Welcome! See below for resources to get you started. If you think of something we should add or change, reach out to

Community Wellbeing

Work-life and study-life balance means so much more than having time off. It means being healthy and fulfilled no matter where you are. It means that the bad days don’t stop you from getting excited to come back again tomorrow. That’s what we want for our culture at SBME. Please find below some resources on how to support and build a community of wellbeing for students, faculty and staff.

Contact our SBME Wellbeing Liaisons if you have any questions:
Jenna Usprech
Mahsa Khalili
(Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador)

UBC has a wonderful starting point for all matters of wellbeing from mental health to collaboration to nutrition and beyond.

Check out the website here: UBC Wellbeing

Mental health fluctuates and so will the resources you need. Whether you think you're in a resilient moment of mental health or feeling overwhelmed, UBC has different resources and programs to support your unique needs.

Use the Mental Health Continuum to check in with how you're doing and find the right support for you.

  1. Green Folder (for supporting students)
    PDF Version
  2. Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence
    PDF Version
  3. Orange Folder (for supporting faculty and staff)
    PDF Version
  4. Submit an Early Alert (for supporting students)


When it comes to making connections with internal collaborators or external partners for research, training, and beyond, we are here to support you throughout your entire partnership journey.

Contact: Danielle, Partnerships Manager | | 604-317-1780 

Partnerships Team:
Danielle Walker, Partnerships Manager
Jocelyn McKay, Research Officer

Curious about what a partnerships can look like for your group? Interested in exploring partnerships with industry, not-for-profits, clinicians, government, and beyond?

The SBME is here to help support your partnerships journey from brainstorming possibilities and opportunities to identifying potential collaborators, positioning the win-win, navigating UBC's policies and agreements, addressing challenges, and seeing your project to completion. And if you're looking to expand or support a current partnership or establish new collaborations with researchers both in and out of UBC, we have you covered.

When external organizations partner with SBME, government matching funds can be accessed to multiply a partner's financial contribution. Opportunities relevant to BME include:

  1. NSERC Alliance:
  2. Genome BC GeneSolve Program:
  3. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research:
  4. Innovate BC Ignite:
  5. MITACS:
  6. MITACS & Innovate BC Program:

UBC offers flexible IP policies. Contact us for insight and advice on how to navigate IP considerations for your partnership.

  1. Overview:

  2. Full policy (policy 88):

We are developing a series of workshops, seminars and resources pertaining to creating and maintaining external partnerships. Stay tuned!

Professional Development

SBME offers a series of Professional Development programs for Faculty, Staff and Students called SBME PROPELS. These lunch-and-learn seminars run from Sept-Apr each year.

In the meantime, UBC offers many professional development programs.

Get started here

IT Services

For those whose home academic department is the SBME, this team will oversee all of your IT needs.

Contact us: Michael Lee, IT Manager

Desktop, Laptop and Hardware Product Menu

Contact SBME IT with the model number you would like to purchase and we can order it. We can also purchase hardware that is not offered by UBC IT. If this is the case, please contact SBME IT with your requirements or a valid product link.

SBME IT: We are currently developing an SBME Help Desk but if that's not available, contact UBC IT.

UBC IT: You can sign in to UBC IT here or call at 604-822-2008

Contact SBME IT for onboarding instructions or to book training time.

If you have any special IT requests, let us know. We're happy to help in any way we can.

If you need to dispose of any electronic equipment, please let us know first so that we can ensure the safe handling of all materials. We'll assist with device hard drive removal for secure disposal.

  1. Windows 10 Professional: Available to staff and faculty for computers purchased with UBC funds or grants. Contact SBME IT for help installing.
  2. Microsoft Office 2019: Available to all staff and faculty for computers purchased with UBC funds and grants. Contact SBME IT for installation.
  3. Adobe Creative Cloud Suite: Includes Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and more. Available to staff and faculty with an active campus wide login (CWL). Contact SBME IT with your name, CWL username, and UBC e-mail address.
  4. UBC Self Service Software Portal: The UBC Software Portal is your one-stop shop for software that is made available to UBC Faculty and Staff at no cost. Be sure to read product descriptions for all licensing restrictions.

