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A clear voice for temporary staff at UiA

I want to build on the relationship between the University Board and UiAdoc, and at the same time strengthen the relationship between the Board and other temporary staff in teaching and research positions at UiA.

Kristine Engebretsen Illøkken


- Why are you running for election?

- My motivation to run for election to the University board is to represent a strong voice for us temporary employees.

- What are your three most important issues?

- A vote for me is a vote for a person who will work for improving the working environment for temporary employees, by working with:  

  • Facilitating for academic growth  

Such as possibility for skills development, and improved quality in courses for PhDs and Postdocs,

  • Rights

To ensure and fight for our rights, for instance the physical workspace, psychosocial health, and rights relating to the Covid-19 situation. 

  • Involvement

For instance, to ensure a good information flow. Continue with improving involvement and to increase the voice of temporary employees in important matters.

- If elected, I will continue to build upon the relationship between the University board and UiAdoc (org. for PhDs and Postdocs), while also working for strengthening relationship between the University board and other temporary employees. Also, my global mindset seeks to improve the international employees experience with working on UiA.  

- Based on your qualities and competence, why should your colleges vote for you?

- I am motivated to take on this role. My colleges describe me as easygoing and hard-working, and they feel that it is easy to get to know me. I know the University well, as I have studied all my years here, I have worked as an administrative employee here, and through previous board positions- such as a PhD representative at PhD program committee for the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences.


  • 2019- : PhD programme at the Department for Nutrition and Public health science, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences.
  • 2013-2015: Master program in Public Health science, University of Agder
  • 2013: 30 credits in Outdoor Activities, University of Agder
  • 2009-2012: Bachelor program in Nutrition, Food & Culture University of Agder

Work experience:

  • 2016-2018: Counselor/Social worker in the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration
  • 11.2013 and 09.2017: Research assistant at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • 2015-2016: Advisor at the Division of Student and Academic affairs, University of Agder
  • 2011-2015: Part-time Work at the Admissions office, University of Agder
  • 2011 and 2015: Student ambassador (work with recruiting new students) University of Agder

Board positions:

  • 2019-: PhD representative at PhD programme committee for the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences
  • 2011-2012: Leader of the Student organization Lady Klukk
  • 2010-2011: Student representative at the Faculty board, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Agder