Learning and development

Photo of a pathway through the forest
Learning is a journey not a destination.
― Anonymous

What's your learning path? 

Take the next step and discover a number of great learning opportunities to support you in your personal and professional development.

Learning and Development offers a variety of courses, certificates and programs as well as links to other learning opportunities on campus.

Our courses are free for all regular full-time and part-time staff.

Note: a fast code is required at time of registration and fees only applied for last minute cancellations. View our cancellation policy for more information.

See our current courses & programs and frequently asked questions.

NEW! 75 minute VIP tour for UVic Employees. Check the details of the tour below in the section Campus learning opportunities and programs.

Dear UVic community, please be advised we will be updating our website for the new year in order to provide you with a better service. We sincerely hope you like the updates. Don’t forget to check us back in 2017! 

HR learning opportunities and programs

Explore lynda.com

Ways to use lynda.com

lynda.com is a fantastic way to gather on demand online tools for your personal and professional development.

Here are some quick suggestions for new ways to learn and implement your new learning. 

Try using lynda:

  1. On the go: Download the lynda.com app on your smartphone and work your way through your favourite personal or professional videos on your coffee break, lunch hour, during your work out, or while sitting in waiting rooms.
  2. As a group: Select a video and watch together as part of a staff or team meeting; use a video or series to help you when delivering lectures, presentations, or lunch and learn discussions, or start a Learning club and move through a course as a group.
  3. As a supervisor: Suggest videos or playlists to your staff as part of their career development plan, or incorporate videos as part of your training program for new employees.

Also, with lynda.com you can create custom playlists to track your favourite videos or to design a personal learning program around particular themes.

Learn how to create a playlist here http://www.lynda.com/Business-tutorials/Creating-managing-your-playlists/77683/167598-4.html?org=uvic.ca


Below are some sample playlists to get you started:



Business Writing:



Project Management:


Have you or your teams developed a playlist you think could be useful to other UVic users? Send us a link to hrprojectsmanager@uvic.ca

Workplace learning

HR Learning and Development courses can be taken individually to suit your needs both personally and professionally.

In addition, we have also combined a variety of our courses into certificate programs designed for staff, new to or aspiring supervisors, supervisors and managers.

Apply for a certificates below:

How to complete a certificate:

  • These certificates are designed to be taken over a couple of years as your schedule permits and courses are offered
  • Courses can be taken in any order
  • Track your courses on the certificate course tracking forms listed below
  • Ensure you have completed the above application
  • Finally, submit your reflection paper to odls1@uvic.ca. See below for more details.

Certificate course tracking form

The forms listed below are to assist you in keeping track of each course you have completed as well as providing a space for notes for each course. We recommend you use the notes section as it will aid you in writing your reflection paper once you have completed all the required courses.

Reflection paper requirements

Upon completion of all the courses pertaining to your certificate, we ask that you submit a reflection paper to summarize the following:

  • What you learned - Reflect on the different courses taken and two or three points that were learned that were helpful or created an insight or gave you a new skill or confirmed that you were on the right track. Also any observations about how the content in the courses complimented each other (course to course)
  • How did you apply learning - Tell about some ways you used the new skills or knowledge (ie. communication and creativity or managing conflict etc) or one particular set of skills. Tell a story of what you did and what happened and what was different/useful about using this learning
  • Conclude with your plans for application of the skills going forward. What is your intention for continued application of learning

Note: the paper should be 8-10 pages double spaced in 12 font.

UVic Careers training and support

We have scheduled drop-in sessions to assist you with UVic Careers and the hiring process.

Visit the Employment Services hiring web page to view details of dates, times and locations of sessions.

No formal registration is required.

To assist you in your training, please bring a laptop/tablet with you to the session.

Note: we will have limited laptops available should you be unable to bring your own.

