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Anna-Karin Tornberg will step down from the University Board as a teacher representative, following two mandate periods. She is also a member of the nomination committee whose task is to identify new candidates for the election of teacher representatives which will take place in March 2020.

The board assignment provides good knowledge of KTH

Published Nov 18, 2019

Hello Anna-Karin Tornberg, Professor of Numerical Analysis at the Department of Mathematics of the School of Engineering Sciences (SCI) and teacher representative on the University Board. Can you tell us what the board assignment means to you?

"I've always liked "big perspectives" and to expand my horizons a little. Being a teacher representative on the University Board gives me the opportunity to influence and contribute in doing something good for KTH as a whole. The assignment is truly educational and has developed me personally in many ways. I have gained a good understanding of how KTH works. I also get to participate in interesting discussions with many very talented and experienced board members. Our discussions offer me new perspectives and knowledge. They also teach me to assert myself in the discussions and to express my own opinions, says Anna-Karin Tornberg."

She emphasizes the value of the informal dialogue in the board and believes that the external representation on the board invigorates the discussions:

"There are often inspiring exchanges of views in the room, through the mix of the knowledge, experience and perspectives that exist both inside and outside KTH."

What is required as a teacher representative?

"Above all, you must be able to adopt a broader perspective as opposed to thinking only based on the needs and interests relating to your own activities. It's about accountability and doing something for KTH as a whole. In addition, you need to have the integrity to express your own opinion during the meetings. It can be an advantage if the person in question has been engaged previously in something else within KTH, says Anna-Karin Tornberg."

What is the scope of the assignment and of the opportunity to influence?

"Being a teacher representative is not burdensome or particularly time consuming. The University Board holds six half-day meetings and one full-day meeting each year. Of course, there will also be a few hours of document reading in preparation for each board meeting. The three of us who are teacher representatives also have a brief meeting with the President before each board meeting, where we go through the meeting agenda."

"The opportunity to influence is offered in the discussions and in the formal decisions. Larger initiatives are also possible, but this involves a longer process. For example, the President may be commissioned to initiate various types of investigations. The decisions made by the University Board are well prepared, says Anna-Karin Tornberg."

Nomination of candidates for the election

She encourages all employees at KTH to nominate candidates during the nomination period 18 November to 1 December. However, the candidate must first have been asked and accepted the nomination. It is also possible to nominate yourself, provided you meet the applicable formal requirements. To qualify, you must be a teacher at KTH and permanently employed as a professor or associate professor, working at least 50 percent of full time.

"It is important that the nomination committee receives several good nominations for candidates. We will also ensure that the three members who will be elected reflect KTH's breadth of operations, concludes Anna-Karin Tornberg."

Facts about the University Board

The University Board is KTH's highest decision-making body and makes formal decisions on the annual accounts, the budgetary basis, the adoption of policies (five policies) and the annual accounts of foundations and securities management. The University Board is also the principal responsible for SciLifeLab, KTH Holding and also decides on KTH's major prize.

At each board meeting, the President's report and specific current events are reviewed. Various parts of the establishment also report on their work. The Vice Presidents, representatives from the Faculty Council, THS and others are invited on a rolling basis to inform the board of their respective responsibilities and to receive feedback.

Internal auditing is the University Board's tool to review and ensure the organisation's processes are correctly conducted and that KTH performs its regulatory function. After each review, an action plan is drawn up based on an internal audit report and the President is responsible for its implementation.

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