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Letter of intent regarding student housing on campus

The Student Council of the University of Iceland, the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Student Serviced, signed a declaration of intent regarding changing Stapi, a building on campus, into a student housing and thereby connecting it to Gamli garður and its new extension. The Student Council has long had this in its policy.

Stapi, which was originally called Stúdentaheimilið (Home of students), was built by the Icelandic Student Services (ISS) in 1971 and sold to the University of Iceland during the construction of the University Square in 2007. Stapi housed for a long time the Student Travel Office, the bookstore and later Stúdentakjallarinn on behalf of ISS. For the past decade, a course in physiotherapy has had facilities in Stapi.

The Student Council considers this to be a great step for the university community and an important step in the increase in the number of student apartments on campus.

Student Council Meeting on May 18th 2022

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held May 18th in N-132 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 on minutes from the Student Council meeting on April 13th 17:05-17:10
  3. Annual financial statement of the Student Council 2021-2022 17:10-17:20
  4. Annual report of the Student Council 2021-2022 17:20-17:40
  5. The new Student Council 2022-2023 takes over 17:40-17:45
  6. Vote on minutes from the Election Meeting 17:45-17:50
  7. Practical information for new Student Council members 17:50-18:10
  8. Intermission 18:10-18:20
  9. Remaining nominations for the Student Council’s schools and committees (voting) 18:20-18:25
  10. Timelines of major issues 18:25-19:00
  11. General inquiries by new Student Council members 19:00-19:10
  12. Other issues 19:10-19:20
  13. Meeting ends 19:20

The meeting takes place in Icelandic.

SHÍ’S Summer Festival

Dear students,

Now that circumstances have changed we want to invite you to celebrate the summer and end of exams together at SHÍ’s Summer Festival!

→ The line up is Friðrik Dór, Birnir, GDRN, Gugusar, Inspector Spacetime and DJ RASLEY.

🎟TICKETS🎟
University students: 6990kr
Others: 7990kr

Ticket sale goes through tix.is.

We recommend that you keep an eye out on our Facebook Event it until the festival!

We look forward to seeing you warm up for Októberfest 2022.

 

Positions of Managing Director and Editor 2022-2023

The Student Council of the University of Iceland is looking for a Managing Director and an Editor of the Student Paper for the year 2022-2023.

Managing Director

The Managing Director supervises the Student Council’s finances and daily operations of the office alongside the President. That includes overseeing the Student Council’s employees timetables and the making of contracts for the Council, as well as the collection of advertisements in any of the Council’s published material. The Managing Director is also responsible for writing the minutes of Student Council meetings in addition to meetings of the Board of the Student Council.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience of finances and book keeping
  • Initiative and an ability to work independently
  • Interest in the workings of the Student Council and students’ affairs in addition to being an active member of the University society
  • Good Social skills
  • Willingness and ability to work with Student Council members, the Student Council office and other stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate, both verbally and in written text, in Icelandic and English
  • Knowledge of the University of Iceland’s administrative body is an advantage
  • Prior work in event planning and managing is an advantage
  • Knowledge of accounting softwares is an advantage
  • 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, 40%-50%, available for one year with the possibility of extended employment. For further information regarding the role please contact the current Managing Director by email shi@hi.is.

A cover letter, CV and recommendations should be sent via email to shi@hi.is with the subject “SHÍ Managing Director“.

The deadline is until May 11th 2022. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

 

Editor of the Student Paper

The editor oversees the publication of the student handbook (Akademían), which is published at the beginning of each school year, as well as the Student Paper (Stúdentablaðið) which is published four times per school year, two issues each semester. Further timing on each issue depends on the decision of the Editor and the Student Council’s office. The Editor appoints an editorial board and directs its work. He is also responsible for publishing material from the Student Paper its website and is responsible for distributing the paper.