For further questions relating to this training and support please email

Manager's "how to" series

This series of workshops will help managers and those in leadership roles in understanding university specific systems, processes and tools. The series has six main categories, with a range of topics within each:

Audience: Those currently in supervisory, management and leadership roles at UVic.

Duration: Topics in this series will run 2-3 hours.

Facilitators: Our own members of the campus community, and experts in their field, will be leading the sessions.

Schedule: Please see our learning and development training calendar for the list of dates and sessions and to register.

Limited seats are available.


Understanding the university culture and governance.

  • Connecting Your Work to the First Year Student Experience
  • University 101 - How the University Works and the Larger Context of post-Secondary Education
  • Greening UVic – Sustainability Initiatives at UVic
  • Understanding The Framework Agreement
  • University Communication – Practical Tips and Tools for Communicating in the University Environment
  • Integrated Planning Process
  • External Relations and our Connection to the Community

Promoting human rights and equity

  • Implementing an Inclusive and Respectful Workplace:  Roles and Responsibilities of Managers
  • Helping People Talk about Mental Health in the Workplace (removing the stigma)
  • Intercultural Communication

People management

  • Recruitment Process
  • Job Evaluation
  • Best Practices in Staff Recruitment
  • Expectations of Employees and Supervisors
  • Introduction to Performance Planning and Review Process
  • How to Ensure Accommodation and Return to Work – Works Well
  • Working within a Unionized Environment
  • Legal Aspects of the Employment Relationship
  • Attendance/Absence Management

Finance management

  • Understanding the Budgeting System and Various Accounting aspects
  • Understanding University Finances – differentiating between operating, ancillary, capital, research and endowment funds
  • Travel and other business expenses

UVic specific tools

  • Brand Guidelines and the Style Guide: Best practices for publications, email and the web
  • Internet Initiatives and Web Strategies Including Social Media
  • Outlook Calendar and Email Management

Critical issues

  • Dealing with Disaster: Preparedness, Response and Support
  • Manager’s Responsibility for Health and Safety of Staff 
  • Legal Issues that Affect Universities
  • Access and Privacy - Best Practices
  • Records Management& Responsibility
  • Information Security

Mentorship program

This program is designed to promote professional and personal development.

We establish a relationship between two staff members that provides informal guidance, coaching, knowledge-sharing and enhanced understanding of the University of Victoria environment.

The program is run with a cohort of approximately 20 participants each year and is open to all staff. Participation in the program is by application or invitation only. 

The program starts in the fall and is six months in duration. It will include a mix of scheduled events and flexibility for pairs to meet on their own.

Please note:

  • At least one pairing will be reserved for members of a designated group as defined by the University Equity Policy.
  • All staff are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those in regular appointments.
  • Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016/2017 program.

Matching process

We realize that getting the right partner is a critical success factor in the mentoring experience. For that reason, we ask prospective mentees to fill out an application to assess their needs.

Based on the information in the application form and subsequent conversations with the mentee, we will then invite a specific staff member to act as their mentor.

Prospective mentors can put in an expression of interest to participate in the program by emailing .


Mentee benefits

  • Expand personal and professional network on campus.
  • Gain an increased understanding and awareness about UVic and the careers available here.
  • Creation of a safe sounding board for ideas or issues.
  • Receive positive and constructive feedback on personal and professional development issues in a confidential setting.
  • Gain new perspective on ways to increase development and growth at UVic.
  • Increase confidence.
  • Higher job satisfaction and engagement in work.

Mentor benefits

  • Opportunity to grow coaching and listening skills.
  • Investment in the development of future leaders.
  • Transfer expertise to others.
  • Gain insights into other areas of UVic, how they work and how they approach issues.
  • Higher job satisfaction and engagement in work.
  • Pride in own skill set and attributes.

UVic benefits

  • Positive impact on retention and recruitment.
  • Promotes a welcoming environment.
  • Supports career and succession planning.
  • Engages equity groups, concepts and goals.
  • Increases communication across the organization using non-hierarchical pathways.
  • Develops talent.
  • Increases job satisfaction for mentors and mentees.


