On Monday 25 May 13:15, pro dean Bengt J Nilsson invites all of you to an open discussion meeting about teaching and exams. Do join the meeting and feel free to email him your questions ahead of the meeting. This meeting will also be important for threshing what may be the exceptions TS may ask to make from the vice chancellor decision of digital teaching and examination.
The TS Quality dialogue with the university management was held Wednesday this week. In general, the university management is very happy with the progress and development at TS. The main action points from the quality dialogue with the university management are:
Applied physics – TS will soon submit the application for research education rights
Increased focus on international research applications – TS will continue to develop and increase research applications, especially those for funding from outside Sweden
Strengthen the student influence – the Student union and TS will continue to work towards strong student influence
This week, an agreement of a donation of 10 million SEK over the next 10 years for developing TS research in material sciences, was closed. This is the biggest donation of this kind that Malmö university has ever received. Big thanks to Martin Fisk and Pär Olsson for their very fruitful work on this, and good luck the coming decade!
Earlier this week, the TS faculty board met, on zoom that is. The main items discussed were issues related to TS finances, the possibilities of starting a civilingenjörs-education at TS, as well as information about CompAS, the Computational Atomic Structures research group conducting world leading fundamental research.
At the same time, the University board had their meeting, and they decided on the principles for the educational offer at MAU in the future. The principles are available here (in Swedish). Of course, we at TS will use this document as guiding principles for how we will develop our educations for the future.
We are aiming at celebrating the TS graduation ceremony on Monday 12th October, if we are back in business then.
Big congratulations to Doctor Dimitris Paraschakis who successfully defended his dissertation last week!
This week, the Dean decided about the TS Teacher Review committee (Lärarförslagsnämnd, LFN, previously called Anställningsnämnd, AN, or recruitment board). The board will work to ensure quality in the recruitments and promotions of academic staff and appointment of docents and therefore has a strategic role in the development of the faculty. The LFN prepares decisions taken by the Dean or the Vice chancellor. TS LFN will consist of a chair and four members, and have four reserves. Announce your interest or nominate a colleague for the LFN by sending an email to the Dean at email@example.com by the 10th May. If you have expressed your interest before, please do it again now.
The vice chancellor grants funding for pre-studies related to the Corona pandemic. The studies can be within technology and science, as well as within medicin, health, social science, pedagogics or the humanities. The pre-study is expected to be used as a basis for application of more external funding. If you want to apply for the funding, note that the deadline is 25th May. The aim is that ten studies are granted funding during July, and the studies can be done during the fall and reported in May next year. See more information here or in the email from your head of department earlier this week.
The vice chancellor has also included summer courses in the decision to teach and examine by distance learning. This means that no activities will be allowed on campus until at least 30th August. More information about the start of the autumn term will follow.
On Friday 8th May at 13.15, Dimitris Paraschakis will defend his thesis. The public defense will be streamed, and next week you will receive an email with the link to follow the event along with instructions for how to submit questions.
Paul Davidsson was the TS-coordinator for the ERA19, External Research Audit. In this video he sums up the strengths and areas of development for TS research, as expressed by the ERA19-panel in their final report. Visit mau.se/era19 for more information, or find the reports directly by this link to box.
On 17th June, the traditional TS summer event will be held in an untraditional digital manner. Save the date and more information to come.
The Dean reports that the university management is carefully monitoring the situation with regard to corona and when and how to re-open the university. As soon as decisions are made, you will be informed.
On Thursday we had our quality dialogue with DVMT, covering quality aspects of education, research education and research with a particular focus on ERA19 the department and faculty levels. Next week we will hold the dialogue with MTM. These dialogue meetings are an integral part of the quality assurance system at our university. Take the opportunity to ask your head of department for a report from the meeting!
Also, the TS management group, TS LG max, met this week and one of the highlights was the discussion on the Lärarförslagsnämnd, LFN or the teacher review committee. Next week you will receive more information about TS LFN and how to nominate yourself or a colleague.
The government released the Vårändringsbudgeten earlier this week and it includes increased spending for the higher education sector. It is too early to know exactly what will be the consequences or expectations on TS in this regard, but it is likely that we are asked to increase the number of students at the foundation year programme (basår).
TS sees an increase in student application numbers for studies starting in September. All our engineering degree programs has a substantial increase in number of applications. This also goes for the media technology programmes and the IT and Economy programme.
The current corona-situation makes it difficult to know what to expect in terms of student numbers. In particular, due to the global insecurities right now, it is hard to forecast what effect this will have on our new master degree programmes as they are in particular targeting international students as well as Swedish students.