Research Support

The SBME is here to help you with connections to funding resources.

Contact us:
Carmen de Hoog, Director, Strategic Planning and Operations
Jocelyn McKay, Research Officer

  1. Grant Applications
    • There are 5 major federal sources of grants in Canada
      1. Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
      2. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
      3. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
      4. Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
      5. Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
    • To support faculty applying to these agencies, the VP Research Office has a group of Faculty Research Advisors that you can contact with questions. The Faculty of Medicine has agency-specific information here and advice on application submission here. The Research and Innovation website lists many resources.
  2. SPARC (Support Programs To Advance Research Capacity) is an office at UBC that gives faculty members a competitive advantage by supporting funding proposals with strategic professional services and resources, including internal and editorial reviews, partnership development, strategic workshops and sample grants. SPARC provides grant development and internal review services for most Tri-Council funding (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) opportunities. These services are highly recommended for all researchers applying for Tri-Council funding, particularly for those new to the Canadian system. Sign up for the SPARC Connects newsletter for updates on upcoming deadlines for programs SPARC can assist with.
  3. Funding Deadlines
  4. Research Roadmap
    The research roadmap at the Office of Research Services guides PIs through the administrative processes involved in applying for research funding.
  5. Researcher Information Services (RISe)
    RISe is a collaborative online research administration tool that allows researchers and administrators to manage applications and track approvals, certifications and awarding of funds. If you indicate on your grant application that your project requires biosafety, animal care, or ethics approvals, funding will not be released in those are in place and the grant is specifically linked to the certificates. Applications for biosafety, ethics, or animal care protocols are submitted through RISe.
  6. Indirect Costs of Research Charge
    Researchers must apply an overhead recovery charge to the total cost of all research grants, contracts, and agreements for research projects sponsored by industry and government (with the exception of Tri-Council grants (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) as UBC already receives an overhead allocation for these grants through the Federal Indirect Costs Program). For more information and sample budgets, go to the Indirect Costs section of the VP Research webpage

Researchers and scholars at UBC have duty to uphold the highest standards of scholarly integrity.

Visit this page for guides that are designed to assist you in learning about the best practices of scholarly integrity so that you and your peers can apply them in today's research environment.

A salary award is a competitive, peer-reviewed award that is paid in part as salary to a faculty member. Examples include Canada Research Chairs, CIHR New Investigator, and MSFHR Scholar Awards. We strongly encourage new investigators to apply for these awards if they are eligible.

Institutional grants are proposals that are submitted to funding agencies by UBC through the Institutional Programs Office (IPO) or VPRI, rather than submitted directly by the investigators (e.g., CFI, BCKDF, CERC, CFREF). These applications undergo rigorous internal review by UBC prior to submission; be sure to check on the UBC internal deadline, as it is often months before the funding agency deadline. Details for each opportunity are communicated as they become available and can be found at the various sites listed above.

As mentioned above, the UBC SPARC Office provides grant development and internal review services for most Tri-Council funding (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) opportunities. These services are highly recommended for all researchers applying for Tri-Council funding. Please visit the SPARC website or Faculty of Medicine's Office of Research for further details.

  1. Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
    The CFI funds research infrastructure including state-of-the-art equipment, buildings, laboratories, and databases required to conduct research. CFI awards typically fund up to 40% of a project’s infrastructure costs, with an additional 40% coming from the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) and the remaining 20% from eligible contributors including institutional funds, trust funds, or foundations. Information and support when applying for CFI funding can be found on the Institutional Programs Office.
  2. Indirect Costs of Research Charge
    Researchers must apply an overhead recovery charge to the total cost of all research grants, contracts, and agreements for research projects sponsored by industry and government (with the exception of Tri-Council grants (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) as UBC already receives an overhead allocation for these grants through the Federal Indirect Costs Program). For more information and sample budgets, go to the Indirect Costs section of the VP Research webpage.

