February 21, 2020

Navigating all the various hiring steps here at Berkeley for new employees can be tricky. In close collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs and the BRS BEARS Region, a new resource has been developed to help campus supervisors and managers who are planning to hire staff and students this year (and beyond).

January 24, 2020

Editors note: As anounced to Divisional Finance Leaders in mid-December 2019, this new offering was officially communicated to the entire campus by Rosemarie Rae, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in an email on 1/23/20.

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December 5, 2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) has just learned that the UC Berkeley UCPath Operations Team has scheduled three (3) upcoming Fall Update sessions to help people better understand the UCPath structure and leadership. 

Specifically, these sessions will cover: 

December 2, 2019

(The following Graduate Division email was sent to Berkeley Regional Services Directors, Divisional Finance Leaders, Berkeley HR, and the Controller's Office on 11/27/19)

Dear BRS Regional Directors and Research Administration Staff, Controller, Human Resources and Divisional Finance Leaders, 

This is an update regarding the process for charging fee remissions, one that will remain in effect through Spring 2020:

November 20, 2019

October 25, 2019

The following information was a joint communication by the Controller’s Office and Supply Chain Management on 10/23/19. Your applicable BRS Regional Director/Purchasing & Reimbursement Team can also offer additional guidance.

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October 15, 2019

Last updated 11/12/2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) is observing the annual closure of campus to conserve energy which will occur this year between Monday, December 23, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 

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Here are more specific details:

September 27, 2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) regional teams have begun communicating details that campus departments/units need to know to help in the onboarding of new ASE/GSR and Lecturer appointments for 1/1/2020. Check out those details on the BRS ASE/GSR and Lecturer hire webpage(s).

September 18, 2019

A location change was recently announced for Berkeley’s new employee onboarding sessions conducted by Berkeley Regional Services (BRS). Currently, these onboarding sessions are offered each week at 457 Evans Hall. Because of the popular demand for these sessions, and to give new Berkeley staff a much better experience with ample room to complete their new employee paperwork, etc., a new more convenient space has been secured.

September 4, 2019

Editor’s note: This CalMessage from the Director, Talent Management and Vice Chancellor, Administration was sent to all campus staff on 9/4/19. Managers and Supervisors were sent a similar message and those planning to hire new staff can visit the TAM page of Berkeley’s UCPath website for details.

August 23, 2019

(Editors note: The following was a campus email from Pamela Miller, Executive Director, Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) on Aug. 16, 2019.)

To the Campus Community,

August 21, 2019

The following is a summary of some helpful information that will help prepare the campus for any pay-impacting issues around the beginning of September as Berkeley begins the Fall Semester.

As announced previously, UCPath will experience system outages (aka "lockouts") when the next sister campuses (UC Davis, et all) go live in September. During conversion, the UCPath system will be down for all locations as noted below; this includes all inquiry and self-service functions: 

August 8, 2019

(Editor's note: below represents a joint Controller's Office and Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) message on August 7, 2019 regarding the retirement of the Berkeley Payroll and Personnel System (PPS).

BFS Community,

July 23, 2019

A reminder that over the next several months, there will be planned UCPath system-wide lockouts when additional sister campuses (UC Davis and ANR (Agriculture and Natural Resources) cut over to UCPath. During these timeframes, there will be no access to UCPath (this includes inquiry and self service).

July 22, 2019

Editor's note: This CalMessage from Vice Chancellor for Administration and Vice Chancellor for Research was sent to Campus on July 19, 2019. The audience is faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and staff who plan to submit proposals to non-profit and/or government sponsors through Berkeley's Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) on or after September 1, 2019.

July 19, 2019

Editor’s note: The following CalMessage was sent to Berkeley faculty on July 18, 2019. It represents a collaborative team comprised of Berkeley Regional Services (BRS), Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA), the Berkeley International Office (BIO), UCPath and the VC Research Office who have developed a revised process for the timely collection of University Services fees for Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers. This change was required as critical system checks in the previous process could not be supported through UCPath without significant customization. 

July 10, 2019

The next edition of Berkeley Regional Services “BRS Insights” e-newsletter, is almost ready for distribution! This bi-monthly newsletter is intended to keep interested faculty and staff abreast of region-related news and information and point to relevant resources for more in-depth information.

June 11, 2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS), in partnership with Information Services & Technology (IST) and Central Payroll,  just announced the creation of a new application which will allow Reader/Tutors to record their hours worked using an online app instead of completing a paper timesheet. This application will bring significant relief from manual data entry by BRS Payroll teams and increase the accuracy and availability of timesheets.

May 15, 2019

The Vice Chancellor Administration (VCA) has just announced year end deadlines for FY18-19 and is available on the VCA website. This year’s closing steps mirror those in previous years for the  VCA divisions of Berkeley Regional Services (BRS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Central Human Resources (CHR). Please review the information to ensure that all relevant steps are taken according to the schedule.

May 7, 2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) has learned of upcoming planned scheduled maintenance days for campus systems that are scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2019, affecting the enterprise systems of Blu, BearBuy, and HCM. There will be some impacts to services that BRS provides the campus as a result of these outages: