The University

The Governing Structure of Uppsala University

In December 2011 the University Board adopted a new operational structure for Uppsala University. It includes organisational matters. (See a schematic overview here.)

University Board

Uppsala University is governed by the University Board. The University Board oversees all Uppsala University business and is responsible for ensuring that its assignments are executed. The University has an Internal Audit directly accountable to the University Board.
Members

Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the University as a public authority. The Vice-Chancellor has a deputy – titled Deputy Vice-Chancellor – who serves in the Vice-Chancellor’s place when he or she is not on duty and who otherwise substitutes for the Vice-Chancellor to an extent determined by the Vice-Chancellor.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Management Council
The Management Council is a body that supports and advises the Vice-Chancellor. The Management Council consists of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-Rectors, the University Director, and three student representatives, one of whom is a doctoral candidate. The Management Council makes no decisions. However, it is assumed that the Vice-Chancellor will consult with the Management Council in matters of principle and strategy.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Meetings
The Vice-Chancellor’s decisions are normally made at special meetings in the presence of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the University Director, and student representatives.

Disciplinary Domains

Uppsala University operations are organized in the following Disciplinary Domains:

  • Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology

The Disciplinary Domain Board is the decision-making body of the Disciplinary Domain. The majority of the members of the Disciplinary Domain Board are individuals with academic competence. The chair of the Disciplinary Domain Board is titled the Vice-Rector.

Faculties

Disciplinary Domains are organized in Faculties. The majority of members of the Faculty Board are individuals with academic competence.

The Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences comprises six Faculties. The Faculty Board is the decision-making body of the respective Faculties. The chair of the Faculty Board is titled the Dean.

The Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy comprises two faculties.  The Disciplinary Domain Board is also the Faculty Board and the decision-making body of the Faculties. Each Faculty has an academic representative titled the Dean.

The Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology comprises one Faculty. The Disciplinary Domain Board is also the Faculty Board and the decision-making body of the Faculty. The chair of the Disciplinary Domain Board is also the Dean.

Departments

Operations are carried out in Departments. Each Department belongs to a Faculty. A Department is governed by a Head of Department and a Department Board. The majority of members of the Department Board are individuals with academic competence. 

University Administration

The University Administration supports the University Board, the Vice-Chancellor, Disciplinary Domain and Faculty Boards, Departments and operations in general with the aim of ensuring that the University fulfils its overarching obligations as a public authority and employer. The University Administration is responsible for managing and developing the administration of the University. The University Director is the head of the University Administration.

Student Representation

Students have the right to be represented in the University’s decision-making and investigative bodies.