  1. It is important to understand the agency and specific program that you are applying for. Ensure that your application addresses program objectives and criteria.
  2. Talk to others who have been successful. Read sample grants from SPARC or the VPRI/IPO.
  3. Find out what is reasonable in terms of funding when creating a reasonable budget
  4. Read the rules carefully (check formatting, font, and margin requirements). You don’t want your application rejected for something you overlooked in the formatting.
  5. Clarify and solidify your ideas to put into a proposal

  • The title matters!
  • The abstract matters enormously. During grant review, certain members of the committee are designated as primary reviewers; others may read only the abstract/summary.
  • If you are asked to suggest external reviewers, think very hard and very carefully as reviewers must be at arm's length. If you have any enemies, obviously avoid suggesting them!
  • Be sure your proposal reflects current research and is respectful of the work of others.
  • Be scrupulously honest and complete in all details, particularly in the resume/personal form section. Do not pad your achievements.
  • Make it readable, both the style and format must be attractive.
  • The budget section must match the work, tasks must match the personnel, account for all personnel costs (make sure to check the agency and university guidelines).
  • Expenses for equipment, resources, travel, etc. should be clearly laid out and eligible within the agency rules.


The communications team is here to help share your stories. Media relations, publications, spotlights, breakthroughs, student/faculty profiles, events and more; we’re here to help you get the word out to the SBME, the UBC community, Vancouver and beyond.

Contact us: | 

Communications Team

Sarah Coffin, Manager, Communications, Culture & Engagement
Sarah Robertson, Communications & Events Coordinator

Always remember to acknowledge First Nations in speeches and content that applies to the land on which UBC sits. This is integral to our pillar of inclusion and our ongoing REDI efforts.

How-to: Acknowledging First Nations

University of British Columbia (Vancouver) – We [I] would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples,[11] including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

SBME Stories

The SBME research and education community is doing important work. We want to tell those stories.

Send us all the news, stories, awards, breakthroughs and more that are coming out of your work and that of your colleagues, trainees, postdocs and assistants.

Op-Eds and Press Releases

The national and international media communities are always looking for opinion pieces from dedicated scientists and academics. SBME and UBC Media Relations have a constant call for content in the Op-Ed vein, so if you have an idea for a strong opinion piece, contact us with all the details. We will help edit and hone the piece, as well as connect you to media outlets across North America.

If UBC takes a dedicated interest in the story, they will want to push it as well. This often leads to UBC Leadership getting involved and weighing in on the piece. SBME communications will be the main point of contact in such instances.

Press releases are most often used for research breakthroughs and big awards. If you have a pardigm-shifting publication in the works, let us know BEFORE IT IS PUBLISHED. This way, we can put together a press release to be distributed to media.

SBME in the News

Have you or your team been featured in the media? Any and all stories count! Let us know so that we can track media touch points, boost the signal and get the UBC community spreading the word.

If you have program updates or spot inconsistencies and outdated information, let us know. We are augmenting and improving the website on a regular basis.

Need a new page created? Reach out and we'll put it all together.

We are always looking to build out our photo and video library. Photo and video shoots can be arranged depending on the story you want to tell and the time horizon per project.

Hosting an event? Offering lab tours to prospective students? Let us know and we’ll support you as well as spread the word. So long as you provide the information, we'll create branded print and digital assets as well as a website landing page when necessary. We'll also boost the signal on our social media channels.

If you, your colleagues, your lab, etc. have a paper coming out, contact the SBME communications team with as much lead time as possible. SBME communications will work with UBC Media Relations to put together a press release that can reach the broader community.

    1. NOTE: You should also contact the SBME Strategic Planning and Operations Director: Carmen de Hoog. This will allow us to track publications within the SBME Community

To help engage with the SBME community, boost the signal of important research, stories and student profiles, etc. be sure to share your social handles with the Communications team. Like, retweet, connect, tag SBME, share.

We know that social media isn't for everyone, but we do encourage you participate so that students, colleagues and the SBME community can stay connected and engaged. It provides students with a great touchpoint and the rest of the SBME with opportunities to put its megaphone behind your efforts.

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr.

Need a poster, pamphlet, brochure, digital signage, etc. made? Contact us! We may send you a creative brief to fill out so that we can gather all the details we need.

