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It will soon be time at last for a doctoral degree conferment ceremony at Uppsala University again, after a break due to the pandemic. Though it may not be in the usual form, hopefully it will still be a grand ceremony. On 28 May, 119 jubilee doctors and 43 new doctoral graduates will have their degrees conferred in an online ceremony from the Grand Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to follow the conferment ceremony online.
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COVID-19 report, 29 October
Although the COVID-19 infection rate does not appear to be declining in Uppsala County, the infection rate remains low at Uppsala University. The trend shows a slight slowdown in infection in Uppsala, but an increase on Gotland.
Enormous interest in the Graduate school in Education and Sustainable Development
3,000 applicants for twelve doctoral studentships was the result when Uppsala University’s interdisciplinary Graduate school in Education and Sustainable Development at Campus Gotland advertised for doctoral students.
Doctoral hat under threat from the pandemic
Swedish doctoral hats are made individually to order in the same way as in they were in the 19th century. But these skills are now under threat due to a significant reduction in orders during the pandemic.
Local general guidelines extended and no change to number limit in Uppsala
Today, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, in consultation with the regional authorities, extended its general guidelines for Uppsala. The county administrative board has also taken a local decision prohibiting public gatherings and events with more than 50 participants. Both decisions apply until 17 November 2020.
Report on doctoral education
University Administration has completed a report on doctoral education covering the whole University.
COVID-19 report, 27 October
Since the beginning of the 2020 autumn semester, 124 students and six PhD students have been confirmed infected with COVID-19. One of them is a student at Campus Gotland.
University has appointed a coronavirus coordinator
Fredrik Blomqvist has recently been appointed coordinator for coronavirus issues at Uppsala University. We asked him a few questions about his new role.
Apply for the Jonsered Residence Scholarship for a month of writing
Researchers and doctoral students within Swedish folk culture can apply for the Jonsered Residence Scholarship. The application deadline is 15 December.
Reminder wellness subsidy
In order to receive the wellness subsidy for 2020 (up to 2 000 SEK), it must be registered and submitted in Primula web by December 5, 2020.
Högskoleprovet genomförs med tydliga riktlinjer
Nationellt är totalt 26 614 personer anmälda till höstens högskoleprov nu på söndag 25 oktober. Under Uppsala universitets administration genomför Universitets- och högskolerådet (UHR) provet i Uppsala, Gimo, Enköping och Visby.
Professor of hydrology triple award winner
Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Professor of Hydrology at the Department of Earth Sciences and Director of the Centre for Natural Disaster Science, has won three scientific awards in a short time.
Easier to co-finance positions for at-risk researchers
The Swedish section of Scholars at Risk has been awarded a grant of SEK 5 million by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The funds will be used to co-finance the hosting of researchers in the fields of humanities and social sciences who are at risk in their own countries.
Coco Norén proposed as new Deputy Vice-Chancellor
The Electoral College proposes Coco Norén, Professor of French, as new Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University from the beginning of next year.
Stricter general guidelines imposed in Uppsala County
The Public Health Agency of Sweden, in consultation with the infection control doctor in Region Uppsala, and others, has decided on stricter general guidelines. People in Uppsala County are now urged only to socialise with people they live with, as far as possible.
University Main Building to remain rent-free in spring 2021
The Vice-Chancellor decided 20 October that the University Main Building will continue to be rent-free during the period 1 January – 30 June 2021 for departments using the premises for teaching and assessment sessions, including doctoral thesis defences.
COVID-19 status report, 19 October
From the beginning of the semester until 15 October, Uppsala University has had 95 students with confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of whom is a student at Campus Gotland. Last week, 18 new cases were reported.
An important unpaid post
According to Björn Victor, while being inspector of Uplands Nation involves a good deal of voluntary work, it is important to give something back and support the students.
Seasonal flu vaccination 2020 - information updated 12 Nov.
Anyone who belongs to a risk group can get vaccinated for free at a health centre or immunisation office beginning 3 November. Other employees can get vaccinated beginning 1 December, but not via Previa as previously announced.
New examination procedures and more examination halls during the autumn
During the ongoing pandemic, rules on social distancing have forced us to seek new solutions in many areas, including the placement of students in examination halls. In order to meet this need, the University has secured additional examination premises.
Many attended seminar on the University’s climate footprint
There is a great commitment among staff and students to reducing the University’s climate impact. Work is currently underway to prepare a new environmental plan for the University, work that was presented at a recent Zoom seminar along with general methods for monitoring and setting targets.
Initiative for more sustainable labs
Researchers at the Synthetic Molecular Chemistry laboratory at Ångström Laboratory are conducting a project to make the lab more energy-efficient and consume less resources. If you are interested in being part of a network for more sustainable labs at the University, please contact those responsible for the project (listed below).
