First prize to international students’ film about genital mutilation

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2019 10:04 GMT

​Michael Asonganyi and his fellow students’ short film "Konte," a film about genital mutilation and social exclusion, was recently awarded the prize “Best short film 2018” in the the Zafaa Global Awards in London. “It is so important to tell the story that there are people who were born here, but who do not feel that they belong, who are rootless,” Delight Yengo says. She plays Samantha.

“Right” research funding opens many doors

Press Releases   •   Jan 10, 2019 08:00 GMT

Peter Edlund

Peter Edlund, senior lecturer in business administration at the University of Gävle is awarded the prestigious Wallander scholarship of 1,722 million SEK.

He is awarded the scholarship for his research on status creation in the research community. Hereby, he gains full funding for three years of research with the goal to become a reader in business administration.

“I have studied how evaluations of funding applications are constructed and how these in turn have determined status and career opportunities for those who received different grants.”

Some money more prestigious than other money

Peter Edlund has compared the status of grants from the European Research Council (ERC) with grants from the Swedish Research Council reserve-list support. European Research Council evaluations, which are exact, exclusive and expert-driven, have become internationally accepted. To receive ERC funding is thus very prestigious and high-status.

“I have compared evaluations in which the amount of money granted is the same, but the evaluations differ in their organisational construction, and this fact has huge consequences for their different status. Having received funding based on certain evaluations becomes very important, as some evaluations are considered more prestigious than others. As a result, such grants are then more prestigious.

The European Research Council opens all doors

ERC-funded researchers are immediately offered positions at Swedish universities and they gain extra funding when they place their grants there. Moreover, they gain great visibility which facilitates the process of establishing collaboration with other researchers.

However, individual researchers receiving the same monetary amounts from the Swedish Research Council reserve-list support miss out on all these status boosts.

“It might seem strange that money is differentiated in this manner in the research community, since there is nowadays a great lack of funding,” Peter Edlund points out.

An elite within the elite

Peter has the impression that many researchers are unfamiliar with how the ERC works and of the consequences of receiving ERC grants.

“Certain circles within the Swedish research community compete to receive these grants and even smaller circles really succeed. It is a small world, almost like an elite within the elite.

“Career-wise, it is enormously important to be the recipient of certain grants rather than others.”

He would now like to explore this phenomenon from a broader perspective, as similar reserve fund grants exist in several national research councils.

“Today, we find national reserve fund grants in large parts of Europe, which creates good opportunities for making comparisons between different countries.”

The Wallander scholarship

The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius foundation in association with the Tore Browaldh foundation award the Wallander scholarship to young excellent researchers with a PhD. The idea is to give the recipient the opportunity to become a reader, as it provides full-time research during three years.

“The Wallander scholarship is very encouraging and means that I now have an amazing opportunity. It provides security and freedom during three years. Moreover, the scholarship is most certainly an asset for the future.”

Wallanderstipendiet

För mer information, v v kontakta:

Peter Edlund, senior lecturer in business administration at the University of Gävle
Phone: 073-214 34 61
Email: peter.edlund@hig.se


Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo: Privat

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.

Peter Edlund, senior lecturer in business administration at the University of Gävle is awarded the prestigious Wallander scholarship of 1,722 million SEK. “I have studied how evaluations of funding applications are constructed and how these in turn have determined status and career opportunities for those who received different grants.”

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Stereotyping of older people can make us lose our empathy

Press Releases   •   Jan 08, 2019 11:32 GMT

“If we portrayed older people more fully, as unique with their individual personalities and experiences, we would become more involved and understanding,” says Karin Lövgren, senior lecturer in media and communication studies at the University of Gävle. “Who is allowed to be seen and who is allowed to be hard heard and in what contexts? This determines how we perceive and view aging,”

How right climate thinking can be wrong

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2018 10:00 GMT

“The greenhouse effect and global warming are indisputable facts today, and our emissions disturb nature’s balance. We have to live in a more resource-efficient way, but we have to think carefully and choose the right methods,” says Mattias Gustafsson, researcher in energy systems at the University of Gävle.

5.7 million to the development of 3D technology for regional businesses

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2018 08:00 GMT

“Our excellence within 3D digitalisation is going to support the businesses in the region in smart specialisation,” says Stefan Seipel, professor in computer science at the University of Gävle. “If businesses can create attractive services, their business opportunities will develop,” Stefan Seipel says.

9.9 million to boost interest in natural sciences and technology

Press Releases   •   Dec 19, 2018 09:00 GMT

Erik Johan Ljungberg’s foundation invests SEK 9.9 million in the project “The hunt for technicians” at the University of Gävle to boost children’s and young people’s interest in natural sciences and technology. “Our work to increase interest has a long-term perspective in our focus on pre-schools, but also a short-term one, in our focus to increase interest in our own engineering programmes".

Is there finally a turn for the better for social workers?

Press Releases   •   Dec 19, 2018 08:00 GMT

“Our first compilation suggests that working conditions for social workers investigating children and youth in Stockholm county have improved,” says Pia Tham, researcher at the University of Gävle. “This is an occupational group who has had tough working conditions for a long time, but finally things seem to have taken a turn for the better and that is very pleasing,”

AI - the bleak end of auditors?

Press Releases   •   Dec 13, 2018 08:00 GMT

“We will develop an automated audit function based on artificial intelligence (AI), because AI can definitely take over repetitive and time-consuming work tasks in auditing,” says Jan Svanberg, senior lecturer in business administration at the University of Gävle. “Policy holders will benefit from this. Management of claims will improve in precision and there will be fewer incorrect decisions.”

Flood maps unreliable

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2018 08:00 GMT

“Flood maps supposed to predict spring flooding and flood risks rest on assumptions based on available data, but in calibrating processes, actual outcomes are not used,” says Nancy Joy Lim, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle. “It is very difficult to predict how extensive the flooding will be in such areas, and for this reason our flood maps need updating,” Nancy Joy Lim says.

The paradox of disclosure when exchanging ideas

Press Releases   •   Dec 05, 2018 16:33 GMT

“There is a clear tendency that businesses are no longer able to renew themselves on their own; they need collaboration to boost their innovation process,” “The paradox is that to succeed in open innovation you have to share information and disclose your idea, but then it risks being stolen,” says Ioana Stefan, researcher in industrial engineering and management at the University of Gävle.

About University of Gävle

University of Gävle

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.


Distance Education
Earlier than the more traditional universities and higher education institutions, we have adapted the programmes to the demands of the market and dared to try new types of teaching e g different forms of distance education. Today, Högskolan i Gävle is one of Sweden's leading higher education institutions when it comes to distance education. Certain distance educations have meetings on one of the campus sites, others are based on modern IT support only and are therefore independent on which city you are in. The wide range of distance courses enables students to live in the home town and still carry out academic studies.


Campus
Our campuses at Kungsbäck in Gävle offer a lovely study environment with all programmes gathered in one place. A place of knowledge only a few minutes from the centre.


The higher education institution is located in a scenic area with Gävle River and the Boulogner Forest as the closest neighbours. The carefully re-built regiment barracks have created a gathered campus where the distance between students, teachers and researchers is close.


A higher education institution with regional connections and a contact network reaching all over the world.

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