The Editor assists with the collection of advertisements for the paper as the Managing director oversees the operation of the newspaper.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and interest in student affairs
  • Experience in media and publishing
  • Experience in graphic design is an advantage
  • Good general computer skills
  • Knowledge of web management is an advantage
  • A competence in communicating, both verbally and in written text, in Icelandic and English
  • Initiative and ability to work independently
  • Willingness and ability to work with Student Council members, the Student Council office and other stakeholders
  • Other education and experience relevant to the position

 

The Editor is hired for a 20% work rate during the period June 1st 2022 to September 1st 2022, with an increase to 30% from September 1st 2022 to May 31st 2023. Working hours can be flexible by agreement. For further information regarding the role please contact the current Editor of Stúdentablaðið, at the e-mail address studentabladid@hi.is.

A cover letter, CV and recommendations should be sent via email to shi@hi.is with the subject “Editor 2022-2023”. In addition, it is desirable that the applicant’s view of Stúdentablaðið and ideas for publications are included, as well as a sample of his work if the person in question has previously worked as a writer.

The deadline is until May 11th 2022. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Elections to the Student Rights Office of the Student Council 2022-2023

Rebekka Karlsdóttir was elected the new President of the Student Council of the University of Iceland (SHÍ) on April 20th. 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.

Rebekka will graduate with a Bachelor degree in law from the University of Iceland in June 2022. Alongside her studies, she has worked as a law student at BBA//Fjeldco and before that as a ranger at Vatnajökull National Park. Rebekka also graduated from Menntaskólinn á Egilsstaðir in 2016.

Last year, Rebekka was the President of the School Council of the School of Social Sciences and a member of the Board of the Student Council and the Board of the School of Social Sciences. Rebekka has also served as a student representative on the University Council’s Academic Affairs Committee, a vice-representative of the Student Council for the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, as well as being president of Röskva, an organization of socially minded students at the University of Iceland.

I am very excited to take on the role, as there are many opportunities ahead regarding students’ interests, such as the development of the University campus, a new policy of the University of Iceland, a review of the Student Loan Fund and collaboration with a new ministry and Minister of University Affairs. Likewise, there are brighter times ahead for the social life at the University after 2 years that have been characterized more or less by distance learning and staying at home.

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

Vice President: Gréta Dögg Þórisdóttir

Interest representative: Katrín Björk Kristjánsdóttir

Student Loan Representative: María Sól Antonsdóttir

Survey about the welfare and circumstances of parents studying at the University of Iceland

Dear parents, 

The Student Council submits a survey concerning the welfare and circumstances of parents studying at the University of Iceland, especially due to COVID. It is important to express the views of this group of students in order to protect their interests and be a stronger advocate for them.

Therefore, we ask as many parents as possible to take the survey before 27. April.

You find the survey here.

The Student Council of the University of Iceland (SHÍ) is responsible for this survey, as well as the processing. The questionnaire is anonymous and it will not be possible to trace answers back to its participants. All data collected in this questionnaire will be handled according to Icelandic privacy laws nr. 90/2018.

Results of the Student Council’s sixth survey on the well-being and circumstances of students at the University of Iceland during COVID

The Student Council’s sixth survey was sent out on February 7th to all students at the University of Iceland. 843 students had taken the survey when it ended on February 14th. 15,258 students are registered at the University. Questions were asked about personal background, well-being and teaching conditions, both in Icelandic and English, but there were 27 questions.

As with previous surveys, the aim was to examine the effect of the pandemic on the well-being and academic progress of students at the University of Iceland. In this way, it is possible to get a better view of the situation and better outline ways for improvement.

The results show that the effects due to COVID continue to be difficult for students, but this is mainly due to the lack of connection with fellow students, increased online learning and the stress that comes with it. The majority of students prefer to be able to attend the school’s premises and it is clear that limited social life has affected their mental health. The students’ experience has thus changed from feeling insecure due to COVID to worrying about not having good control over their studies and how those circumstances affect mental health.

