Who do I turn to if I feel unfairly treated by a teacher?
How do I know that the university works in the right way, so that I can get out as much as possible of my time here?
How can I make a difference when it comes to my education?
What is educational surveillance?
Halmstad Student Union’s main mission is to monitor Halmstad University’s education. Educational surveillance means foremost to work with developing education at the University to make it better for all students and PhD-student. As a student, the most powerful tool to influence your education is the course evaluation form. It contributes as a basis which the Student Union and the Student representatives can use to make an impact towards the University.
How does the Student Union work with educational surveillance?
The Student Union work both nationally and locally with educational surveillance. Through the umbrella organization The Swedish National Union of Students the Student Union works, in the long run, to drive questions that all teachers should have pedagogical education, or that teachers should be rewarded for their pedagogical work efforts. Locally the Student Union works directly towards the University with our student representatives and through the spots our Chairman has in the Vice-chancellors council, the Vice-chancellors decision meetings, the Research and Education Board, the Board of Quality and the University Governing Board.
Board and committees
The Student Union works with educational surveillance through our Student representatives. Including participants in:
- The University Governing Board
(3 representatives including the chariman of the Student Union)
The University Governing Board has the uttermost responsibility for the University’s function. The Chairman and seven members are appointed by the government. The Faculty appoints three members and the Student Union appoints three members. The Vice-Chancellor is a part of the Board. Union Representatives are present and have the right of speech. Here big decisions are made that concerns the entire University.
- The Research and Education Board
(4 representatives including The Student Union’s Chairman and a PhD-student)
The Research and Education Board is responsible for research and education at the bachelor and master levels. The Board is responsible to ensure a clear connection between research and education as well as long term strategic priorities regarding research and education which are appointed by the University’s Governing Board and Vice-Chancellor.
- Committee for doctoral education
The Research and Education Board has a Committee for doctoral education tied to them whose role is, by delegation from the Committee, to follow up education at PhD-level at Halmstad University. The Committee’s main focus is information to the PhD-Students before their education as well as following up on the PhD-students and supervisor’s competence. This includes the relationship between the PhD-student and the Supervisor. The student representatives who are a part of the committee is usually made up of PhD-Students because of their knowledge about doctoral education.
- Advisory Board for Quality Assurance
(The Chairman of the Student Union)
The Advisory Board of Quality Assurance is an advisory board to the Vice-Chancellor regarding the quality work at the University. The Board prepares proposals to quality policies, overall quality assurance systems, and quality development programs. The Board also has the responsibility to stimulate quality development and to have a good overview of the development within the University.
- The Recruitment Committee
(The Vice Chairman of the Student Union)
The Recruitment Committee prepares the employment of new personnel, teachers, associate professors and suggest to the Vice-Chancellor who should be appointed excellent teachers. As a representative in the Recruitment Committee, you will be participating and contribute with important comments at test lectures and interviews.
- The Academic Councils
(3 student representatives for each School. ITE has one space saved for a PhD-student)
Halmstad University has four schools; School of Business, Engineering, and Science, School of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, School of Health and Welfare and School of Information Technology. The Academic Councils make decisions about suggestions to course and education syllabus, suggestions on new employments, suggestions on the internal organization, assignment of new examiners, creation and assignment of Program Councils and quality programs for the individual school. To be a representative at an Academic Council you need to be a student at that specific School.
- The Work Enivronment Committee
(2 student representatives and 1 PhD-student)
The Work Environment Committee is a consultation board that should support the University in having the best work environment possible. The Committee consists of representatives for the employer, the employees, and the students. As a student representative in the Work Environment committée, you should also be a part of the Committee for Students Work Environment.
- The Disciplinary Board
(4 student representatives including 2 substitutes)
Disciplinary actions can be taken towards students that interfere the education, cheats or harass teachers or other students. These cases are brought up in the Disciplinary board which consists of the Vice-Chancellor as Chairman, a legally qualified member who should be or has been a permanent judge, a representative of the teachers at the university and two student representatives. The cases that are being handled in the Board are bound by secrecy and it is central for all involved that it remains so.