LFS Vehicle Use Notice


LFS Vehicle Notice 

Some Faculty and Staff members have recently noticed that they are unable to book a vehicle due to the previous booking; however, the vehicle has not been used or taken from the parking lot.

Please remember to modify your bookings based on the time that you will be using the vehicles, so that others can make bookings for short-notice meetings, events, or fieldwork.

Please remember that the Toyota Prius is not to be used for fieldwork, and is typically meant for short-term travel to and from meetings, conferences, or tours. Due to these booking issues, we will be making modifications to the LFS Vehicle Policy over the coming months to prevent unnecessary bookings and allow for more effective usage.

Thanks so much,

Lewis Fausak MSc (He/Him/His)
Applied Biology Education and Research Support
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | MacMillan Rm 112A
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Phone: 1-604-816-5641 | Email: lewis.fausak@ubc.ca

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Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) September 5, 9, 10 & 16, 2023 application opens July 21!


The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will be offering an ONLINE Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) on September 5, 9, 10 & 16, 2023.

The Grad ISW is a 24-hour, fully participatory, and peer-based professional development workshop for graduate students that is beneficial to both new and experienced instructors.


Meeting 1: Tuesday, 5, September 5, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Meeting 2: Saturday, September 9, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Meeting 3: Sunday, September 10, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Meeting 4: Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Please note: You must attend all face-to-face sessions and complete all independent work for the complete duration of the workshop, (i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop).

To apply for the waitlist for September 5, 9, 10 & 16, 2023 ISW click here: https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/online-graduate-instructional-skills-workshop-september-5-9-10-16-2023/


Application opens on July 21 at 9 am and closes on August 30, 2023 at 4:30 pm. By clicking this link, you are applying for the WAITLIST only and this DOES NOT register you for the workshop. Graduate ISWs at UBC are in high demand. To create an equitable registration process all graduate students who apply for an ISW will first be enrolled on a waitlist, from which participants are randomly selected. If a participant has applied for more than one ISW waitlist, their name will appear more frequently when generating the participant list, giving them a higher chance of being selected for an ISW. If you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office to confirm your registration. For more information and a list of all upcoming sessions visit: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/gradisw


Workshop Eligibility:


A participant who wishes to take the Grad ISW is eligible if they are:

  • a full-time or part-time registered graduate student at UBC during the academic term when the ISW is offered
  • a graduate student at UBC who has completed degree requirements but has not yet convocated
  • a joint degree graduate student who is enrolled at UBC and another institution
  • a graduate student at UBC pursuing non-degree studies
  • a visiting graduate student that is eligible to take courses


A participant who wishes to take the Grad ISW is not eligible if they are:

  • not a graduate student at UBC
  • a graduate student at UBC who has on-leave status
  • a visiting graduate student that is not eligible to take courses




Elisa Herman
Event Coordinator
Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia



iSchool Beach cleanup


UBC’s School of Information is hosting a beach cleanup August 2nd. It’s a great volunteer opportunity for students – outdoors, tangible impact, looks great on a CV.

Invitation to School of Information’s annual Great Canadian Beach & Park Cleanup Parties

Dates: and Wednesday, August 2 (1 – 3:30) for Spanish Banks.

Description: Help keep our community spaces clean and vibrant by joining UBC iSchool’s Beach & Park cleanup parties! For just one summer afternoon of your time, you will make new friends, win amazing prizes and support local sustainability efforts. Cleaning equipment, snacks and prizes are provided by UBC iSchool, City of Vancouver and UBC Sustainability Workplace Fund.

RSVP here: https://ischool.ubc.ca/events/event/44881/


-Michael Bilek

Tenant’s Rights – GradStart pre-arrival webinar


I want to bring to you attention a GradStart pre-arrival webinar taking place this week:

Tenant’s Rights,  Wed, July 19, 1 – 2:30 pm https://orientation.grad.ubc.ca/events/tenants-rights/ .  Although it is intended for incoming students in the process of securing housing, other students with interest in the topic are welcome.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Thank you,


Jacqui Brinkman, (hear it pronounced ) MSc (She,Hers)
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578

jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | grad.ubc.ca/

GradUpdate – Citation Practices, Organizing File Directories, Call for GradStart Welcome volunteers, online project and time management, and more.



In this issue, Citation Practices, Organizing File Directories, Call for GradStart Welcome volunteers, online project and time management, and more.

Resource Highlight

Online training in core competencies for industry
Mitacs training offers a suite of training designed to improve core competencies sought by employers. Courses are organized in bundles and students must complete an online self-paced e-learning module before registering for a facilitated session. Upcoming sessions include:

  • Project and time management | Pre-requisite is “Spur up your project  and time management skills” | July 20 | 10 am – 12:30 pm CDT
  • Framing your project in a masterful presentation | Pre-requisite is “Refine your writing and presentation skills” | July 21 | 12 – 3 pm PDT

and many more…See July, August schedule

Events and Opportunities

A selection of upcoming events are highlighted below.  Visit  community.grad.ubc.ca and grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development for our full events calendar.


Citation Practices in Academic and Professional Writing
Hybrid | Wednesday, Jul 26 | 10 – 11:30 am | Register


Creating Digital Exhibits: A Survey of Tools
Online | Tuesday, Jul 25 | 10 am – 12 pm Register

Data Bites – Best Practices for Organizing File Directories
Online | Wednesday, Jul 26 | 12 – 12:30 pm Register

Introduction to Machine Learning: Classification and Clustering
Online | Thursday, Jul 27 | 12 – 2 pm Register


Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
In-person | Aug 20, 26 & 27 | 9 am – 5:30 pm
Apply by Aug 16 | See all upcoming sessions.


Call for Volunteers: GradStart Welcome
Interested in helping welcome new graduate students to UBC? Sign up for a 2-3 hour shift on Aug 31, Sep 1 or other dates in September. Get a coveted GradStart t-shirt, make new friends, & share your knowledge of UBC and Vancouver | Apply by July 28


Introduction to Podcasting
Online | Wednesday, Jul 26 | 2 – 3:30 pm Register