Important points to be deduced from the results:

  • 56% say online learning has worked very well or rather well.
  • Of those who are in online learning, 34.74% think that it is very successful to use  telecommunication programs and 42.82% way it has gone rather well.
  • Of those in online earning, 18.41% think that teachers’ teaching methods are very good and 44.51% think they are rather good.
  • 75.96% of students from the School of Social Sciences strongly agree that resit and makeup exams, due to the final exams in the fall semester, should take place in January.
  • 25.39% believe that it has been very difficult to get to know fellow students during the fall semester of 2021.
  • 32.03% say that online learning has had a rather large effect on their well-being, on the scale: extremely to not at all.
  • 53.85% mark their well-being 5 or higher on a scale of 0-10, the scale ranges from very poorly (0) to extremely well (10)
  • 63.58% experience stress and/or strain that they believe has a very large or rather large effect on their studies.
  • 61.4% said that online learning has had either a very negative effect or a negative effect on interest and ability to learn. 27.2% said it has had a positive effect.

 

The survey in its entirety can be found here.

Election Meeting April 20th 2022

Dear students at the University of Iceland,

Elections to the Student Council took place on March 23rd and 24th, and the election results can be found on our website. It should be noted that elections were also held for the University Council.

Following the elections, a new Student Council elects its representatives for the Student Council’s rights office, as well as electing other members within the Council. The election meeting will be held on April 20th, 2022, at 17:00 in L-101. According to paragraph 9 of the Student Council’s laws, the Council’s meetings are open to all students at the University of Iceland. 

At the election meeting it is possible to run for President, Vice-President, Student Interest Representative and Student Loan Fund Representative. Also for the Student Council’s standing committees and other positions on behalf of the Council. Those who are elected at the election meeting take office after the 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 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 
  • Vice-President of the Student Council
  • Student Loan Fund Representative 
  • Student Interest Representative

Committees, in accordance with the Council law:

  • Four representatives are elected 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 two representatives for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee at the election meeting.

At the election meeting, only newly elected representatives of the Student Council have voting rights. 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.

Meeting agenda

  1. Meeting begins
  2. Election of the President of the Student Council 2022-2023 (voting)
  3. Election of Vice President of the Student Council 2022-2023 (voting)
  4. Election of the Interest Representative of Student Council 2022-2023 (voting)
  5. Election of Student Loan Representative of the Student Council 2022-2023(voting)
  6. Nominations for the Student Council’s schools by the organizations 2022-2023 (voting)
  7. Nominations for the Student Council’s committees by the organizations 2022-2023 (voting)
  8. Election of vice-representatives of the Student Council 2022-2023 (voting)
  9. Nominations for the University Assembly by the organizations 2022-2023 (voting)
  10. Election of vice-representatives of the Student Council to the Representative Council of LÍS 2022-2023 (voting)
  11. Other issues

The meeting takes place in Icelandic.

Student Council meeting April 13th 2022

The Student Council’s next meeting will be held April 13th 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 17:05-17:25
  4. The Student Council’s financial plan for 2021-2022 17:25-17:40
  5. Legislative amendments to the Student Council’s Law 17:40-18:10
  6. Intermission 18:10-18:20
  7. Legislative amendments to the Student Council’s Law [Continued] 18:20-18:50
  8. Other issues 18:50-19:00
  9. Meeting ends 19:00

The meeting takes place in Icelandic.

 

The Student Fund opens for applications for its 4th allocation

You can now apply for grants in the first allocation of the Student fund here. Deadline is 12:00 am April 19th. We encourage you to follow the instructions in the application form closely. Failure to meet the requirements of the application can result in the application being declined.

Before you apply, it is recommended that you read about the fund on the Student Council‘s website, especially the laws of the fund and the Code of Practice. Diagnostic and maintenance grants will be allocated in this allocation.

Questions shall be directed to María Sól Antonsdóttir, the fund’s chairperson. María can be reached by email at studentasjodur@hi.is.