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Dean's bulletin, 1 March 2022

Dear all,

My plan was to make this dean’s bulletin about the decisions I took on reviews at Tuesday’s Faculty Management meeting as a first step in strengthening development in the geology, climate and environment areas and in computational science. About how important it is for our faculty to develop through collaboration and how good results in the reviews can only be achieved with your participation. Because these are open questions for which the management does not have answers and the reviews are just the first stage in a process where we will find the best way forward together.

However, I am writing this dean’s bulletin on 24 February.

During the night, Russia invaded its neighbour Ukraine.

There is war in Europe.

The ongoing war will affect us all, but is it particularly important to pay attention to signals from staff and students with roots in the warring countries. We are an international University and we have staff and students from both Ukraine and Russia. The tragedy of war will affect these individuals to a greater extent than the rest of us and it will be more important than ever to think about how we can take care of each other.

It is easy to be drawn into apocalyptic thoughts (we have just gone through plague, now there is war…), but now is the time to think about how we can help. Intensive work is being carried out at External Relations to identify what we can and should do to help and support the students who are affected and we all have a responsibility for our co-workers, regardless of nationality.

Sven Lidin, dean