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Do you want to participate in the work of Student Council’s Committees?

The Student Council committees are looking for their fifth member. These are the Amendments Committee, the International Affairs Committee, the Culture and Social Affairs Committee, the Equal Rights Committee, the Family Affairs Committee, the Finance and Career Committee and the Transportation and Environmental Affairs Committee.

The application must include a brief introduction to yourself and previous experience that could be useful in the committee, what you are studying, and why you consider yourself to belong to the committee. Applications must be sent to the e-mail address shi@hi.is. The application deadline is October 1st.

Below you can see an overview of the committees’ activities

The Culture and Social Affairs Committee

The Culture and Social Affairs Committee tasks are diverse since it is responsible for organizing and managing various events within the University of Iceland. The committee puts a lot of effort into making fellow students happy, content, and pushes for good morale and cohesion of UI students.

The application deadline is October 1st. 

 

The Equal Rights Committee

The committee safeguards matters at the Uni. of Iceland that are related to equality and it is unafraid to support students that face prejudice, harassment and discrimination. Together the committee puts pressure on that the Uni. of Iceland’s Equality Action Plan is followed and encourages the university to do better where there it is needed.

The application deadline is October 1st. 

 

The Finance and Career Committee

The Finance and Career Committee‘s main concerns are the employment of students and students‘ financial matters. The committee aims to create a relationship between students and the industry.

The application deadline is October 1st. 

 

The Law Amendments Committee

The Law Amendments Committee revaluates and redrafts bills that student council members have presented to make sure they are in correspondence with the reevaluated laws.

The application deadline is October 1st. 

 

The International Affairs Committee

The International Committee deals with cases concerning the interests of international students at the University of Iceland and the cases of Icelandic students abroad. It also manages a mentor project that gives Icelandic students and exchange students the opportunity to get to know each other. The committee works in collaboration with the International Office at the University of Iceland.

The application deadline is October 1st. 

 

The Family Affairs Committee

The Family Affairs Committee main concerns are to work in the general interest and rights of students with families in the University of Iceland and the committee’s goal is to best support students who have children so that they can take care of both their education and family life. The committee organizes numerous family-friendly events, such as lectures and the Student Council of University of Iceland’s Family Day, to name a few.

The application deadline is October 1st. 

 

Transportation and Environmental Affairs Committee

The Family Affairs Committee main concerns are to work in the general interest and rights of students with families in the University of Iceland and the committee’s goal is to best support students who have children so that they can take care of both their education and family life. The committee organizes numerous family-friendly events, such as lectures and the Student Council of University of Iceland’s Family Day, to name a few.

The application deadline is October 1st. 

Student Council Meeting on September 21st 2022

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held on September 21st at 17:00 in HT-102.

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 17:05-17:25
  4. Report on SHÍ’s Oktoberfest 2022 17:25-17:40
  5. The project “Góð kennsla” (presentation) 17:40-17:50
  6. The Student Council’s financial plan for 2022-2023 17:50-18:05
  7. Intermission 18:05-18:15
  8. Vote on the Student Council’s committees implementation plans 18:15-18:55
  9. Code of practice of the Student Council 18:55-19:05
  10. Other Issues 19:05-19:15
  11. Recorded issues

The meeting takes place in Icelandic.

Student Council Meeting on August 22nd 2022

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held on August 22nd in L-101 at 17:00.

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 meeting17:00-17:05
  3.  Announcements and issues ahead 17:05-17:35
  4. University of Iceland’s policy for the period 2021-2026 (presentation and discussion) 17:35-18:15
  5. Vote to the board of the Student Fund – 18:15-18:20
  6. Intermission 18:20-18:30
  7. Vote on the Student Council’s committees implementation plans 18:30-19:20
  8. Vote on a proposal for Informational visits to the Student Council 19:20-19:25
  9. Other Issues 19:25-19:30
  10. Recorded issues

The meeting takes place in Icelandic.

Oktoberfest SHÍ 2022

Dear students,
After two years of waiting, it’s finally happening: SHÍ’s Oktoberfest will take place for the 18th time, on September 1.-3rd on the lot in front of the University of Iceland.

