UCnet is one of three new websites developed by UCOP Communications as part of a strategic initiative to improve the information, tools and resources offered to UC employees and retirees via the Web. UCnet is a place where UC faculty, staff and retirees can:
- Get timely news and information to stay abreast of what’s going on around the university
- Find information about benefits and policies
- Gain easy access to personal benefits information
- Find a wealth of university tools and resources
- Read interesting stories about the university and its people
- Share views with colleagues from around the system
- Learn about opportunities to get involved in UC community activities
UCnet also provides prospective employees and other audiences information about UC employment.
Key features of UCnet
UCnet offers users a number of features aimed at making the site easy and enjoyable to use, including:
- A powerful search tool
- Clear organization of information: five main sections, each with a distinct focus
- A gateway to other information such as UC policies, systemwide jobs and resources for faculty
- Option to receive automatic news updates via RSS and social media feeds
- Ability to comment on stories and share perspectives
More information about UCnet and answers to some common questions about the new website are available below.
We encourage you to explore the site and send us your feedback. If you have a comment or suggestion, please feel free to send us an email at email@example.com.
Some key questions and facts about UCnet
Why was UCnet created?
UCnet is one of three new websites developed by UCOP Communications as part of a strategic initiative to strengthen UC’s online presence and services. The design and functionality of UCOP’s main websites had not been evaluated in many years, and they all were running on old technology. As a result, they were not serving audiences or communications efforts as well as they could, and maintaining them was very cumbersome and labor-intensive.
So, with support from leadership and a lot of input from various focus groups, UCOP Communications developed a strategy to redefine and redesign these three sites in order to strengthen online services and communications effectiveness. Here’s a brief overview of the three sites, the key audiences they are aimed at serving and the main focus of each site:
Primary audiences: UC employees and retirees
Central hub for:
Primary audiences: Local UCOP and UC locations
Secondary audiences: peer institutions, media, etc.
Focus = detailed information re:
Primary audiences: general public, news media, other external audiences
Focus = dynamic storytelling:
What has happened to At Your Service?
The information and resources available from AYS have been incorporated into UCnet, so you’ll be able to find the same information and perform the same functions on UCnet that you used AYS for; it just looks a little different.
What do I do if I can’t find something?
The fastest way to find what you’re looking for is to use the search tool at the top of each page. We’ve significantly improved our search function, and chances are it will help you find what you’re looking for. You can also take a quick look in each of the five main UCnet sections by using the navigation tabs at the top of each page. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to help you locate it.
How can I provide feedback about UCnet?
Our goal is for UCnet to be as helpful and informative as possible. If you find a broken link or are having trouble finding something, or if you have an idea for how we might improve the site, we’d love to hear from you. You can submit comments, questions and feedback to our web team at email@example.com.
What will the relationship be between UCnet and the new UCPath portal website?
Employees will use the new UCPath portal to get personalized information about their pay and benefits and perform transactions related to payroll and medical benefits such as adding a family member to a medical plan or updating payroll deductions, much as they do now through At Your Service Online.
UCnet offers comprehensive information about both medical and retirement benefits and much more. It contains timely news and information, access to At Your Service Online and Fidelity UC Focus on Your Future websites. It is also the place to find information about policies and a vast array of tools and resources, as well as interesting stories about the university and the people who work here.
The UCPath portal and UCnet will share some general (non-personalized) information about health benefits, but UCPath is focused mostly on payroll and medical benefits transactions. More about UCPath.