Options for students this summer

The Student Council celebrates the fact that the summer studies and the summer jobs that will be available to students in the summer of 2021 have now been published.

If you intend to do summer studies, you can find a detailed list of the summer studies available on the summer study page of the University of Iceland’s website here.

Applications will open on May 17th and teaching will begin on June 1st.

For those who want to work this summer, it is ideal to get acquainted with the jobs that the Directorate of Labor (Vinnumálastofnun) is currently advertising for all students 18 years and older. There are about 2500 diverse jobs available and more information about them can be found on the Directorate of Labor’s website here.

The Student Council wishes all students a happy summer.

Student Council’s exchange meeting May 11th 2021

The Student Council’s exchange meeting will be held in person and on Teams at 5:00 p.m. on the 11th of May. The Student Council will meet but due to COVID restrictions, we are not able to invite guests. If a student wishes to attend the meeting, a request needs to be sent to shi@hi.is to join the Teams meeting.

According to paragraph 9 of the Student Council’s laws, the Council’s meetings are open to all students at the University of Iceland. Students who are not members of the Student Council may therefore attend meetings and listen to discussions within the Council.

The agenda can be found here.

Please contact the office of the Student Council at shi@hi.is if you have any questions regarding the meeting agenda. All students are welcome to contact us with inquiries about the Student Council and its meetings. The Student Council also answers questions on student rights, social life and more.

The Student Council of the University of Iceland is looking for an International Officer for the term 2021 – 2022

The Student Council of the University of Iceland is looking for an International Officer for the term 2021 – 2022. The International Officer will serve international students at the University in cooperation with the International Division of the University of Iceland and the Student Council Office.

Further information:

The International Officer will oversee services provided for international students with the aim to protect their interest, help them become active participants in the University society, answer their requests and questions and provide other assistance. The International Officer is a confidant for international students at the University and shall be able to provide telephone and email assistance as needed. The International Officer will also participate in daily projects in cooperation with the president of the Student Council.

The International Officer also works as the representative of students in the Aurora European Universities Network and Alliance. There they will supervise projects in cooperation with the Aurora contacts within the University of Iceland and help with any projects they are assigned. They will also oversee preparation for conferences and other events related to Aurora, and participate as is seen fit.

The International Officer’s position is fairly new. It is very important that the next Officer is creative and helpful in shaping the position in cooperation with the Student Council.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Interest in the work of the Student Council and students’ affairs in the addition to being an active member of the University society.
  • International experience is an advantage
  • Knowledge of the administration of the University of Iceland is an advantage
  • Knowledge of the Aurora network is an advantage
  • Excellent social skills
  • Experience in event planning or organizing is an advantage
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in written text, in both Icelandic and English
  • Other language knowledge is an advantage
  • Initiative and ability to work independently

 

The Student Council’s International Officer is a 50% position available for one year with the possibility of extended employment. Applicants must be able to begin work on June 1st 2021. For further information regarding the role, contact the current International Officer Emily Reise internationalcommittee@hi.is or the Student Council at shi@hi.is.

A cover letter, résume and lists of references should be sent via email to shi@hi.is with the subject heading ‘’SHÍ International Officer 2021-2022.’’

The deadline for applications is 13:00 May 14th 2021. Any applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Elections to the Student Rights Office of the Student Council 2021-2022

Tonight, Isabel Alejandra Díaz was re-elected president of the Student Council of the University of Iceland. The election took place at a special election meeting of the council held online. The new Rights Office and the newly elected Student Council will formally take office after the exchange meeting in May. Isabel was first elected President of the Student Council in the spring of 2020 and was the first person of foreign origin to hold the position of President of the Student Council from the beginning, on the 100th anniversary of the Student Council. Isabel’s heritage can be traced to the Central American state of El Salvador. This year is another milestone in history, as Isabel is the first woman to serve as President of the Student Council for two years in a row.