On the 8th May, doctoral student Dimitris Parachakis will defend his doctoral dissertation. His nailing event should have been held today, but instead he makes his dissertation public and announces his defence in this vlog. For more information on his defence and link to the dissertation in Diva, see here https://mau.se/en/calendar/disputation-dimitris-paraschakis/
This week we continue to work with the consequences of conducting education, research and other activities by distance. Note that right after the vlogg was produced, the Vice-Chancellor made a decision that the university will stay closed until the end of the 2020 spring term. For the most recent information, follow the updates on the staff web here.
Senior lecturer Romina Spalazzese at DVMT has received an Avans-grant from KKS (the Knowledge Foundation) of 3,3 million SEK. Avans aims to develop education programs at master level with relevance for the industry. It can be one or two year master educations or educations leading to a professional qualification such as civil engineering. Congrats Romina and her team!
In this week’s, decision meeting four applications to VR were discussed and signed in order to be submitted for review. Also, Håkan Wernersson, teaching at the engineering degree programs at MTM, was been promoted to senior lecturer in product development and innovation. Congrats Håkan and MTM!
In autumn, the Vice-Chancellor will initiate a research leader development programme with 16 research leaders from across the university. After a careful review, the TS FFN as well as the TS management group, ranked the six applications from TS researchers and the Vice-Chancellor has selected Maria Engberg and Henrik Hartman to join the programme. Congrats Maria and Henrik!
The TS graduation ceremony (avslutningshögtid), originally planned for May, will be postponed until after summer. Watch out for a calendar invitation for the new date.
We welcome and briefly introduce Jeanette Dareblom as the new head of TS administration. She will come to APTs at the departments and units to introduce herself further and to get to know you better.
This weekend Friday and Monday are days off due to Easter and we wish everyone Glad påsk!
Also, there is a TS Canvas page where ideas are shared called Distance learning and examination. If you cannot find it in your Canvas-environment, contact Henrik Hartman at MTM to be let in.
Earlier this week, Jeanette Dareblom had her very first day as our new head of TS administration. She has received her work equipment and as the rest of us is now working and undergoing the introduction programme prepared for her from home. We aim at introducing her through this blog next week.
The Vice-Chancellor has recently made a decision with regard to the mandate of the new Lärarförslagsnämnd (LFN), literally teacher suggestion boards, or our academic recruitment board. At TS we are in the process of identifying possible members of the LFN and we urge you all to contact the Dean if you have suggestions of candidates. Click for more information about the decision and the mandate.
For the fifth year, The Stefan Bengtsson Research Leader Award will be awarded to a researcher at Malmö University who have made significant efforts to develop research at Malmö University and helped create an inclusive, creative and collaborative international research environment. We at TS are proud that two of the previous award winners were nominated by us and are employees at our faculty! In 2018, Daniel Spikol was honored with the award and the year after 2019, Carl Magnus Olsson was honored. This year is the last time the prize is awarded and now it is time to nominate a candidate again who hopefully can take home the prize a third time! To be considered, the nominee’s doctoral degree must have been awarded a no more than ten years ago. Now you get the opportunity to nominate researchers for the prize, SEK 25,000. E-mail your nomination to TS_dekan@mau.se no later than Sunday 10 May, together with a brief nomination letter.
As a faculty and as a university, we seem to be
adapting to the new conditions of distance education. There are still questions
marks to be straightened out, but on the whole we are picking up where we left
off, and planning for the rest of the semester as well as for the rest of the
year is ongoing.
To ensure the legally required opening of all official
mail, we need you as an employee (if you do not have the possibility to empty
your physical mailbox yourself) to grant authorization to Malmö University to
open any mail addressed to you as an individual. Due to the ongoing corona
virus outbreak, many of you work from home and have no opportunity to empty
your physical mailboxes. Malmö University is legally restricted from opening
mail addressed to an individual, i.e. where the name of the employee is at the
top of the address on the envelope. To ensure that official documents and other
university related mail is not left unopened, Malmö University needs
authorization to open any mail addressed to individuals. Anyone who does not
authorize Malmö University to open their mail, will themselves be subsequently
responsible for emptying their physical mailboxes and for the handling of their
incoming mail. If you grant authorization to open your mail, you will get
a scanned copy of the mail forwarded to your e-mail address. After scanning,
your physical mail will be placed in your physical mailbox, as Malmö University
has no legal authority to dispose of it. See emails from firstname.lastname@example.org 24 March and Peter Winther 27 March, for practical information.
If you have any paper exams in your possession from
before the decision about moving into distance-based education and examination,
please contact study administrator Bodil Sterner to arrange a handover.
For this week where all of TS, along with the rest of MAU and universities across Sweden, are transitioning to online teaching, examinations and collaboration due to the circumstances of the corona-pandemic, the TS management has co-produced a video update for you to express their gratitude for all the fantastic work you are doing.
Dean Andreas Jacobsson introduces by praising the way everyone at TS raises to the occasion and informing that TS management has set up a Corona-adjusted organisation to deal with the current extreme circumstances.
