President’s Awards for Staff

psae-medal2015UBC presents the President’s Service Awards for Excellence and other staff awards annually, to recognize staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence within the UBC community.

The President’s Service Award for Excellence (PSAE) was created in 1991 and is awarded to employees for their outstanding contributions to the university. With the growth of the university over the years, including the addition of the Okanagan campus, the UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards and the UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence were created to celebrate a wider range of accomplishments.


About the Awards

President’s Service Award for Excellence

The President’s Service Award for Excellence is the top award presented to UBC staff in recognition of excellence in personal achievements and contributions to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University.


  • Excel in their area of work and in personal achievements
  • Excel in their work over and above their job description
  • Improve the value, efficiency and sustainability of the services they provide
  • Maintain a consistently high quality of service to their clients (students, faculty, etc)
  • Display commitment to community enhancement in either the UBC community or service to another community
  • Exemplify good citizenship through personal volunteerism or by helping to position UBC as a good citizen in the wider world
  • Make outstanding contributions to UBC


  • Up to five awards may be given in one year.
  • Only individuals may be nominated for the PSAE.


  • All staff of the University who have at least 10 continuous years of service are eligible for the awards, with the exception of Vice-Presidents, Associate Vice-Presidents or the equivalent.

Announcement of Recipients

Each recipient receives a medal and $5,000. Awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies.

Recipient Selection

The recipients will be selected by the President, with the support of an advisory committee.

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus)


  • Up to 14 awards across seven categories may be awarded every year.
  • Individuals may be nominated for all awards. Team awards may be submitted in the Enhancing the UBC Experience, Advancing Diversity and Inclusion, and Wellbeing categories.


  • All permanent UBC Vancouver campus staff with a minimum of three years of continuous service are eligible.

Award Categories

There are seven categories of President’s Staff Awards:

  • Leadership
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Community Engagement
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Wellbeing (individuals or groups may be nominated) (new in 2018)

There can be up to 14 award recipients per year. A staff member can receive both the PSAE and the PSA, but not in the same year.

Recipient Selection

The recipients will be selected by the President, with the support of an advisory committee.

Note: UBC staff who work at remote sites such as the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, the Dairy Education and Research Centre, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Robson Square, and hospital sites in the Vancouver Fraser, Northern, and Island medical programs are considered part of the Vancouver campus. UBC staff who are part of the Southern Medical Program are considered part of the Okanagan campus.