncheons are intended to be informal small group meetings that provides new and junior faculty members the opportunity to meet the VP Research & International and discuss research matters over lunch.

To apply for hospital privileges, please contact the following individual for each site:

Medical practitioners in BC are required to enroll with the Medical Services Plan (MSP) to obtain an MSP billing number. Each practitioner is assigned a unique billing number consisting of two numbers: a practitioner number (identifies practitioner providing services) and a payment number (identifies the person or group to which payment is to be made). Once your CPSBC license is approved, please apply for this billing number. If you need to assign your billing number to a hospital, UBC or clinic, please see information here.

Faculty Association members are eligible for reimbursement from the Professional Development Reimbursement Fund for expenses related to professional development to a total of $1100 per year, plus borrow ahead amounts for up to five years.

Promotion & Tenure

The Department Appointments, Reappointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending both clinical and academic appointments. It is chaired by the Department Head and is comprised of all academic faculty at the rank of Associate Professor or higher and several clinical faculty representatives.

Detailed information on the promotion & tenure processes can be found on MedNet. Please consult your offer letter for your promotion & tenure schedule or contact Andrea Sherrington for assistance.

Postdoctoral Fellows

The Postdoctoral Fellow Office (PDFO) is a great resource for Postdocs at UBC. They provide helpful documents on orientation, resources, professional development events, awards & funding information, and career opportunities.

The Postdoctoral Fellow Association has the goal of enhancing the postdoc experience at UBC in personal, professional and social aspects. All postdocs are considered to be members of the PDA and all are encouraged to get involved.

Orientation Day for Postdoctoral Fellows is held twice a year by the PDFO. This is an opportunity to get connected with other PDFs on campus and to learn general campus and academic information.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day is held annually in September and is comprised of 6-8 talks and a poster session by postdoctoral fellow researchers, followed by a reception.