Pre-sale starts tomorrow, Tuesday August 9th at 12:00 on tix.is, and you can grab a ticket at a special pre-sale price here: https://tix.is/is/event/13754/oktoberfest-shi/ 

Note that a limited number of tickets are available in advance, but after that the ticket will cost 9.990 ISK for university students and 12.900 ISK in general sales. It will also be possible to buy a beer card upon presentation of a valid ID.

Every university student can buy a ticket for the festival. The age limit for the festival is 20 years with the exception of showing your valid student card at the ticket desk, if you are under 20. The Student Council of the University of Iceland would like to emphasize that students under the age of 20 are not permitted to buy alcoholic beverages at the festival. 

 We’re looking forward to seeing you at Oktoberfest! 

Appointment of Októberfest communications’ officer 2022

Skarphéðinn Finnbogason has been hired as the Student Council’s Októberfest communications’ officer 2022!

Skarphéðinn is a 21 year old law student at the University of Iceland, alongside working on a diploma in events’ management at the University of Hólar. He works in Nova’s marketing division and as a manager for musicians.

He is deeply interested in marketing and events’ management and has worked on events such as yearly high-tides, launch parties, and concerts. Skarphéðinn is also experienced in social media marketing.

Skarphéðinn has a clear vision for the festival and sees a multitude of opportunities when it comes to the planning of Októberfest 2022. He is a member of the Student Council’s Culture and Social Events Committee and therefore has an insight into the Council’s operations and the importance of a varied social life on campus. We would like to wish Skarphéðinn all the best in this new role and look forward to working with him!

Would you like to work on planning Októberfest 2022?

The Student Council of the University of Iceland is advertising for an interested and hard-working individual to take on a part-time job for SHÍ. This is a 30% temporary position that is all about planning, marketing and implementation at Októberfest. The working period begins on July 25th and ends on September 15th. 

Main projects and areas of responsibility:

  • Communication with contractors
  • Supervision of marketing matters in consultation with SHÍ
  • General management of Októberfest by SHÍ
  • Summary and report after the festival

Qualification requirements:

  • Event management experience
  • Experience in marketing
  • Good communication skills, organizational skills and independent work methods
  • Interest and knowledge of the Student Council desirable

The individual is employed part-time for the period stated above. Further information about the job can be obtained from the Student Council’s Rights Office, tel. 570-0850 or at shi@hi.is 

An introductory letter along with a curriculum vitae shall be sent by e-mail to the Council’s e-mail address: shi@hi.is marked “Employee Októberfest SHÍ”. The application deadline is at 23:59 on 17 July 2022. Applications received later will not be considered.

An address from the Student Council of the University of Iceland to newly elected municipal councillors of the capital area.

The Student Council of the University of Iceland has sent all newly elected municipal councillors in the capitol area an address (only available in Icelandic) that calls for increased efforts when it comes to matters of students‘ interests in their coming term.

The municipal council holds the deciding power in several areas that touch on students‘ interests, such as environmental-, transport- and housing matters and a large portion of students live in municipalities that fall under the capitol area.

The address lists the Students Councils main emphases in these matters along with suggested action plans for the municipal council. The majority of these suggestions feature simple changes that can be made for the clear betterment of students‘ interests, as well as other societal groups, rather than a complete overhaul of existing systems. A large portion of these suggestions should therefore be easily implementable at no great additional cost to officials.

Societal changes for the better, that take into account the various groups that make up our society, require political will. The Student Council challenges our newly elected officials to see this political will through in their work in implementing these ideas in the interest of students.

Appointment of managing director and editor at the Student Council’s office

Guðmundur Ásgeir Guðmundsson and Lísa Margrét Gunnarsdóttir have been added to the group of staff at the Student Council’s rights office.

Guðmundur Ásgeir has been hired as the new managing director of the Student Council of the University of Iceland.

Guðmundur is a 25 year old business student at the University of Iceland and has previously completed a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Providence. Guðmundur Ásgeir graduated from Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík in 2017 and completed the Advanced Level Exam in Piano Playing in 2018. In parallel with his studies, Guðmundur worked at the University of Providence as a pianist for local events, as a private tutor in accounting and as a notetaker for TRIO-center (Students with disabilities). He also participated in social work as President of the Accounting Club at the University of Providence.

