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Information meeting on profiling at Lund University

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The University building. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Lund University's Vice-Chancellor Erik Renström and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Campus Development and Sustainability Per Mickwitz invite to an open information meeting on profiling at Lund University and the process forward.

The background to the meeting is the Government's bill involving a new model for quality-based resource distribution and profiling (Research Bill 2020/21: 60). The Government's goal with the new model is to promote high quality research. The Government also wants to promote strategic profiling and prioritization of research where the conditions for research of the highest international quality are best.

According to the Government, the profile areas must be strategic research initiatives of high quality that the higher education institutions themselves define. On 1 June 2021, the Swedish Research Council and other research councils presented a proposal on how the new model for quality-based resource distribution can be organized and implemented.

A profile area must include research, collaboration with the surrounding society and education in a collected knowledge environment of high quality. Profile areas can have different degrees of maturity - from established to under development with the potential to achieve very high quality, but the common denominator is that the development perspective must be clear.

The proposal is that the applications are assessed on the basis of three quality aspects: strategic profile and conditions for quality development; scientific quality; and quality in collaboration.

Time and place: Friday 12 November at 12.00-13.00, online via Zoom (meeting link is available upon registration)

Lund University has for a long time worked with profiling, renewal and quality development of research. We have recently completed the research quality evaluation – RQ20 and in 2020 Lund University adopted a “Strategy for Lund University’s Strategic Research Areas 2020-2030”. We therefore have a good base to work with these issues.

During the meeting Vice-Chancellor Erik Renström and Pro Vice-Chancellor Per Mickwitz will present what we know about the national plans for profiling and how Lund University will work with this topic. After the presentations there will be possibilities to ask questions and to express views.

The presentations will be in English, but it will be possible to ask questions also in Swedish.

The meeting will be filmed and published on www.lu.se