Elections will be in the form of preferential voting. Preferential voting is a form of proportional representation voting where the main purpose is to ensure a representation that is as much in line with the voter’s preferences as possible. It is considered the best possible way of safeguarding the university’s democracy. OsloMet has technical solutions that support the election principle.
When do the elections take place?
The elections of representatives to the University Board and the Faculty Boards takes place in parallel. Thus, eligible voters can vote in two elections (only in the University Board election if you do not work at a Faculty): the OsloMet University Board election and the Faculty Board election at the faculty you are employed.
Ahead of the election period there is a nomination period, when employees can nominate their candidate (s) for the election.
Who is eligible to vote, and who can be elected?
In the elections up to 2023 only representatives for temporary academic staff are elected. The term of office for these representatives is one year. To be eligible to a seat on the University or Faculty Board as a representative for temporary academic staff, or to vote in the election – to be in the electoral roll – there are certain conditions:
- Academic staff with temporary employment, employed a minimum of six consecutive months, and working at least 50 per cent of a full-time position (including employees in a fixed-term contract, who are not on leave from a permanent position at OsloMet)
- Candidates can not previously have been a member of the University Board for 8 consecutive years, or a member of the Faculty Board for 12 consecutive years
- Employees can not be on a leave of absence to work somewhere other than OsloMet/the Faculty
- Employees can not fall under these position categories: Rector, member of the Rector’s staff, dean, heads of the Centre for Welfare and Labour Research or the Centre for the Study of Professions, directors, heads of departments
- Deans, heads of departments, and heads of studies are regarded as academic staff
Electoral roll check
All employees eligible to vote must be listed in the electoral roll. The voters themselves must check that they are listed in the electoral roll. Information about the electoral roll will be sent to the relevant employees ahead of the election.
How to nominate candidates?
Employees can nominate candidates to the University Board, and to the Faculty Board at the faculty they are employed.
In order for a nomination to be valid, a candidate must be nominated by three different eligible voters, that is, all three proposers must submit individual nomination forms. The candidate can him-/herself be one of these, so remember that you can also nominate yourself. Proposers are encouraged to contact the relevant candidate in advance of the nomination.
During the nomination period the nomination forms for the different board positions are posted on the pages of the respective elections. The candidates for the individual elections will also be presented here.
- Board election for the OsloMet University Board
- Board election for the Faculty of Health Sciences (HV)
- Board election for the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI)
- Board election for the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD)
- Board election for the Faculty of Social Sciences (SAM)
The boards, mandates and rules of procedure
- The OsloMet University Board (oslomet.no)
- Mandate for the OsloMet University Board: Act relating to universities and university colleges, Part III, chapter 9 (Lovdata.no)
- Faculty Board at the Faculty of Health Sciences (HV) (oslomet.no)
- Faculty Board at the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) (oslomet.no, in Norwegian)
- Faculty Board at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) (oslomet.no)
- Faculty Board at the Faculty of Social Sciences (SAM) (oslomet.no)
- Mandate for the Faculty Boards (in Norwegian)
- Rules of procedure for the Faculty Boards (in Norwegian)
Can you decline a position in a board?
If you are elected as a member of the OsloMet University Board or the Faculty Board, you are obliged, with certain exceptions, to accept the position.
Process and timeline for the elections
- Deadline for candidate nominations: (TBA)
- The electoral rolls are controlled up to the first day of the elections.
- Deadline for complaints about the electoral rolls: 2 weeks after the electoral roll i presented, at the latest.
- Election results presentation: 1 June
The election committee at OsloMet
- Chair of the election committee: Nina Waaler, Vice-Rector for Education
- Academic staff representative: Karsten Brynildsrud, Faculty of Social Sciences
- Technical and Administrative employee representative: Anne Bjørtuft, Department of Research and Development
- Student representative: Yvonne Bergly Andersen