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Operational plan and resource allocation for 2022 now ready!

Photo of the front page of the operational plan.

What’s new in this operational plan is that the management is presenting its strategic map formulated as LU = 5 K + C. (The letters in this formula are the initials of the key words in Swedish). Lund University is to further develop its Quality, Creativity, Integrity, Communication, Character and Campus.

The annual operational plan is based on the University’s overall strategic plan. The operational plan describes the University’s goals, priorities and particular challenges. Among other things, the operational plan for 2022 highlights digital challenges and the importance of teaching skills, sustainable development and internationalisation.

Main features of resource allocation for 2022

Resource allocation is based on the previous year’s allocation, while the changes/investments that are reported constitute a small part of the total grants, but here comes a selection of the contents.

An idea that permeates the allocation of research funding is that it is to go to short-term investments so that the funds return to being available when various forms of increases in premises costs arise. The faculties concerned also have a plan for future increases. At the university-wide level, a total of around SEK 75 million has been promised (see the section on premises provision) to finance increased premises costs. In education, new funds are directed towards shortfalls in certain professions and other purposes set by the government. The majority of education investments are limited in time (see figure 9) which entails that the funds cannot be used for construction of permanent extensions.

Half of the additional research funds obtained in 2021 (SEK 58 million) were allocated to the faculties and half are at the disposal of the vice-chancellor. In the resource allocation for 2022, it was decided that the vice-chancellor’s ‟half” is to be used to finance the previously approved research programme for excellence focused on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development. The remaining SEK 4 million of the vice-chancellor’s ‟half” are allocated to the University Libraries and LUKOM.

As a few internally earmarked funds (to finance the payment regarding ESS many years ago) are about to be phased out, some funding has been released for research. These funds are set aside for the vice-chancellor’s disposal and are to be used for common initiatives such as the development of international research excellence.

The central administration is reinforced through financing for accessibility adaptation, reinforcement of legal counsel, and system administration and processing, among other things.

The University has a large agency capital which is to be found in various parts of the organisation. The agency capital is an asset that provides stability but could also make it more difficult for the University to obtain new funding. The University Board has therefore decided that the agency capital is not to exceed 15% of each faculty’s costs. If it should exceed that, then 10% of the excess amount is to be returned to a university-wide fund. According to the planning conditions, this model is to remain in place for 2023 and 2024 as well.
The University’s pension costs are continuously rising, which is the reason why an increase in supplementary salary costs has been approved.

See the whole operational plan and allocation of resources under visions, goals and strategies (in Swedish).