"Thank you for your understanding and trust"

Published: 27 March 2020

"It feels almost unreal that it has been just over a week since the government announced that the universities' teaching and assessment will be carried out remotely.

"Our teachers and students do their utmost"

Changing such a comprehensive business in 24 hours is no easy task. Our teachers and our support staff have therefore worked hard to convert on site-exams into different forms of distance examination. They have also begun reworking the courses that begin in study period 4 so that they can be implemented remotely.

This is a huge achievement and I am incredibly grateful and proud that we have managed such a thorough changeover in such a short time and that we have done so without losing focus on legal security and quality.
Thanks also to all the students for your understanding and trust. We do everything we can to continue your studies."

Transition to work from home

Because of transmission of the coronavirus that now exists in Norrbotten and Västerbotten, I have decided that employees, as far as possible, and after dialogue with the nearest manager, shall work from home. The university's premises are still open and accessible to both students and staff.

The observed spread of the virus also means that it is most likely that staff and students at the university will be infected, or perhaps already are infected, by the coronavirus. Information about infected persons will not be communicated, as health information is protected by confidentiality.

Nobody knows today how long this situation will apply or what new guidelines will possibly be introduced. Therefore, it is important that we continue to show empathy to one another, that we provide support and assistance to those in need, and that we trust our expert authorities and their knowledge, in the same way that we want and expect others to trust. our research results and expertise.

Efforts from staff and students

There are several good examples of staff and students doing what they can to help others. Last week our old transparencies were given a new function when they could be used as a visor for healthcare personnel. But for visors, holders are need and therefore a group of researchers at the university developed visa holders that are now used by health care professionals in the region. Some of our students have also become involved in helping younger students online with various math tasks.

Take care of yourselves!
Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology.

 

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