Daily Archives: Friday March 18th, 2016

Administrative and Technical Services

These days we learPer Bakken about Danish and Finnish universities that have to cut their budgets by 5-10% and lay off hundreds of employees. Fortunately this is not the case in Norway. UoB has to reduce its budget by NOK 70-100 mill as part of the efficiency program of the government. This is just a very minor part of the budget. However, it may still be wise to assess the way the university is run. UoB has established a “Steering group for development of efficient and future-oriented administrative and technical services”.

This sounds very boring and bureaucratic, and we may think that this has nothing to do with me. But it does and to a great extent. For instance, recruitment procedures, travel documents and establishing exams are tasks we are all engaged in. More important than making these tasks cheaper, is to improve their quality. This is why the work of this steering group is important to all of us, and I am sure that we will hear more from it.

In the meantime Easter is coming up, and I hope that we can all relax and have a good time.
Happy Easter!


New Names

rita_vikIntroducing Rita Vik, PhD in nutrition. Rita started as chief engineer in the research unit for health examinations (FHU) in March 2016 . If you want to say hello, you can find her on the 8th floor in the laboratory building.

Invitation to NORBIS Summer School

norbis2Dear all,

We are happy to announce that the first NORBIS Summer School, “An introduction to molecular biology, bioinformatics and biostatistics” will take place in Bergen, 13th – 17th June, 2016.

Please distribute the attached invitation to anyone who may be interested. We aim for a wide variety of backgrounds at the summer school, and we encourage students in fields such as cell- and molecular biology, marine studies, genetics and medicine to register, along with our own NORBIS students. Continue reading

Announcement of election: Department Council – Group B

New representatives from group B (temporary scientific staff) is to be elected for the department council at K2 this spring. The election period is 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017.

New this year is that employees with part-time position at K2 and main position at HUS also have the right to vote.

One representative and three deputies are to be elected. Nominations should be signed and submitted to Irene Hjelmaas within 25 April 2016. Continue reading