This is our weekly newsletter that goes out to the SBME  community. If you have content for the newsletter, submit via this Qualtrics link

Send us all of your upcoming events with enough lead time as possible so that we can populate the SBME Events Calendar – this is our one source of truth on all upcoming events.

Remember to subscribe to the SBME Events Calendar to stay apprised of all upcoming events.

Want to invite a speaker? Planning a Seminar? Get in touch with Carmen de Hoog and Jocelyn McKay - they will get you started.

Human Resources

The HR team is here to help ensure your experience as a part of the SBME is fulfilling, rewarding, and complete.

Contact us:

HR Team
Garima Arora, Senior Human Resources Manager (leave replacement)
Suni Hwang, Senior Human Resources Manager (on leave)
Michelle Liu, Human Resources Manager
Fady Barsoum, Human Resources Coordinator
Tanvi Chawla, Human Resources Coordinator

To post lab positions on the SBME website or across the SBME network, contact 

HR will connect with SBME Communications to post positions on our social media channels.

UBC has a comprehensive benefits package with great resources. See resource links below.


For all matters of finance, purchasing, invoicing, UBC credit cards, etc.

Contact us:

Finance Team
Carmen de Hoog, Director, Strategic Planning and Operations
Rowena Ambal, Finance Processing Specialist
Lily Zhou, Senior Finance Manager Faculty of Medicine

Please review expenditure guidelines carefully. All reimbursements are processed by Rowena Ambal.

SOP coming soon, will be based on new Workday procedures.

You must follow UBC Procurement Practices when purchasing supplies and equipment.
A Purchase Order (PO) is required for all purchases over $3,500, inclusive of taxes, which typically takes a few weeks to process.
All purchases of $15,000 or more require competitive vendor quotations.

SOP Email Rowena Ambal ( with the following information:

      • Your name
      • Name of your Supervisor
      • Valid worktag (grant or program worktag, most often)
      • Estimated order price
      • Potential vendor(s)
      • Item identification numbers, descriptions, and quantities.
      • Be as clear and descriptive as you can, include website links where possible.
      • Include all relevant vendor quotes.

Apply for cards through Workday.

Expenses charged to cards are now reconciled via Expense Reports in Workday.

Tri-Agency Financial Guide

UBC’s Expenditure Guidelines help you determine reasonable and appropriate expenses while conducting university business.  

Expenditure Guidelines

Building Operations

*Specifically for those housed in the Biomedical Research Centre (2222 Health Sciences Mall), this team is here to provide lab infrastructure, supplies and support.

Contact us: 

Building Team
Rupinder (Rupi) Dhesi, Building Operations Manager
Bem Abraham, Building Technician
Jeff Chen, Building Technician
Ayaz Damji, Building Technician

All access to and within the building must be approved. Submit a Building Access Request form by downloading this form and following the instructions.

For other inquiries, contact Rupinder Dhesi

Student Services

The student services team oversees all aspects of SBME academic programming, academic advising, student resources and guidance.

Contact Us:
All types of inquiries: Contact Us Form

Student Services Team:
Kelly White, Senior Manager of Academic and Special Programs
Dana Chan, Assistant Manager of Academic and Special Programs 
Livia Piccinini, Academic Program Assistant
Hema Ratnasami, Special Projects Coordinator
Karen Cheung, Graduate Program Director
Gabrielle Lam and Tim Salcudean, Undergraduate Program Director

We are unable to advise students in their first year as they are not yet part of our program. First year students may be eligible to complete a supplementary form for approval to register in a Pre-Biomedical Engineering Standard Timetable (PBME STT) that sets students up for joining the SBME in their second year placement at UBC.

SBME undergraduate program is a second year entry program that welcomes 113 new students each year. In their third year, Students focus their studies in one of four streams: Cellular Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Biomechanics, Bioinformatics, or Biomedical Systems and Signals.

MASc | PhD: Overseen by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, SBME MASc and PhD programs are research-based. Students are admitted on the recommendation of an affiliated SBME Faculty Member. Faculty members must commit to funding minimum prior to admission.

