Words from the Management

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Words from the University’s Senior Management Team

President Astrid Söderbergh Widding

Effective collaboration is the key to success

Higher education institutions often find themselves in competition – for students or research grants – but we are also partners who depend on each other.

Clas Hättestrand

Semester start

I would like to welcome all of our staff back from their summer holidays! I hope everyone is feeling rested and recharged.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding

Encouragement for the future

After nearly three semesters of online teaching and working from home it felt uplifting when the recommendations from the government and the Public Health Agency were published, and the decision could be taken to gradually return to life on campus – even if it is too early to sound the all clear; the pandemic is still with us.

Yvonne Svanström

The heads of departments are central to our operations

The good news that universities will be able to return to on-campus teaching has just been announced. But what is the best way to return to in-person instruction? The heads of department play a key role in this effort.

Åsa Borin. Foto: Rickard Kilström

A time of waiting

This feels like a time when we are waiting for many things. Summer, but also the possibility of vaccination and a return to a more normal life after the pandemic. Another thing we are waiting for is the introduction of a new financial model and a new financial system.

Clas Hättestrand porträttbild.

Academic freedom in theory and in practice

Academic freedom has been the subject of extensive public debate during the spring.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding

“Stockholm University will be at the forefront with its sustainability work”

The Stockholm University Sustainability Forum on 22 April will address the extremely topical theme ”From crisis to sustainability”.

Henrik Cederquist

Profiling of higher education institutions

In the Research Bill a new method of performance-based allocation of funding for research and research education awarded to the Swedish higher education institutions is outlined.

Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre

Language is of key importance for everyone

It is not unusual for media to portray the study of languages as exclusive interests, which only a small number of people occupy themselves with. What they are forgetting is that we use language all the time, every day, to communicate with the world around us.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding

A decision has been reached on the university’s budget documentation

The University Board of Stockholm University has now made its annual decision on the university’s budget documentation. President Astrid Söderbergh Widding writes under the subject line “Words from the University's Senior Management Team”.

Clas Hättestrand porträttbild.

Evaluations – a burden or a boon for quality?

The University is currently undergoing an evaluation of its activities on a scale never previously witnessed. This begs the question of whether it is worth all the time and effort. Will our work really become so much better as a result of being reviewed to this extent?

Foto: Ingmarie Andersson

With eagerness and an open mind, I start my new assignments

Being appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Deputy Vice President (one of two) of the Human Sciences is a great honour, and I am humbled by the trust you have placed in me.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding

Autonomy and freedom key issues for the future

As we approach the end of 2020 nothing is like usual. Institutional autonomy of higher education and academic freedom are now more important than ever, issues that have been questioned during the year.

University Director Eino Örnfeldt

Need for systematic development of working environment and equal working conditions

For most of us, the past year has seen a drastic change when it comes to where and how we conduct our work.

Stockholm Universitys three deputy Vice Presidents Henrik Cederquist, Astri Muren, Elisabeth Wåghäll

Being a doctoral student during the pandemic

In the autumn of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, as we planned our research, teaching and much else to handle during the year, in no way could we have anticipated that our travels would soon halt or that we would rarely meet our colleagues irl (in real life).

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