About the Plan

Why does the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences have a strategic plan, and what is it used for?

A strategic plan typically sets out an organization’s vision and priorities, together with accompanying strategies. Catalyst for Change was developed as a foundational plan to provide direction for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences over a five-year period, with the aim of helping the Faculty to achieve the various goals identified during the planning and consultation phase.

How does the new strategic plan relate to existing institutional strategic plans?

A number of senior members of the UBC leadership team were consulted during the development of Catalyst for Change, which helped to shape the priorities and strategies outlined in the Faculty plan. Catalyst for Change was written in advance of UBC’s plan Shaping UBC’s Next Century, which was completed in 2018. The Faculty plan was reviewed by the university strategic plan development team, and the Dean and other senior faculty members were consulted as part of the institutional strategic planning process, which helped to develop the university plan. The initiatives in Shaping UBC’s Next Century aim to support faculty plans.

The major priorities in Catalyst for Change and UBC goals are well aligned – a mapping process has determined that all actions in the Faculty plan relate to one or more institutional strategies.

As well as the overall institutional plan, the Faculty plan also shows alignment with other plans from across the institution, both at the time of planning, and subsequently during its implementation; for example, UBC Health’s Plan in Health, the Faculty of Medicine’s Building the Future, and the Indigenous Strategic Plan.

The strategic plan refers to commitments and priority areas, what do these mean?

The commitments represent underlying principles in how the Faculty works, enabling both short- and long-term success:

  • Creating a community that enables excellence through collective action.
  • Putting into practice novel ideas with the greatest scope for sustained impact.
  • Searching for relevant connections, fostering meaningful collaborations that provide mutual benefit.

The strategies have been articulated around four integral priorities that reflect all of our activities: People and Place; Education; Research; Practice.

How do the strategies fit within the plan?

Catalyst for Change specified 15 individual strategies, informed by the priorities and commitments identified during the extensive consultation process. The strategies are grouped by priority area, and inter-related due to the cross cutting themes. Each strategy has been broken down further into specific actions, which will be used to facilitate implementation and progress as we head to 2022.