MEng: Offered through SBME with oversight provided by the Faculty of Applied Science. The MEng program is course-based with a mandatory internship/project component. Top students are admitted after a committee has reviewed all applications and made offers to highest ranked applicants.

Recruitment is a big part of the Student Services and Communications Portfolios. Each holds regular events throughout the school year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


    1. First Year Fair: Usually occurring in mid-March, the First Year Fair is an information session hosted by the Faculty of Applied Science that allows first year students to explore different second year placement opportunities. Each department has a booth where students can ask questions about their programs.
    2. Open House: Usually occurring in early November, each year the Faculty of Applied Science invites high school students to explore UBC and the engineering program. Prospective students are given the opportunity to ask questions of current students, staff, and faculty each representing the different engineering programs.
    3. APSC 100/101 & BMEG 101 Info sessions: Occurring throughout terms 1 and 2 during class time in APSC 100, APSC 101, or BMEG 101. Students are introduced to the 15 different engineering programs through short presentations followed by Q&A sessions.
    4. SBME Stream Info Session: Usually occurring in February, 2nd year SBME students and first year engineering students are invited to attend an information session that provides students an overview of each stream in our academic programming. Info sessions also cover the application process, due dates, and what to include in an application package.


Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium: Usually occurs late September/early October. Current undergraduate and graduate students are invited to connect with representatives from UBC, UoT, McGill, Waterloo, Queen’s, McMaster, and UAlberta to explore each institution's admission requirements and processes, distinctive features of Canada’s leading graduate engineering programs, the difference between professional-based and research-based graduate programs, and career possibilities for both professional and research masters and PHD graduates.

The SBME Student Services office provides advising for all undergraduate and graduate Biomedical Engineering students, answering student inquiries about academics, awards, admissions, and on-campus resources. Our office is here to ensure our students are supported throughout their degree.

We're also here to assist faculty by providing resources and guidance. If you have concerns about a student, reach out to our office - our staff is trained in Mental Health First Aid and Suicide prevention, and some staff have additional training in Applied Suicide Intervention. We also provide guidance on cases of academic misconduct.

The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Newsletters are distributed every Tuesday provided there is enough content for that week. If you have something you would like to share, whether it be a publication, news article, lab opening, etc., please email the Student Services Office for distribution. Please consider who your target audience is (i.e. graduate or undergraduate students) and email a short descriptive blurb (preferably with a link) to the appropriate email.

Contact List


Click here for contact info for SBME staff

To search a specific person at UBC, use the “Search the Directory” function. 

For contact list-related matters, please email

Other Resources

Here is a miscellaneous list of helpful resources and programs for Faculty and Staff.

For information and contacts in all areas of UBC Faculty Relations from recruitment to leaves to training, and so much more, visit UBC Faculty Relations:

UBC Faculty Relations

These are important numbers that we recommend noting down. For procedures in the event of an emergency or crisis of any scale, please refer to the UBC Safety & Risk Services website.

*Note: when calling a UBC number (those beginning with 604-822-xxxx or 604-827-xxxx) using a UBC landline, you only need to dial the last 5 digits.*


Emergency & Essential phone numbers

Hazardous Material Response
(Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services)
Occupational First Aid
(24 hours)
UBC Hospital Urgent Care
(8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
Poison Control Centre 604-682-5050
Campus Security
(For an Emergency, call 911)

Non-emergency numbers

Access & Diversity 604-822-5844
Ambulance (E-Comm) 604-872-5151
AMS Safewalk 604-822-5355
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) 604-827-5180
Building Operations Call Centre (Trouble Calls) 604-822-2173
Campus Security 604-822-2222
Counselling Services – Employee & Family Assistance Plan (Faculty & Staff) 1-800-387-4765
Counselling Services (Students) 604-822-3811
Equity & Inclusion Office 604-822-6353
Fire Department (Fire Prevention) 311
Office of the Ombudsperson for Students 604-822-6149
RCMP – University Detachment 604-224-1322
Safety & Risk Services 604-822-2029
Sexual Violence Prevention & Response (SVPRO) 604-822-1588
Student Health Services 604-822-7011

Emergencies happen, and as UBC students, faculty, and staff, we all have a role to play in emergency preparedness. That’s why it’s so important that each and every one of us have the tools and know-how to respond appropriately.

