We are back
Vice-chancellor Jan-Ingvar Jönsson is delighted to give co-workers and students a warm welcome back to Linköping University (LiU). The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here!
The news we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived – the pandemic restrictions are to be removed. Sweden, and LiU, are to start working normally again. But when will this happen, and how will it work?
On 9 February, most restrictions in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will cease to apply. From that date, co-workers who have been working remotely will gradually be able to return to on-campus working. Higher education institutions that have had parts of their teaching online are recommended to gradually return to campus-based activities. The Swedish parliament will soon remove COVID-19’s classification as a public and socially dangerous disease, meaning that LiU can return to working as it did prior to the pandemic. Some recommendations, such as having to stay at home when you think you might have COVID-19, and avoiding crowding and large gatherings if you are unvaccinated, will continue to apply for everybody.
For LiU, this means that co-workers are expected to begin a dialogue with their immediate manager about how they will return to work. This return should, as far as possible, be complete by 28 February. This means, for example, that the large lecture theatres are now bookable again; that large events such as conferences or student events may be held; and that most of our work can be done as it was before the pandemic. Some teaching may still be performed digitally after 28 February if it is of practical use.
Short summary of our return to normal:
- Gradual return to on-campus work for all co-workers, starting 9 February. The return to work should be planned with your immediate manager.
- The university aims to be back to normal by 28 February. Teaching should be immediately restored to how it was before the pandemic.
- Some elements of teaching take longer to plan, so we understand that the process of restoring this teaching to normal may take longer. But our ambition is that it should happen as fast as possible, where it is doable and reasonable.
- The specific “exceptional decisions” that the university’s crisis management team has taken to help adapt the university’s work to COVID will cease to apply in the middle/end of march.
Last updated: 2022-02-04