Work environment and equal opportunities
Uppsala University is to have a health-promoting and sustainable work environment with equal rights and opportunities for all employees and students. This helps ensure that the University is a higher education institution with a safe, stimulating and challenging learning and research environment. It creates the conditions for successful activities and helps make Uppsala University an attractive employer. Work environment and equal opportunities management should be undertaken systematically, with a focus on prevention and promotion. This requires the work environment to be planned and developed with respect for the UN Convention on Human Rights, work environment legislation, discrimination legislation and other relevant laws that we as a higher education institution must comply with.
In the A-Z list you can find information linked to the work environment and equal opportunities at Uppsala University. Click on the image below to access the A-Z list.
- Alcohol and drugs
- Occupational injury
- Occupational health service
- Conflicts, victimisation and harassment
- Laboratory safety
- Rehabilitation and Returning to Work
- Courses related to work environment issues
- Employee dialogues
Systematic work environment and equal opportunities management
Working systematically on the work environment and equal opportunities promotes employee and student health and gives us the conditions to most effectively gain and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of humankind and for a better world. Moreover, it is by working systematically on the work environment and equal opportunities that we can prevent conflicts, unwelcome behaviour, victimisation, harassment, discrimination, sick leave and more. As an employer and a higher education institution, Uppsala University also has a legal obligation to undertake this management as part of its regular activities. The basis of systematic work environment management is the Work Environment Act (1977:1160) and the provisions of AFS 2001:1 Systematic work environment management, while the basis of systematic equal opportunities management is the Discrimination Act (2008:567) ‘Active measures’.
At Uppsala University, a department/equivalent can choose to integrate the management of these issues or manage them separately.
Uppsala University’s Staff Policy highlights the University’s common values by specifying and clarifying the responsibility, attitude and expected behaviour of staff towards each other. The Staff Policy covers all members of staff regardless of role, including managers. The Staff Policy and the support materials can be used in the work environment and equal opportunities management at departments/equivalent.
Contact information for further advice and support
In the first instance, contact the local HR and/or equal opportunities representative if you have a question about equal opportunities.
There are also functions in the administration that offer advice and support to activities in relation to work environment and equal opportunities issues:
Unit for Environment and Physical Work Environment
HR specialists at the Human Resources Division.
Equal opportunities specialists at the Human Resources Division.
Equal opportunities coordinator at the Student Affairs and Academic Registry Division
Coordinator for students with disabilities at the Student Affairs and Academic Registry Division
University-wide governance documents in the field of work environment and equal opportunities
Work Environment Policy for Uppsala University
Staff policy at Uppsala University
Systematic work environment management
Guidelines for measures against bullying or victimisation (UFV 2012/1500)
Guidelines for dealing with cases of harassment under the Discrimination Act (UFV 2011/724)