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International Officer elected President of Aurora’s Student Council

Alma Ágústsdóttir was recently elected the president of the Aurora Student Council which belongs to the international collaborative university network Aurora. She will be replacing Callum Perry who was appointed on behalf of the University of East Anglia and she is the second student at the University of Iceland to be appointed as the council’s president, her predecessor, Elísabet Brynjarsdóttir, held the position from 2018-2020.

Alma is a 26 year old masters’ student of Translation Studies at the University of Iceland and holds a BA-degree in English from the University. In 2015, Alma graduated from Hamrahlíð College but that same year she won The International Public Speaking Competition, held yearly by the international charity organisation The English-Speaking Union. She subsequently worked at the organisation’s offices in London, in the summers of 2017 and 2018, as an Education Network Officer. Additionally, she has been hired twice as a mentor for the competition and in 2021 she judged the finals. Alma has also worked as a Supporting Officer at the after-school programme Selið since 2016.

Alma has extensive experience when it comes to Student Council. In 2016 she was elected a member of the Student Council, that year she was also the president of the school council of the School of Humanities, held a seat on the Student Council’s board and was the Council’s secretary. Currently, Alma is the Student Council’s International Officer.

Student Council meeting July 21st 2021

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held in Oddi-201 at 5:00 p.m. July 21st.

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.

Please contact the office of the Student Council at shi@hi.is if you have any questions regarding the meeting or the agenda. Furthermore, all students are welcome to contact the office with inquiries about their rights.

Meeting agenda

  1. Meeting begins 17:00
  2. Vote/approval on minutes from last meeting 17:00-17:05
  3.  Announcements and issues ahead 17:05-17:20
  4. Presentation on the Teaching Academy and Sprettur 17:20-18:05
  5. Proposal regarding Næturstrætó (night bus services)  18:05-18:20
  6. Intermission 18:20-18:30
  7. Code of practice of the Student Council (Vote) 18:30-18:40
  8. Appointment of student representatives to the board of the Icelandic Student Services (Vote) 18:40-18:50
  9. Other issues 18:50-19:00
  10. Recorded issues

The Student Council is looking for student representatives for the board of the Icelandic Student Services

Students have three representatives on the board of the Icelandic Student Services, the term of office being two years at a time. The last time the board was appointed was in 2019, so it’s time to do it again. According to a regulation for the Icelandic Student Services at the University of Iceland, the board consists of five individuals: the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture appoints one main representative and a vice-representative, the University Council appoints one main representative and a vice-representative and the Student Council appoints three main representatives and three vice-representatives.

Qualification requirements

  • Interest in the workings of the Student Council and students’ affairs.
  • Experience of student advocacy is an advantage
  • Active participation in the university community is an advantage
  • Knowledge of the administration of the University of Iceland is an advantage
  • Good social skills
  • Ability to express oneself in speech and writing in Icelandic

It is expected that applicant do not study at the University of Iceland during the appointment period and will care about the interests of students and the Icelandic Student Services.

A cover letter together with a résumé and recommendations shall be sent via email to shi@hi.is. According to Article 7 of the Student Councils Law, each representative together with a vice-representative shall be elected together, and therefore applicants are asked to nominate their vice-representative in the application. The deadline is until 23:59 June 23rd 2021.  Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

The Student Council is looking for a Project Manager

The Student Council of the University of Iceland is looking for a Project Manager. 

The is a two-month job at the Student Council’s rights office in mapping the financial situation of students in Iceland. The role involves gathering information and data on students’ rights within the welfare system and the goal is to get a better picture of their position in different social situations. The rights of students to employment and income security, health services, education and social services shall be looked into. The Project Manager oversees the collection of information and data in consultation with the office and the board of the Student Council.

Qualification:

  • Interest in the workings of the Student Council and students’ affairs.
  • Knowledge and experience in finance, analytical work and economic research.
  • Education  befitting the work
  • Other knowledge and experience that is useful in the job.
  • Willingness and ability to work with Student Council members, the Student Council’s office and other stakeholders
  • Good social skills.
  • Experience in management and policy formulation is an advantage.
  • Initiative and ability to work independently.

The Project Manager is hired for a 100% job from July 1st to August 31st or by further agreement. Further information about the job can be obtained from the President or Vice-President of the Student Council  at 570-0856 or by email to shi@hi.is. More information about the Student Council’s emphasis on this topic can be found on student.is, under Published material and in connection with the Student Council’s campaign for students’ financial security, Don’t students deserve better?

A cover letter together with a résumé and recommendations shall be sent via email to shi@hi.is with the subject heading “SHÍ Project Manager” The deadline is until 23:59, June 20th 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

The Student Council is looking for a Managing Director

– EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE –

The Student Council of the University of Iceland is looking for a Managing Director. 

The Managing Director supervises the Student Council’s finances, the daily operations of the office, including attendance systems of the Student Council’s employees, oversees the making of contracts for the Student Council and the collection of advertisements in any of the Council’s published material, and is responsible for writing the minutes of Student Council meetings in addition to meetings of the Board of the Student Council. Along with other daily projects for the Student Council office.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in the workings of the Student Council and students’ affairs in addition to being an active member of the University society
  • Knowledge and experience of finances and bookkeeping
  • Knowledge of accounting softwares is an advantage
  • Willingness and ability to work with Student Council members, the Student Council office and other stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the University of Iceland’s administrative body is an advantage
  • Good Social skills
  • Prior work in event planning and managing is an advantage
  • A competence in communicating, both verbally and in written text, in Icelandic and English
  • Initiative and an ability to work independently
  • Formal qualifications befitting the work is an advantage
  • Other knowledge and experience relevant to the position

The Student Council’s Managing Director is a part-time position available for one year with the possibility of extended employment. For further information regarding the role, contact the current Managing Director at 570-0856 or by email to shi@hi.is.

A cover letter, résumé and recommendations should be sent via email to shi@hi.is with the subject heading “SHÍ Managing Director” The deadline is until 23:59, June 27th 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Student Council meeting June 9th 2021

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held in Oddi-101 and on Teams at 5:00 p.m. June 9th.

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. If a student wishes to attend the meeting, a request needs to be sent to shi@hi.is to join the Teams meeting.

Please contact the office of the Student Council at shi@hi.is if you have any questions regarding the meeting or the agenda. Furthermore, all students are welcome to contact the office with inquiries about their rights.

Meeting agenda

  1. Meeting begins 17:00
  2. Vote/approval on minutes from last meeting 17:00-17:05
  3. Announcements and issues ahead 17:05-17:25
  4. Presentation on the Aurora collaboration 17:25-18:05
  5. Code of practice of the Student Council 18:05-18:25
  6. Intermission18:25-18:35
  7. Proposal on the appointment of a workgroup in regards to the parliamentary elections 2021 18:25-18:40
  8. Appointment of a student representative to the University Council’s Quality Committee 18:40-18:50
  9. Other issues 18:50-19:00

Looking for representatives for the University Council’s committees

According to Article 21 of the Student Council’s Laws, the Student Council shall appoint student representatives to the committees of the University Council. At this time we are looking for a graduate student representative for the Quality Committee as well as an observer in the Security Committee. Periods for both committees are until June 2024.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in the work of the Student Council and students’ affairs 
  • Initiative and ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills
  • Active participation in the university community is an advantage
  • Knowledge of the administration of the University of Iceland is an advantage

The Student Council will elect the representatives to the committees. More information about the committee’s work can be found on the UI’s website

If you are interested please send an email to shi@hi.is before 23:59 June 8th. The application must contain a CV, brief introduction of the applicant, a description of his interest and experience that he considers to be useful in the committee. 

 

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.