Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

Useful information for staff members

The following is an overview of the most important things that apply to all staff members at SVT.


General information

You can find useful and updated information in the Employee Handbook and the UiB Employee Pages.


The Card Centre issues employee I.D. cards. The card is valid as the key card to the Centre’s front door, gives access to the Pull Print System, and serves as your library card for the University Library. A separate online form is filled out by Judith Larsen. You are then to go to the Card Centre (located at the Student Centre) where they will take your picture. Make sure you have a valid ID with you. The card will be made for you at that time. Inform Judith as soon as possible if you lose your card, as Judith needs to send an online form before you can get a new card.

UPDATING YOUR PERSONAL PAGES ON THE WEB: You must update your own personal page yourself.


DFØ's self-service portal and app will be used for time registration, travel expense claims, expense reimbursement, request for absence, travel request, etc. from January 1st, 2021.

Mobile app – DFØ selvbetjening

Download the ‘DFØ selvbetjening’ app from the AppStore or Google Play. The app is available in English. You can choose language settings in the app.

User guide for the DFØ app  (Norwegian)

Web solution – self-service portal

Log in to the self-service portal here.

User guide for the self-service portal (Norwegian)

More information about the portal and the app can be found here.  Here you will also find user guides for the various services in the app and portal.

If you need support, or have questions, contact UiBHjelp.

If you have technical questions related to the self-service portal or app, contact DFØ (08.00-15.45). Email: lonn@dfo.no, phone: 40 63 40 21

Operating funds for PhD and postdoctoral fellows
Research Fellows are awarded operating funds that are spread over a period of three years; in the fourth year will all remaining funds be transferred over, depending on which contact the fellow has.

Budgeted operating costs
The faculty’s operating funds cover rent, office supplies, etc. Basic office supplies are ordered by the Center’s purchasing agent Judith Larsen. We are required to use UoB’s approved suppliers, which provide discounts. Operating funds should be used to cover expenses for research purposes, such as books, special computer software, licenses, travel and lodging, seminars, conferences, miscellaneous fees and other research-related purposes. Every year you will be informed as to the status of your individual budget.

The Center will cover the purchases of computers and i Pads. Ask Judith for the current models available. Judith must order these for you through the university’s purchasing system.

Purchasing agent’s function (Judith)
All purchases must be ordered by Judith and have a PM number before invoices can be paid. The university has many purchasing agreements with various firms in Norway, which we are obligated to use. The purchasing agent (Judith) must order items such as computers and group travel, hotels and flights for invited guests. She must also order office supplies, furniture, books, flowers, catering, anything connected to arrangements like for example renting meeting locations, meals at restaurants, and so on. Additionally services, such as translations/editing and website development, software licenses, printing/publishing, etc. must also go through Tone and Judith. All purchases must be approved in advance by Tone Lund-Olsen. If you have questions, please ask Judith.

Purchasing Books

Judith purchases all books from Akademika through the Basware system. Please do not purchase books yourself from Akademika. This is very important as we receive discounts through the Basware system as well. There are two exceptions: If you buy foreign books yourself abroad or books through Amazon, you can use the form in the self-service portal and get your money refunded. Please be aware that Akademika often can obtain most books so you do not usually need to use your own money in advance. All purchases must be approved by Tone Lund-Olsen.

Credit card
It is recommended that each staff member applies for a credit card, this has replaced travel advances for the most part. State that the University of Bergen is your employer on the application form. When travel is paid with the employee’s own credit card, travel insurance included. If the bill from the credit card company is due before the journey is made and/or before any money is refunded by the University of Bergen, the university will cover the interest fees. Interest fees and annual fees for credit cards are covered by the University. Make sure you do the travel form within a month of your travel. This will reduce the interest fees the Univerity will have to pay out.

Non-Norwegian citizens will have to APPLY for a new tax card every year. You can ask someone in the adminstration for help in doing this. It is normally done online using form RF-1209. If you fail to apply for the tax card, a 50% tax will be deducted from your salary. You of course will receive any overpaid tax later on after the tax card is received, but it can take time.