Don’t wait until it’s too late — get informed, get prepared, and get ready to take action now! We want you to be ranger ready, which means being emergency ready!

Our Local Safety Team: to get in touch for anything related to building safety and emergency preparedness, please email or Rupi Dhesi ( with "Local Safety Team" or "Emergency Preparedness" in the subject line.

For more information & resources, visit the Emergency Preparedness site at UBC SRS.

Abbreviations & Acronyms Guide: Click here to download.

Program Overview

Fostering and supporting the career development of new faculty members is of importance to the mission of the School of Biomedical Engineering. In addition, to continual informal interactions, each new faculty will meet annually with their mentors, and with the School Director, to discuss career development. The mentors will be appointed by the School Director, in consultation with the faculty member (mentee), and can be changed, in order to provide the faculty member with the most relevant independent advice. Importantly, the collegial atmosphere of the School actively promotes and encourages unofficial mentoring from a broad range of colleagues. If the faculty is jointly appointed with the School, the School Director and the joint partner department/school/program Head will appoint one at least one mentor each to work with the mentee.


Each new junior and mid-level faculty member (Assistant Professor, Instructor, Associate Professor, Senior Instructor) should have a welcoming, supportive relationship with at least two mentors throughout their initial years at UBC. New faculty at the rank of Professor or Professor of Teaching are welcome to participate in the program.


The content of discussions between the Director and the mentee or the mentors and the mentee, as well as discussions between the Director and the mentors that relate to the mentee, should not be revealed to other parties, without agreement by the mentee. Matters of particular sensitivity should be discussed in individual private conversations with the Director, the mentors, relevant colleagues, or Faculty Relations.

Guiding Principles

  1. Within two month of arrival at UBC, the School Director upon advice from faculty and in consultation with the new faculty member (mentee), will choose at least two faculty members who will serve as mentors. A minimum of two mentors must be from the SBME faculty but others may be outside of the School.
  2. Within three months of arrival, all new faculty should meet jointly with the School Director and the mentors. At this meeting the goals of the mentoring program and the roles of the head, mentors and mentee should be discussed (“goals and roles” meeting), along with any issues that need to be urgently addressed.  Thereafter, meetings should include only the mentors and the mentee.
  3. The mentee will be responsible for arranging at least two meetings per year with his/her mentors. All discussion between mentees and mentors shall be strictly confidential.
  4. A mentee should be able to change/add mentors at any time.
  5. In the annual meeting between the Director and the mentee, the Director will assess the mentee’s satisfaction with their mentors, assess if the arrangement is working effectively, and determine if a change is advisable.
  6. Both mentors and mentee should consult the following resources for suggestions on topics for discussion, as well as relevant resources to assist new faculty in their transition to UBC:
  1. The mentors and the Director, can provide the mentee with advice on subjects that include:
    • Applying for research funding, designing grant proposals, grant management
    • Hiring staff, recruiting and supervising graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, lab management
    • Research networking opportunities
    • Responding to reviews of manuscripts and grant applications
    • Departmental activities and resources
    • Teaching assignments, development of a teaching philosophy, resources for course development and for improving teaching skills
    • Expected workloads with respect to teaching, service, and student supervision
    • Progress towards tenure and promotion (i.e. developing demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, and service as well as national/international recognition)
    • Preparation of CV and annual activity reports
    • Award eligibility
    • Tenure and promotion processes
  1. As necessary, the mentors or the Director may refer the mentee to an expert to provide specific advice on a particular subject. The mentee should also be mindful that the mentors’ advice on some of the subjects listed above is often an opinion and not official UBC policy. The mentee is encouraged to seek input from as many relevant sources as possible and for policy matters to consult with the School Director, the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations, the HR Manager or Faculty Relations. In addition, both the Faculty Relations and Faculties Applied Science and Medicine websites have official policy documents such as the current Guide to Promotion and Tenure.
  2. The Director and mentors may coordinate on formal mentoring activities. The mentors will provide the Director with a written summary of their annual meeting with the mentee (the mentee will also receive a copy of this summary). This document will form the basis for discussions between the Director and the mentee at their annual meeting. Conversely, the Director may approach the mentors and ask them to provide the mentee with additional advice on specific issues.
  3. Mentees are also encouraged to seek advice relating to research, grant applications, teaching and career advice, etc., as needed, from other faculty members and to participate in relevant workshops offered by Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Medicine and other UBC stakeholders.
  4. Participation as a mentor is expected to be a normal part of a faculty member’s School service and should be recognized as an important contribution to the mission of the School, which emphasizes building a collegial atmosphere. Mentors are encouraged to list membership on faculty mentoring committees in their annual update reports for Merit/PSA consideration.

