IRP Student: Moving Ahead as a Community

IRP Student: Moving Ahead as a Community

May 03, 2021

UBC has reached an important milestone in effort to modernize our student information ecosystem.


The Integrated Renewal Program-Student (IRP Student) has been approved to proceed toward a 2023/24 deployment by the Board of Governors, with immediate release of funding for this fiscal year. This follows unanimous support from the Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC) and the Board Finance Committee. Approval for the full program plan and budget is anticipated at the next Board meeting in June and formal announcement to the broader UBC community will be made at that time.


The IRP Student ecosystem renewal is a critical investment in UBC’s future. Anchored in Workday, our refreshed ecosystem will open the door to innovation and ongoing improvements in how we support our academic mission. It will enable UBC to better support students and deliver the digital experience our community expects. Crucially, it will mitigate the significant operational and security risks we currently face with our legacy Student Information System.


We are now ramping up our activity to maintain momentum for the 2023/24 deployment. The IRP Student team will be expanding its community consultations on a wide range of topics and are looking forward to engaging further with colleagues across the two campuses.


We will also be significantly growing the IRP Student implementation team over the coming weeks and months. Our desire is to look first to the immense talent that already exists at UBC. UBC employees offer the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to fulfill many of these roles. The program is also a unique opportunity for UBC to broaden and deepen the skillsets within our community and provide professional development to staff, in alignment with UBC’s Focus on People 2025 framework. This approach also helps UBC to optimize costs and reduce those normally associated with utilizing consultants.


IRP Student will be looking to fill a variety of roles including project managers, business analysts, student administration business leads and subject matter experts, developers, integration analysts, test leads/analysts, organizational change management and communications leads/specialists, and training specialists.


Roles will generally be offered as ongoing UBC positions and secondments can be arranged for current UBC employees where desired.  Enabling interested staff members to explore opportunities with the IRP Student team is an outstanding way to support their professional development, enhance a unit’s engagement with this critical project, and contribute to our overall success. Job postings will be accessible starting in May with additional postings later this year and into next year. Inquiries can be directed to


UBC has embarked on a process of transformation with IRP Student. Our success will come through community investment and partnership, as we work together to move the university forward.