Nuclear reactor lab session – remotely
In various ways, the pandemic has naturally forced us to come up with new solutions. For the nuclear engineering students, the pandemic means that their nuclear reactor laboratory session has to be conducted remotely between Ångström Laboratory and Ljubljana. But that has some advantages as it turns out.
University IT Services one year on
University IT Services has been operational for one year; so, how is it doing so far? What beneficial effects are apparent and are there any challenges remaining to be met?
UppTalk Weekly with Anders Hagfeldt
On October 8, Anders Hagfeldt, proposed as new Vice-Chancellor for Uppsala University, visited UppTalk Weekly and talked about his research and thoughts about moving back to Uppsala.
Grants for Publications
Grants are normally only considered for part of the total cost and only prior to publication. Doctoral dissertations are not considered for support.
Annual staff party cancelled
Regrettably, the annual staff party is cancelled because of the ongoing pandemic, but the University Director hopes for an enjoyable party next year.
2020 Oscar Prize goes to research on mathematics education and nanomaterials
Psychologist Marcus Lindskog and materials scientist Ocean Cheung share this year’s Oscar Prize. The prize money comes from a donation made by King Oscar II to mark the University’s 400th anniversary in 1877 and the prizewinners are selected by the University Board based on proposals from the deans of faculties.
An apple tree for a good partnership
A newly planted apple tree now stands on a hillock near Campus 1477, planted today by Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson, as an expression of thanks from Akademiska Hus for a good partnership.
Uppsala University celebrates #ErasmusDays 2020
This year’s Erasmus Days will be held all over Europe between 15–17 October. For three days, universities and other organisations will advertise the benefits of Erasmus+ exchange projects and highlight positive initiatives.
Many measures in exam rooms to reduce infection
Many students, particularly students in at-risk groups, worry about being infected with COVID-19 during a written examination in an exam room. To minimise the risks, numerous preventive measures have been taken at all the University’s examination venues.
Make your Zoom meeting more secure!
Is it possible to make Zoom meetings and Zoom lectures more secure? It certainly is! You can read in the Staff Portal how to get rid of people who misbehave on Zoom.
Use UU Zoom – not free Zoom
Use UU Zoom, update to at least version 5.3 and don’t forget to log in. You should not use a free Zoom Basic account. This is the way to ensure that meetings and lectures go as well as possible.
First aid for mental health
10 October is World Mental Health Day. As part of our observance of this day, we are taking the time to talk about mental health first aid.
Wardens are keeping an eye on distance
The University’s new social distancing wardens are settling into their roles. Easy to find in their red vests, we checked in to ask how they see the situation and how their work is going at a couple of University campuses.
Tre prorektorskandidater till hörande
Tre prorektorskandidater ska nu gå vidare till hörande i universitetskollegiet den 13 oktober. En enig rekryteringsgrupp har beslutat om följande kandidater: Coco Norén, Sharon Rider och Britt Skogseid.
University collaboration in global health
In global health, many interdisciplinary collaborations to improve worldwide health are under way. And there are more to come, now that Uppsala University and Karolinska Institute are joining forces in the GlobeLife initiative. On 12 October, in the Humanities Theatre in Uppsala, an inauguration that can be attended on Zoom will take place.
Contract education gets its own division
On 1 October, the Division for Contract Education was formed within University Administration from the previous unit for contract education. We spoke to the new Head of Division Ulrika Ljungman to find out more.
Some criticism of University in Higher Education Authority’s audit
Based on, inter alia, the rules in the higher education legislation, the Swedish Higher Education Authority conducted a regulatory review of a number of areas at Uppsala University and found some deficiencies. The areas reviewed are credit transfer, student influence, course and programme syllabuses, course evaluations, employment of staff, complaints and appeals, outside activities, and research misconduct.
Virtuellt evenemang främjar samarbete med japanska lärosäten
MIRAI 2.0 är ett projekt som behandlar vetenskapliga frågor inom åldrande, materialvetenskap, hållbarhet, innovation och entreprenörskap som är relevanta för Japan och Sverige. I oktober arrangerar MIRAI 2.0 ett virtuellt möte mellan svenska och japanska lärosäten där Uppsala universitets forskare är välkomna att delta.
Collaboration model to deal with crises
During the pandemic, UU Innovation is testing “MAYday for Crisis”, a new collaboration model for starting projects to manage the crisis.
This autumn's Vice-Chancellor's travel grant call from The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation cancelled
A Vice-Chancellor's decision has confirmed that this autumn's travel grant call will be cancelled due to the pandemic.
From the Disciplinary Domain Board: 2021 Operational Plan Approved
On 24 September, the Disciplinary Domain Board of Humanities and Social Sciences approved its 2021 operational plan.