As you are aware, the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) has begun an extensive project that aims in time to create a quality assurance system for Swedish universities with the intention of covering first, second and third-cycle education as well as research.
I would like to begin by thanking all of you who have been engaged in this work on behalf of the Faculty of Science. We have come a long way towards setting up a system for quality assurance of education at all levels, and our faculty board outlined quality assurance plans for the period 2019–2024 at its final meeting of 2019. Work on the quality assurance system for research will be initiated in earnest in 2020.
A quality assurance system will be precisely as useful as we make it, but having a clear and functioning system involves tough requirements. Having a functioning quality assurance system is a precondition for us being able to conduct education and research. Therefore, our starting point for this has been to create a quality assurance system that is truly a driving force for quality. We have to do the work and, this being the case, it is better to make the extra effort in order to obtain something that will be good, not just for our supervisory authority, but also for us. We are well on the way to such a system.
The Swedish Higher Education Authority’s review of Lund University’s quality assurance system for first, second and third-cycle education begins this autumn. The faculties are responsible for quality management within their own areas of activity. The hub of the faculty’s quality management is the annual organisational discussions between the faculty or department management and the students’ unions. The discussions cover a number of issues and specialised areas that are based on the University’s strategic plan and policy for quality assurance and quality enhancement as well as the standards and guidelines for quality assurance within the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and the national quality assurance system that UKÄ is responsible for. The results from the joint work of the departments and faculty on the organisational discussions are documented in, among other things, self-evaluations and development plans, which are followed up annually.