Wellbeing is essential to achieving our full potential in teaching, learning, research and engagement; creating healthier, happier, and more sustainable communities at UBC and beyond. Evidence tells us that people who are well are more able to engage in deep learning, are more likely to be retained and have a stronger sense of community. Wellbeing at UBC was created to help facilitate a cultural shift where wellbeing is valued as a deeply held commitment by the university. By focusing on human and ecological wellbeing in a holistic and regenerative way, UBC can help set up graduates, faculty and staff for long-term success.


  • Hosted the 2015 International Conference of Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and leveraged the resulting international charter that weaves together health, wellbeing and sustainability to inform UBC’s approach to wellbeing.
  • Supported charter development in collaboration with participants from 45 countries and helped shape two Calls to Action:
    • Embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates; and,
    • lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally


  • Undertook development of plans, frameworks and new initiatives for five wellbeing priority areas (see outer circle in image to right) across both Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
  • Engaged faculties to integrate wellbeing into their strategic planning, unit cultures and workplace and classroom settings.
    Supported student, staff and faculty led engagement initiatives that champion wellbeing, including the Okanagan
  • Campus Trails Project, BodyWorks, Early Alert and Walkabout.
  • Embedded wellbeing throughout strategic plans and documents including the Student Mental Health Strategy, the 20-Year Sustainability Strategy, and the Vancouver and Okanagan Campus Master Plans.


UBC’s whole community approach embeds wellbeing across the university at all levels to inform decision-making and our daily activities. A Steering Committee comprised of senior academic, student, and administrative leadership from across both campuses ensures that wellbeing is embedded as a strategic priority across the institution.

A Strategic Support Team comprised of individuals from key administrative units supports faculties, student bodies, and administrative units that are championing wellbeing. Individual community members also contribute initiatives, ideas, and research projects to further the vision of wellbeing as a strategic priority.
Wellbeing at UBC is a banner under which conversations take place, collaboration is increased and new learning emerges.