Dean's bulletin, June 2020
The spring semester that has just come to an end was exceptional. We have a committed teaching staff who switched to digital teaching in a tremendous way. And it worked. The Government gave a timely go-ahead at the end of the semester for the reopening of upper secondary schools and higher education institutions as of 15 June, but the restrictions to prevent the spread of infection remain in place.
Therefore, we will be able to receive students at our premises again in the summer and autumn, but not as usual, as there will be physical distancing and smaller groups. Laboratory sessions and exercises will need to be held on more occasions. Fieldwork will continue to be a challenge. Even so, it is pleasing that we will be able to welcome a new batch of students to campus-based teaching. It is important for their view of university studies that they interact with teaching staff, researchers and other students in the university environment.
Research has also been affected by the pandemic, but here the effect has been slower. It is a little more difficult to recruit staff, we are seeing how funding bodies that depend on the stock market have started to lower their level of ambition for the coming year and we can expect a little less research funding and that it may be diverted in other directions than before.
The University Board took a very positive decision on 12 June, when it was decided that first and second cycle education is to be conducted in the Brunnshög area. The working group led by Olle Söderman has navigated forward in an exemplary fashion in this matter and there is broad support for this way of indicating that research and teaching are to be interwoven at Lund University. There are many different opinions on what is the suitable scope for an establishment at Brunnshög, but everyone is agreed that at a university, first and second cycle education and research belong together.
Elections have taken place for the new faculty board and new faculty management, and the following representatives for the organisation will be members of the faculty board for the period 2021–2023:
- Jessica Abbott, Department of Biology
- Mikael Calner, Department of Geology
- Sofia Feltzing, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics
- Ola Gustafsson, Department of Biology
- Karin Hofvendahl, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research
- Peter Samuelsson, Department of Physics
- Emma Sparr, Department of Chemistry
- Tatyana Turova, Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
Welcome or welcome back!
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the trust you have shown in the present management through re-electing me as dean, Karin Hall as vice-dean and pro-dean responsible for first and second cycle education and Anders Tunlid as pro-dean responsible for research. We are also thankful for the reinforcement we have received through the election of Sandra Pott from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences as pro-dean responsible for third cycle education. Welcome Sandra!
Enjoy a well-deserved holiday and let us hope that the autumn will be a period of getting back to normal. But first, there is time for all that the summer has to offer.
Sven Lidin, dean