Isabel championed Röskva’s list of candidates in the elections to the Student Council of the University of Iceland and won with the most votes in March 2020. In parallel with her work as President of the Student Council, she has also served on the University Council and will continue to do so next year. Isabel has previously served as a deputy member of the Student Council and the School Councils, in the 2018-2019 operating year she held the position of deputy member of the School Council of Humanities and Social Sciences in the 2019-2020 school year.

Isabel graduated with a BA degree in political science and a minor in Spanish from the University of Iceland in June 2020. In addition to her studies, she worked at the University of Iceland Continuing Education, UNICEF and was the project manager for Language Magic 2017-2018, a summer course for bilingual and multilingual children in Ísafjörður. Isabel graduated from Menntaskólinn á Ísafjörður in 2016 and received three awards for the highest average grades, and was subsequently the fjallkonan of Ísafjörður on June 17, 2016.

“The past year has clearly shown that the voice of students is important, but also that more often than not there is a real need to work for it. The coming year is no less full of challenges, at the same time as we learn lessons from the pandemic, we will continue to deal with its effects. The difficult situation of students on the labor market and within the student loan system are issues that will continue to require careful advocacy as well as the need to resurrect other issues. I am full of enthusiasm, gratitude and anticipation for the coming year. ” says Isabel.

 

At the election meeting, the following representatives were also elected to the Student Rights Office:

Vice President: Sara Þöll Finnbogadóttir, outgoing Student Loan Representative 2020 – 2021.

Interest representative: Jessý Rún Jónsdóttir, also student representative on the University Council 2020 – 2022.

Student Loan Representative: Vífill Harðarson

The Student Paper Launch Party, live stream on friday the 23rd of April

Live Stream party to celebrate the last Student Paper of the school year.

The last Student Paper of the school year comes out on Friday the 23rd of April. Join us in a stream party at 20:00 to celebrate the publication.  There will be a pub quiz with amazing prizes. Stefán Ingvar Vigfússon and Vilhelm Neto from the comedy group VHS will tell some jokes and Kristín Sesselja will perform some songs!
The Paper will be spread in the university area before the event
Everyone’s welcome – see you online, event here.
SCHEDULE
20:00 The stream opens
20:15 Pub quiz
– Those who wish to compete send their answers to the email studentabladid@hi.is
20:45 Stand-up with Stefáni Ingvari og Vilhelm Neto from the comedy group VHS
21:00 The singer Kristín Sesselja will perform – sponsored by Landsbankinn.
Winners will be announced at the end of the stream
(The stream will mostly be in English)

New survey on the experience of students’ at the University of Iceland during COVID-19

In collaboration with Amalía Björnsdóttir and Þuríður Jóhannsdóttir, professors at the School of Education, the Student Council presents a survey on students’ experience at the University of Iceland during COVID-19 in the school year 2020–2021. The aim is to continue to monitor the experience and progress of students at the University of Iceland as COVID-19 continues to disrupt traditional learning and teaching.

Questions are related to the epidemic and how changed teaching arrangements have affected learning, finances, and students’ well-being. At the end of the questionnaire, there are some questions about the summer ahead, whether students have found jobs and are interested in summer studies. Participation is very important for us to protect the interests of all students in the best way possibleWe ask that you complete the survey by April 28th.

There is no obligation to answer the questionnaire and those who do may choose to omit individual questions as they see fit. The data received during this study will not be cross-referenced with any other databases or datasets.

For further information about the survey please contact the person in charge, Amalía Björnsdóttir, professor, School of Education, University of Iceland, amaliabj@hi.is. The co-researcher is Þuríður Jóhannsdóttir, Professor, School of Education, University of Iceland, thuridur@hi.is

Last spring, Amalía and Þuríður sent out a survey to all students at the University of Iceland in collaboration with the Division of Academic Affairs to examine students’ experiences during COVID-19. The results have been published in a report and in Tímarit Kennslumiðstöðvar HÍ.

Student Council Election Meeting April 21st 2021

Dear students of the University of Iceland

Elections to the Student Council took place on March 24th and 25th, and election results are in.

