Resourcesort descending Description Theme Provider
Academic Integrity Resources for an Educative Approach

Check out this page for numerous resources and supports for both students and instructors. In particular, there are several relevant Canvas modules including:

Academic, Writing and Communication Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Annotated Abstracts, Grant Applications, Research Articles

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication developed these materials as a guide to writing various forms of academic writing from across the disciplines . The annotations point out standard features of the writing, while accounting for disciplinary difference. The pedagogical approach embedded in these resources positions writing as a recursive process, and the materials provide opportunities for students to critically reflect on their own writing practices and knowledge-making endeavours in their respective disciplines.

Writing and Communication Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Book List: Succeeding in Grad School and your Career

Below is a list of recommended reading to help you navigate grad school and strategize for your career.  These are some examples and there are many more!  Many have very similar topics.  Pick one or two depending on where you are in your program.  You do not need to read them all! They range from helping you choose your research project, to navigating each stage of your program, to helping you select opportunities for career planning. (Note: many of these are available through the UBC library)

Academic, Career, Writing and Communication Graduate Pathways to Success
Bookable Project Rooms: Koerner Library Research Commons

The Research Commons’ in Koerner Library (1958 Main Mall) has several project rooms (Rm 454, 456, 495, 496, 499, 553, and 555) bookable through the Library Room Booking System, to study and work in a private space.  Use of rooms is restricted to UBC graduate students and faculty, and your UBC card is needed for entry.  Each Project Room includes whiteboards, touchscreen control

Academic Library Research Commons, UBC Library
Bookable Study Space_Irving K Barber Learning Centre

The UBC Library provides several bookable study spaces in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Rooms are available to book for students, faculty, or staff members for: 2 hours per day, 2 times a week, and up to 7 days in advance.

Learn more or book:

Academic UBC Library
Business Concepts for Life Scientists (Online, Self-paced)

The purpose of this online, on-demand course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.

Career, Leadership iBiology
Career Planning, Graduate

Visit the graduate student career page for tools, resources, advice, and video stories to help guide your career planning and exploration.

Career, Working with others, Leadership UBC Career Centre
Career resources for students from historically marginalized communities

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The UBC Career Centre has a resource page dedicated to answering questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive. The page includes information for groups including, but not limited to:

Career, Leadership, Working with others UBC Career Centre
Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning

The Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning is a year-long teaching development program that supports graduate students seeking future roles as faculty. Learn more.

Career, Teaching Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Curricula Vitae

This site provides samples and information about curricula vitae . See here for additional examples of grad-specific CV and samples.

Career, Leadership UBC Career Centre
Dissertation Success Curriculum

The 12-week Dissertation Success online, on-demand Program is designed for doctoral candidates who are focused on finishing their dissertation. Each module includes a recorded training video and resources.

Register with the University of British Columbia's subscription to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

Academic, Health and Wellbeing, Writing and Communication National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Effective Teaching Online, Workshop Recordings

Going online all of a sudden? Check out CIRTL's Effective Teaching Online playlist on YouTube, where you can find pre-recorded versions of two recent workshops: one designed to give instructors a brief introduction to online, evidence-based, inclusive teaching strategies; the other designed to share top-level recommendations on how to effectively support online instructors during temporary distance learning. Related workshop materials are provided in video descriptions.

Teaching Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning
Event Venues, Free

The Graduate Student Society has several spaces within the Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, as well as the GSS Loft in the Nest,6133 University Blvd, available for graduate student professional development and social events as well as meetings and study groups.  Learn more about the venues, their capacity, and how to reserve a space here.

Working with others Graduate Student Society
Good Clinical Research Practice Courses, Online

Available online, on-demand are courses on Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Biomedical Research Ethics, Social and Behavioral Research, Transportation of Dangerous Goods TDG/IATA, Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs For Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects, and CITI Canada Privacy.  These are available through a UBC subscription and are free to UBC students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

Academic, Research N2 Network of Networks
GPS Workshop Materials, Recordings

Materials, handouts, and recordings from many past Graduate Pathways to Success sessions, including our career and statistics series, are posted online here (cwl login required)

Academic, Career, Research Graduate Pathways to Success
Guides to Writing and Research

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication developed these resources to assist students across the disciplines and professions. These evidence-based resources describe some of the typical practices that occur in high-stakes writing situations, with a focus on academic genres: abstracts, lay summaries, literature reviews, research article introductions, and so on.

Writing and Communication Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Health topics to take care of your health

Get information and strategies from UBC Health and Wellness to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Topics include:

  • Food and nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep for success
  • Understanding stress
  • Sex and sexual health
  • Alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine
  • Substance use and harm reduction


Health and Wellbeing Wellness Centre
Hidden Handbook

A mini-series of short videos (5 - 10 mins each), to provide quick tips for success in a variety of areas across the academic sphere. Join for free with UBC's subscription, then watch.

Chapter 1: Accountability Matters: When it comes to research and writing, accountability matters. This video highlights three ways to increase academics’ accountability and boost their research productivity.

Academic, Health and Wellbeing, Research, Working with others, Writing and Communication National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Individual Development Plan, Health

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has developed an online Individual Development Plan (IDP) and resources.  The IDP is a tool that supports graduate students and PDFs in actively preparing for the career(s) of their choice by exploring career paths, establishing career goals, and identifying skill gaps, culminating in an action plan to achieve their career goal(s).

Academic, Career UBC Career Centre, Graduate Pathways to Success
Individual Development Plan, Humanities and Social Sciences

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The ImaginePhD project is powered by the Graduate Career Consortium (; GCC).
Note: This website is not hosted in Canada, and your personal information may be stored or accessed outside of Canada.

Academic, Career UBC Career Centre, Graduate Pathways to Success
Individual Development Plan, Sciences

My IDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.  This website was developed by AAAS/Science, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and experts from several universities (see authors on their site). 
Note: This website is not hosted in Canada, and your personal information may be stored or accessed outside of Canada.

Academic, Career UBC Career Centre, Graduate Pathways to Success
InterSECT Job Simulations

InterSECT is an online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options. Our goal is to provide true-to-life job simulation exercises that help individuals consider the following questions:

What are my professional interests and skills?
How do my interests and skills translate to potential careers?
What are my career options?
Which careers haven’t I considered?

Career Graduate Pathways to Success
Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) modules

Research Impact Canada has developed freely accessible online e-modules, each focused on a specific skill important in KMb. These online modules are stand-alone and can be completed in any order at any time.

The purpose of these modules is to:

Research, Writing and Communication Research Impact Canada
Leaders Dialogue Series: On Making a Difference for Good

The Leaders’ Dialogue series is an opportunity to get to know individuals who have made a difference for good in the world, and hear their thoughts on questions such as ‘What motivates you?’, ‘What does ‘success’ mean to you?’, ‘What have you learned about leadership?’, and ‘What’s wrong/right with the world?’

Leadership Graduate Pathways to Success
Library Orientation for Graduate Students in 30 minutes_Links, Materials

This library GitHub page , called "Graduate Student Orientation to the Library in 30 minutes" , includes information on library resources and services such as the reseach commons, guides and events as well as links to electronic resources such as databases and open access resources.

Academic, Research UBC Library