Vice Dean Bengt J Nilsson further reminds all course and programme responsible as well as examining teachers about the decision by the Vice Chancellor that all teaching and examination is to be conducted online. Any necessary deviations from the course plans need to be decided by the Dean upon request by the Heads of departments.
Head of TS administration Thomas Strandberg acknowledges the brilliant achievement that is being done to adjust to the situation and how we can learn from these new ways of working also in the future.
Head of MTM Katja Frid appreciates the strong evidence of collegial support and determination that she has experienced these past weeks. She urges everyone to find time for recreation this weekend.
Head of unit at DM2 Henriette Lucander adresses ways we can cope with this stressful situation and has seen you all acting according to this quote “Start by doing what is necessary and then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (Francis of Assisi)
Head of unit at DM3 Johan Holmgren commends the collaboration and solidarity among colleagues in this new reality. Share experiences and ideas and help each other out. His film is recorded using Open Broadcaster Software, available here https://obsproject.com/.
Head of unit at DM1 Maria Engberg encourages you all to stay in touch with each other and maintain a work community. Find ways of staying social using digital media channels such as zoom fika breaks or similar.
Assistant head of MTM Henrik Hartman is impressed with everyone’s ability to transition to online teaching on such short notice. Use resources such as Yammer as well as fellow teachers and students to learn and share experiences.
Head of DVMT Bo Peterson asks you to focus on giving the students good education considering this confusing and uncertain situation, instead of too much focus on the valid question of avoiding cheating. Let’s aim for good enough.
This weeks video
update is held by Maria Engberg, head of unit at DM1, DVMT, on behalf of the
Dean. The topic is Corona and the main message
The information on the MAU-webb
will continuously be updated, in Swedish as well as in English. All
faculty and staff are expected to regularly keep updated through reading
this information. The pages also include answers to frequently asked
questions as well as links to public channels with general information and
general recommendations as expressed by authorities
if you have any symptoms and contact 1177 for medical advice if necessary
There are no
decisions or plans to close the university, like has been done in Denmark and
Norway. The recommendation is to be prepared to teach and meet through digital
channels. Prepare yourself by installing zoom on your computers and look at
this webinar for more about using zoom.
information on how to host and participate in online meetings with Zoom or
other tools, visit
Warm welcome to Katja Frid, new head of department at MTM, who started this week. Get to know her favourite view in Malmö by watching the short interview with her.
TS college of supervisors, Handledarkollegiet, reminds and encourages all doctoral supervisors and examinators to participate in their meetings. The TS college of supervisors is led by Åse Jevinger, director of TS research studies.
This week’s video update with the Dean was shot at the Young Researchers semi-finale held at Niagara 27 February. Thanks to MTM for hosting the event and we do look forward to see the young researchers here as students in the future!
Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, the Vice-Chancellor has decided on special travel recommendations. For all duty travel abroad, staff need to inform their boss. Make sure you have the travel insurance card from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency) with you. Also, follow any updates from the university, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden. For more information, see https://staff.mau.se/first-page/puffs/recommendations-regarding-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
The TS course board, whose mandates stretches from 1 March 2020, is now appointed with Steve Dahlskog, senior lecturer at DVMT as chair. Other members of the board are Carina Ström Hylen, Gion Koch Svedberg, Nina Taslaman and Ulf Hejman.
In this video, MTM researcher Christian Stråhlman presents his research idea for which he has applied for a research grant to further understand the photo-chemistry of the atmosphere through measuring negative ions. The video is produced by Christian himself in the MAX IV laboratory in Lund during some current research experiments that he is doing there together with an international team of researchers. Please let yourself be fascinated and impressed by the research facilities available, learn more about how using synchrotron light can separate the atoms in a molecule into positive and negative ions, which can be led into a positive and a negative spectrometer, and see what components Christian finds in a box.
The Rudolf W. Palm Foundation was one of the funds transferred from Lund University to Malmö University in conjunction with the new university status. The criteria for receiving Rudolf W Palm Foundation funding are strongly aligned with education at the Faculty of Technology and Society and any purposes that are prioritised by the faculty management. The Faculty Dean would like to see proposals to be submitted to the grant committee for consideration. The grant total is SEK 50 000 for 2020.
Employees at the Faculty of Science and Technology are welcome to send proposals to their Head of Department. The proposal should include the aim of the proposed project and how it will be of importance to the faculty, the main-applicant and co-applicants, as well as an overview of how any funds will be spent.
Please send your proposals to your Head of Department, Katja Frid (after 1 March, and Mats Persson before end of February) at MTM or Bo Peterson at DVMT, no later than Sunday, 5 April 2020.