Booking and payment of travel
All employees need to book and pay for their own travel, such as flights, train travel, hotels, conference registration fees, rental cars, taxis, airport buses, etc.  You can use any airline and hotel you want. However, you MUST use the University’s travel agent, either via the Web or telephone. Experience shows that it pays to do some research on relevant routes and airlines beforehand and then give them specific flight details. Our travel agent is Berg-Hansen.

The travel agent has an Emergency Plan so if something during your travels should occur, such as your flight being cancelled, social unrest, and the like; the travel agent is responsible for finding alternative solutions. They are obligated to keep track of employees who are traveling that have used their services. Take immediate contact with them if something unforeseen happens.

Travel expense form
The travel expense form needs to be submitted within one month after the travel is complete

Reimbursement of expenses
Only research-related purchases that cannot be covered by ordinary purchases should be entered on the reimbursement form. (All travel related expenses should be entered on the Travel Expense Form. See above.) Individual employees must not make ordinary purchases: such as office supplies, i Pads, computers, translations, art work, paper, etc. Let Judith Larsen know what you need and she can order it for you.

Billing directly to the University of Bergen
In agreement with the Head of Administration, Tone Lund-Olsen, one may make purchases that are billed directly to the University of Bergen. It is important that the correct billing address and Billing-Code are used. Ask Judith about this.

Who does what in the administration?

Tone, Kamilla, Judith, Idunn and Sigrid's tasks at SVT and SKOK

The joint administration at SVT and SKOK have the following functions and responsibilities:

Tone Lund-Olsen is the Head of Administration and is employed in a 100% position. Tone is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Overall responsibility for operation and management
  • Recruitment, personnel matters
  • Responsible for tasks in connection with the PhD theses and doctoral defenses
  • Finances and Budget

Kamilla Stølen is advisor for research and communication, and is employed in a 100 % position. Kamilla is responsible for the following tasks:

  • The website
  • Assists in connection with publicity and media relations
  • Assistance in connection with conferences, seminars and other events
  • Assistance in connection with application for external funding
  • Other administrative duties

Judith Larsen is a Higher Executive Officer who is employed in an 80% position. She works every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Judith is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Administratively responsible for the Course in Theory of Science and Ethics, HF, VITHF900, VITHF905, VITHF910 (SVT)
  • SVT-SKOK Ombudsman HSE (HMS verneombud) 2015-2016; 2017-2018, 2019-2020, 2021-2022.
  • Miljøfyrtårn contact for Parkveien 9 (2016-2018)(2019-2021)
  • Contact person for ARK (2016-2017)(2021-2022)
  • Contact person for new employees
  • Booking of hotels and flights for guests
  • Contact person for Berg Hansen for group travel. Arranges Strategy Meetings for SVT and SKOK every two years
  • Booking of restaurants and reception rooms for courses, conferences and parties
  • Ordering office supplies, furniture, books, food, PCs/MACs, other services, etc.
  • Responsible for employee IDs (kortansvarlig)
  • Front office, mail, the archives, e-Phorte, maintaining all e-mail lists and is the library contact person
  • SEBRA contact person
  • Contact person for LYDIA
  • Contact person for HSE Non-Conformities
  • Provides support for planning and carrying out HSE activities such as Soup Days, house parties, HSE-Days, etc. 
  • Various administrative duties
  • Room booking, including the Centre's seminar room
  • Assisting the Centers' Directors and Head of Administration

Idunn Tandstad is Senior Executive Officer and works with master and doctoral education. She is employed in a 100 % position and is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Student guidance
  • Administration of education at master level (recruitment, quality in studies and education, examination, study plans, internationalisation)
  • Administration of doctoral education
  • Webpages
  • PhD coordinator

Sigrid Sandal is Senior Executive Officer and works with education at bachelor level. She is employed in a 50 % position, and is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Student guidance
  • Administration of education at bachelor level (recruitment, quality in studies and education, examination, study plans, internationalisation)

Sign in front of SKOK/SVT office building

SVT's home in Ida Bloms hus, Parkveien 9.

Thor Brødreskift/UiB

A view of the front entrance of Ida Blom's hus, where SVT is located
Thor Brødreskift/UiB