Staff advocacy

Members of the University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) have access to a staff advocate who can help with a variety of situations:

  • Confidential work-related advice
  • Questions about Waterloo policies
  • Interpretations of Waterloo policies
  • How policies are implemented
  • Referrals to various campus resources

The employment practices and standards that define the role of staff are outlined in the Staff Employment Policy 18.

The policy for resolving problems or disagreements concerning the workplace is outlined in the Dispute Resolution Policy 36.

UWSA newsletter

In addition to emailing members important notices and updates as they arise, we use MailChimp to send a monthly newsletter and information about special events, programs, and discounts available only to members.

The newsletter includes the latest UWSA news and events, workplace tips, and upcoming events on campus and in the community. See past issues in the archive

If you've previously unsubscribed from this newsletter but would like to rejoin, or haven't been getting it but think you should, please contact us.

Legal and financial advisor reimbursement in the event of involuntary termination

In addition to the advice and counsel of the UWSA Executive Manager, the UWSA provides financial support to members who have been involuntarily terminated. In these circumstances, the UWSA will reimburse the member for covered expenses. 

Career services for staff

Staff members can meet with the Employee Career Advisor for assistance with self-assessments, résumé and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, professional development and further education resources, career decision making, and job success.
Confidential, one-on-one appointments can be booked through WaterlooWorks. This service is available, free of charge, to all University of Waterloo employees in a regular appointment or a temporary assignment of one year or longer. Staff members can also access the award-winning CareerHub and other CCA online resources.

The UWSA was instrumental in creating the position of Staff Career Advisor and funding was initially provided by the Staff Excellence Fund.

Staff Association sign

The Staff Association is always available to help you with workplace-related problems and concerns. Email

Services are only available to UWSA members.