Following the elections, a new Student Council elects its representatives for the Student Council’s rights office, as well as electing other members of the Council. The election meeting will be held on  April 21st, 2021, at 17:00 on Teams.

According to paragraph 9 of the Student Council’s laws, the Council’s meetings are open to all students at the University of Iceland. If a student wishes to attend the meeting, a request needs to be sent to shi@hi.is.

The meeting agenda can be found here.

At the election meeting it is possible to run for President, Vice-President, Students Interest Representative, Students Loan Fund Representative, and for the Student Council’s committees, as well as other positions on behalf of the Council. Those who are elected at the election meeting take office at an exchange meeting, cf. Article 4 of the Student Council’s law. Eligible for election to the Council’s rights office, committees, and other positions are all those who have been registered to study at the University of Iceland in the last three years before the election meeting.

Office Elected at Student Council Office, in accordance with the Council law:

  • The President of the Student Council is elected at the election meeting.
  • Vice-President of the Student Council is elected at the election meeting.
  • Student Loan Fund Representative is elected at the election meeting. He sits on the board of the Student Loan Fund. He does not, however, take over from the former representative until negotiations have been concluded on the allocation rules for the next school year. The Deputy Student Representative in the Fund’s Board is appointed by the Student Council’s rights office. 
  • Student Interest Representative is elected at the election meeting.

Committees, in accordance with the Council law:

  • For the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee, the Equal Rights Committee, the International Affairs Committee, the Transportation and Environmental Affairs Committee, the Family Affairs Committee, the Cultural and Social Events Committee and the Amendments Committee the Student Council elects four representatives at the election meeting.
  • The Student Council elects two representatives for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee at the election meeting.

At the election meeting, newly elected representatives of the Student Council can only vote. If candidates are more than the number of positions a proportional vote is necessary. If more than one person is elected in a specific election, the person who receives the most votes wins the position, then the person who comes next, and so on.

Nominations for the positions must be submitted to the chair of the meeting, who is also the President of the Student Council, Isabel Alejandra Díaz, before the election meeting at shi@hi.is or at the meeting itself.

Please contact the office of the Student Council at shi@hi.is if you have questions regarding the meeting agenda.

Student Council meeting April 8th 2021

Dear students

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held on Teams at 5:00 p.m. the 20th of January. If a student wishes to attend the meeting, a request needs to be sent to shi@hi.is. This is an additional meeting of the Student Council where gambling and addiction will be discussed by professionals, in connection with the University of Iceland’s Lottery.

According to paragraph 9 of the Student Council’s laws, the Council’s meetings are open to all students at the University of Iceland. Students who are not members of the Student Council may therefore attend meetings and listen to discussions within the Council. 

The agenda can be found here.

Please contact the office of the Student Council at shi@hi.is if you have questions regarding the meeting agenda. All students are welcome to contact us at 570-0850 or shi@hi.is with inquiries about the Student Council and its meetings. The Student Council also answers questions on student rights, social life and more.

The Student Loan Fund’s new allocation rules for the school year of 2021-2022

The Student Loan Funds Allocation rules for the school year 2021-2022 have been approved by the Minister of Education, Science, and Culture.

The Student Council is surprised to learn that the decision to increase the basic subsistence allowance for subsistence loans was not taken beforehand when the allocation rules were approved. Students have long demanded an increase and have been in repeated contact with the government about the process, therefore the Student Council considers it surprising that student representatives were not informed that an increase, in addition to an increase due to price level changes, would not be ready with the allocation rules yesterday and that a new group would be tasked with working on proposals to that effect before the st of May.

The Student Council hopes that the government will take action and that the proposals result in an increase in the basic subsistence allowance for the next school year. The council also acknowledges SÍNE’s comments regarding the conditions of students abroad and finds it disappointing that SÍNE’s demands are not included in the allocation rules. They whished for a safeguard, for the board of the Fund to check whether students abroad are allowed a local supplement if exchange rate fluctuations are large.

