Structure and governance of Uppsala University

Uppsala University is ultimately led by the University Board. Below the University Board sits the University management consisting of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the University Director.

The Vice-Chancellor’s decisions are normally made at the Vice-Chancellor’s decision-making session. The Management Council supports and advises the Vice-Chancellor, and consists of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Rectors, University Director, and three representatives for the University’s students, as well as the Vice-Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor also has the help of other advisers and strategic councils. 

The University management

The University management consists of the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the University Director. The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the University as a public authority. The Vice-Chancellor’s deputy serves instead of the Vice-Chancellor when he or she is not on duty, and otherwise substitutes for the Vice-Chancellor to the extent determined by the Vice-Chancellor.

Advisers to the Vice-Chancellor

There are six advising councils, each overseeing a specific university-wide issue.

The strategic councils

The strategic councils are groups established by the Vice-Chancellor. Four of these are led by an adviser to the Vice-Chancellor, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor. 

Two of the advisory councils are not led by advisers to the Vice-Chancellor, but by on of the Vice-Rectors and by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor respectively. These are:

There is also one adviser to the Vice-Chancellor with no advising council, the Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on Good Research Practice.

The strategic councils’ composition

The strategic councils consist of people chosen by the disciplinary domains, the University Administration and the students’ unions respectively. Different divisions within the University Administration provide administrative and specialist support.

Disciplinary Domains

Uppsala University operations are organised in the following three disciplinary domains:

The Disciplinary Domain Board is the decision-making body of each disciplinary domain. The majority of the members of the Disciplinary Domain Boards are individuals with academic qualifications. The chair of the Disciplinary Domain Board is titled the Vice-Rector.

Faculties

The disciplinary domains are organised in faculties. The majority of members of the Faculty Board are individuals with academic qualifications.

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 qualifications. 

University Administration

The University Administration supports the whole university, ensuring that it 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.

Structural overview of Uppsala University

Structural overview of Uppsala University. At the top sits the University Board, then the Vice-Chancellor. Below the Vice-Chancellor sits the University Administration and the three Disciplinary Domains which are each divided into faculties and departments respectively.

Last modified: 2021-03-03