However, the primary cooperation takes place in a network for collaboration between all the coordinators for targeted pedagogical support at the higher education institutions - the Coordinators' Network - and in a national reference group where nine higher education institutions are represented.

Forms of cooperation

The primary and most active consultative group for the coordinator of the "national funds" at Stockholm University, is a national reference group where nine higher education institutions are represented through their coordinators. The members of the reference group are nominated relating to various topical issues and for a period of 2-3 years.
The group assembles once each semester to discuss current topics, to follow up ongoing work and projects in working groups, and to plan conferences and seminars for all coordinators at the higher education institutions. All coordinators who so wish can take part in the national Coordinators' Network.

Cooperation with the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (SPSM)

Stockholm University, through the coordinator of the national funds, also cooperates with the SPSM (National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools). In recent years, the collaboration has mostly concerned the extensive and growing mentorship activity in higher education. Mentor support involves helping students to organize and plan studies, making agreements and following them up together with the student. The mentors are either experienced students who have been recruited and trained for the task, or professional mentors on-site or via the web.

Mentor support is mainly offered students with difficulties planning their studies, and as a complement to other kinds of support relating to study techniques available to all students.

In a collaboration between Stockholm University, Lund University and SPSM, a "Mentor handbook" was created (2013) with practical advice to mentors as well as the students receiving the support. The handbook focuses on thoughts, tips and advice on how a mentorship can be established, defined (setting boundaries), carried out, evaluated and concluded.

Here you can order the Mentor handbook in Swedish or download it as a file: webbshop.spsm.se/mentorshandboken

Here you can order the Mentor handbook translated into English or download it as a file: webbshop.spsm.se/mentor-handbook-in-english

International cooperations

NNDC - a Nordic cooperation

In the spring 2008 a Nordic network was formed by the different national coordinator networks/equivalent in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. It is called the Nordic Network for Disability Coordinators/equivalent (NNDC).

The LINK Network

Additionally, in 2008 a European network was formed, with support from the EU lifelong learning programme. This network is called The LINK Network, where LINK is an acronym for Learning Inclusively Network + Know-how. It is led by partner organizations from seven countries: Belgium (Flanders), Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Great Britain and Sweden. Here you can find more information about the network: www.thelinknetwork.eu