Microsoft OneDrive is now available to all UBC Faculty & Staff.

Microsoft (MS) OneDrive is a file hosting and synchronization service operated by Microsoft, as part of their suite of MS 365 applications. MS OneDrive allows users to securely store, share, and synchronize files and folders from anywhere at anytime.

MS OneDrive at a Glance

  • 1TB (one terabyte) of data storage
  • Secure sharing storage
  • Access to your files at any time, from anywhere, on your favorite devices 
  • Ability to share within and outside of your organization
  • Easy co-authoring  
  • Seamless integration with your favorite Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Find files with intelligent recommendations based on what you are working on and who you are working with


You can access OneDrive on your computer after setting up the OneDrive Sync Client. Here's how to get started with MS OneDrive:

You can also visit the OneDrive Portal to access your OneDrive files if you are on a different computer. (Remember to log out once you are done using OneDrive).


A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for MS Teams and OneDrive has been conducted and approved by UBC Safety & Risk Services.

All data created and uploaded via MS Teams will be stored in your MS OneDrive account. MS OneDrive is stored securely and hosted in Canada.

Collaborating with MS OneDrive

The best way to collaborate on a document is to share it with edit permissions to the other user(s).

By using the online version of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, you will see changes happen simultaneously with your collaborators.

Online Office apps can be accessed through your web browser by going to:

What happens to OneDrive access when you are no longer part of UBC

Once employee status is no longer active, you will lose access to OneDrive. Please ensure that you download or save your files to an alternate location prior to the end of your employment at UBC.

Before your access is disabled, you will need to review the files you have shared with other people. If your shared files still need to be accessed by others, you will need to assign ownership of the file to another active UBC employee who will share those documents. If you need the files, please download and/or save your files to an alternate location.

Microsoft Teams is now available to UBC Faculty, Staff and Students for free.

Microsoft Teams offers an all-in-one collaboration and communication solution, integrating chat (IM), online meetings, calling, file management and a project work space into one interface.

Over the next few months, all Skype for Business users will be required to transition to Teams.

If you are a Skype for Business user, you will have a choice to make

  1. Keep using Skype for Business for Instant Messaging and Meetings for now and only use Microsoft Teams for Team Site Collaboration; or
  2. Move to Microsoft Teams for Instant Messaging, Meetings and Team Site Collaboration (Teams Only Mode)

For those who choose to move to Teams Only mode

  • You will get access to all the MS Teams features notes above.
  • You can still look up, chat and attend meetings with other Skype for Business users in the Teams app.
  • You will need to rebook any Skype for Business meetings that you are hosting (using either Teams or Zoom).
  • If you have an assistant that books Skype for Business meetings on your behalf or if you book Skype meetings on behalf of someone else, you should request to move to Teams Only mode at the same time.
  • MS Teams does not currently have a phone dial-in conferencing option for meetings. Those who need this feature should use Zoom instead.

Download & Install Microsoft Teams

How to Sign In to Teams

If you have any questions or issues, contact

To download SBME's virtual Zoom backgrounds, select from the following options below.

If selecting the image link does not prompt you to download the background, right click on the link to open in a new tab and then proceed to download):


  1. Background 1

  2. Background 2

  3. Background 3

  4. Background 4

  5. Background 5