Update from the Head of School

As promised, below is an update about the work regarding the current cost reduction requirements as well as our future development.

Hi everyone

During the last few weeks, the focus has been on conducting an organisational analysis as well as a risk assessment and impact analysis. The analysis documents provide a basis for continued dialogue with our union representatives (further details in the next paragraph). We have also been looking at the forecasts for the autumn semester based on, among other things, student numbers and staffing planning. This week we received the student registration figures and so can now create an accurate forecast.

The organisational analysis describes prerequisites such as financial constraints, strategic choices, and the employer's proposals for changes. As far as the work with the risk assessment and impact analysis is concerned, there has been a constructive dialogue with department heads, HR, union and work environment representatives all participating. The working group consists of: Anders Forsman, Tina Englund, Elin Janols, Ann-Sofie Viklund, Stefan Pettersson, Thomas Kvist, Hasan Fleyeh and Michael Toivio. The student representative receives ongoing information.

The union representatives have highlighted risks.  Based on these, the department heads and I have drawn up proposals for measures to address these risks which were presented at a meeting this week.  During the meeting, the union representatives requested some clarifications regarding the measures. Therefore, we will continue to work with the documentation in the coming days in preparation for a new meeting with the union representatives on Friday 8 September.

In conclusion, I would like to say it is very gratifying that during the past week we have been able to welcome significantly more students than the previous academic year. The registration figures show an increase of around 200 students compared to autumn 2022. We are doing everything we can to ensure that everyone is comfortable and everything is in place in our temporary premises.

Although my days are filled with many meetings, I appreciate the conversations at the coffee machine and in the lunchroom. Each and every question is important so please contact your line manager or myself and we will do what we can to address your concerns.

Wishing you a lovely weekend. For my part, I'm looking forward to getting out my soldering iron to fix a power supply for my guitar pedals with the help of a newly acquired power bank.


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