For more information on the program contact:

Tonya Said-Wilson
Human Resources Consultant

Phone 250-721-8090

Self learning guides

Used with permission from York University, these self-paced self learning guides are designed to support individual learning and development for staff members.

These guides provide resources, tips and tools for those with hectic schedules who may not be able to attend courses and/or wanting to refresh skills.

Self learning Guides include:

Additional tips and tools include:

Campus learning opportunities and programs

Financial Services training

Register now for a variety of 1 hour training sessions on specific topics in financial accounting.

The training starts in January 2016 and is offered regularly throughout the year.  The courses include:  Introduction to Accounting, Overview of FAST, Running Reports in FAST, FAST JV, Pinning Reports in FAST and Accounting at Year-End.

For more information on these sessions and to register visit the FAST Finance Training site.
(Netlink ID and password required).

Any question regarding Financial services training can be directed to fastfinancehelp@uvic.ca

Communication + Marketing

University Communications + Marketing offers a series of workshops to support Edge implementation and ongoing communications and marketing activities.

View workshop details on the UVic events calendar and register today!

Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies offers special employees prices for their courses, $250 for evening courses on campus and $300 for online courses (plus text and/or materials).
Visit Continuing Studies or email for more information on their programs.

FAST HR Reporting Tool

FAST HR Reporting

FAST HR is a self-service reporting tool for authorized UVic administrators that provides access to position, jobs, leave and payroll information. FAST HR is available through the My online tools menu.

How do I request or access this service?

To request this service, your supervisor must log in and complete the Human Resources Security Access form

Discover FAST HR -  for administrators

Do you manage human resource reporting for your department or unit? Join us for an introductory 1.5-hour session.

Learn how FAST HR can help you manage your people and positions:

  • Query and run reports on positions, jobs, leave and payroll
  • Save pinned reports
  • Format and export reports to Excel or PDF

The session begins with a 45-minute demo of the FAST HR reporting tool, followed by time in the lab for questions and one-on-one assistance.
Upcoming dates:  Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13

View dates and register now!

For more information or assistance contact .


Quick Guides
View/download UVic-specific FAST HR guides (PDF format) on popular topics.

Video Tutorials

These 5-minute video tutorials provide quick tips and hints for FAST users.
Produced by Millennium software & service solutions.

Gustavson Executive Programs

Occupational Health and Safety

Register now for health and safety training, including courses in ergonomics and research safety.

View OHSE training opportunities

Technology Integrated Learning

Technology Integrated Learning (TIL) is here to support your pedagogical approaches to maximizing technology in the classroom through the CourseSpaces learning management system, and other educational technology platforms. For professional development opportunities, please visit the listing of upcoming workshops.

University Systems

VIP tour for UVic Employees

Human Resources and the UVic Welcome Centre are pleased to announce that we are now offering a 75 minute VIP tour for UVic Employees in addition to our regular student tours. If you are a new UVic employee or have yet to experience a tour of campus, register now via ( / 250-721-8949) for one of our upcoming tours offered bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 2:00pm.

Take some time to be oriented to the layout and services of our extraordinary physical environment with a guided tour from the perspective of an experienced UVic Employee. Come meet new faces and engage in a dynamic learning experience about the campus where we work, learn, and make a vital impact.

External learning opportunities and programs

Center for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD)

The university currently sponsors leaders to attend Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD).

Program fees are shared between your VP/president and your department budget.

Please consult with your vice-president/president with respect to funding arrangements and approval for the costs of these programs before sending your application CHERD.

Current courses include:

Application process:

Please apply directly with the University of Manitoba by contacting: Kathleen Matheos at kathleen.matheos@umanitoba.ca

Leadership Victoria

The University of Victoria sponsors two participants in Leadership Victoria every year.

For more information on this program contact:

Manuela Lale - HR Assistant
Human Resources


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