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New faculty director at UiA looks forward to co-creation

Hanne Graver Møvig (52) wants to combine high ambitions with ensuring smooth operation in her role of director of the Faculty of Fine Arts at UiA.

Hanne Graver Møvig, foto
Hanne Graver Møvig wants to combine growth, development and stability in her leadership at the Faculty of Fine Arts.

“The goal is clear: The professional imprint will be kept, to ensure that we continue to operate at a high professional level both locally, nationally and internationally”, Hanne Graver Møvig says.

The new director at the Faculty of Fine Arts does not conceal the commitment she feels to the University of Agder’s social mission to co-create knowledge with regional, national and international partners. Hanne Graver Møvig wants to combine growth, development and stability in her leadership at the faculty. Maintaining existing good networks and partnerships is high on the priority list:

“In addition to our own community here at UiA, there are many obvious partners it would be natural to work more closely with, such as Kilden Performing Arts Centre, the art museum (SKMU), Cultiva and Kristiansand municipality. An important goal for me is to maintain and strengthen these connections”, she says.

As a newly recruited faculty representative in the new student housing initiative in the old SKMU building in Skippergata 24 B, Graver Møvig will also work closely with key art figures in the region.

“The project is well underway to develop the opportunities around a digital innovation house for students and for the creative industries in the region. I look forward to continue working on this.”

FACTS / Hanne Graver Møvig

Hanne Graver Møvig comes from the position of director at the University Library in Oslo (UiO). In 2015, she was responsible for public services at UiO.

She has held several management positions at UiA in the years from 2005 to 2017. Graver Møvig also served as head of Vest-Agder County Library from 2011-2013.

Research and openness

Hanne Graver Møvig started in the position of faculty director on 1 October this year. As a new leader, she is busy obtaining the necessary overview. It is also important to be able to adjust the course if necessary.

“The most important thing for me now is to facilitate smooth and productive operation and development together with Dean Marit Wergeland and the department heads. I want to spend time to become thoroughly acquainted with the major projects at the faculty.”

Among these is the Creative Europe project that the Faculty of Fine Arts leads. The faculty is also a contributor to various projects that are funded through the Research Council of Norway. Several exciting applications have just been submitted to ‘Kapasitetsløftet’, the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir) and the Programme for Artistic Development Work (PKU).

“I also look forward to exploring how we can continue to develop and facilitate interdisciplinary work and co-creation, not least in research. There are greater demands for openness when it comes to sharing and storing research data. Norway is in a leading position here, but the pace of change means that we must keep close to developments”, she says.

People are key

The interplay between people, the environment and technology is a guiding principle for Graver Møvig. Library and information science, including IT and technology, are the pillars of her degree. In recent years, as library director at the University of Oslo, she has worked extensively on the use of digitisation as an engine for transformation. Graver Møvig wants to apply the learning from this experience in her role as faculty director. People are the key to success, not technology itself, she says:

“Digitisation is the driver, but people are the ones who make co-creation possible. The people - my colleagues, those who study and work here - are therefore our most important asset, both in the short term and long term.”

Good conditions for students

In 2021, 520 students will be enrolled at the Faculty of Fine Arts, divided between the Department of Classical Music and Music Education, the Department of Popular Music, and the Department of Visual Arts and Drama. The faculty director wants to use her role to create a safe and reliable environment for students to thrive both academically and socially at UiA:

“After all, students invest many years of their lives here with us. That makes it important for us to provide the best conditions to ensure good academic and social outcomes and that we facilitate their entrance into employment. Interdisciplinary collaboration and user-friendly infrastructure are important keywords here as well”, she says.

According to Graver Møvig, constructive collaboration across disciplines or structures is an important prerequisite for productive interaction.

“We are already good at this. The collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Education through the project Making Memories is one of several examples of this. Strong teams that build and improve each other are important for implementing UiA’s new strategy, and so far we are well on track here at the Faculty of Fine Arts”, Graver Møvig concludes.