Structure and governance of Uppsala University

Uppsala University is ultimately led by the University Board. Below the University Board sits the Management Team consisting of the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Director and the three Vice-Rectors.

The Vice-Chancellor’s decisions are normally made at the Vice-Chancellor’s Decision-Making Meeting.

The Management Council supports and advises the Vice-Chancellor, and consists of the Management Team, the Planning Director, the Director of Communications and three representatives of the University’s students. The Vice-Chancellor also has the help of other advisers and advisory boards. 

The University Management Team

The University Management Team consists of the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the University Director and the three Vice-Rectors.

The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the University as a public authority. The Vice-Chancellor’s deputy serves instead of the Vice-Chancellor when they are not on duty, and otherwise substitutes for the Vice-Chancellor to the extent determined by the Vice-Chancellor.

Advisory boards

There are six advisory boards, each overseeing a specific university-wide issue and established by the Vice-Chancellor. Four are led by advisers to the Vice-Chancellor:

Two of the advisory boards are led by one of the Vice-Rectors and by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor respectively. These are:

There is also one adviser to the Vice-Chancellor with no advisory board, the Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on Good Research Practice.

The advisory boards’ composition

The advisory boards consist of people chosen by the disciplinary domains, the University Administration and the students’ unions respectively. Different divisions within the University Administration provide administrative and specialist support.

Disciplinary Domains

Uppsala University operations are organised in the following three disciplinary domains:

The Disciplinary Domain Board is the decision-making body of each disciplinary domain. The majority of the members of the Disciplinary Domain Boards are individuals with academic qualifications. The chair of the Disciplinary Domain Board is titled the Vice-Rector.

Faculties

The disciplinary domains are organised in faculties. The majority of members of the Faculty Board are individuals with academic qualifications.

The Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences comprises six Faculties. The Faculty Board is the decision-making body of the respective Faculties. The chair of the Faculty Board is titled the Dean.

The Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy comprises two faculties. The Disciplinary Domain Board is also the Faculty Board and the decision-making body of the Faculties. Each Faculty has an academic representative titled the Dean.

The Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology comprises one Faculty. The Disciplinary Domain Board is also the Faculty Board and the decision-making body of the Faculty. The chair of the Disciplinary Domain Board is also the Dean.

Departments

Operations are carried out in departments. Each department belongs to a faculty. A department is governed by a head of department and a department board. The majority of members of the department board are individuals with academic qualifications. 

University Administration

The University Administration supports the whole university, ensuring that it fulfils its overarching obligations as a public authority and employer. The University Administration is responsible for managing and developing the administration of the University. The University Director is the head of the University Administration.

Student representation

Students have the right to be represented in the University’s decision-making and investigative bodies.

Structural overview of Uppsala University

Structural overview of Uppsala University. At the top sits the University Board, then the Vice-Chancellor. Below the Vice-Chancellor sits the University Administration and the three Disciplinary Domains which are each divided into faculties and departments respectively.

Last modified: 2021-04-13