Various units on UBC campus organize events and provide resources and services to support the professional development of graduate students. Some upcoming events from these Graduate Pathways to Success partners are listed within forums and on the calendar in community.grad.ubc.ca. Some units and services are profiled below.
Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSI&C) offers a variety of services and resources aimed at assisting graduate students with career guidance and development, including weekly drop in and advising sessions. Events include employer information sessions, recruitment fairs, and workshops.
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) provides a variety of graduate student programs and support related to teaching, TA training, use of technology in educational programming as well as a certificate program for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching and learning in higher education. Please visit the CTLT events website for a complete list of events and to register.
Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical. In addition to one-on-one consultations, the CWSC delivers writing-focused programming for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members (visit our website for availability). All CWSC workshops, programs, and services are at no cost to the UBC community.
Graduate Pathways to Success
The Graduate Pathways to Success (Pathways) program is a palette of non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities designed to complement your graduate program's academic curriculum and mentorship experience. Our offerings cover a wide range of personal and professional development topics to support you throughout your time in graduate school and to allow you to develop some of the skills and competencies needed to thrive as professionals and to make meaningful contributions to society.
Graduate Student Society
The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. They promote, and protect, their members academic, social and cultural interests. The GSS hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year designed to help you get, and stay, connected to other UBC graduate students. They also have event spaces available for you to host your own event.
Library Research Commons
The UBC Library Research Commons is an interdisciplinary, research-driven learning environment for graduate students that provides research support services by graduate students, for graduate students. It offers workshops and one-to-one assistance with citation management tools; two data analysis tools, for both quantitative and qualitative data; and thesis formatting to help students meet UBC’s thesis formatting requirements. It is located in the Walter C. Koerner Library on Levels 2, 4, and 5. UBC Library provides a variety of workshops throughout the year. The workshops can be subject specific (e.g. searching health databases), general awareness (e.g. orientation to the library), or focused on building a scholarly profile (e.g. getting published, scholarly rights). For an updated list of events, please visit the Research Commons.
At the Wellness Centre, Wellness Peer Educators are trained student volunteers who can answer your questions, talk with you, and recommend resources for everyday concerns related to health, relationships, and workload. If you’re a student leader interested in partnering on wellness workshops, events, and more, email the Wellness Centre. Ask to speak with a Health Promotion Specialist, a staff member who oversees the Wellness Centre. Things to do at the Wellness Centre: Talk to trained students about your health questions Talk to a nurse about any health concern during Nurse on Campus hours Find out about health-related resources on and off campus Buy safer sex products, including condoms and lubricants, at cost (cash only) Join workshops, events, and other activities to develop skills and strategies for wellness For information on counselling services, urgent crisis and mental health support, sexual violence support, safety, online tools, and more visit www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/health-wellbeing-safety
Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning
CIRTL@UBC is the UBC node of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of research-intensive universities interested in improving STEM undergraduate teaching through graduate student and postdoc training. The mission of CIRTL is to enhance the training and support available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who teach in STEAM undergraduate classes. Learn more at http://cirtl.ubc.ca
Mitacs Training provides both online and inperson professional skills development courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Their curriculum is designed to build competencies in four key areas: Leadership & Management, Communication & Relationship Building, Personal & Professional Management, and Entrepreneurialism. Course topics include Business Writing, Foundations of Project Management, Career Professionalism, Managing Project Timelines, Writing Effective emails and more.
N2 Network of Networks
The Network of Networks (N2) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization and an alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity. Professional Education and Training is provided through a partnership with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), now part of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY). UBC members may register through the 'University of British Columbia' subscription.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
At UBC, we subscribe to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (facultydiversity.org). Register to become a member and you will have access to their Monday Motivator email which offers tips and strategies for helping you thrive in academia. You will also have access to their 12-week, on demand, Dissertation Success Program (modules on writing habits and process, overcoming perfectionism, assessment, and more), guest webinars and multi-week online courses.