Where will our cohesive academic environments be located?

Work continues to establish the six cohesive academic environments at the University. A review of where to locate each environment – Campus Falun or Campus Borlänge – will get underway in the spring of 2023.

The five current university schools were created so as to house the six identified cohesive academic environments at the University:

  • Health and Welfare
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Education and Learning
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Media Studies
  • Languages

The placement of employees together in each respective cohesive academic environment will provide better opportunity for even more creativity and development.

– This is an important step in achieving the goals set out in our strategy – a strategy that aims to strengthen the role of Dalarna University as a responsible and forward-looking higher education institution. Focus is now on the location of the cohesive academic environments, keeping in mind our current premises and those we are building, says Vice-Chancellor Martin Norsell.

Facts: cohesive academic environment

A cohesive academic environment builds on the intellectual cohesion that exists between teachers, teaching teams and research groups within a defined academic field. It should be characterised by creativity and development potential.


Several decisions have already been made by both the University Governing Board and the Advisory Council to the Vice-Chancellor, and these will help determine where each cohesive academic environment is to be located. One decision that has already been made is that the cohesive academic environment for information and technology will be located at the new Campus Borlänge, and that the cohesive academic environment for health and welfare will be located at Campus Falun. To ensure accessibility of administrative support, central administration services will be made available at both campuses.

The decision process for the location of the cohesive academic environments has been drawn up in discussion with both university staff and work environment representatives.

– According to our schedule, we’ll be collecting views as early as February on the proposals that will be available by then, says Elisabeth Daunelius, Senior Advisor and Process Manager for the work that recently began.

Data is currently being collected, after which several alternatives will be presented based on the decision framework in place. Employees are invited to put forward their views. In June 2023, the University Governing Board will decide on the location of the cohesive academic environments, after which a relocation plan for those departments affected will be drawn up. The actual move will not take place until 2024, with consideration given to the needs of the University. The first move will be from Campus Borlänge to Campus Falun so that those whose new workplace is Campus Borlänge can move directly into their offices there. The University will not have access to the new campus until June 2024.

Elisabeth Daunelius
Process Manager
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