The University Board reviewed a number of reports from last year and set strategic priorities for the future in its March meeting.
The meeting was a two-day session, where day one was devoted entirely to dialogue meetings with the five faculties and the Teacher Education Unit. Dialogue meetings are a way for the University Board to gain insight into the developments in and priorities of the faculties and also the challenges that the faculties face. The School of Businesses and Law at UiA will hold its dialogue meeting in connection with the next board meeting.
Once a year, the University Board allocates 10 recruitment positions to various strategic initiatives. Recruitment positions are doctoral fellows and postdoc positions. The board adopted the following:
A proposal to put the distribution of positions up for consultation with the faculties in the future was voted down by 10 votes to 1.
In the autumn, the university director will present a proposal for how recruitment positions should be distributed.
Every year an overall annual report is produced with an overview of the university's development. Some key points from the 2022 Annual Report are:
The draft Annual Report is now being adjusted, and the final Annual Report will be posted on uia.no when ready. Among other things, a tribute from the board will be included for staff who deliver solid results in many areas.
Following the election of Sunniva Whittaker and Hans Kjetil Lysgård as rector and prorector respectively for the term beginning August 2023, the rectorate will be completed with the addition of vice-rectors.
The University Board decided that from this summer UiA will have two vice-rectors, one for education and one for external relations and innovation. Incoming prorector Lysgård brings with him the portfolio he currently holds as vice-rector for research and interdisciplinary projects.
It has been made clear that the vice-rector for education will primarily have an internal focus on developing the learning environment, new forms of learning and assessment and flexible forms of education, while the vice-rector for external relations and innovation will be more externally oriented and focus on the relevance of our programmes and the needs of society.
In the board meeting, the relationship between the salaries of the vice-rectors and the deans was the subject of a principled discussion. By 6 votes to 5, it was decided that a vice-rector at UiA should have a higher salary than a dean.
Rector was authorised to adjust the text of the announcement with the proposed changes that came up in the meeting. The positions will be announced shortly.