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How is a vice-chancellor appointed?

Under Chapter 2, Section 8 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a vice-chancellor is appointed by government decision following a proposal from the University Board. A vice-chancellor is appointed for a maximum term of six years, and may be reappointed twice for a further three years at a time.

The six-year appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University expires on 31 December 2017. The University Board has decided to initiate an open recruitment process for a vice-chancellor and a deputy vice-chancellor to take office on 1 January 2018.

The recruitment process 2016–2017 step by step

  • 29 August 2016: Members of the University Board (not including officials, the Vice-Chancellor or the Deputy Vice-Chancellor) hold an informal strategy discussion on the form of the upcoming recruitment process for proposing a vice-chancellor and selecting a deputy vice-chancellor for the next term of office.
     
  • 15 September 2016: The University Board decides on an open recruitment process, beginning with the appointment of a consultative assembly. The assembly will be made up of 33 representatives of the teaching staff, 14 members chosen by the staff organisations and 18 members chosen by the students. The University Board also decides to give the University Director the task of leading an internal University exercise to prepare proposals on procedures for the process.
     
  • The process is discussed in the Management Council, the Senate, the deans’ meeting and with the staff organisations and student unions to develop a well-grounded proposal on procedures for the process. The University Director coordinates the discussions.
     
  • 26–27 October 2016. The University Board decides that a modified proposal on procedures based on the proposal developed by the University Director should be referred for consultation: Procedures for producing a proposal on a vice-chancellor and selecting a deputy vice-chancellor from 1 January 2018 (memorandum for consultation; in Swedish). This document also sets out a timetable for the process. Added on 30 November 2016: You can download all consultation responses here (in Swedish).
     
  • 14 December 2016: The University Board adopts procedures for producing a proposal on a vice-chancellor and selecting a deputy vice-chancellor from 1 January 2018. Added on 22 December: The University Board’s decision UFV 2016/1636 (in Swedish).
     
  • 22 December 2016: All members of the consultative assembly have been selected. Full list of members (in Swedish) (published 12 January 2017).
     
  • 20 January 2017: The consultative assembly held its first meeting (minutes in Swedish) and selected representatives for the recruitment committee. All members of the recruitment committee have thereby been selected:
    • The University Board: Gunnar Svedberg (chair of the recruitment committee), Johan Wall (replacement for Christina Mattsson from May 2017)
    • Teachers: Lisa Ekselius (Medicine and Pharmacy), Anders Ekström (Humanities and Social Sciences), Mats Leijon (Science and Technology)
    • Unions: Kirsi Höglund
    • Students: Sara Andersson and Caisa Lycken
       
  • 17 February 2017: The University Board discussed a proposed person specification for the position of vice-chancellor. The proposal will then be referred to the consultative assembly for comment. The University Board took a decision on clarification of the procedure for selecting a deputy vice-chancellor (document in Swedish).
     
  • 14 March 2017: The consultative assembly delivers its recommendations on the person specification to the recruitment committee. The assembly decides on dates for future meetings and ongoing working procedures. Minutes
     
  • 20 March 2017: Extraordinary meeting of the University Board to approve the person specification for the position of vice-chancellor (document in Swedish). The recruitment committee receives instructions to move forward with the process. The University Board is kept continuously informed via its representatives on the recruitment committee.
     
  • 14 September 2017: The recruitment committee puts forward three candidates for the position as Vice-Chancellor to the consultative assembly. The three candidates are (sorted alphabetically):
    • Karin Dahlman-Wright, Professor of Molecular Endocrinology at Karolinska Institutet. Karin Dahlman-Wright was previously Acting Vice-Chancellor at Karolinska Institutet 2016–2017, Scientific Director at SciLifeLab and Vice-Dean of Infrastructure at Karolinska Institutet.
    • Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Uppsala University. Kristina Edström heads the largest battery research group in the Nordic region and has held the position of Vice-Dean of Research at the Faculty of Science and Technology. In 2017, Kristina Edström was appointed Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for Infrastructure at Uppsala University.
    • Eva Åkesson, Professor of Chemical Physics and current Vice-Chancellor at Uppsala University. Eva Åkesson assumed office as Vice-Chancellor in 2012. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lund University 2009–2011 and Vice-Rector 2003–2008 at the same university.
       
  • 21 September 2017: The consultative assembly holds its first meeting. One week later, the assembly is expected to announce its proposal to the recruitment committee, which will then produce briefing materials for the University Board meeting on 5 October.
     

Upcoming steps

  • 5 October 2017: Extraordinary meeting of the University Board at which the recruitment committee presents a consolidated proposal based on its discussions with the consultative assembly. The University Board adopts a proposal for submission to the government. The recruitment committee begins the process of selecting a deputy vice-chancellor.
     
  • Oct/Nov 2017: Interviews with candidates for the position of deputy vice-chancellor.
     
  • Nov/Dec 2017: The government appoints a vice-chancellor.
     
  • 12 December 2017: The University Board appoints a deputy vice-chancellor.

The timetable is provisional and may be adjusted if necessary. The University Board will convene for extraordinary meetings as necessary.

Related news and press releases (in Swedish)

Contact: University Director Katarina Bjelke

This page is regularly updated, most recently on 21 September 2017.

See also: List of Uppsala University’s vice-chancellors since 1877, when six-year terms were introduced. (Previously, vice-chancellors only served for six months.)