Monthly Archives: September 2018

Communications, Salary Review, and the Review of Support Function at KTH

Communications

ITM is strengthening administrative support for communication. Currently, the school has two employees working in communications, communications manager Jenni Hollbrink, and Peter Waites, who is focused on web and digital communication. A third recruitment is under way, which is linked to research communication and the Södertälje initiative.

If you have ideas or are in need for support in these areas, do not hesitate to contact our communications staff. Above all, make sure you are up to date on the school’s internal website, as our ambition is to develop internal­­­– and management communication within the school. The idea is to offer all school employees and visitors relevant and engaging content, which will hopefully increase traffic on our internal website. This requires commitment, good ideas, and persistent work.

A first step in this new initiative is to present let our Head of School and a few key members of management give short introductions into our activities, vision and strategies. The films in question were produced last spring in order to present the ITM-school to the principal’s school visit in May 2018. The first film – in which Jan Wikander, Head of School, presents ITM’s vision and strategy – has been published on our internal website as well as on our new channel at KTH Play. New short videos in which the school’s head’s of department each present their departments will be released once per week. The films’ audio is in Swedish, but English subtitles have been provided so that all employees at the school can appreciate these presentations.

Salary Review

The school is in the middle of the yearly salary review. Salary talks are being held throughout September. Our ambition is that information regarding new pay levels will be available in the first two weeks of November. Payment of the new salaries is planned for the December salary payout. At KTH, new salary criteria have been in effect since June 1, 2018. The statement is available in Swedish and in English.

Review of Support Function at KTH

In the autumn of 2017, the President decided that a review of KTH’s management– and operational support was needed, one that was based on the needs of the university’s core activities. These activities were defined as research and education conducted at KTH. The starting point for the review has been “One KTH.” KTH should provide and offer equal and unified support to everyone, regardless of where in the organisation you are operating. This is a prerequisite in order for students and employees to experience KTH as “One KTH.”

A decision on this issue is expected this week, and will be published on the KTH internal website under Organisation and Regulation.

/ Christina Carlsson, Head of Administration

SoTL conference ITM Digilab and Changed rules for written examination

The autum term of 2018 has started and our P1 courses is up and running, as well as new Ladok. Another administrative news is that KTH this week released a new version of the rules for written examinations (KTHs anvisningar för tentamensregler), that mainly includes these changes (compared to the rules announces a year ago):

  • Lärare ska rondera i tentasal för att svara på frågor
  • En giltig ID-handling är ett krav enl det beslut KTH tidigare fattat.
  • De som inte anmält sig ska överlämna utkrivet kursregistreringsintyg (inte bara visa i t ex mobil).
  • Insläpp ska ske senast 10 min innan tentan börjar, men att det kan ske tidigare

Good for us all to know 🙂

Another area for discussion right now is pedagogical development by the help of digitalization. So, therefore I also want to inform you that there is resources availabe at Media Production where we all can receive coachning when it comes to developing Flipped Classroom in our courses.   If you’re interested in develop your course, or learn more about this, please contact Jonas Thorén (Media Designer & Media Coach)

Finally, I also want to emphasize that KTH arranges the third SoTL (scholarship of Teaching and Learning) conference for the faculty. The conference will take place at KTH, Campus Valhallavägen in Stockholm, and will start in the afternoon March 28 and end in the afternoon on March 29, 2019. Call for abstracts begins on September 10th.

Have a nice weekend!

/ Anna Jerbrant, GA