The main changes to the Menntasjóður’s allocation rules for the school year 2021-2022

Increase of the personal income limit
The Student Council welcomes that the personal income limit has been increased from 1.364.000KR to 1.411.000KR. It is authorised fivefolded the limit for a student if the student has not been on student loans from the Menntasjóður for the past 6 months. The Student Council believes that the authorization does not apply to all students and reiterates its position that all students should be given the opportunity to apply for a fivefold increase.

Increased flexibility for credit-eligible units and credit rights
The Student Council welcomes the increased flexibility for students regarding the division of credits between study levels. In the previous allocation rules, 180 ECTS credits were earmarked for undergraduate studies and 120 ECTS credits for earmarked for master’s studies. These study levels have now been combined and students are entitled to a loan for 300 ECTS credits in undergraduate or master’s studies. This means that students have the flexibility to allocate 300 ECTS credits to undergraduate or master’s studies. The leeway of 120 ECTS credits (in addition to a student’s choice at the undergraduate, master’s or doctoral level) together with 60 ECTS credits for a doctoral loan still stands.

Exemption for disability
The condition for exemption for academic progress due to disability is reduced from 75% to 50%. SHÍ believes that this change will increase access to education for those students who are covered by the exemption.

Application deadlines
The application deadlines for student loans have been moved and will now be 15 September (for the autumn semester), 15 January (for the spring semester) and 15 June (for the summer semester). SHÍ is pleased that the application deadlines have been moved a little further into the semester. However, it must be kept in mind that student conditions can change significantly in the middle of a semester, and therefore the Council believes that the application deadlines are still too early in the semester.

Private pension product paid out in 2021
Applicants for student loans who receive a personal pension savings payment in the year 2021 can request that it be exempted from the calculation of their student loan for the school year 2021-2022.

Income from work in the rearguard
Students can request that income earned income from working in the rearguard of the health care system, welfare services and the police will not be deducted from student loans for the school year 2021-2022.

 

The Student Council draws attention to the fact that further information on H-loan repayments can be found in the new allocation rules.
The Student Council wishes to inform students that the requirement for notarized leases is still to be found in the allocation rules for the next school year.

Results of the Student Council Elections

Last Wednesday and Thursday, March 24th and 25th, elections to the Student Council 2021-2022 took place. Students voted between candidate lists in their School of study and council representatives were given seats according to the proportion of votes.

The Student Council consists of 17 representatives and as the system is today, there are 3 representatives from each School, except for 5 representatives from the School of Social Sciences. Röskva, association of socially minded students at the University of Iceland, received a total of 16 elected representatives, while Vaka, a student interest association, received 1 representative.

The election took place on Uglan and the turnout was 26.46%. Further figures are expected at the end of the week, but here you can see how the representatives are arranged:

 

School of Social Sciences:
1. Re­bekka Karls­dótt­ir (Röskva)
2. Erna Lea Berg­steins­dótt­ir (Röskva)
3. Stefán Kári Ottós­son (Röskva)
4. Ell­en Geirs­dótt­ir Håk­ans­son (Vaka)
5. Kjart­an Ragn­ars­son (Röskva)

School of Health Sciences:
1. Ing­unn Rós Kristjáns­dótt­ir (Röskva)
2. Mar­grét Jó­hann­es­dótt­ir (Röskva)
3. Kristján Guðmunds­son (Röskva)

School of Humanities:
1. Jóna Gréta Hilm­ars­dótt­ir (Röskva)
2. Anna María Björns­dótt­ir (Röskva)
3. Sig­urður Karl Pét­urs­son (Röskva)

School of Education:
1. Rósa Hall­dórs­dótt­ir (Röskva)
2. Rann­veig Klara Guðmunds­dótt­ir (Röskva)
3. Erl­ing­ur Sig­valda­son (Röskva)

School Engineering and Natural Sciences:
1. Ingvar Þórodds­son (Röskva)
2. Inga Huld Ármann (Röskva)
3. Helena Gylfa­dótt­ir (Röskva)

 

The Office of the Student Council sincerely congratulates the newly elected student council members on their election and wishes them good luck in their work.