LiU and Equal Opportunities

Linköping University´s vision: A university of international standing – where people and ideas converge and develop. This requires that equal opportunities thrive at LiU.

Höst på Campus Valla. Photo credit Charlotte PerhammarIt goes without saying that we work to ensure the equal value of all, with equal rights and opportunities. Our vision strongly supports this. Everyone, with all individual differences, is welcome; everyone is needed. LiU is to be characterised by an inclusive work and study environment in which all co-workers are treated with respect and where the conditions are excellent for working and developing.

At LiU we carry out extensive and targeted work to promote equal rights, equal opportunities and equal obligations. We work also to counteract all forms of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, victimisation and exclusion. This is our work towards equal opportunities, known by the term Equal Opportunities. The body known as Equal Opportunities involves around 50 co-workers and students who together work strategically and operatively for gender equality and equal opportunities. Our work with Equal Opportunities is to permeate all operations, and all processes in work and education.

And we need your help! Each individual can take responsibility and make everyday contributions in different ways to a more accessible and inclusive place of work and study. Your contributions will drive the university forwards.

Welcome to LiU! We want you to thrive here and feel safe.

What we do?

We bring a gender perspective to our education

We have established four gender lectureships at LiU, and the holders ensure that a gender perspective is included in education. Part of this work is the development of robust models of teaching theory. Linköping University was the first to create such lectureships: other universities have subsequently followed in our footsteps.

"The work with Equal Opportunities means that it has become much clearer who we can turn to for support in cases of abuse or discrimination. And we are many who work to make a difference! This broadens our perspective, and we believe that it can prevent abuse at LiU."

Susanne Kreitz-Sandberg, senior lecturer at LiU and one of four holders of a gender lectureship

We spread research results and knowledge within gender science

The Forum for Gender Studies and Equality works in a structured manner to organise collaboration and the spread of gender science. It is an arena and meeting place in which to form a productive interface between research and practicality in the field of gender studies and gender equality. More information about the Forum for Gender Studies and Equality

Our equal opportunities representatives work closely with co-workers and students

Each department and unit has an equal opportunities representative. They work locally with active measures and are points of contact for co-workers and students. Further, they carry out education, and support the department or unit with preventative work to counteract victimisation, harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination.

“Common values, collaboration and consensus are important grounds on which to bring Equal Opportunities to full reality. There is much that is functioning well, but we are still some distance away from creating an ideal workplace. A belief in our ability to create together a better work environment, healthy collaboration and support for each other motivates my commitment, together with a desire to make it happen. I want everyone at LiU to think, talk and act positively!"
Ali Sarkohi, senior lecturer and equal opportunities representative

The student unions all have an officer responsible for student support and welfare

Decisions taken within Equal Opportunities are taken by the strategy council. Each student union has an officer responsible for student support and welfare who is also a member of the strategy council. Students who experience any form of abusive treatment can always contact the student support and welfare officer who will help the students and guide them within the university.

"Treatment based on equal opportunities is a fundamental condition for everyone to thrive and enjoy their time as a student. Equal Opportunities is a marvellous support in the work to ensure that all students feel welcome at the university."
Ina Jansson, student support and welfare officer, Union of Technology and Science Students at Linköping University

We have an extensive organisation that works with equal opportunities

The work with Equal Opportunities takes place at many different levels and is carried out by many different people – this is one of our strengths! Work with Equal Opportunities is to be integrated into ordinary operational processes and permeate the university. We have advanced expertise in the field of gender studies and equal opportunities; we have committed equal opportunities representatives, and managers and students have a major influence on every aspect of work with equal opportunities. Work to ensure equal opportunities is for us a precondition to achieving our strategic goals.

“LiU is to be a university with structures that ensure equal opportunities – a university for all. And with so much commitment, knowledge and desire here, the prospects are good. Together, we can contribute to building a better society!”
Johanna Forsell, HR consultant and coordinator for Equal Opportunities

Did you know that

Source: Equal Opportunities, LiU
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"The strategic and long-term work carried out at management, faculty and departmental levels has borne fruit. The fraction of women at all levels of the academic career path at LiU is increasing."

Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun

Source: Linköping University Annual Report, 2016

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