The general task of the networks is to arrange meetings between people with similar positions within the organisation. They act as a forum for contact between those with similar tasks, and as a forum for the Faculty Board to implement the decisions and policies of the Board within various areas. These meetings provide the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information regarding both general and specific university issues, and can also be used to provide further training, for example, in the form of seminars. The networks can also initiate matters to be dealt with by other advisory and executive bodies. They contribute to the delineation and definition of the tasks of specific functions.
Heads of Department – The heads of department, the Dean and vice-deans, and student representatives meet once per month during each semester, for lunch and discussions. These meetings take place on the Tuesday of the same week in which the Working Committee meets, so that the matters under consideration can also be discussed by the heads of department. The Faculty Dean hosts the meetings, which are administered by the head of the Faculty Office.
Directors of Studies – The Faculties’ directors of studies meet two or three times during each semester. One of the directors is responsible for arranging the meetings. This network also collaborates with the Faculty Programme Director, who has the task, amongst other things, of planning and administering courses in teaching and learning in higher education within the Faculties of Humanities and Theology.
Study Advisors – The study advisors meet two or three times per semester, under the leadership of the Faculty Study Advisor. Their task is to follow up the continuing professional development of the study advisors, by order of the Faculty Board. The study advisors are also responsible for the Supplementary Instruction (SI) programme, together with the Faculties’ SI co-ordinator.
IT and Information – Those responsible for web sites and information at the faculties’ departments meet the information officer at the Faculty Office about once per month to discuss and co-ordinate work concerning web sites and other information. Those involved in this network collaborate closely with senior officers within the faculties and their departments to ensure that the dissemination of information is timely and relevant. This network also maintains contact with the University Corporate Communications office. Routines are being established for the systematisation of information, and this network is playing an important role in this, together with the IT Unit.
Secretaries – The secretaries employed by the Faculties of Humanities and Theology arrange their own meetings about twice each term to exchange experience and ideas. The network receives practical support from the Faculty Office.
Economic administration – This network consists of those responsible for book-keeping at each department, and meets about twice per term; the meetings being arranged by the financial director at the Faculty Office. The aim of this network is to develop and co-ordinate financial management within the Faculties of Humanities and Theology and to improve efficiency. This network also works in collaboration with the central University Finance office.