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University democracy

The upcoming university elections

Postdoc or PhD-candidate? Sign up for a free lunch and information about university democracy.

Grunnlovsforsamlingen på Eidsvoll
The Norwegian founding fathers expected the university to be self-governed, according to the Humboltian principles.
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There will be elections for the Faculty and University leadership in the last week of April. The Group B electors, that is, the PhD-candidates and postdocs, will elect representatives for the governing boards of the institutes, the faculty and the university. Norwegian university democracy guarantees a voice at the table for researchers with temporary employment, but it can be difficult to orient oneself as a citizen of the Norwegian academic democracy - not least since quite a bit of the accessible written information only exists in Norwegian. 

The HF Electoral Commission therefore invites all PhD candidates and Post-docs to a short (45 min) seminar on the UiB democratic system. The seminar will be held in English. The goal is to strenghen the participatory culture at the Humanities faculty over time, and involve more of the temporary employees in the democratic processes at the university. 

The current group B-representatives on the university board, Sofie Marhaug (LLE), and on the faculty board, Ragnhild Gjefsen (LLE), will hold short introductions on Norwegian university democracy. The PhD organizations at HF, Stip.HF. and UiB-Doc, will also introduce themselves.

If you register for lunch, the electoral commission offers a rich picking of luncheon treats. Bring an office mate!