Previous years, the Rudolf W. Palm grant has been awarded to the following projects:
2019 Portable telescope for education and collaboration and Vertically Integrated Projekt: Establishing VIP teams at Malmö University
2018 Vault! Learning through creativity: a parkour based educational model and application.
2017 Towards a pervasive gamified learning system for increasing student engagement and lowering the dropout rate in Computer Science
This week, the Dean informs you about some issues from the Faculty Board meeting. Kristina Allder is new as teacher representative and Mats Syde as union representative in the board. The chair of the Faculty Board, Per Warfvinge, was assigned to initiate an external review of the possibilities for establishing civilingenjörsutbildning at Malmö university. This is a question of great importance for TS and more information will follow.
Further, the board was informed of the financial result of 2019, where TS had a negative result of -3,9 million SEK. The main reason for the negative numbers is unforeseen increases in costs related to teacher overtime, student assistants and booked classrooms. Further analysis will be done to ensure that the right measures can be taken for this years budget.
Please remember that you should unbook any un-needed classrooms two weeks in advance. So if you have booked a classroom in Kronox, and you find that it is no longer needed, do unbook it to avoid the cost and to free the room for other users.
For the Malmö University’s annual ceremony, we are now welcoming proposals for honorary doctor 2020. An honorary doctorate is an expression of the faculty’s appreciation of outstanding efforts within any of the faculty’s areas. This can apply to both research efforts relevant to the faculty and to recognition and visibility of ongoing or future valuable collaborations. Furthermore, it can be about academic efforts as well as recognition for people working outside the academy. See the email from Susanne Lundborg for further details, and send your nominations to her.
A reminder to all course responsible teachers, do send your course reports to the study administration. Course evaluations and course reports are integral to our quality enhancement model.
TS has recruited the first ever full professor, in this case in materials science. We welcome Mikhail Zheludkevich to start his appointment at TS. Thanks to head of MTM, Mats Persson, Professor Thomas Arnebrant at HS, and the TS appointment board for their work on this recruitment.
Save the date 30th September for the TS competence development day, and don’t forget to sign up for the TS book release party of 26 February. See your calendar invitations.
Next week, among all our activities, there will be a meeting of the Faculty Board as well as an external review dialogue meeting for the BSc degree programmes in Media Technology.
This week, the Dean asks all of you to contact your head of department when you encounter negative consequences of the days of IT-problems.
The TS economy for 2019 seems to be mostly in balance. The university has a result of -2,9 million SEK, compared to the annual turnover of 1,7 billion SEK. For TS, the result -3,9 million SEK, where 2,7 million is education related and 1,2 million is research related. Annual manpower of MAU has increased by +54,9 during 2019, and roughly 20% of that manpower is employed at TS. The level of approvals for research applications for MAU was 20% for 2019, and 27% the year before.
TS decision meetings continue to sign off research applications, in total ten so far, and at least three more on Monday.
Student recruitment films on a number of our degree programmes are currently in production by our new media producers. Follow the MAU channel and that important part of our student recruitment strategy here https://www.youtube.com/user/MalmoUniversity.
The book “Teknik och samhälle – de första tjugo åren”, with the history of the 20 first years of TS, will be launched on 26 February. Invitations to the book release party will be sent by e-mail soon.
At the university, there is currently a process for aligning administrative support functions better to the faculties and departments to improve their services to education and research. More information will follow.
On the Dean’s decision meetings there are every week important decisions taken, for example approving research grant applications such as this week’s Robocare project. Please follow the decisions on the updated webpages, in Swedish here and in English here. On the Swedish site, you can see dates for meetings and deadlines and procedures for submitting items, as well as past decisions taken.
This week, top candidates for the position as new head of administration at TS have been interviewed. The candidates have a very high level and good merits, and we are happy to be an attractive employer. When the recruitment process is concluded, of course you will be informed of the result.
Next week, the new FFN (board of research and doctoral education) will convene for the first time. Among other items, they will appoint their vice-chair as well as representative to the central MAU board for research and doctoral education.
The Dean is still open for your ideas on how to develop the faculty and its operations and in particular in regard to collaboration with LTH.
Please be reminded of the recent email from Bengt J Nilsson regarding nominations of really good degree theses for scholarships. The deadline for nominations sent to Bengt is 10 February, see more information here.
The MAU admission board consists of members from all the faculties and the Dean will soon nominate representatives from TS. The admission board makes decisions in questions related to admission for the MAU educational offer on pre-university, bachelor and master levels. If you are interested in working with the development of the MAU admission processes, please contact your head of department. For more information, see here.
As one of the first decisions this decade, the Dean approved to open a PhD position in digitalization of higher education institutions. Please spread this in your network to help ensure we have qualified applicants. The ad is posted here (link updated).
Please enjoy, and spread, the new recruitment film for the two year Strategic Media Development programme admitting students for the first time ahead of the autumn term 2020.