The Ufirst Project


Where We're Going

The UVA Human Resources transition will occur in phases over several months and is designed to minimize disruption to current operations and allow HR professionals, as well as the faculty, staff, and team members they support, to acclimate to these changes.

This transition begins the fall of 2017 and will progress gradually until people, processes, and work are in place to support the new organization.

visual timeline of the Ufirst project from September 2017 to October 2018.

Improving Your HR Experience

HR professionals are working hard to improve your HR experience. Here are some of the upcoming service improvements you can expect to see this fall:

HR Solution Center

  • New ways to communicate with HR like web chat and text messaging
  • Central point of contact for all HR-related inquiries – experts in Benefits, Leave, and Payroll
  • Ability to complete basic HR tasks through an online portal

Employee Relations

  • An Employee Relations consultant dedicated to each school / unit
  • Increased availability of trend data to inform and determine where to deploy new policies and provide better training to UVA faculty, staff, and team members

IMPACT Total Rewards

  • New electronic process for retirees during Open Enrollment
  • Improved communications during Open Enrollment
  • Partner with the HR Solution Center to support benefits, compensation, and leave administration

Learn more about the improvements


Where We've Been

  • Phase 1 (December 2014 - August 2015): Focused on the goals of the project and creating the plan, getting key stakeholders on board, and selecting a technology solution
  • Phase 2 Design (September 2015 - June 2016): Extensive research and detail combined to design the future-state HR organizational structure, define services provided, and ensure continuous development and improvement of the organization
  • Phase 2 Implementation (July 2016 - July 2018): Plan and execute the HR transformation and implement the new Workday technology solution

Learn more about the Ufirst project