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Recipients of the Lund University Administrative Prize

The Administrative Prize is awarded annually for outstanding administrative efforts of an innovative nature that have contributed to the University’s development, or for extraordinary service and efficiency.

The recipients of the 2020 prize are research funding adviser Sophie Hydén Picasso at the Division of Research, Collaboration and Innovation (Central Administration), and study adviser and assistant director of studies Lena Rolén at the Department of Strategic Communication (Faculty of Social Sciences). They each receive SEK 15 000 for their own professional development.  

With this award, the University Management wishes to recognise extraordinary contributions in administration throughout the University. The prize will be awarded at the University’s annual academic ceremony in January 2020.

From the nominations:

Sophie Hydén Picasso

“Research Services has developed a programme, led by Sophie Hydén Picasso, to support researchers applying for ERC grants. As applicants, we have been able to attend presentations and participate in discussions with previous applicants and members of the ERC evaluation panels. Sophie also organised a form of peer review in which we received feedback on application drafts from these experts and from each other. The programme also includes invaluable expert support directly from Research Services concerning the important administrative and financial details required to submit a correct and qualitative application, as well as correct budgets, signatures, agreements etc.”

“I was awarded an ERC starting grant in 2019. It is of utmost importance that LU provides this kind of support to applicants for these highly competitive external funds and that the support is of the highest quality. Awarding Sophie Hydén Picasso the Lund University Administrative Prize is a clear sign that the programme Sophie has built up concerning ERC starting grants should be an example and an inspiration for other research support programmes”.

Lena Rolén

“During her time at the department, Lena Rolén has taken initiatives and been a driving force in a way that goes above and beyond what is expected of her and which has been invaluable, not only for the department’s students and staff, but for all of Campus Helsingborg. She is very familiar with administrative law and the University’s administrative processes, always endeavours to carry out work in compliance with the law and, not least, she is a brave person who never hesitates to offer her point of view and carry it forward in a constructive and respectful way.”

“Lena has also driven the development of our international Master’s programme. Her expertise on matters concerning international students such as residency permits, housing and student welfare has contributed to the success of the programme. In addition, in collaboration with the student organisations, for many years she has participated in the work to inform students about the University’s responsibility to work against discrimination and harassment of students (Campus against harassment).”

Photo of Sophie Hydén-Picasso
Sophie Hydén-Picasso

Lena Rolén
Lena Rolén

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