Guðmundur is very interested in accounting and auditing, and his education will be useful in the role of managing director. His teamwork and communication skills are efficient, he has the ability to work independently, and the willingness to work with the Student Council as a whole. The Board of the Student Council, therefore, decided to hire Guðmundur Ásgeir Guðmundsson to work at the rights office of the Student Council of the University of Iceland for the position of managing director of the council, and we look forward to working with him!
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Lísa Margrét Gunnarsdóttir has been hired as the new editor of the Student Council of the University of Iceland. Lísa is a 27 year old student at the Icelandic department of the University of Iceland and will be completing her B.A. degree in Icelandic next spring with a minor in Psychology. She graduated from Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð in 2015. Lísa is not unfamiliar with the activities of the Student Council. She has served on both the Gender Equality and International Affairs Committee of SHÍ as well as being a member of the School Council of the School of Humanities. Lísa was part of the Student Paper‘s editorial team last year, where she wrote articles, translated and proofread, as well as edited individual articles and posted them on the Student Paper‘s website.

Lísa has a clear vision of what she wants to do as an editor. She wants to promote that the Student Paper is a forum where a diverse group of students at the University of Iceland can make their voices heard, and bring it closer to students by increasing the number of submitted articles. Lísa wants to appoint a strong editorial board and emphasise good collaboration with all those connected to the Student Council, which will then be reflected in the work. As the language of all students, Lísa believes that the Student Paper should take into account the colourful flora of human life that characterises the university community. The board of the Student Council therefore decided to hire Lísa Margrét Gunnarsdóttir to work at the rights office of the Student Council of the University of Iceland in the position of editor of the council, and we look forward to the collaboration!

Student Council Meeting on June 22nd 2022

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held June 22nd in L-101 at 17:00.

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 17:05-17:35
  4. Presentation on the Aurora collaboration 17:35-18:00
  5. Code of practice of the Student Council 18:00-25
  6. Intermission 18:25-18:35
  7. Appointment of a student representative to the University Council’s Planning Committee, Council for Disability Rights and an observer in the Security Committee.
    18:35-18:45
  8. Other issues 18:45-18:55
  9. Recorded issues
  10. Meeting ends 19:00

The meeting takes place in Icelandic.

 

The University Council approves a proposal for a new implementation of the period of medical exams and re-examination

A proposal for a new implementation of the period of medical exams and re-examination at the School of Social Sciences was approved by the University Council on 2 June! The matter was initially brought up by the Student Council and student representatives on the University Council at a University Council meeting on 4 November 2021. The proposal was workshopped and approved by the Board of the School of Social Sciences in consultation with the Division of Academic Affairs, with diligent work from the Board’s student representative. The approval of the proposal means that the autumn semester’s medical exams and re-examination at the School of Social Sciences will take place in December and January, not June, as has been the case.

This is a cause for celebration, as students have advocated for a revision of the medical and re-examination system at the School of Social Sciences for years. The Student Council and student representatives on the University Council look forward to seeing the matter through. 

The changes are expected to take effect in the academic year 2023-2024, and the Student Council has high hopes for continued cooperation with the university’s administration. At the meeting on June 2, student representatives on the University Council, Isabel Alejandra Diaz and Jessý Rún Jónsdóttir said the following, as recorded in the meeting’s minutes:

“Representatives of students in the University Council consider the review of the arrangement of medical and re-examinations at the School of Social Sciences to be long overdue and welcome the new proposal for implementation that has emerged, following the Student Council’s presentation at the University Council meeting on November 4, 2021. At the same time which was undertaken in the will of the student representatives underline that it must be ensured that a new implementation will take place before the university year 2023-2024, as has been agreed.

A new implementation is an acceptable solution for those involved and it is clear that the natural next step is to consider overall coordination of the teaching calendar across all Schools. The student representative would like to emphasise that this work, that everyone agrees to, in principle, should not slow down or prevent the implementation of the new arrangement of medical and re-examination within the School of Social Sciences. Representatives of students in the University Council as well as the Student Council have high hopes that the consultation will be solution-oriented and successful for the benefit of students, since it is clear that their interests are at stake.. We welcome these planned changes at the same time as we emphasise that the implementation will be realised as planned. “