Fredrik Oldsjö. Photo: Eva Dahlin
Fredrik Oldsjö. Photo: Eva Dahlin

So, what do you work with?

“The Office of Human Science supports its three faculties: humanities, law and social sciences. This means that the office serves as administrative support for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Board of Human Science, the Faculty Leaders, Faculty Committees and all preparatory bodies at the area and faculty level. The office also has an important advisory function vis-à-vis the 36 departments and independent centres and institutes within the faculties.”

“The office also does some work for the university as a whole. We provide support to all of the educational programmes that concern the school system and are responsible for the communication concerning all teacher education at the university. ”

What type of support do you provide?

“More than 60 employees work in the office and we are divided into six sections. The deputy secretary, the financial controller and I primarily work with the deputy vice-chancellor and the Board of Human Science. Our staff also includes two people who coordinate the teacher training.”

“In the three faculty offices, the staff provides support to the respective leadership teams. Leaders in education and support staff prepare the information necessary for making decisions about education and work with quality monitoring. Our administrator of teaching ensures that all permanent teaching posts at the university follow the guidelines for the six different boards within the human sciences area.”

“In the Section of Commissioned Education, project managers and project staff coordinate some of the university’s largest continuing education programmes. This includes programmes for the further education of foreign teachers (ULV), the further education of teachers who lack a teacher’s degree (ERA) and ”Snabbspåret“ for newly arrived teachers and preschool teachers. These activities differ from regular continuing education, and in many cases they are government projects which need to be documented in our annual report. The Section of Commissioned Education is also the national coordinator for the further education of foreign teachers, which means that they also coordinate the work between the higher education institutions in Sweden who have the task of providing these programs.”

“Our communications division supports all of our faculties and institutions. The communicators are responsible for the websites of the area, faculties and teacher training. For teacher education, they keep an eye on broader trends in education, communicate current research and provide assistance to the deputy vice-chancellor's press secretary. Communications also coordinates joint communication activities among the faculties and throughout the university, often in collaboration with External Relations and Student Services. We also run “Bildningspodden”, a successful podcast about human science research.”

Where are you located and how do we contact you?

“The office is located in Building A in Södra huset. In short, we will be seated together on the 2nd and the 3rd floor as soon as the university management has moved back to Blom’s house.”

Are there any major projects right now? 

“We are involved in a lot of things right now, for example: coordinating the development of teacher education, working with the evaluations of quality in higher education from the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ), and developing and highlighting the educational and research collaborations with the wider world. In order to develop more and better collaborations, the Board of Human Science has just established a new advisory committee.”