The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) has been assigned by the Government to develop and implement a new model for quality evaluation of higher education. The model will be applied starting 2017 and contains four different types of assessments, for more information see the home page of UKÄ under Quality Assurance.
A pilot round of evaluating the doctoral education was performed 2016 and in January 2017 the “real” assessment starts with a number of subjects being evaluated, four of which we have at KTH and one of those at ITM: Economics (Sw. Nationalekonomi).
All subjects with a research education will eventually be assessed and we can foresee that a lot of time and effort will have to be spent on these evaluations.
The e-ISP system is up and running but we are still waiting for an update that will make it possible to get all the information from Ladok into the ISP. This update will be in place any day now. If you have questions regarding the web based ISP please email email@example.com.
ITM has received a task from the president to lead a four year initiative on circular economy. A group has been formed at ITH led by Amir Rashid (IIP). Initially, meetings have been held with participants from the departments within ITM: Sofia Ritzen (MMK), Semida Silviera (EGI), Cali Nuur (INDEK) and me. The initial aim is to inform each other on activities that are held at different departments and to identify interesting areas of future research as well as possibilities to develop inter disciplinary courses. The activities of this group will be presented by Amir at an ITM faculty club meeting on October 24 in order to both inform interested faculty members as well as to receive feedback from them. In the next step, interested researchers from other schools will be contacted (ABE, SCI, CHE and maybe others). Our aim is to work together during these four years to form a plat form for a future collaboration regarding circular economy at a KTH level.
Personally I have also been involved in some circular economy related activities. Two weeks ago I attended a workshop on circular economy in Helsinki focusing on metals. The workshop was led by Maria Wetterstrand who has a long experience working with environmental issues related to production issues. There were also people present from Finland that work on the political side. Many technical talks on recycling of steel, copper, gold silver etc., including my own presentation focusing on steel recycling, were held. Also, the workshop illustrates that several companies have invested in recycling facilities to handle for example shredded steel scrap and electronic scrap. It was also of interest to hear that some speakers including politicians claimed that we should have production of metals and mining in Sweden in Finland since we then can make sure that we take an environmental responsibility after, for example, a mine is closed down.
Finally, I must say that it is hard to believe that we have already reached the end of period 1! I was a teacher in production of metals and fiber for the third year BSc students in the materials design program together with professor Gunnar Henriksson from the school of chemistry (CHE). This year the student visited Boliden in Skellefteå to study the production of copper at Boliden and to get informed of typical jobs that they can obtain after they have completed their education at KTH. Despite that the student had to go by bus (we could not afford flying) they were satisfied with the chance to the production facility. Overall, Boliden is a company that practices “circular economy”. Your used computers and mobile phones are melted to produce new metals. Specifically, the annual production of three important metals based on 120 000 tonnes of recycled scrap is the following:
Gold 2000 kg
Silver 32 000 kg
Copper 15 500 tonnes
So, if you wish to play a role in the circular economy you could start by recycling your electronic scrap (phones, computers, etc.) so that the valuable metals can be extracted and used to produce new products!
The Office of Student Affairs has moved to Lindstedtsvägen 3, 6 tr. We have now made a joint decision to extend the office’s service and availability towards students pursuing programmes at the school.
As from December 1st a service desk will be in operation, Monday-Thursday from 09:00-13:00. A telephone service is also being introduced to the service desk during the same opening hours. The aim is that the desk will provide students with a quick and easy way of finding answers to questions relating to their studies. Students can also come here for assistance in booking an appointment for study counselling or international coordinators for more complicated issues.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays the office will have drop-in times from 09:00-11:30.
To minimise visits, emails and phone calls about “simple questions”, a project is being launched that will review the information flow on the school’s website and on the two monitors that will be installed by the entrance to the office as well as the service desk.
With regard to emails, the aim is that these will be answered within 48 hours. All phone calls must have active call forwarding when a person is not present or is unable to answer.
We hope that this will enhance the service level as well as availability towards students at the school, and also within the organisation!
Salary review 2016
Work is under way on this year’s salary review, and most salary discussions have been completed. The aim is that new salaries will be paid on December 23rd, backdated to October 1st, which is the review date. The ITM intranet has information for all parties together with guidelines on setting salaries at ITM.
The agreements concluded so far this year in the Swedish labour market have been at a level of 2.2% with a contract period of 12 months. In view of this, and with due consideration of KTH’s financial situation, at present this is the guideline to which we must adhere in the 2016 salary review at KTH.
No special measures have been invoked in this year’s review, but good teaching performance shall be acknowledged.
We hope that we will also be able to keep to the schedule in this year’s review.