Research, education, consultancy, talent development and business cooperation were on the agenda when Committee Chairpersons and the Management met at a one-day meeting last week.
The starting point for the meeting was the Department's strategy for core activities as described in the strategy map (see the strategy here). The Committee Chairpersons and the Management informed each other about the status of initiatives and decided what should take place in the coming year. You can read more below or look in the updated strategy map.
What we have achieved so far - a few examples
- We have held Marie Curie Masterclass, and another Masterclass has been scheduled.
- We have a new procedure for recruitment and employment of VIP on the permanent staff, which will help to strengthen our recruitment and ensure employee involvement in the process.
- A mentor scheme for PhD students and an annual PhD Day are underway.
- A credit-bearing industrial project has been created as a course offering at the Master's programme.
- A mentor scheme for new students has been developed, and plans for an enhanced commencement of study are in place.
- The thesis study period has been significantly reduced.
- A new framework agreement with the Environment and Food Ministry will ensure a rapid and complete publication of consultancy results.
Important efforts in 2017
The committees, management and employees will jointly implement concrete initiatives to move the Department towards our strategic goals. In 2017, we will work on the following fronts:
- The Research Committee addresses the establishment of an internal peer-review process for research applications.
- Academic heads and employees should be aware of the opportunities in AUFF's visiting researcher programme, where the success rate is very high, and the possibility to apply for ST's Sabbatical grants and Synergy packages.
- Academic heads and employees should reflect on the best possible publishing strategies.
- The Management and the academic staff should to a greater extent work strategically and concretely on publishing academic consultancy in international peer-reviewed journals.
- The PhD Programme Committee works on realizing an ambitious course programme.
- The academic heads and employees should be aware of possible alternative sources of financing to fund PhD students (e.g. industrial PhDs), and the Management will address the consequences of the indirect cost recovery requirement at the ST level.
- The Education Committee and teaching staff should continue to work on reviewing the biology programme.
- The Business Committee will promote knowledge about opportunities for business cooperation and will facilitate the Department’s participation in matchmaking events.
- The academic heads and employees should look into the possibilities of establishing industrial postdocs in cooperation with businesses.
The strategy work in the coming year will jump-start 10 January, where Vice Deans and Deans will be meeting with the Committee Chairpersons and Department Heads.
On behalf of Hans and Peter / Camilla