News from the University Management 7 March
On the management’s agenda
‟Good examples are to be disseminated”
‟A big thank you to the participants in Experienced Leaders, who presented their proposals during the Vice-Chancellor’s management council – Live!, on the basis of their own experiences of leadership at the University, for how the strategic plan ought to be implemented”, writes the vice-chancellor in his blog. He mentions an important point that emerged, which is to use the tools that already exist for governance, such as activity plans and resource allocation. ‟I will also take with me another very important point: that we must get better at highlighting examples of best practice and disseminating them to one another”, writes Torbjörn von Schantz.
Changes in the University Management
On 23 February, Professor Bo-Anders Jönsson was appointed pro vice-chancellor for research studies, digital learning, widening participation and the University’s work with recent immigrants. The assignment amounts to 20 per cent of full time employment.
At the same time, it was decided that Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor Torun Forslid would be included in the University Management. The senior advisor to the vice-chancellor mainly prepares and runs issues pertaining to the vice-chancellor and is responsible for coordination within the University Management. The senior advisor also has special responsibility for the vice-chancellor’s ceremonial duties and contacts with the student associations. In addition, the senior advisor works with the pro vice-chancellor for external engagement on cultural and ethical issues.
Strong collaborations with international partners
In February, SACF (The Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum) held a final seminar in Stockholm with close to one hundred participants from Brazil, China, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea and Sweden. SACF started in 2014 and can now sum up its work by observing the achievement of several reinforced collaborations, new agreements between higher education institutions, new opportunities for funding and plans for several future collaboration projects which are now in place, writes Eva Wiberg in her blog. Several new projects are underway through the same platform, in which universities and researchers from different parts of the world work together and organise seminars and meetings. Examples of these are The MIRAI project with Swedish and Japanese universities and the ACCESS project with Swedish and Chilean higher education institutions. Read more on the deputy vice-chancellor’s blog
‟Top-level research and collaboration cannot be run through control”
‟A number of signals have come in showing that research and education are in the process of being politicised and becoming a tool for often short-term political goals. The latest in a series of efforts at control concerns how universities are to collaborate. It is worrying if people believe that top-level research or collaboration can be achieved through control”, writes the vice-chancellor in his blog. Together with several other vice-chancellors, he wrote an opinion piece in the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, in which the issue is whether control of direct government funding, as presented in the research bill, should at all be assessed with regard to utility value as proposed. ‟The most important thing the Government can do is to remove obstacles and support initiatives with good peripheral resources, rather than pointing out what is ‛correct’ collaboration”, they write in the article.
Close cooperation with Canada
In connection with a Canadian state visit, Lund University hosted a delegation including Canada’s Governor General and King Carl XVI Gustaf. The visit included a tour of MAX IV and ESS and a declaration of intent was signed, writes Eva Wiberg in her blog. Lund University has long had good relations with Canadian partner universities, and cooperation has steadily increased over the past two decades. Read more in the deputy vice-chancellor’s blog
Investment in e-learning
The quality of education is an important issue and ensuring that education maintains the highest quality is a priority area in the strategic plan. At the same time, LU cannot count on more resources for education such as more teaching hours from the Government”, observes Torbjörn von Schantz in his blog. ‟Working with digitalisation is a way of continuing to maintain high quality in times of undermined resources on the education side. But digitalisation is of course not merely a question of resources. The fact that the University is at the forefront of digitalisation, both in general but also as a tool for educational development, contributes to the attraction. Students expect a high degree of digitalisation from their higher education institution”, he writes. The study programmes board has now taken a decision to set aside SEK 1 million to implement a programme to develop e-learning focusing particularly on blended learning.
‟How we will establish ourselves at Science Village Scandinavia”
“Lund University will establish parts of its organisation at Science Village Scandinavia (SVS), i.e. the land between MAX IV and ESS”, states vice-chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz in his blog. SVS is a company created by LU together with the City of Lund and Region Skåne to develop the area of land. ‟All opportunities are present here – and we will take them – to create an attractive environment for science and innovations and collaboration with the public sector, business and industry. In the strategy, we state that initially, research activities within materials science, nano and laser will move, but over the long term undergraduate and Master’s education, as well as the innovation incubator activities, may also move”, writes the vice-chancellor in his blog. At the moment, a plan of action is being drawn up and an impact analysis is to be made, both for the organisations which are moving and for those that are not.
New strategic plan – in print, film and Powerpoint form
The new strategic plan is now available in print, in both Swedish and English. Physical copies can be ordered from: strategiskplan [at] rektor.lu.se
The strategic plan is also available in PDF format on the internal Staff Pages: http://www.staff.lu.se/organisation-and-governance/vision-objectives-and-strategies)
There is also a Powerpoint presentation which summarises the plan as well as short film in which representatives of the University Management present the content of the strategic plan. Both the film and the presentation can be used in continued efforts to disseminate and garner support for the plan.
The first Science Week is underway
The first Science Week of the jubilee, Is the world becoming a better place? is underway. The Science Week series offers everything from symposia, tours of Lund, lectures, debates and open house events for the whole family at the Vattenhallen Science Centre, a special day for upper secondary schools at Eden and much more. Find out more about the week
Employees to receive award for long and devoted public service
On Thursday 9 March, the annual ceremony honouring employees who have been public servants for 30 years, or 25 years by the time of retirement, will take place. Read more
Time to sign up for Lundaloppet
It is now time to sign up for this year’s Lundaloppet race, which will take place on 13 May. As usual, Lund University sponsors all participating employees by covering their registration fee and Lundaloppet shirt. This year, the shirt design celebrates the University’s 350th anniversary. You can choose to run five or ten kilometres. There is also a walk/jog category for those who wish to take part without being timed. Read more on the Staff Pages
Higher education news
Researcher networks are most important for female researchers
It is more important for women than men to have good contacts with their researcher colleagues. This emerges from a statistical analysis of the connection between research collaboration and research findings reported by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) in its international newsletter. The analysis covers around 30 000 researchers at 17 medical research universities in the USA, and shows that female researchers who are often cited tend to be very visible in their research networks, a correlation which is not present for men who are often cited.
A new public authority is proposed to investigate research fraud
A report on a “New procedure to promote good practice and deal with misconduct in research” proposes that issues of good practice and misconduct in research be regulated by law to a greater extent than previously. A new public authority, the Research Misconduct Board, is proposed and would take over the tasks currently undertaken by the research organisations and the Expert Group for Research Misconduct at the Central Ethical Review Board. If the proposal is adopted, the Expert Group will be closed down. Another change is that individuals are to be able to report suspected research misconduct directly to the new public authority, without going via the vice-chancellor. The changes would apply as of 1 January 2019.