Advance, August 2017: Andrew Szeri, Reimagining the PhD 2017, Change at ISGP, more

Andrew Szeri, UBC provost and vice-president, academic

Q&A with Andrew Szeri

On July 10, 2017, Andrew Szeri became the provost and vice-president academic of UBC. We had some questions for him.


Reimagining the PhD-2017. Sept. 29,

Sept. 29: Reimagining the PhD 2017

This one-day Symposium will continue our conversation on the future of doctoral education. Join us to discuss how we can transform the doctorate in ways that facilitate broader engagement, public contribution, and enhanced career readiness for students.

Students walk through autum leaves on Main Mall. Photo credit: Martin Dee

Recruiting PhD students for 2018? Two new policies you need to know:

Minimum Funding Policy

The Minimum Funding Policy for PhD students has been approved by Senate. UBC Vancouver programs must provide an $18,000 minimum funding package for four years for PhD students starting in September 2018. 

Part-time Doctoral Classification

The UBC Board of Governors has approved a new part-time doctoral classification for the Vancouver campus.  Graduate programs interested in offering a part-time classification can complete the approval processes.

Hillel Goelman, outgoing chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program

End of an Era: Hillel Goelman, chair of ISGP, retires

After 35 years at UBC, and eight years as chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP), Hillel Goelman will be retiring on September 1, 2017.


Barbara Weber, incoming chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program

ISGP Welcomes Incoming Chair, Barbara Weber

Please welcome Barbara Weber as the new chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, starting September 1, 2017.


Students study at Irving K Barber Learn Centre.

So long, Connect. Hello, Canvas!

As you’ve likely heard, UBC has selected Canvas as the replacement for Connect (Blackboard Learn). Courses currently offered in Connect will be moving to the new platform by September 2018, with each faculty developing its own timeline and plan for the transition to Canvas.


Postdocs gather at the 2016 Postdoc Appreciation BBQ

Sept. 18-22 is National Postdoc Appreciation Week

From September 18-22, be sure to say thank you to your postdoctoral fellows for their hard work. If your department is holding a NPAW event, be sure to let the UBC Postdoctoral Fellows Office know at

UBC Opportunities

Call for proposals: Catalyzing Research Clusters, due November 2

Call for proposals: Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and UBC Joint Funding Scheme, due September 15

VP Research & Innovation Office has posted an update on UBC's response to the Fundamental Science Review

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