Quality work at Stockholm University
The quality policy sets out the points of departure for how Stockholm University secures and develops its core operations of research and education, with the aim of achieving the highest quality.
The university’s quality work is founded in a vital and strongly established quality culture, characterised by reflection and a critical search for knowledge, along with the sharing and defence of established knowledge. The quality work is based on commitment, trust, and individual responsibility among teachers, other staff and students.
The university’s current quality system consists of both development and evaluation and considers for instance preconditions, implementation, and monitoring of education and research. Internally, the system must be quality-enhancing and contribute to fulfilling the goal of the university's strategies: to strive for research and education of the highest international quality. The system must meet the quality requirements, expectations and demands from the Government, students, and external stakeholders.
Quality work education
Stockholm University’s quality system for education comprises six sub-areas:
1. Organization and governance
2. Establishment, revision and discontinuation
3. Planning, implementation and follow-up
4. Admission and degree
5. Employment and skills development
6. Student support and information
The sub-areas are based on the Higher Education Act, the Higher Education Ordinance, as well as Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, ESG. The President’s Standing Committee for Educational Evaluation and System for Quality Assurance System (Rebus) leads the work with the development of the quality system.
Quality assurance activities
Each sub-area includes a number of activities which contribute to ensuring and enhancing the quality of courses and study programmes. Activities include the president's annual quality dialogues with the Science areas, the president's funding for quality enhancement of courses and study programmes, revision of syllabi, implementation of course evaluations, peer review in teacher employment processes, and study and career guidance.
Based on specific quality criteria originating from ESG, the university has developed its own system for reviewing study programmes and courses every six years. Other examples of generic quality assurance activities include working with student influence and gender equality.
Quality work research
The quality of the research performed at Stockholm university is assured through the use of the research community’s widely accepted and well-established scientific methods and practices as well as through internal strategies, action plans, routines, rules and support functions.
Peer review is the fundamental process for quality assurance of research. Thousands of research applications and publications originating from the university are peer reviewed yearly by the international research community. When deemed necessary the university initiates external evaluations of research environments or scientific disciplines.
Stockholm University strives to recruit the most qualified individuals and to provide them with stable working conditions to enable research of the highest quality. Positions are announced in an open way to have wide reach and evaluation of candidates includes peer review of external experts.
Quality assurance as well as quality development is based on a systematic and collegial method of work. When combined with a well-functioning cooperation between organizational levels, with a common understanding of the university’s mission and operations, problems can be solved and opportunities seized.
Several other processes and functions within the university are of major importance for the quality assurance of research. Examples are the university’s gender equality work, cooperation developing actions, the university library, the grants office and routines to find and handle possible research misconduct.
An ongoing work effort aims to complete the currently existing quality assurance system for research. Part of this work is to develop and systematize the internal quality dialogue, the most central internal process for quality assurance and development. An indicator-based report is under development and will function as a recurrent discussion material in the internal dialogue between the university’s organizational decision levels; departments, faculties and the senior management team.
Last updated: February 5, 2021
Source: Office of the President