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Background speech at work much more disruptive than we previously thought

Press Releases   •   Apr 09, 2018 06:00 GMT

“We have found that background speech at work is even more disruptive than we previously thought; we need quiet work environments to be able to write,” says Marijke Keus van de Poll, researcher in applied psychology at the University of Gävle. “It is impossible to detach yourself from background speech; the sounds enter your brain even if you try to ignore them.”

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Nader Ahmadi first Director General of new public authority in work environment knowledge

Press Releases   •   Apr 24, 2018 08:00 GMT

Nader Ahmadi first Director General of new public authority in work environment knowledge. Nader Ahmadi, professor in sociology and pro vice-chancellor of the University of Gävle, was recently appointed Director General for the new public authority in work environment knowledge by the Swedish Government.

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Lars Bengtsson new pro vice-chancellor at the University of Gävle

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2018 12:05 GMT

Lars Bengtsson new pro vice-chancellor at the University of Gävle. Lars Bengtsson, professor in industrial engineering and management, is the new pro vice-chancellor at the University of Gävle. He will take office on 1 July, 2018 and will act on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm.

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University of Gävle celebrates its Academic Ceremony

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2018 12:00 GMT

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Discovering the opportunities of digitalisation

Press Releases   •   Apr 18, 2018 11:00 GMT

Discovering the opportunities of digitalisation. Businesses and organisations are invited to be inspired to solve problems with the help of digitalisation, to discover new business opportunities, to make cumbersome processes more effective and to attract new groups to the industrial sector.

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5G and the factory of the future

Press Releases   •   Apr 18, 2018 10:00 GMT

What will the factory of the future look like and how can recent research be used in businesses in the region? At the Automation Day at the University of Gävle 12 April research and the industrial sector meet. The University of Gävle is at the forefront in the field and the Automation Day is a way to communicate this message and to find areas for collaboration in research as well as in education.

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Leisure-time centres to become more focused on learning

Press Releases   •   Apr 18, 2018 09:00 GMT

The aim is to disseminate the University’s knowledge about how to fulfil the mission given the leisure-time pedagogues, a mission which has gradually changed over time. “Our focus is to discuss what this holistic view on the pupils’ learning means to the leisure-time centres and for the collaboration with the school teachers,” Liselotte Sjöström Wallin says.

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Have we got the time for democracy?

Press Releases   •   Apr 18, 2018 08:00 GMT

Exciting and interesting guests in the panel when the highly topical seminar series about the threats to democracy continued at the University of Gävle In an open seminar series at the University of Gävle, began in the autumn of 2017, participants discussed what is needed to maintain and strengthen democracy.

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11 million SEK to research in school improvement

Press Releases   •   Apr 09, 2018 08:00 GMT

“No single environment is optimal for all purposes in a school, but there is a potential to improve the learning environment to make it more suitable for the school of tomorrow.” Anneli Frelin says. “Since it is expensive to rebuild and to buy new things, there is a lot to gain from creating a laboratory environment where different solutions are tried out before being launched,” Jan Grannäs.

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The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare incorrect in calculations of age determination of asylum seekers

Press Releases   •   Mar 30, 2018 09:00 GMT

“They draw the wrong conclusions, and the risk for erroneous classifications of both adults and children are not correctly calculated,” says Johan Bring, professor in statistics at the University of Gävle.

Two professors in statistics, Johan Bring and Lars Rönnegård, are highly critical of calculations used in age determination of asylum seekers in Sweden.

They turned it around

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare claims that the risk to categorise a child as an adult is three percent when performing MRI scans of the knee-joint in boys. However, both professors can show that the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare in fact calculated a different probability when arriving at the figure three percent.

“They have turned it around and calculated the probability of an adult to be categorised as a child, and that is not the same thing as the risk for categorising a child as an adult,” says Johan Bring, researcher and founder of the business Statisticon.

“The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has calculated one probability, but used it for another. This is not professional.”


More errors

According to Johan Bring and Lars Rönnegård, there are more errors in the report from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare; for this reason, they argue for the report to be redone.

The researchers claim that since no one knows the age distribution of the asylum seekers in the first place, we cannot calculate the risk for a child to be categorised as an adult without making assumptions on age distribution.

“The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has created a model with no connection to reality. We must start with a relevant age distribution, but the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has used different age distributions for different methods, which makes the comparison misleading.

Johan Bring states that the risk for a ten-year-old to be categorised as an adult is very small, but the risk for a 17-year-old is much higher.

“The method should be legally certain for 17-year-olds since they run the highest risk to be categorised as adults.”

No benefit of the doubt

The National Board of Forensic Medicine’s methods for age assessment also includes an x-ray of wisdom teeth. However, their decision remains the same even if only one of the analyses indicates that the individual is more than 18 years old. The age assessment sent to the Swedish Migration Agency, which is the agency responsible for making the decision on asylum, will in such cases still make the claim that the individual is over 18 years of age.

The two professors criticise this procedure as well, and they point out that the National Board of Forensic Medicine themselves maintain on their webpage that it is less probable for an individual with only one mature part of the body to be above 18.

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Four explanatory films

Professor Johan Bring has recorded four short explanatory films in which he explains in a pedagogical manner the grounds for their critique of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare’s age determination methods.

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For more information, please contact:
Johan Bring, professor is statistics at the University of Gävle
Phone: 070-311 22 21
Email: johan.bring@statisticon.se

Text: Douglas Öhrbom

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.

“They draw the wrong conclusions, and the risk for erroneous classifications of both adults and children are not correctly calculated,” says Johan Bring, professor in statistics at the University of Gävle. Two professors in statistics, Johan Bring and Lars Rönnegård, are highly critical of calculations used in age determination of asylum seekers in Sweden.

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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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